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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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View Poll Results: What's your reason?

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  • Girls/guys love a hot body.

    8 25.00%
  • My personal improvement

    15 46.88%
  • To beat everyone else.

    6 18.75%
  • It's just fun!

    1 3.13%
  • Other.

    2 6.25%
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  1. #1
    You stay classy San Diego. Ron Burgundy's Avatar
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    What inspired us to work out?

    What inspires you to work out?

    I knoe for me it's getting good habbits so I dont become fat when I'm older.

    Ah jeez I spelled improvement wrong disregard that typo please.
    Last edited by Ron Burgundy; 05-31-2006 at 06:53 PM.

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    Girls love a hot body.
    Age: 21
    I have no desire to be average any longer.
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    Currently: Training core and Staying in Shape... until further notice

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    Started off as the pursuit of the fems...

    Now it's a life long pursuit and a love of heavy iron, and a healthy lifestyle.

    The fems come anyways now adays.
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    Many reasons which include: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, skin cancer, and many other health related problems that are chronic in our family. I would like to live healthier and longer than the rest of my family and instill my morals and values, as well as self-improvement mindset into my family. Weightlifting is great for self-esteem, and many other interpersonal skills. Women like men whom are physically fit.

    I have always weightlifted for self improvement.
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    is way too skinny!
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    I'd say all of the above, but I chose the first option.

    My family has some history of diabetes and heart issues, so this is all the more important. As for my mental health. It has done nothing but improve it and I forever thank bodybuilding for it!

    It feels like none other when you hit a weight you know its taken a LONG time to get.

    I wish I could tell you the proud feeling I had when I busted out 75 lb dumbell presses when I remember 55 lb dumbells would get me running for the hills!
    Squat = Not enough
    DL = Not enough
    Bench = Not enough

    Big 3 = Not enough

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    Because I love a hot body.
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    Feeling weak, unconfident, and basically unhappy with myself.
    "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race." - John Calvin Coolidge

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    I'm starting to think the main reason I do it is for my own mental health. I struggled with depression on and off for many years, but it stopped affecting me when I started working out seriously. After breaking my finger and having to stop for 5 months it came back, but since I started back up I'm feeling great again.

    I think the fact that I wasn't comfortable with my body or build was what really got me started. I looked at my high school graduation pictures and I couldn't believe how lanky and scrawny I was. I actually started to feel somewhat disgusted when looking in the mirror, so that was enough to get me started. I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but knowing that I'm taking the appropriate steps towards getting there keeps me happy and motivated, and feeling better about myself.

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    Although it didn't come to mind nearly as quickly as the fems.... Mental health has seriously improved dramatically since i started this lifestyle.
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    Voted for Other: Just pure raw strength and as a hobby.

    First, I watched a martial arts movie (BLood Sport). I thought Muay THai was badass. I was 14 years old and immature... I looked for an MT GYM in Canada (lol theres none), ended up learning taekwondo. I quit after 4 months, but I continued doing pushups and sit-ups. Realized I'm pathetically weak and always had been skinny.

    ...So now, I'm not pathetically weak.... just weak, and 25 lbs. heavier.
    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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    Other which for me is sport. I knew from a young age I wanted to play D1A football.
    Calgary Stampeder!
    Formerly a CMU Chippewa!

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    It's just fun in general. Well, for me anyway.
    "It is often said, mainly by the "no-contests", that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thought it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

    Richard Dawkins


    "Out of all of the sects in the world, we notice an uncanny coincidence: the overwhelming majority just happen to choose the one that their parents belong to. Not the sect that has the best evidence in its favour, the best miracles, the best moral code, the best cathedral, the best stained glass, the best music: when it comes to choosing from the smorgasbord of available religions, their potential virtues seem to count for nothing, compared to the matter of heredity. This is an unmistakable fact; nobody could seriously deny it. Yet people with full knowledge of the arbitrary nature of this heredity, somehow manage to go on believing in their religion, often with such fanaticism that they are prepared to murder people who follow a different one."


    Richard Dawkins


    "Bah. You know I hate poor people."

    Paul Stagg

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    is numero uno Saint Patrick's Avatar
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    Self-Improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manveet
    It's just fun in general. Well, for me anyway.
    werd

    i dont have a specific reason. i just do it

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    I like to think I'm destroying myself in a unique and productive manner. I don't drink. I don't smoke. I am killing myself to a degree.




    Keeps me sane.

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    Vanity.
    I'm not moaning, i'm having an opinion.

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    Overall health, Vanity and now it also helps as a Stress reliever.

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    Someone put "other" do you mind telling what your other inspiration is?

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    I'll add that vanity continues to be a motivator but now along with health reasons, physical fitness, sense of achievement.
    I'm not moaning, i'm having an opinion.

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    I am not motivated or inspired to lift weights. I am obsessed and compelled. Some might call this OCD.
    "To make a big training like Dimas, you can not be a pussy." - Christos Iakovou

    prepare yourself, because it's a big training

    Turnin nothin into somethin, is God work
    And you get nothin without struggle and hard work

    Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. - Henri Bergson.

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    Guys love a hot body.
    Homer Simpson - "The code of the schoolyard, Marge! The rules that teach a boy to be a man. Let's see. Don't tattle. Always make fun of those different from you. Never say anything, unless you're sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do."
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    Crush baby skulls with my bare hands.
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