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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    I decided I wanted to keep a journal so that the members here can check out my routine, diet, etc. and help me improve on them. I also want to be able to track my progress.

    I am almost 18 years old and have been working out steadily since last October. At the time I was about 145 lbs. and about 5'11. Right now I'm at 160 lbs. and lingering close to 6'. I haven't gained much size since I started back in October of last year, but my strength has significantly improved. I am decently cut at about 8-9% bf. The only supplement I am taking is L-Glutamine and have just recently started taking it daily.

    I am now hoping to gain some size in my arms and the rest of my body, but I'd like to maintain a nice cut at the same time. I'm guessing this can be done due to me having such a high metabolism. To begin with I have lowered the reps and raised the amount of weight I'm doing during my arm exercises. I have also just recently given up assisted dips and have started weighted dips. I also don't think I'm ready to begin doing squats or deadlifts; I am too scared of serious injury. I'm hoping it is still possible to gain mass without them though.

    I'm going to try and keep up with everything I eat during the days and every exercise I do at the gym. Please feel free to comment or give suggestions. Thanks.
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    Thus far today I have had the following meals:

    bagel w/ peanut butter 440 cal. / 18g protein
    2 cups whole milk 300 cal. / 16g protein
    school lunch ? / ?
    protein shake 500 cal. / 32g protein
    veggie lasanga 400? cal. / ?
    2 cups whole milk 300 cal. / 16g protein
    turkey & cheese bagel 450 cal. / 29g protein
    2 cups whole milk 300 cal. / 16g protein

    That's about 2690 calories plus school lunch, and only 127 grams of protein thus far (not including the lasanga or school food). I could still use a bit more protein in my diet today.


    Today was chest day. Here was my workout:

    flat db press
    10 reps of 60 lb. db's
    8 reps of 65's
    7 reps of 70's

    incline db press
    10 rebs of 50's
    8 reps of 55's
    5 reps of 60's

    upward cable flys
    10 reps of 80-90?
    8 reps " "
    6 reps " "

    downward cable flys
    10 reps of 80-90?
    8 reps " "
    6 reps " "

    Please feel free to make comments/suggestions on anything. I'll update today's meals right before bed.
    Last edited by Hickory; 08-10-2004 at 07:51 PM.

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    Today I didn't workout because my tri's were a bit sore from yesterday so I didn't want to ruin an arm workout.

    I haven't had much to eat yet today but I'll make up for it later tonight.

    Thus far I have had:

    peanut butter bagel 440 / 18
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    school lunch ? / ?
    3-4 medium sized chocolate chip cookies ? / ?
    6 slices of bacon 260 / 15
    one 1' roasted chicken breast w/ american cheese on roasted garlic and cheese sub from Subway ? / ?
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    half of another 1' roasted chicken breast w/ american cheese on roasted garlic and cheese Subway ? / ?
    2 cups 2% milk 260 / 16

    Unfortunately I didn't get much to eat today due to not being at home for most of the day. I'll try to make up for it tomorrow. Tomorrow will also be my arm day for the week.
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    arm day is here.

    thus far i have had the following to eat today:

    peanut butter bagel 440 / 18
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    school lunch ? / ?
    protein shake 300 / 20
    isopure shake 300 / 50
    fish sticks 520 / 22
    2 cups 2% milk 260 / 16
    turkey & cheese bagel 450 / 29
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16

    totals for today:
    2870 calories, 187 grams of protein
    i made up for yesterday

    fish sticks for dinner later. also i will try to eat a turkey & cheese bagel and drink more milk later. will update before bed.

    here was my workout for today in no particular order:

    bb curl
    10 reps of 50
    8 reps of 60
    6 reps of 70

    hammer curls
    10 reps of 25
    8 reps of 30
    6 reps of 35

    preacher on smith
    10 reps of 90
    8 reps of 95
    6 reps of 100

    horizontal cable curls
    10 reps of 35
    8 reps of 40
    6 reps of 45
    12 reps of 30

    tri extension on smith
    10 reps of 100
    8 reps of 105
    6 reps of 110

    tri pushdown
    10 reps of 130
    8 reps of 140
    6 reps of 150

    weighted dips
    9 reps w/ 25 lbs. on belt
    7 reps w/ 30 lbs.
    6 reps w/ 35 lbs.


    and my ab workout (no order):

    decline crunches
    20 reps w/ 12 lb. med. ball
    20 reps w/ " "

    sitting weighted crunches on smith
    20 reps w/ 100 lbs.

    comments and suggestions please.
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    whats your target weight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by –ragons
    whats your target weight?
    i don't really have a target weight; i really just want to build more muscle mass, but i guess it wouldn't hurt to make a goal of gaining 10 lbs. of muscle by christmas. so 170, if that's even possible. one other goal i have is to stay lean while building.
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    good luck
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    today was a rest day. not much to eat either.

    peanut butter bagel 440 / 18
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    school lunch ? / ?
    half of a 1' roasted chicken breast w/ american cheese on roasted garlic and cheese Subway ? / ?
    4 hotdogs ? / ?
    1 hard taco from taco bell ? / ?
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
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    Today I'm going to work out the legs. I originally planned to do shoulders and back today, but my tris are still sore to the touch from Thursday. I'm not sure when I'm going to have time to make them up yet.

    I ate the following meals today:

    8 slices of bacon 350 / 20
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    2 cream cheese bagels 680 / 22
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    chicken & cheese quesadilla ? / ?
    single sirloin steak ? / ?
    2 cups 2% milk 260 / 16
    2 cups whole milk 300/16

    That should add to well over 2500 calories total, including the steak.

    Here is my leg workout from earlier today:

    leg curl
    12 reps of 80
    10 reps of 85
    8 reps of 95

    leg extension
    12 reps of 75
    10 reps of 80
    8 reps of 90

    calf raises (standing on smith)
    12 reps of 205
    10 reps of 215
    8 reps of 225

    calf raises (sitting)
    12 reps w/ 90 lbs. added
    10 reps w/ 100
    8 reps w/ 105

    leg press
    15 reps of 315
    12 reps of 365
    10 reps of 405

    Please critique.

    Oh, I weighed in today at 163.
    Last edited by Hickory; 08-14-2004 at 09:06 PM.
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    Got to squeeze in back and shoulders this afternoon after a 2 hour football game with some friends.

    sitting rows
    12 reps of 85
    10 reps of 100
    8 reps of 110

    shrugs (smith)
    10 reps of 185
    8 reps of 205
    6 reps of 215

    lat. pulldown
    10 reps of 115
    8 reps of 130
    6 reps of 145

    arm ext. w/ dumbells
    20 reps on each arm w/ 15 lb. dumbells (x2)
    20 reps " " w/ 12 lb. dumbells

    smileys (smith)
    12 reps of 85
    10 reps of 90
    8 reps of 95

    back flys
    12 reps of 30
    10 reps of 35
    8 reps of 40

    As you can see my shoulder/back exercise is pretty weak. I'm thinking about adding pullups into my routine in the next week or two.

    Haven't had much to eat today either.

    bacon & cheese bagel ~400 / ~15
    8 slices of extra bacon 360 / 20
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    2 bananas ? / ?
    dinner ? / ?
    2 cups whole milk 300 / 16
    protein shake 190 / 20
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    chest yesterday.

    10 reps of 135 on bb to warm up.

    db flat bench
    60 x 10 x 1
    65 x 8 x 1
    70 x 6 x 1

    db incline press
    50 x 10 x 1
    55 x 8 x 1
    60 x 6 x 1

    upper/lower pec flys on cables
    2 x 10 (upper)
    2 x 10 (lower)

    and for abs i did 50 reps of assorted weighted crunches.

    didn't get yesterday's meals down.
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    yesterday was an off-day.

    today was arms.

    hammer curls
    25 x 12 x 1
    30 x 10 x 1
    35 x 8 x 1

    tri pushdown
    130 x 10 x 1
    140 x 8 x 1
    150 x 6 x 1

    barbell curl
    50 x 10 x 1
    60 x 8 x 1
    70 x 6 x 1
    i think next week i'm going to move up to 80's because i've been doing the neg's really slow and fairly easily lately.

    weighted dips
    25 lbs. x 10 x 1
    30 lbs. x 8 x 1
    35 lbs. x 6 x 1

    preacher curls
    95 x 10 x 1
    100 x 8 x 1
    105 x 6 x 1

    tri extension
    90 x 10 x 1
    95 x 8 x 1
    100 x 6 x 1

    horizontal cable curls
    4 plates each arm x 10 x 1
    4 plates " " x 8 x 1
    5 plates " " x 6 x 1

    i've had too many personal problems to be able to keep up with my diet the past few days. will try to continue sometime soon.
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    legs and abs today.

    leg press
    6 plates x15x1
    7 plates x12x1
    7 1/2 plates x10x1

    calf raises (standing smith)
    4 plates x12x1
    + 20 lbs x10x1
    + 20 more lbs x8x1

    sitting calf machine
    2 plates 12x1
    + 10 lbs x10x1
    + 20 lbs x8x1

    leg curls
    85x12x1
    90x10x1
    95x8x1

    leg extensions
    80x12x1
    85x10x1
    90x8x1

    60 total reps divided into 3 different sets of ab workouts.

    good leg day.
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    what weights were u doing? on the legs?
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    updated the weights used
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    yesterday i did back/shoulders.

    db shoulder press
    35's x 10 x 1
    40's x 8 x 1
    40's x 6 x 1

    sitting lat. rows
    85 x 10 x 1
    100 x 8 x 1
    115 x 6 x 1

    db arm extensions
    10's x 20 x each arm x 1
    12's x 16 x " "
    12's x 12 x " "

    lat. pulldown
    115 x 10 x 1
    130 x 8 x 1
    160 x 6 x 1

    smith bb shrugs
    185 x 10 x 1
    195 x 8 x 1
    205 x 6 x 1

    back flys
    30 x 10 x 1
    35 x 8 x 1
    40 x 6 x 1

    i really need to find some better exercises for s/b.

    tomorrow i do chest & abs.
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    Holy ****, you had 8 cups of milk on 8-14! Damn that is a lot of milk. I read somewhere that anything over 4 cups of milk is not to good because of too much calcium and some lactus or something that milk has. That is almost 1000 calories and 200 mg cholesterol from milk alone! That is crazy. Your cholesterol is going off the roof. If you are going to do that, at LEAST do skim milk. There isn't much of a difference, except you don't feel as full, and you can do 12 oz at a time easily. Unless you are married to a cow, and she is your wife, i suggest a decrease in the amount of milk and cheese you intake.

    Upon looking at what else you eat, you seem to lack many vitamins/minerals. I don' t see ANY vegetables or fruit or fish. This could lead to deficiencies in fiber,Vitamin K, maybe Vitamin E, potassium, phytochemicals, omega 3, vitamin C, and others i can't think of now. I would definitely include vegetables in your diet. And don't give me any bs about having some at your school lunch. You need green vegetables and fruit and a ton of em.

    Also i hope you have whole wheat bagels with no artificial ingredients, and will consider oats, rice, sweet potatoes, corn, green veggies, and fruit. Check out what a body builder eats, and pick out at least a few from every section. You will see where you are lacking.

    Seeing as you are a big dairy fan, what is up with no yogurt or cottage cheese, and infinite milk?

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    i actually do get a good amount of carots, bell peppers, rice, beans, and other things, i just fail to mention the smaller portions i eat. i will try to work on some of these things though, and cut out some of the milk. thanks
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    yesterday i did chest.

    flat db press
    60 x 10 x 1
    65 x 8 x 1
    70 x 6 x 1

    incline db press
    50 x 10 x 1
    55 x 8 x 1
    60 x 6 x 1

    i think i'm going to move up to 65's next week on incline, the 60's are fairly easy now.

    downward cable flys
    2 sets of 10-8 reps each

    upward cable flys
    2 sets of 10-8 reps each

    then did 60 total reps of 3 different ab exercises.

    today is leg day. i will try to update when i get home.

    by the way, i checked the bagels that i'm eating and found out they are cholesterol free. some of the other normal items on my diet are also low in cholesterol.
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    did legs 2 days ago.

    leg press
    6 plates x 15 x 1
    7 plates x 12 x 1
    8 plates x 10 x 1
    9 plates x 8 x 1

    calf raises (standing)
    10x1
    8x1
    6x1

    calf raises (sitting)
    10x1
    8x1
    6x1

    leg curls
    90 x 12 x 1
    95 x 10 x 1
    100 x 8 x 1

    leg extensions
    90 x 10 x 1
    95 x 8 x 1
    100 x 6 x 1

    and then yesterday i did arms.

    bb curl
    60 x 10 x 1
    70 x 8 x 1
    80 x 6 x 1
    i'm happy about finally moving up to 80

    hammer curls
    25 x 10 x 1
    30 x 8 x 1
    35 x 6 x 1

    tri pushdown
    130 x 10 x 1
    140 x 8 x 1
    150 x 6 x 1

    weighed dips
    w/ 25 lbs. x 9 x 1
    w/ 30 lbs. x 7 x 1
    w/ 35 lbs. x 5 x 1

    preacher curls
    90 x 10 x 1
    95 x 8 x 1
    100 x 6 x 1

    tri extensions
    90 x 10 x 1
    95 x 8 x 1
    100 x 6 x 1

    horizontal cable curls
    40 x 10 x 1
    45 x 8 x 1
    50 x 6 x 1

    overall good day for arms i think.
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    today i did shoulders and back. i just got done taking a picture of my back for this post too, so please critique.



    shrugs on smith
    185 x 10 x 1
    195 x 8 x 1
    200 x 6 x 1

    sitting cable rows
    85 x 10 x 1
    100 x 8 x 1
    115 x 6 x 1

    db shoulder press (sitting)
    35's x 10 x 1
    40's x 8 x 1
    45's x 6 x 1

    back flys
    30 x 10 x 1
    35 x 8 x 1
    40 x 6 x 1

    smileys on smith
    85 x 10 x 1
    90 x 8 x 1
    95 x 6 x 1

    lat. pulldown
    130 x 10 x 1
    145 x 8 x 1
    160 x 6 x 1

    3 sets of 60 total reps (3 different exercises) for abs
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    chest today.

    flat bench press
    135 x 10 x 1
    155 x 8 x 1
    160 x 6 x 1

    incline db press
    55 x 10 x 1
    60 x 8 x 1
    65 x 6 x 1

    lower pec flys
    40 x 10 x 1
    45 x 8 x 1
    50 x 6 x 1

    60 total reps of 3 different exercises for abs.
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    legs yesterday.

    standing calf raises
    200 x 10 x 1
    210 x 8 x 1
    225 x 6 x 1

    sitting calf raises
    90 x 10 x 1
    100 x 8 x 1
    105 x 6 x 1

    leg press
    6 plates x 15 x 1
    8 plates x 12 x 1
    9 plates x 10 x 1

    leg curl
    90 x 10 x 1
    95 x 8 x 1
    100 x 6 x 1

    leg extension
    90 x 10 x 1
    95 x 8 x 1
    100 x 6 x 1
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    that looks quite a suite, and cut back there, except the left is bigger than the right but u r looking good m8, post some more pose pics
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    haha yeah i think the fact i was tucking my shoulder blades had a lot to do with the imbalance. i'll try to get some better poses soon
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