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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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  1. #1076
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    Back and Bi's

    Dead lift Warm-ups
    225 x 10
    315 x 10
    405 x 5

    Rack Pulls (bottom pin)
    500 x 1
    500 x 1
    525 x 1
    545 x 1
    545 x 1
    550 x 1

    Reverse Barbell Shrugs (behind the back)
    135 x 10
    135 x 10
    185 x 10
    135 x 15

    Lat Pulldown
    200 x 10
    250 x 12
    210 x 10

    Seated DB Curl
    35 x 10
    40 x 5
    45 x 5
    45 x 5
    35 x 10

    Rack pulls from the bottom pin is definitely a weak spot for me. Puts me at the absolute worst leverage possible, bar is a a couple inches below my knees. Going to do these more often as it really seems to hammer my lockout due to the starting position it puts me in, more so than higher positions, (which is strange, I know); 550 was grinder and I really focused on squeezing my glutes and hams to lockout.

    Reverse Shrugs felt awesome, you guys should really try them out. It's awkward as hell starting out as the bar hits your ass on the way up. Really have to focus on arching your back/leaning back with your chest up high so the bar clears your ass. Doesn't feel like you're doing much at first since the ROM is fairly short but really focus on squeezing your traps and you'll be surprised. Going to try these for a while to see how effective they really are as opposed to normal heavy shrugs. Biggest thing I like about them behind the back is the fact that you're using a lot less weight; way less strain on my lower back.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Killer stuff with the reverse shrugs, good deal on pulling from the bottom rack too - that's no joke.

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    Thanks Coke.

    Chest and Tris

    Bench
    135 x 15
    135 x 15
    225 x 5
    275 x 2
    315 x 1
    335 x 1
    355 x 2
    365 x 1
    375 x miss

    Dips
    Bw x 15
    Bw x 15
    + 90 x 5
    + 135 x 5
    + 180 x 4
    + 90 x 10

    Cable Triceps Extensions
    150 x 10
    170 x 5
    150 x 10

    Bench went better than expected today. Going lighter last week definitely helped, I've still got some tender spots but didn't feel nearly as ****ty as I usually do warming up. 375 was really close, not a bomb by any means, just didn't have enough gas to lock it out. Might have had it if I'd skipped the 365. Either way I'm making crazy progress right now. I know it's still a ways away but I want 4 plates so ****ing bad you have no idea.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Are you working the pause on your bench Invain?


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    No these are mainly touch and go. Once in a while I'll slow it down and hit a pause, but not very often.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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  6. #1081
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    Gat Damn bench is ridiculous. You better get 405 on vid when you go for it.
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    you're an intelligent guy... but you're also half #$%&ing crazy... and that my friend is the formula for a great powerlifter.
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    Bench:365(raw)
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    Exceptional benching and dips dude.

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    Thanks guys. I'll record my 405 attempt for sure. Don't expect it for a while though lol.

    Legs

    Squats (Raw, ATF)
    135 x 10
    225 x 10
    315 x 5
    385 x 1
    425 x 4
    325 x 8
    325 x 6

    Decline Crunches
    + 25 x 10
    + 25 x 10
    + 25 x 10

    Good Mornings
    135 x 10
    135 x 10
    135 x 10

    Hammer Curls (Hammer Bar)
    90 x 10
    100 x 8
    100 x 8
    90 x 10
    70 x 10

    Squats felt great today. Depth was real good, gotta work on keeping my knees out though. Form is usually spot on until I hit about 4 plates, then my knees start collapsing a little and I end up half good-morning-ing the weight.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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  9. #1084
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    What do you have planned to correct your form?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athos View Post
    you're an intelligent guy... but you're also half #$%&ing crazy... and that my friend is the formula for a great powerlifter.
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    5'10 198'er
    Squat-565(wraps) 560(Raw)
    Bench:365(raw)
    Deadlift:555(raw)
    Front Squat-465x1 (wraps) 405x2 (raw)
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    I have the same issue with GMing the weight up when it gets heavy.

    But I'm not squatting your numbers.

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    Keep working those good mornings strict and you'll be fine.


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    moving some serious weight. With that bench its no reason your thick as hell
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
    What do you have planned to correct your form?
    I gotta keep working on my hams/lower back. Gonna try barbell lunges next week. Like I've said, I have no idea what the deal is with this lower back pain. I can pull fine, I can squat fine, it's only certain movements that seem to aggravate it.
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    DE bench, shoulders

    Speed Bench
    135 x 15
    135 x 15
    225 x 3 x 9

    Arnie Press
    60 x 10
    80 x 5
    85 x 5
    85 x 7
    70 x 6

    Seated Lateral Raise
    30 x 5
    35 x 5
    35 x 5
    35 x 5
    30 x 10

    Lying Rear Delt Raise
    20 x 10
    20 x 12
    20 x 12
    20 x 12

    Upped speed bench weight, using right around 60% of my max. Shoulders cramped up real bad during lateral raise, not sure if it was just a pump or what. My shoulder pressing hasn't been very impressive lately, which is strange seeing as my bench has exploded. I've been using a slightly wider grip and I have a feeling the heavy benching is really beating my shoulders up.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Looks like you are having a great time in the gym, making great strides guy.

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    Hopefully I can keep it that way for the next few months!

    Back and Bis

    Rack Pulls (bottom pin)
    315 x 10
    405 x 10
    500 x 5
    545 x 1
    555 x 1

    Reverse Barbell Shrugs
    135 x 10
    185 x 5
    195 x 5
    195 x 5
    185 x 10

    Lat Pulldowns
    150 x 10
    200 x 10
    200 x 15

    Seated DB Curls
    30 x 10
    35 x 5
    40 x 5
    40 x 5
    40 x 5
    35 x 10

    Small PR on rack pulls from the bottom pin. More importantly, my back felt great, and my form was a little better. Definitely had a little more in me but I'll what I got and not risk overdoing it, like I've done so many times before, lol. Lats have been fairly sore lately so I hit them a little lighter than usual; half-ass deload sorta.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Chest and Tris

    Bench
    135 x 15
    135 x 15
    225 x 5
    275 x 3
    315 x 1
    ~2 Board~
    335 x 3
    355 x 3
    375 x 1
    385 x miss

    DB Bench
    80 x 10
    100 x 10
    110 x 3
    80 x 10

    Triceps Push downs
    150 x 10
    200 x 5
    220 x 5
    180 x 10

    2 board was decent. 375 felt great, very fast. Really thought I'd hit 385, dunno what happened. I need to do a refeed or something. More sleep would probably help too. I'm gassing way too fast. First couple sets of DB bench just wiped me out, had to have help getting the 110's started off my chest lol. Pathetic.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    I agree with your idea on the gassing out aspect. A refeed will more than likely do you justice. Do you have a training partner for the board presses or do you do them solo?
    Last edited by ThomasG; 12-08-2010 at 02:36 PM.
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    you're an intelligent guy... but you're also half #$%&ing crazy... and that my friend is the formula for a great powerlifter.
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    Bench:365(raw)
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    Yeah there's a group of us that trains together.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Enjoy the training partners while it lasts, because nobody is in a situation that will stay the same. Make the most of it. Proud of what you've done Nick, you really stepped up your overall game this past year.
    Last edited by Coke; 12-09-2010 at 05:46 PM.

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    Yeah I'm definitely enjoying it while it lasts. We've got a real nice group of 6 - 8 guys that show up pretty regularly every week. Thanks again for all the encouragement Terry, it means a lot.

    Legs, Bis

    Squats
    135 x 10
    225 x 5
    315 x 5
    405 x 1
    ~Front Squat~
    315 x 5
    ~Back Squat~
    435 x 3
    405 x 4

    High Bar GMs
    135 x 10
    155 x 10
    185 x 10
    135 x 10

    Hammer Curls
    40 x 10
    45 x 10
    45 x 10
    45 x 10

    Some of the guys I lift with were running late tonight and I didn't want to hit my heavy set of squats without a belt so I decided to just do front squats instead. Literally 2 or 3 minutes after a belt arrives, lol. The set of 315 didn't wear me out by anymeans but I wish I hadn't hit it, 435 x 3 should have been way easier than it felt, last rep was an extreme grinder. Still trying to work on GM form and slowly up the weight. I feel like a wuss doing GMs with 135 but at least my back didn't hurt.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Shoulders, speed work

    Speed Bench
    135 x 15
    135 x 15
    225 x 3 x 6

    Upright Row
    95 x 10
    115 x 5
    135 x 5
    145 x 5
    155 x 5
    140 x 10

    DB Front Raise
    20 x 10
    35 x 5
    35 x 5
    30 x 10

    Seated Lateral Raise
    25 x 10
    35 x 10
    35 x 10
    30 x 10

    Lying Rear Delt Raise
    30 x 10
    25 x 10
    25 x 10
    20 x 10

    Everything felt sore as hell today. Pretty sure eating more would help, I've been slacking with my diet lately. I'm still about as lean as ever but my weight hasn't moved much over the past few weeks. Planning on doing a meet in February, would like to come in at a very full 198.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Jesus you are strong as Fuk man. That front squatting is crazy strong.

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    Thanks man. Front squats were really nothing special, I need to start training them more often and finally hit 405.
    Best lifts: 615/475/660, Raw w/ Wraps
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    Nice lifts man.
    First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109

    Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745

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