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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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  1. #26
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    Cocoa-thanks man. If I ever want to compete and actually compete not just show up, I will have to catch up to them. Good motivation reading others journals, yours included.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    Nice journal going on here Mike!
    Great PR on those GM's!! Awesome stuff!!
    My Journal

    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

  3. #28
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    DE Bench

    Speed bench
    185 x 3 x 9sets (3 grips)

    V Bar extensions
    175 x 8
    175 x 8
    175 x 8

    Single arm extensions
    70 x 8
    70 x 8
    70 x 8

    Lateral Raises
    20 x 8
    20 x 8
    20 x 8

    Kevin Benches (185 for as many reps)
    185 x 30

    Decent workout, quick. Abs hurt like a muthafuga from yesterday. Thanks Drew. Shoulders were tight the entire workout. Was hoping for 35 on the kevbenches, but I didn't have spot and was burned out after 30. Next time. Mediocre, light workout.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    Goodwinm-thanks a lot.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    i would probably give my right arm to do 185 on the bench 30 times in a row... then again, i wouldn't be able to bench if i did that... ohhh what a quandary.

    solid benching gordo!!!
    25 years old, 5'10''

    Back in the States to get hayooooge!

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    - Dunk a basketball (hey a man can have big dreams huh)
    - Swim 2-3x/week and become a better swimmer

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    McIrish- Gotta remember I weigh 220. Not that impressive benching 35 pounds less than I weigh for reps. Still, I beat Kevin! I've done 225 for 20 in the past, but my stamina is horrible now.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    Wow, Kevin Benches up in here, lol - ...good job on them and the speed bench using different grips, fine effort.

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    nice benchin homes
    2000 or bust

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    Cocoa- Never would have done 185 to failure if it weren't for Kevin, had to name them after him.

    Stumpy- Thanks bro. 250 for 20 reps on squats? Did I read that right? Impressive.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    First full day at the new job. Landscaping business so being outside is nice, but tiring. I am realizing how out of shape I am and hoping working outside ten hours a day six days a week helps with that. Will probably mess with my strength for a few weeks, but if I drop some fat it will be worth it. The luv handles are getting out of control and really suck because that is where all of my fat is. I would look like a pear if I didn't have wide shoulders. Really thinking of doing the comp with Drew and Kev in a few months. If I do I want to be down to 198. If I can do that and learn a shirt enough to get some pounds, I think I will atleast finish in the middle and not get too embarassed.

    Also looking for some advice. The job I am working at is probably going to be spreading mulch, planting trees and that type of thing. I could get another job with a different ladscaper just mowing. Money would be close, possibly more at the mowing only job. Overtime would be available at both to make for a low hourly, but it's cash at the mower only. I would jump to the mow job in a heartbeat, but I got the other job because the dad of one of the kids I coach in football is a big dog there. He pulled some strings, but he didn't ask for any favors, they needed the help. Not really sure what to do. Quit after one day, or just stay there.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    Id go where the best money / enjoyment is dude, hit up the mower job if you can, landscaping is killer. Yeah you read that right lol i have good leg endurance, going for 255 x 20 tomorrow.
    2000 or bust

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    That can be a difficult call because money talks and bs walks as they say, but I'd stay where dude got you in.

    Gonna have to bring the fluids along with you though, drink plenty of water, also protein drinks during the day to help.

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    Decision was made for me. The job I am at will work with my schedule so I can go to school and coach football in the Fall. Other place wouldn't. Probably would have just stayed regardless. While the money is bad, I will get hired back next year and still be able to get my Master's done. Thanks for the advice boys. Today wasn't a bad day. 10 hours of work, all planting different stuff. Neck is all burned up. Today is supposed to be my ME upper, but I have to watch the baby tonight so I will have to make it up tomorrow. Drank over a gallon of water today. A big benefit will be that next week I start hard scaping (break walls....) and will be working with heavy equipment. Get a good workout during the day and then another in the gym. Really hoping I can drop a good twenty pounds this summer. Thanks again Coke and Stump.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    good decision Mike! glad you are enjoying the new job, yeah man the weight will come off like hell doing that kind of work, best of luck.
    2000 or bust

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    Going insane. The Y has started their summer hours. They close weeknights at 8 and weekends at 3. Couldn't go Friday because I stayed home with my son. This weekend I had a football camp, 7 on 7 passing camp, that I had told the kids I would go to. We played horrible and on Sunday threw our last game. We couldn't win the tournament anymore so the Varsity coaches decided to play all of the younger kids and just go home. Myself and the head JV coach were very pissed off about it. I don't like going into any game with the mindset we can't win, might as well not try. By the time I had gotten home on both days, the gym was closed. Today I worked until 3:30 and had to go straight to class. Gym was closed again by the time I got back home. Last class is Wednesday so that will help. I'll be working ten to twelve hours a day, but atleast the gym will be open when I get done. I am also going to be running the lifting program for the football team so I will be able to lift then if I have to. I feel like sh!t not going to the gym in four days.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    ME Bench

    Floor press
    135 x 3
    225 x 3
    275 x 1
    295 x 1
    315 x 1

    Barbell Rows
    225 x 6
    225 x 6
    225 x 6

    Close Grip
    225 x 8
    275 x 4
    275 x 4

    Reverse Grip cable extensions
    130 x 8
    140 x 8
    150 x 8

    Hammer Curls
    55 x 6
    55 x 6

    Flat DB bench
    100 x 6
    100 x 8
    100 x 8

    Bleh Not one to brag about. Need to warm up better and really start working my RC's.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    looks like a fine effort to me mike!
    2000 or bust

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    Definitely warm up the RCs more. A couple more sets of 3 on those floor presses would be a good idea.

    Solid effort anyway dude.

    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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    Stump- Thanks bro. Just didn't feel it today, but you can't have great workouts each time.

    Drew- I have been doing a great job of warming up before I lift and then a lot of RC work after, but today I was just out of it. I have only floor pressed once, so I jumped too quickly on them. I definitely need to go in smaller jumps and stick with three longer. That has always worked well for me, but today I was just off. Many reasons why, none good enough for not following my progressions better. I had a lot left after 315 too, but was so off I just moved on. Thanks for the tips again man. They really help me to tune up my workouts.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    Sometimes it's not a bad idea to just stop when you're not feeling right.

    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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    Just felt off. Don't know if it was my form or because I had such a bad warm up, but the floor presses were horrible. Lot of stress on my shoulders and they just felt extremely heavy.
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    ME Lower

    Squat
    135 x 3
    185 x 3
    205 x 3
    225 x 3
    245 x 1
    275 x 1
    295 x 1
    320 x 1 (current PR)

    Good Mornings
    135 x 6
    135 x 6
    135 x 6

    Leg Curls
    90 x 8
    90 x 8
    90 x 8

    Cross Pulldowns (sit in middle of calbe extension and do pulldowns, look like a cross, can't remember real name)
    60 x 8
    80 x 8
    80 x 8

    Band work for my knee I will call them Drew extensions. Three sets of ten. OK workout. Squats were going great until 295 and then I hit the wall. Maybe too many warm up sets, not enough rest or I'm just weak at squats . Was going to quit, but decided to try 320. Wasn't atf like the rest, but low enough to count. Not happy with it, but it's getting better. I think my form is way off, I feel it all in my quads and not in my hamstrings or ass. I sit back good and keep a good arch, but something is wrong. I know I need to really start hitting my hammies hard. Thinking about adding some 20 rep sets, very light on one day a week. Start at 135 and slowly move up. I have done them before and blew up on my squats. Just an idea, thoughts anyone?
    Height: 5'8" Weight: 218
    Current Maxes: Bench: 360 Deadlift: 365 Squat: 320

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    Squat onto a box and concentrate on pushing your ass back. Don't even think about bending your knees until the motion of your hips forces them to bend.

    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 McIrish
    i would probably give my right arm to do 185 on the bench 30 times in a row... then again, i wouldn't be able to bench if i did that... ohhh what a quandary.

    solid benching gordo!!!
    lmao man
    My Journal

    Squat: 150kg (330lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Deadlift: 180kg x 3 (396lbs) Raw - 14.12.13
    Bench: 110kg (242lbs) Raw - 29.01.14
    Barbell Military Press: 85kg (187lbs) Raw- 31.01.14
    Barbell Push Press: 100kg (220lbs) Raw- 31.01.14

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    Both ME days were very nice guy...got plenty of big moves taken care of.

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