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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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    My Muscles only look big right after workout

    hi, i am not new to weight lifting. in fact, i've been lifting since i was 17, and i am now 23.
    my stats:
    height: 5'7"
    weight: 155lbs.
    body fat %: about 8%
    bench press max: 300 lbs.
    preacher curl max: 135 lbs.
    workout 4-5 times a week

    i eat like a normal person, i am in college so i miss a few meals here and there and i drink alcohol like an average college guy too... i drink whey protein shakes here and there.

    why is it that my muscles only look big right after a workout? what can i take or do to make my muscles looking huge and cut on my off days??? it fustrates me because even though i'm a lot stronger than the average person, no one can tell unless my shirt is off right after a workout. help. thanks.

    btw, i kno this has to do with muscle pumps, is it because mine don't go long? HELP! = )

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    I say the only way to do that is to get bigger. Do you do squats? Do you deadlift? An average person doesn't eat enough good food, and eats too much bad food. If you haven't already, you should check out the sticky called "What a Bodybuilder Eats," in the diet & nutrition section. Lift heavy, eat heavy but right, and you'll get bigger.
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    i probably overexaggerated, but i am pretty big. but what i'm saying is this... my chest, arms and back look insanely different when after a work out and on an off day. right after a workout, my arms measure around 16.5 inches... on an off day, they measure around 15 inches.... what i want to know is how come everyone else maintains that "JUST WORKED OUT" look 24/7, and i can't...? if its my natural physiology, i can't do nothing bout it, but i know there are supplements or maybe an increased workout i can do for my arms that will maintain that "just worked out" look all the time. cuz that's what i want.

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    i'd be interested to see pics of before and after a workout, if you can post them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squat it all!
    i'd be interested to see pics of before and after a workout, if you can post them.
    hmm, i dun kno what posting pics will do, but i'll get a camera and take a pic of right after a workout and one on an off day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    hmm, i dun kno what posting pics will do, but i'll get a camera and take a pic of right after a workout and one on an off day...
    i dunno, i guess just give me and others a better visual sense of how dramatic the difference is...
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    I'd also be interested in who 'everyone else' is that always looks as ripped as Jay Cutler in his photo shoots.

    5'7" and 155lbs isn't a huge build. Until you get quite a bit of lean mass, you're not gonna look pumped up, unless you just worked out and ARE pumped up.

    I guess if you're interested in a fake pump, then NO2 products are probably marketed towards you.

    Otherwise, get more serious: stop skimping meals, quit the boozing, perfect the diet, and train hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    hi, i am not new to weight lifting. in fact, i've been lifting since i was 17, and i am now 23.
    my stats:
    height: 5'7"
    weight: 155lbs.
    body fat %: about 8%
    bench press max: 300 lbs.
    preacher curl max: 135 lbs.
    workout 4-5 times a week

    i eat like a normal person, i am in college so i miss a few meals here and there and i drink alcohol like an average college guy too... i drink whey protein shakes here and there.

    why is it that my muscles only look big right after a workout? what can i take or do to make my muscles looking huge and cut on my off days??? it fustrates me because even though i'm a lot stronger than the average person, no one can tell unless my shirt is off right after a workout. help. thanks.

    btw, i kno this has to do with muscle pumps, is it because mine don't go long? HELP! = )
    I love how the only lifts you put are bench and curl. Sorry but I find this rather humorus.

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    Hmmm, maybe if you start wearing tight shirts, you'll look like one of them "always pumped" dudes, they usually wear tight clothes to, or I guess their just simply too big for any sized shirts?
    5'7 425 lbs. 85% bodyfat Need to gain 20-40 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkinnySadMan
    Hmmm, maybe if you start wearing tight shirts, you'll look like one of them "always pumped" dudes, they usually wear tight clothes to, or I guess their just simply too big for any sized shirts?
    The goal is to be so huge you can't even buy off "the rack" anymore.

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    Anything custom made are expensive though...
    Last edited by SkinnySadMan; 10-27-2005 at 02:49 PM.
    5'7 425 lbs. 85% bodyfat Need to gain 20-40 lbs.

    New journal - http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=86957 Boring I know, but whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gutz981
    I love how the only lifts you put are bench and curl. Sorry but I find this rather humorus.
    haha... yea, well... what else would u like to know? i don't lift heavy for my lower body so i dont even know my max for deadlift or squats.

    i usually wear muscle t's or tight fitting shirts and sweaters that have low cut collars (i have a thick neck)
    btw, who buys custom fitted shirts?

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    Well, since no one has said it yet, here is your answer:

    Gain 50lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony
    Well, since no one has said it yet, here is your answer:

    Gain 50lbs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    i usually wear muscle t's or tight fitting shirts and sweaters that have low cut collars (i have a thick neck)
    btw, who buys custom fitted shirts?

    I dunno, real big people. Like custom made shoes ?
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    New journal - http://wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=86957 Boring I know, but whatever.

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    you>me Omg lol 300 at 155 you destroy me lol thats very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    hi, i am not new to weight lifting. in fact, i've been lifting since i was 17, and i am now 23.
    my stats:
    height: 5'7"
    weight: 155lbs.
    body fat %: about 8%
    bench press max: 300 lbs.
    preacher curl max: 135 lbs.
    workout 4-5 times a week

    i eat like a normal person, i am in college so i miss a few meals here and there and i drink alcohol like an average college guy too... i drink whey protein shakes here and there.

    why is it that my muscles only look big right after a workout? what can i take or do to make my muscles looking huge and cut on my off days??? it fustrates me because even though i'm a lot stronger than the average person, no one can tell unless my shirt is off right after a workout. help. thanks.

    btw, i kno this has to do with muscle pumps, is it because mine don't go long? HELP! = )
    Dude, your 5' 7" and only 155. You don't look huge because your not huge. Sure you come from the gym pumped but you won't look big until you are big. Put on another 25-50 lbs and you'll look big all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJH
    Dude, your 5' 7" and only 155. You don't look huge because your not huge. Sure you come from the gym pumped but you won't look big until you are big. Put on another 25-50 lbs and you'll look big all the time.

    -Tim
    how do i put on that much more weight without getting fat??? i run 2 miles about 3 times a week... that's just to maintin the visible 6 pack... if i stop for like 2 weeks the abs fade out into a visible verticle line down the middle...

    btw, yea ppl find it very surprising how i can bench so much for my height/weight, especially when i dont' look huge. my max used to be 315... its hard maintaining 300 as it is... i dont' see myself ever going above 300 again. kind of sad since my pops used to bench 385 lbs. at my age.

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    Your gonna have to say byebye to the pack if you wanna get big. later on you can say hello to it again.

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    What is sad about that? If you are telling the truth you can bench almost twice your bodyweight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    why is it that my muscles only look big right after a workout? btw, i kno this has to do with muscle pumps, is it because mine don't go long? HELP! = )
    The simple asnwer is that yes, you, and just about everyone else who works out looks bigger, more pumped, and sometimes, more lean during their workout. This is becuase they literally are more pumped. The rapid need for oxygenated blood to fill capillary beds and the deoxigenated blood returning to the heart causes this pump. Once this high rate of circulation is no longer required by the body, the musclcular pump diminishes.

    Arginine supplements can assist in creating a pump during resting periods, as someone already mentioned. Look into this further on your own, but I do not recomend it for someone at your level who is not fully dedicated and needs to learn more about other bodybuilding necessities.

    One thing to think about...pumped up bodybuilders don't look like they do on stage all the time. You can't expect your body to be much different from the rest of ours in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    how do i put on that much more weight without getting fat??? i run 2 miles about 3 times a week... that's just to maintin the visible 6 pack... if i stop for like 2 weeks the abs fade out into a visible verticle line down the middle...
    You don't need cardio for a 6-pack. My only cardio consists of walking from wherever I am, to wherever I'm going.
    Last edited by Slim Schaedle; 10-27-2005 at 04:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocketJoeR6
    i eat like a normal person
    Actually, here is your problem right here.

    Problem solved

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    i'm 5'7" was 155lbs.. my max bench is 225 x 4... so i'd say 300 is possible. To other people, your stat is "aight"... it would be impressive when you have like squat and deadlift too.

    but anyway... You feel big after your work because of the pump effect - blood flush the muscles to prolong the time before muscle fatique settles in. but yeah gain more weight. Have you made any weight gain in those 5 years of training? I would think that after 5 years of experience one would recognize the importance of lower body training. Perhaps this is what keeping you from gaining weight.

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