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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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    Greece lightning! Part I

    Greetings from a sunny Crete boys and girls, just jotted down a few notes that hopefully will keep you entertained at work for about 6 minutes atleast!

    Greece lightning!

    Foreword
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    It all started as a need, a need to get away from the cold, grey streets of dublin and the anonymous filing cabinet where I work and have been working for the past 18 months without taking a real break. My budget was extremely limited so "budget travel" seemed like the perfect tour operator for me. I wont bore you with the hows and whys but I decided on a holiday resort called Gouves on the beautiful Greek island of Crete located somewhere between the Greek mainland and Colonel Khadafi's playground AKA Libya. The following story is a little personal diary come travel guide Im keepingof my time here and like a good dish its 95% main meal (fact) and about 5% herbs and spices (fiction) to jazz it up a little. Enjoy!

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    I arrived at the airport early and see a huge que waiting to check in at check-in nr. 12. My feelings of pity for the poor people waiting quickly turn into self-pity as I realise that this is the que for my flight to Heraklion. "For **** sake" is the only half-assed sentance my brain seems to be able to string together for the following hour and a half as I see the line of kids, somewhat cool young people and Eastenders-watching bingo grannies move forward at the pace of a lazy snail on valium. Like a golden shower, a sense of relief washes over me as I check in and head outside for what is to be my last smoke for the next 5 hours straight. Im seated next to a really nice Irish couple called Cormac and Sinead who are speaking Gaelic which sounds liek they're trying to cough up a ball of something lodged in their throats. They speak English too ofcourse, Wahey! The unfortunate choice of in-flight entertainment is a movie titled: "the day after tomorrow" which consists of several plane crashes and basically the entire world coming to an abrupt and violent ending. Being the hero that I am I had no problems watching this which cant be said about the poor 80 something granny sitting adjacent to me in the other isle. She has a look on her face as if she just heard her husband was leaving her for her 90 something sister. A smell of urine eminating from her general area fills the aeroplane. I try to open a window before realising Im an idiot.

    Touchdown! A fairly rough landing awaits us which doesnt surprise me as Ive heard from several people that Greeks and good driving are a mix as illusive to find as a gay man with no natural talent for interior design and decoration. Its 3.30 in the morning and a warm breeze gently sways the palm trees. Im afraid we crashed and Ive been sent to heaven, but quickly snap out of it when I realise I just used the words I and heaven without the word not in the middle somewhere. I have a little chat with Cormac and Sinead before picking up my bag and heading back out for a smoke, a combination of paper, some dry brown tobacco and a filter that almost makes me climax and shout out: "**** yeah!!!" when I light it up. Im so laid back at this point, I feel like Im floating horizontally, straight into the tourbus that takes us past beautiful houses and rocky roads leading up to the holiday resort. Greeted by a friendly, most likely insomniac Cretan we check in at around 5.30 and I drop onto my bed for some well deserved rest.

    Son of a beach
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    Im awoken the next day by a cleaning lady who sees me lying on my bed naked as the day I was born and an almost disturbing amount of days since. She averts her gaze and slowly goes back out leaving me pretty sure she deals with this sort of thing on a daily basis. 10 minutes later I hear a little knock and a voice saying: "kalimera" before she opens the door again. Her warm smile puts me at ease straight away as I let her do what she does day-in day-out. The sun is shining as I head out of my room and a MASSIVE mountain which I failed to notice the previous morning/night stares me dead in the face. Its awesome as you can see on the snaps and I wouldve loved to drive up if only I had a driving license and a rental car. I decide to trek down to the beach which takes about 20 mins on foot and almost inspired me to write a novel titled: "the joy of walking" before It crosses my mind that this is actually the first walk I thoroughlly enjoyed in a long time. The hills, the colourful humming birds, the friendly locals waving and shouting: "Yassou!" and the kiosks displaying their surprisingly wide variety of porn mags are all priceless. Yeah, this was a walk I really enjoyed and will take almost every day of my stay here unless I have something better to do ofcourse. A gorgeous, almost deserted beach awaits me like a pot of shining gold coins at the end of the rainbow. Crystal blue waters, golden sands stretching for miles and unfortunately a proverbial ****load of rubbish left by fellow tourists no doubt. I briefly thought I discovered a new species of strawberry-scented, tube-shaped jellyfish stranded in the dunes before seeing it was a used johnny on closer inspection. Things like this make me feel ashamed of being one of these tourists coming here to this island paradise to behold it in all its glory and completely **** it up at the same time.
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    Tons of fantastic pics to follow as soon as I get back home sunday or monday.

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    Errr, is a "johnny" an Irish slang word for a condom?

    Haha, just kidding - live it up out there, man! Sounds beautiful, condoms on the beach notwithstanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powdered_Power
    Like a golden shower, a sense of relief washes over me as I check in and head outside for what is to be my last smoke for the next 5 hours straight.
    One of three things might have happened here:

    1) Something completely went over my head.

    2) You don't know what a golden shower is.

    3) That was a poor attempt at humour.
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    Jorge, you don't get relief from golden showers?
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    I get relief from urinating, I don't see why it has to be on someone to be particularly relieving.
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    Hope you'll enjoy your holiday
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

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    1) Right on Mcirish, just remember that if you ever decide to come over and discover your roots. PS, do NOT let yourself get scammed by the folks over here organising "leprechaun hunts" for American tourists. (completely true by the way)

    2) getfit, Yamas!

    3) Jorge, dont look a gifted horse in the mouth man. Im aware of what a golden shower is ;-).

    Pic thread to come soon, some really cool ones in there.

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    Looking forward to the pics
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
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    I assume there will be pics of the infamous golden shower, then.
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    awesome I am so jealous. My grandparents(maternal) are from crete and i have always wanted to go their.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby
    awesome I am so jealous. My grandparents(maternal) are from crete and i have always wanted to go their.
    wow! which part of Crete are they from?
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by getfit
    wow! which part of Crete are they from?
    I am sorry I do not know but i am calling my yiayia tonight and I will make sure to ask.

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    Axos I guess its a small village inland in the mtns close to heraklion, which is supposed to be a major city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky Bobby
    Axos I guess its a small village inland in the mtns close to heraklion, which is supposed to be a major city.
    nice,Crete is gorgeous, I lived there for a year.
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
    Hot in terms of both speed and... well new hotness- Stash

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    I am jealous. Are you fluent? I am pissed my mother never spoketo me in greek as a kid. All she did was talk to my grandparents about xmas presents in it in front of me.

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    I am, I lived in Greece almost all my life.I'm going back next summer for 5 weeks if all goes well
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
    Hot in terms of both speed and... well new hotness- Stash

    gain 50lbs-Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by Powdered_Power
    ...Im awoken the next day by a cleaning lady who sees me lying on my bed naked as the day I was born and an almost disturbing amount of days since. ...
    Does seem to happen alot. I remember a certain maine meet where Anthony seemed to surprise a cleaning lady one morning too. Although, in his case i'm sure it was on purpose.

    Keep the story coming PP, looking forward to the next installment.

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    Enjoy your hols, been to stalis in crete a couple of years back it's a lovely island.

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    Sorry for the delay folks!

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    Isn't greece so gorgeous
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
    Hot in terms of both speed and... well new hotness- Stash

    gain 50lbs-Anthony

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    Quote Originally Posted by getfit
    Isn't greece so gorgeous
    Definately early retirement material

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    this is outside my house in Athens
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    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
    Hot in terms of both speed and... well new hotness- Stash

    gain 50lbs-Anthony

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    oh, that's taken in Zea in Pireas.
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
    Hot in terms of both speed and... well new hotness- Stash

    gain 50lbs-Anthony

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    Always been an Olympiacos fan

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    cool
    You will soon see Getfit in OngII Flying Knee Thingys of Doom see if the feisty greek can survive the kicks of Steel Leg From Shaolin Soccer,Dim Mak(def touch) from ChungLee,and Flying Crane by Daniel-san-El Pietro

    Spray it with windex greek!-the famous El Pietro

    You be quiet or i'll clean and press your narrow francophone self-Callahan

    Lift for gains,not glory.Control your ego and the weight

    What a strong girl! This leads me to believe you can severly injure most of the male population-Nick Hatfield

    You're blazing white hot,anyone ever tell you that? Sometimes i think you have fingers faster then Superman when it comes to posts on WBB forums.
    Hot in terms of both speed and... well new hotness- Stash

    gain 50lbs-Anthony

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