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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    Tina, you fat lard..Come get some dinner!

    I've been lifting with a decent routine for the past 5.5 weeks.
    Stats when I started:
    6'
    179lbs
    bf% maybe 17-18? (I'm totally guessing)

    Current status: Bulking
    6'
    183lbs
    bf% maybe 17-18? (I'm totally guessing)

    Destinations:
    Dec 31st '05 200lbs (I'm going to Jamaica the 2nd week of Nov and I might cut the full month of Oct, so I might have to push 2hundy back a month)

    The pic attached is from the end of my first week lifting with a regular routine. Roughly Aug 14th'05
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    Good luck!
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    Legs/Abs

    Smith Squats
    1. Warm up 75x10
    2. 115x10
    3. 165x6
    4. 185x4

    Leg Press (High foot placement)
    1. 270x10
    2. 360x10
    3. 410x8

    Lunge/Sqaut super-set
    1. 50x12 lunge / 50x6 squat
    2. 50x12 lunge / 50x5 squat
    3. 50x10 lunge / ---- -----

    Seated Calf Raises (Pause at top for a 2sec count)
    1. 70x15
    2. 70x12
    3. 70x12
    4. 70x10
    5. 70x8

    Machine Crunch (Pause at bottom for a 2sec count)
    100x12 x 3sets


    Highest Decline Crunches/Situps
    1. BWx12
    2. BW+10x12
    3. BW+10x12

    Sep 7th '05 Fitday
    Last edited by muscleup; 09-08-2005 at 09:49 AM.

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    Heh, awesome journal name. How come you're doing smith squats instead of freeweight BB?

    Keep up the good work, looking good so far!
    Scars are tatoos with better stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nosaj
    Heh, awesome journal name. How come you're doing smith squats instead of freeweight BB?

    Keep up the good work, looking good so far!
    If my gym had a squat rack or power rack, i'd be doin freeweight BB squats like a champ...but they don't...so i'm stuck with the smith. I pretty much treat it like the plague and don't touch it for anything else.

    Thanks for the support. Pedro offers you his protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muscleup
    Thanks for the support. Pedro offers you his protection.
    Gosh!

    Great journal title. Looking really good so far.

    On the SLDLs, try using just the bar. Start off standing straight up, stick your chest way out and your ass way out. Bend your knees slightly and concentrate on dragging the bar down your legs. Keep the bar as close to your legs as possible. You should feel a huge stretch in the hammys. SLDLs are not something to get an ego about. You really gotta get the form right or they won't do anything for you.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    Gosh!

    Great journal title. Looking really good so far.

    On the SLDLs, try using just the bar. Start off standing straight up, stick your chest way out and your ass way out. Bend your knees slightly and concentrate on dragging the bar down your legs. Keep the bar as close to your legs as possible. You should feel a huge stretch in the hammys. SLDLs are not something to get an ego about. You really gotta get the form right or they won't do anything for you.
    Thanks for posting drew. Was begining to wonder if anyone reads this but me.
    I'm going to work really hard on my SLDL form. I'm not just going to scrap them after 1 attempt.
    I need serious mass on my toothpick legs, and I NEED SLDL's

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    Today was a day of rest and 3500+ cals w00t

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    Chest/Tris

    BB Flat Bench
    1. Warm up Bar x20
    2. Warm up 95x10
    3. 135x10
    4. 145x4
    5. 135x5

    Low Incline DB <---Should of omitted b/c of shoulder pain
    1. 40x10
    2. 40x8
    3. 40x7

    Dips
    1. BWx10
    2. BWx8
    3. BWx6

    Flat DB Flys
    1. 15x12
    2. 15x12
    3. 15x12
    ----------------------
    Seated DB Tricep Extention <--Replacement for skulls, easier on shoulder
    1. 40x12
    2. 40x12
    3. 40x12

    Close Grip EZ-Bar Bench
    1. 65x10
    2. 65x8
    3. 65x5

    Rope Pull Downs
    1. 20x12
    2. 25x12
    3. 30x10

    Tweaking my right shoulder while trying to BB bench 145 kinda sent the rest of my routine into a downward spiral today.
    -Should of skipped low incline DB's
    -Dips sufferd from shoulder strain
    -Skull crushers were out of the question because of shoulder pain

    Next chest day I am going to try 135x8 x3 for BB bench.
    I'm trying to jump up too fast on one of my weakest lifts.
    Not used to BB bench yet, and in the past I have mostly lifted with DB's for chest.

    Overall, I'm not too dissapointed with today. I should have known to take it slow, and by not, I got a little set back. I need to focus more on my chest lifts, because they are probably my weakest. Form and taking it slow the next couple times will be my main focus.
    Last edited by muscleup; 09-15-2005 at 08:26 AM.

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    Weight this morning 185.

    Sep 10 '05
    Back/Bis/Obliqs

    Deadlift
    1. Bar Warmup x15
    2. 135x10
    3. 185x6
    4. 205x4

    Spotter Assist Chins
    1. Bwx8
    2. Bwx8
    3. Bwx8

    Bent Over DB Rows
    1. 40x8
    2. 40x8
    3. 40x8

    Seated Rows
    1. 110x8
    2. 120x8
    3. 130x8
    ----------------
    BB Curls
    1. 50x8
    2. 50x8
    3. 50x8

    Hammer Curls
    1. 25x8
    2. 25x8
    3. 20x8
    ----------------
    Saxon Side Bends
    1. 20x12
    2. 20x12
    3. 20x12

    Obliq Cable Crunches
    1. 110x14
    2. 110x14
    3. 110x14

    Took 24oz of water to get my post w/o shake down cause I didn't add enough milk. :gag:
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    Today (Sunday) Was a Rest day.
    I weighed 186.2 this morning right when I woke up. My chest and back must be swollen, because I weighed 185 yesterday morning right when I woke up.
    I seem to be steadily climbing up in weight, and I don't think I am putting on too much fat, so I have decided to keep my calorie intake as constant as possible to continue my bulk. Roughly 3k-3500 seems to be a good increase from my maint.
    If I'm lucky, I should be able to get 3-4 more lbs out of Sep, and hopefully reach 190 by Oct.
    I don't think I am going to cut the month of Oct before I go to Jamaica because I doubt I could cut enough in 1 month and a week to see my abs.
    I dunno, it's still undecided.

    Tomorrow is shoulders and traps.
    Last edited by muscleup; 09-15-2005 at 08:25 AM.

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    Shoulders/Traps/4arms

    Arnold Presses
    1. 20x12 warmup
    2. 40x8
    3. 40x8
    4. 40x8

    Side Lateral DB Raises
    1. 15x10
    2. 15x10
    3. 15x10

    Rear Delt Fly (Machine)
    1. 70x10
    2. 70x10
    3. 70x8

    DB Shrugs
    1. 65x10
    2. 65x10
    3. 65x10
    4. 60x10
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    BB 4arm Curls
    1. 40x12
    2. 40x12
    3. 50x10
    4. 50x10

    I will most likely be able to improve on all shoulder lifts next time.
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    Legs/Abs


    Smith Squats
    1. 115x8 warmup
    2. 165x8
    3. 165x8
    4. 165x8

    Leg Press (High Feet)
    1. 360x10
    2. 360x10
    3. 450x10

    Lunges (Reps are per leg)
    1. 60x8
    2. 60x8
    3. 60x8

    Seated Calf Raises
    1. 80x12
    2. 80x12
    3. 90x10
    4. 90x10

    Single Leg Standing Calf Raise
    1. BWx12
    2. BWx12
    3. BWx12
    4. BWx12
    ----------------------
    Weighted Decline Crunches
    1. BW+10 x12
    2. BW+10 x12
    3. BW+10 x12
    4. BW+10 x12

    Machine Crunch
    1. 110x8
    2. 110x8
    3. 110x8

    Everything seems to be an improvement from last leg day.
    Last edited by muscleup; 09-15-2005 at 08:24 AM.

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    Yesterday was an off day. Almost hit 3k cals...running out of oats didn't help matters much.
    Today is chest/tris
    I'm adding a pre w/o shake for the first time today after reading the articles about Nutrition timing.

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    Chest/Tris

    DB Flat Bench
    1. 25x10 warmup
    2. 30x8 warmup
    3. 50x10
    4. 55x8
    5. 60x6

    Flat Flys
    1. 20x10
    2. 20x10
    3. 20x10

    Dips
    1. BWx10
    2. BWx10
    3. BWx8
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    SkullCrushers
    1. 35x12
    2. 45x10
    3. 45x8

    Close Grip Ez-Bar Press
    1. 65x10
    2. 65x10
    3. 65x9

    The only thing I feel is consistant in my chest routine is the fact that I do dips every time. I've decided to develope a chest routine and stick with it, mainly to build mass in my chest. My chest is probably my weakest body part and it really bugs me.
    I'm going to do flat BB bench, incline BB bench and dips. All as heavy as I can go.
    I have a serious fear of doing any BB work for chest because i'm so weak. I've always lifted DB's for any type of chest routine because I have control over them.
    From now on, I'm doing BB work for chest + dips and hopefully I will get used to it.

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    Shoulders/Traps


    Arnolds
    1. 20x12
    2. 30x8
    3. 40x8
    4. 45x5
    5. 40x5

    Front Lateral Raises DB's
    1. 15x10
    2. 20x8
    3. 25x6

    Bent Over DB Flys
    1. 10x10
    2. 10x10
    3. 10x8

    Cable Side Laterals
    1. 10x10
    2. 15x10
    3. 20x8
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    Shrugs
    1. 65x10
    2. 65x10
    3. 65x8
    4. 65x6
    Last edited by muscleup; 09-19-2005 at 07:34 AM.

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    Legs/Abs


    Squats
    1. 115x8
    2. 135x8
    3. 155x6
    4. 165x6
    5. 115x6
    6. 115x5
    7. 205x6

    SLDL's
    1. Barx?? trying to get form
    2. 95x10 Terrible form
    3. 95x10 Terrible form

    Legpress
    1. 270x10
    2. 360x10
    3. 360x10

    Leg Curls
    1. 50x12
    2. 70x10
    3. 90x10
    4. 100x8

    Seated Calf Raise
    1. 95x12
    2. 95x12
    3. 95x10
    4. 95x10
    5. 95x8
    -------------
    Decline Weighted Crunch
    1. BW+10x12
    2. BW+25x10
    3. BW+25x10

    I suck at SLDL's....

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    Nice SLDLs.

    Why are you smith squattin?

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Only the cool kids smith squat, didn't you get the memo?
    Scars are tatoos with better stories.

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    Minor Set back

    Haven't been able to lift since Sunday.

    I had to go to the doctor to find out I had a really bad infection right below my tailbone. I could barely sit down for about 3 days. He put me on antibiotics, and they are fixing the issue.

    I've been tired because of this infection, and not because of my diet like I thought. My body was using mass energy to fight something it decided to ignore in the early stages of the infection. Doc said it could have started as a simple hair folicle infection and just progressed.
    I would like to think my body ignored it only because it was too busy repairing mass muscle on a regular basis

    Another down side to having this infection was that I wasn't hungry for about a week. I lost about 4-5lbs. It shouldn't be too hard to get that back.

    I'm going to try and eat more today and tomorrow and hopefully get back in the gym Monday.
    I had been training for about a month and 1/2 straight, so a week off shouldn't hurt me too bad.


    drew: I smith squat because that's all my gym has. I don't feel comfortable doing zerkers or front squats without a place to rack the bar.
    Last edited by muscleup; 10-01-2005 at 09:53 AM.

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    Chest/Shoulders/Tris

    Flat BB Bench
    1. warm up 95x8
    2. 135x10
    3. 140x8
    4. 145x5

    Dips
    1. BWx10
    2. BWx8
    3. BWx7

    Flat DB Flys
    1. 25x8
    2. 25x8
    3. 25x8

    Db Tri Ext.
    1. 40x12
    2. 45x10
    3. 50x8

    Ahnolds
    1. 30x8
    2. 30x6
    3. 30x5

    Tri rops pushdowns
    1. 25x12
    2. 35x10

    First session after being sick is rough. This is also my first session adding shoulders in with chest and tris. I messed up and started tris b4 doing shoulders.
    I've decided to eat at maint cals this week and maybe a little below towards the end of the week. Going to cut for 4 weeks at 2k cals/day.
    Switching my training split to every other day.
    Chest/Tris/Shoulders
    Back/Bis/Obliq
    Legs/Abs
    Last edited by muscleup; 10-09-2005 at 04:11 PM.

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    Back/Bis/Obliq


    Deads
    1. Bar warmupsx8
    2. 135 warmupx8
    3. 175x6
    4. 205x5
    5. 225x4
    6. 235x3

    Chins neutral grip
    1. BWx7
    2. BWx5
    3. BWx3 Negsx4

    B/O DB Rows
    1. 40x9
    2. 40x8
    3. 40x8

    Seated Rows
    1. 130x7
    2. 140x5
    3. 110x10
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    Hammer curls
    1. 15x8
    2. 20x8
    3. 25x7
    ----------------
    Cable Crunches to each Knee
    1. 110x16
    2. 110x16
    3. 110x16
    Last edited by muscleup; 10-09-2005 at 04:11 PM.

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    Looking good kid. Keep at it.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Back/Bis/Obliq


    Deads
    1. 135x8 warmup
    2. 185x6
    3. 225x5
    4. 275x4

    Pull-ups
    1. BWx5
    2. BWx4
    3. BWx3 +4 spotter help

    T-Bar Rows
    1. 45x12
    2. 55x10
    3. 70x7

    Seated Rows
    1. 110x10
    2. 120x8
    3. 130x7
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    BB Curls
    1. 40x10
    2. 50x8

    Hammer Curls
    1. 20x7
    2. 20x8
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    Decline Situps w/10lb ball
    1. 15
    2. 12
    3. 10
    Last edited by muscleup; 10-18-2005 at 07:20 AM.

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    Shoulders/Traps


    Face Pulls
    1. 20x15 warmup
    2. 45x12 warmup
    3. 50x12
    4. 60x10
    5. 70x10
    First time on these. Didn't know what weight to use. That's the reason for so many sets.

    DB Single Arm Side Laterals
    1. 20x10
    2. 20x8
    3. 20x6

    Arnolds
    1. 35x10
    2. 35x7
    3. 35x6

    DB Shrugs
    1. 60x10
    2. 65x8
    3. 70x6

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