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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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    Senior Member Teufelhund's Avatar
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    To infinity and beyond!!!

    Hi all,

    I've been meaning to do this for a while, so here it is - my very own journal. I'm hoping to get some good feedback. I really want to maximize my gains and I've been in a holding pattern for some time now.

    Here's a little about me:
    I'm 30, 6ft tall, 218lbs. I've been working out for about a year and a half. The last 4 or 5 months have been really disappointing as far as results. I was stuck at 210. I'm working my ass off at the gym, eating gobs of protein, and standard measures of creatine, glutamine, multi-vitamin, etc. I've recently started gulping down lots of weight gainer and have picked up 8 pounds.

    As far as my overall progress, I feel really great about it. When I started a year and a half ago I weighed about 165-170. way skinny! Here is a picture of me from that time:
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    Here is another before pic- This is me and my wife. Sorry - there were absolutely positively without-a-doubt NO photographs of me allowed without a big baggy t-shirt. I was very self conscious at the time. I guess you'll just have to imagine the ribs poking through my chest...


    *edit - zapping faces
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    Wow - who knew it was so hard to get a good looking picture of yourself... After about 20 tries, this is the best of what I have for my "now" picture.
    I have to say I'm lookin' kinda fat, and my favorite vein thingy in my arm isn't showing

    Be kind.

    I'll post my last week's workouts so you have an idea of what I do...
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    I am just gonna post this before closeup so maybe you can compare the way the gold chain fits me now. I guess its a good measure of progress.

    *edit* See a better example of after further down. I found the shirt I wore in the second pic. You can see the diff in how it fits.
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    Looks like some good progress so far bro.

    We'll be able to help ya out a little more if you post your current routine and diet.

    Oh, and
    My journal


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    Senior Member Teufelhund's Avatar
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    Hang on - its coming! I gotto go eat right now though - I'm starving.

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    Back Day

    7-30-2003, weight = 215

    warmup
    Lat Pulldowns 2 sets 120x12

    Pulldowns
    180x11 / 210x8 / 210x5 drop 190x4

    Seated Cable Row
    90x12 / 135x8 / 160x8 / 180x6

    Pulldowns(Close Grip)
    100x10 / 130x10 / 180x5

    Bent over Dumbbell rows
    70x13 / 90x12 / 110x8

    Pulldown lever machine thing
    90x10 / 135x10 / 180x5

    I did a bicep workout after this but neglected to write anything down...

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    Leg Day

    7/31/2003

    warmup
    Squats 135x15
    stretches

    Squats
    225x10 / 315x9 / 365x8 / 365x9 to failure
    I need to work on my squat form.

    Leg Extensions
    200x15 / 230x12 / 295x7

    Lying Leg Curls
    50x12 / 100x10 / 120x6

    Box Lunges
    45x10 / 60x10
    Where I stand on the floor with one foot, other on a 6inch box. holding a 45lb or 60lb dumbell in each hand. Lunge 10 times per foot.

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    Shoulder & Tri Day

    8-1-2003

    warmup
    dumbell military press 40x10 / 50x15

    BB Military Press
    185x10 / 205x9 / 225x10 / 245x5
    Had a guy spotting me on the last set who wouldn't stop lifting on the bar. I have no idea how much of that work was mine. Haet that.


    DB Military Press
    70x8 / 70x10 / 70x8

    Lateral Raise
    30x10 / 35x10 / 40x7

    Front Raise
    20x10 / 30x10 / 30x10

    Rear Delt Raise Is that the right name?
    30x16 / 40x10 / 40x12 / 45x8

    Triceps

    Dips
    0x25

    Pushdowns on the regular cable, not the one with multiple pulleys that reduces the weight.
    100x12 / 120x8 / 120x8

    Dips (again)
    45x11 / 90x8

    Skullcrushers
    75x15 / 105x8

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    Back and Triceps

    8-2-2003 Rested this day
    8-3-2003 217lbs

    hmm.. Why did I do Tri's again...

    Triceps Pushdowns
    With bar
    70x15 / 100x10 / 120x4 / 110x9
    With rope on multi-pulley cable machine
    80x10 / 130x6 straight to 80x4

    Overhead Tri Extensions
    with Dumbell
    40x10 / 35x6 / 45x10
    with barbell - first time doing this
    50x10 / 70x12 / 90x10

    Dips
    45x15 / 90x10 / 0x22

    Wide Grip PullUps
    2 sets of 6

    Pulldowns
    cable
    10x70 / 10x120 / 4x180 bad lat day I guess
    lever
    10x90

    Shrug Box
    45x20 / 90x12 / 140x12 / 180xlost count

    Seated Calf Raise
    100x? / 100x? / 150x? / 150x9
    forgot to record reps...

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    Chest Day

    8-4-2003 217lbs

    warmup
    BenchPress - 135x21 / 135x15

    Bench Press
    225x10 / 245x7 / 245x4

    Incline Bench Press
    135x10 / 225x5 / 205x8 / 205x9

    Decline Bench Press
    205x10 / 225x8 / 255x6

    Incline Dumbell Fly
    40x10 / 60x10 ouch / 50x5
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    Leg Day

    8-5-2003 217lbs

    Warmup
    Leg Extensions 150x20 / 100x12

    Squats
    135x13 full / 225x12full / 315x10full / 375x6 / 375x10 with spot
    last two sets were not full squats.

    Stiff Legged Dead Lifts first time
    cambered bar - 90x10
    this freakin' hurts! How do ya'll do these things? I could barely walk after this.

    Hack Squat machine
    180x12 / 270x10 / 340x12 ouch

    Smith machine Squats
    135x20 waaaaay deep

    Seated Leg Curl
    100x20 / 150x10 / 180x6

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    Shoulder Day, interrupted

    8-6-2003

    warmup
    db military press 45x12

    Barbell Military press
    135x12 / 205x8 / 205x9 / 185x10

    Dumbell Military Press
    60x8 / 60x10

    My left shoulder was hurting today. I thought I might end up losing control of the weight and hurting myself. I tried to really buckle down on the form, but that only helped a little. I decided that I have probably pushed myself too hard the last week - might need to take a couple days rest before I go back to it.

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    Tefelhund's Typical Food Day
    (since the quest for size began in earnest):

    4:00am Wake up STARVING. Drink 400cal weight gainer, 55gWhey protein. Go back to bed.

    7:00am Wake up again starving. Drink 600cal weight gainer, 55g whey protein, teaspoon glutamine. Take multivitamin, vitamin C and E, blood pressure med. Usually also eat a banana or apple or something

    9:00am Stumble into work. Drink 2 cups of coffee. with tons of sugar.

    9:30am Begin day long ritual of walking to water dispensor to desk to potty to water dispensor to desk to potty to...

    10:30am Yep, more weight gainer(200cal) and 55g whey protein.

    12:00pm Lunch. Usually a footlong extra meat Subway on wheat or all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet or some combination of Pasta, chicken, cheese, and red sauce. This is my big meal.

    3:00pm Weight gainer(200cal) and 55g whey protein.

    5:00pm Weight gainer(200cal) and 55g whey protein.

    7:00pm get home from work. Drink WeightGainer(600cal) and 55g whey protein. multivitamin, C, and E. 1 asparin. go to gym.

    10:00pm Post workout weight gainer and whey protein. creatine, glutamine. eat dinner. Usually grilled chicken or steak or fajita with salad or corn or something. Sometimes rice, too.

    11:30pm Bedtime! 30g banana flavored casein protein, glutamine. ZMA.

    Wow - I never realized how much chocolate flavored weight gainer and protein crap I drink. Up until somewhere near the end of last month, my diet looked similar except without most of the weight gainers in there. Wasn't gaining ANY weight with that. I chose the weight gainer because of the difficulty of getting real food.

    heh, I'm sure I've given y'all plenty to pick on.

    Let the Feedback Begin!

    ~Teufelhund
    Last edited by Teufelhund; 08-06-2003 at 11:00 PM.

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    Ahaaa! I just found the shirt I wore in the 2nd before pic.

    I put it on and took another picture. NOW you can see the difference.

    Damn - thats freaky.
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    Nice Journal!

    Looks like you've made some really good progress. You're lifting some heavy weight.

    I'm not a diet expert, so I'll let some of the other guys give you advice on what you're eating. However, I have to say I agree that you take a LOT of protein. I really doubt you need that much.

    Keep up the good work.
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    Too much protein? but thats less than 2g per pound of bodyweight...

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    There's really not any need for more than 1-1.5g per lb. Closer to one is the norm.
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    Senior Member Teufelhund's Avatar
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    Man, I've been looking at BigChaseyChase's journal. That guy is amazing. I just don't know how that workout schedule works for him. Does anyone else here use the Mike Mentzer method?

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    Maybe I'm just a little impatient or something, but I'm feeling a bit underwhelmed here...

    SOMEBODY POST SOMETHING!!!

    please?

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    If you want a general question like that answered you're better off putting it in a general section of the board, not your jounal. People usually reserve their journals for posting their workouts, diets, etc. and getting feedback on those. There's many other areas of the boards other than journals. Check it out and explore.
    My journal


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    Oh - yeah. That occurred to me as I was submitting it.

    I actually was trying to get some feedback on my workouts, though.

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    Man - I spent 2 hours putting this info up last night... Doesn't anyone have anything? I was so sure I'd get a ton of feedback.

    I guess I'll list some questions:

    I am concerned that I am working out too much, but at the same time, I am desperate to go to the gym and play.

    I have been stuck in a looong plateau. And the weight gainer above is my attempt to get out of it. Also just started a workout log (which I think was a MAJOR reason I was not progressing) Any further ideas to help break out of it?

    Should I be working on gaining weight (I do want to be bigger, of course) or should I maybe diet down (I could stand to lose some fat)?

    Let me know what y'all think.

    Thanks guys

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    Not to skip your questions but, how long was it between your first few pictures and the after pictures with you looking all pumped up? Just curious, you look great!
    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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