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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?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    What is the draw?

    So, last weekend I was talking to a girl that I recently met and we were just lying there and she started to ask me about lifting. How I got into it, why don't I do something easier, what kind of injuries I've had, etc. After answering all these and finishing up with telling her that my shoulders are always hurt, my hips are usually tight, I have trouble sleeping through the night, etc. She asked me a very simple question. "What's the draw?"

    My answer took no time at all to think of. I do this because it makes everything else easy. Powerlifting is the only place where you constantly push your body to its absolute limit. You either do or don't. You always know what your body is absolutely capable of. When you give it everything and it takes forever to get that last half inch, you know what it takes to get it done. After that, nothing is hard. It's also the only sport I can think of that doesn't get easier as you get better at it, it gets HARDER.

    Anyway, the reason I keep going back to is simple. I do this because it makes everything in life easy.

    So what's the draw? Why is it all worth it to you?

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    I prefer to get stronger with age, not weaker.

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    Its a hobby for me more then anything. As a younger kid (and still very much today) I was horribly anti-social. I would barely talk to the other kids at school, and never left my house once I had arrived home from school.. the exception being football camp/practice/workouts. So I started investing alot of time at the gym, not to be mega HYYYGE but for something to do. As I progress more and more now, Im sucked more and more into it. Like the 100x10 I got on DB bench a few days ago... it jacked me up like no other and drives me to get to the gym every day even when its hot as **** out and im beat from work.

    Thats how I roll

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    Powerlifting is a competitive outlet for me. I've always loved lifting and loved competing in sports. I'm not ready for marathons or triathlons yet, but maybe someday I'll decide to drop 60lbs and give them a shot. Then again, maybe I'll just take up golf.
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    One of the guys at the gym today was wearing a shirt that said, "What is improbable to you is normal for us."

    I've always liked being a tad different from the norm and this is another avenue for me to persue that. Powerlifting also gives me a daily sense of accomplishment. Beating that PR, beating this one. The rush of doing something I've never done before.

    I love the training. It makes every thing else in life seem easier. I'm a very laid back guy. I believe it enhances my life and my outlook on life.

    I also love the feeling when its done right. I feel it happen, everything feels on and nothing can stop me. I feel like I could lift the world. Atlas ain't got ****. He might have carried the world but I didn't see his happy ass doing squats with it. I will.
    What is elite?
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    I'm not bright, but I can lift heavy things.

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    knowing I am stronger and wiser than the day before
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    Being able to make progress in a sport that is not about 1 second of glory, but about months and years of training, perseverance, constant learning, and dedication, says a lot about who a person is.
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    http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...p?threadid=573 and the Henry Rollins article which I cant find a link to.

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    When we're in the gym, we're in this indescribable euphoria zone. It's a feeling of being on, of being completely alive and aware.

    Within this haze of pleasure and pain, there's knowledge and power, self-discipline and self-reliance.

    I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.

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    Being a quiet guy, the weight room has always been an emotional outlet for me. Everytime somebody has something negative to say about me, I just kind of take it and store it in the back of my mind. Those 60 minutes in the gym 3 times a week allow me to release all my anger and frustration.

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    The draw is that I LOVE pure brute strength and always have. I want to be as strong as possible. I am so obsessed with it I will train to my detriment sometimes.


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    Here is what I love about lifting iron, lifting anything heavy and bodyweight exercises:
    >>pushing myself..
    >>pushing my limits..
    >>Competing against myself everyday..
    >>health
    >>brute strength
    >>the way I feel
    >>being able to take out my agressions against the iron
    >>continued improvement
    >>helping others feel great
    >>be a healthy example to my kids
    >>not having a rounded back when I'm 70...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason
    The draw is that I LOVE pure brute strength and always have. I want to be as strong as possible. I am so obsessed with it I will train to my detriment sometimes.
    ditto.

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    I just wanted a tighter ass


    Seriously though, anything and everything that can improve my health/looks I'm all for. Lifting also gives me time to reflect, take out aggression, and relieve stress in a crazy world that goes way too fast.
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    If 3 hours a week of hard work and sweating can make you feel so good then i don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to do it
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    What's the draw? To be better than I was yesterday.
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    THese are all great answers. Let me take it one step further though.

    Is it still worth it to you if you can't sleep some nights because of the pain? If you can't sit for more than 20 minutes without your hips cramping up? And if you often can't reach the back of your own head to shave it? If you KNOW that in 20 years you'll probably have arthritis and it will be worse?

    Still worth it?

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    For me, no. I don't do this just for numbers, I do this to build a strong body that will allow me to be active in my golden years.

    The good news is that all of your problems can be fixed. Mobility work, foam rollers, correcting muscle imbalances ... you know the drill!
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    It is still worth it because like Anthony said, I know how to correct it. That doesn't always mean I am though.

    I plan on lifting for a very long time, so my training incorporates all the things that will allow me to do that. The pain I deal with is temporary and will go away. It'll come back when I lift for for a day or 2 after but the pain will not be permanent.
    What is elite?
    "Those who work the hardest often complain the least." -anonymous
    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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    because i am friggin insane!!!:evillaugh

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    what does it mean? everything, its my life, its my health, it helped change my life to something completely different, its going to be my career, im goign to use to to help others, there is just to much to say.

    when i am in that gym its all business, nothing stops me.
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    At that expense? Hell no.

    Fix your problems man!
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    It's all worth it for the 60 minutes on saturday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    THese are all great answers. Let me take it one step further though.

    Is it still worth it to you if you can't sleep some nights because of the pain? If you can't sit for more than 20 minutes without your hips cramping up? And if you often can't reach the back of your own head to shave it? If you KNOW that in 20 years you'll probably have arthritis and it will be worse?

    Still worth it?
    sure. I do this for fun and when it stops being fun I will quit.

    I have a lot of nagging injuries from all the abuse but I learn to live with it. I would hate to say in a few years " I think I could have benched 3x bwt if i tried" this way I will know!!!!



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    Another thing is, in powerlifting you know where you stand, and you can relish achieving little goals day in and day out. Almost every workout, I know I can set a PR in SOMETHING. In a way, it's instant gratification. In bodybuilding you rarely get that, because the improvement come much more slowly when you are measuring them by how you look in a mirror.
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