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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    I'm so weak.

    I never realized how weak I am until I started lifting. I'm having trouble benching 90 pounds. No joke. Like 4 reps and I'm pooped. My dealifts are only 170 pounds. I maybe could have gone a little higher for deads, but I was worried I didn't have proper form. Very sad regardless.

    Will I move up in weight quickly or is it a slow process working your way up to a higher weight? I'd seriously be embarrased to lift in a public gym.

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    Just give it time. Lift heavy within the required rep ranges, eat a lot, sleep well, and stay dedicated. Never sacrifice form for heavier weight. The weight will go up over time.
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    If you are working hard people in the gym don't give a **** about what you can lift. Go to a gym, lift consistantly, you will see newbie gains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdjuqi
    Will I move up in weight quickly or is it a slow process working your way up to a higher weight? I'd seriously be embarrased to lift in a public gym.
    this was the very reason I didn't lift much my freshman and sophmore year of college. Once I got over the fear and realized that nobody else there cares about anything except themselves, I was fine. Strength will come in time. Just keep at it!
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    Every single time I go to the gym I see people benching the same as that or less. No one cares. I've yet to see anyone making fun of someone for not lifting a ton of weight. We were all there once, after all. Not too many people can walk into a gym for the first time and put up monster weights.

    If you're dedicated and you eat properly and get enough rest, your lifts will progress a lot at first. Don't put off going to a public gym because you don't feel like you're adequate right now, because whether you're benching 315 or 85 no one will take much notice.

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    Ask one of your friends with about equal strength as you and become gym buddies. I guarentee one of your friends who's doesn't lift wishes they did but were too embarassed to go by themselves.

    You guys can keep one another honest in your workouts and can progress together.

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    My dead was only 120 pounds but I pulled 355 for a clean rep today and it's only been a year. Your numbers will increase before you know it.
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    people look at you for being able to lift a ton, not for only lifting 90 lbs.

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    suprisingly, no one asked this yet. How tall are you//whats your weight?

    You know, if your like 5'6 111 pounds your not gona do much.

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    i changed the title of this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wdjuqi
    I never realized how weak I am until I started lifting. I'm having trouble benching 90 pounds. No joke. Like 4 reps and I'm pooped. My dealifts are only 170 pounds. I maybe could have gone a little higher for deads, but I was worried I didn't have proper form. Very sad regardless.

    Will I move up in weight quickly or is it a slow process working your way up to a higher weight? I'd seriously be embarrased to lift in a public gym.
    Don't worry about it. I started the same as you when I was younger, but I kept at it. Just stay with it and don't give up.
    Last edited by Iron Bull; 08-09-2006 at 06:29 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdjuqi
    I'd seriously be embarrased to lift in a public gym.
    Like you I am a wimp. I just started going to the gym regularly. My bench is now 'up to' 120x8. About three weeks ago I had a hard time putting up 90x8.

    I was worried about my deadlift form as well so I asked a couple of the 'tough guys' to watch me. They corrected a few things, so now I am ready to start lifting actual weight doing those. I was only doing 90+bar before because I was scared like you.

    I go to a public gym. Yes there are a few jerks around, but most of the people there are just doing their thing and don't pay attention to anyone else. Even the 'jerks' aren't going to say anything, so don't sweat it.

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    Like you I am a wimp. I just started going to the gym regularly. My bench is now 'up to' 120x8. About three weeks ago I had a hard time putting up 90x8.
    Woah man major props to that! I can't seem to increase my weight for squat on bench atm 30 lbs in three weeks! that's crazy good!
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    When I first started going to the gym I could do no more than the bar (yes 45 lbs, dont laugh) on the big three lifts. Now I can DL 300+, squat 220+ and bench 180+. Not good lifts by any means but when you compare them to where I started you see how far a newbie can progress in a relatively short period of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomv
    Woah man major props to that! I can't seem to increase my weight for squat on bench atm 30 lbs in three weeks! that's crazy good!
    Thanks man. Just following the WBB1 program, and it seems to be working out well for me.

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    As said. We all start somehwere. Anyone that laughs at you for what you're lifting isn't really there to workout. **** em. Ignore them. they don't know ****.

    Keep working at it, make sure you eat enough, and you'll get where you want to be.

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    Going to a public gym, I think, is the way to go. You have motivation all around you. I have seen my best gains since going public. My freshman year of HS I could bench 95lbs, now I am close to 3 plates each side. You can observe others at the gym for some ideas to put into your routine. Eat, sleep, eat some more and lift correctly and you will suprise the hell out of yourself.
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    when you go to the gym, leave your ego at home, you are there to train...that goes for you and anyone who would even consider poking fun at you......mind you, those guys are probably all PUSHING HUUUGE WEIGHT!!!!! at a 3 inch ROM.......so you can laugh at them too

    good luck with your progress man
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    Never be embarassed. You're making an effort, that's a lot more than a lot of people can say. Eat a lot, keep lifting hard and get lots of rest. You will acheive your goals if you just stick with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomv
    Woah man major props to that! I can't seem to increase my weight for squat on bench atm 30 lbs in three weeks! that's crazy good!
    Yeah, noob gains are great aren't they? lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdjuqi
    I never realized how weak I am until I started lifting. I'm having trouble benching 90 pounds. No joke. Like 4 reps and I'm pooped. My dealifts are only 170 pounds. I maybe could have gone a little higher for deads, but I was worried I didn't have proper form. Very sad regardless.

    Will I move up in weight quickly or is it a slow process working your way up to a higher weight? I'd seriously be embarrased to lift in a public gym.

    Don't worry and give it time. Once your CNS and muscles start adapting you should see some quick gains in size and strength. Eventually they will slow down, but as long as you keep training, eating and getting adequate rest, you should be able to keep making gains (even if slowly) for a long time. Everybody has to begin somewhere. Most of us probably started around where you are. Remember though, the best routine in the world will not give good gains unless you are getting plenty of food and rest.

    Most of all be patient and don't compare yourself to more advanced people. As long as YOU are progressing (one more set/rep or five more pounds even if only per month) that's all that matters. Sometimes you are going to have workouts where you did less weight than the week before or less reps. That's natural. We all have bad workouts.

    However should these "bad" workouts continue, check your rest and diet. Take a week or two off. Usually that does the trick.

    Good luck!
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    You're not alone. That's all I can bench at the moment too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wdjuqi
    I never realized how weak I am until I started lifting. I'm having trouble benching 90 pounds. No joke. Like 4 reps and I'm pooped. My dealifts are only 170 pounds. I maybe could have gone a little higher for deads, but I was worried I didn't have proper form. Very sad regardless.

    Will I move up in weight quickly or is it a slow process working your way up to a higher weight? I'd seriously be embarrased to lift in a public gym.
    man everybody has to start somewhere....just work your arse of in the gym.concintrate on what your doing and dont worry about anybody else in there. be regular and your strengh will come.eat plenty and make sure you get atleast 8hours sleep. before long you wont recognize yourslef in front of the mirroi
    everybody wants to be big, no one wants to lift no heavy ass weights

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