The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Iron4Life
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    "Old man learning to stay young with iron, stones and tires."

    After a year on WBB.. I'm finally starting a journal.. b/c of a few encouraging words from other WBB'ers and I think it will keep me more honest in keeping a journal.. my personal workout journal, on my laptop, I haven't been consistent with.. so perhaps knowing that I have a responsibility (lol) to WBB to keep an accurate journal, will keep me writing.. hopefully to emulate WBB'ers like Anthony, Built, Sensei, etc..

    Old History:
    • 145-160 lbs in HS (83), same height (5'8"&7/8's) – starting garage lifting @ 13 – HS only had Universal Machine – so I bought a weight set and learned on my own
    • Couple of major injuries – back injury wrestling, knee injury in football, other knee injury motorcycle crash - lifting was a way for a small guy to compete with the bigger guys and recover faster from injuries
    • Went to college - learned about negatives, having a spotter, eating more.. and getting more rest. Gained 40 lbs
    • Personal Trainer 89-90 – Nautilus & Weight training - 195 – lean & mean – 6-8% BF - while finishing college - tried BB'ing, but could not overcome my Pectus Excavatum
    • After college - I couldn't make a living back then PT'ing.. so stayed with computer work I had been doing since I was 17..
    • 90-04 - on and off lifting, sports, etc. - but life - work, marriage, kids - was too good and made me lazy - So I grew to over 270 lbs...

    Recent History:
    • Christmas 2003 - I didn't know who that fat guy was in front of the XMas tree as the family was watching the video - so I always kept a gym membership, went and weighed myself and tried to do a simple 30 minute circuit workout followed by 30 minutes on the threadmill.. needless to say, I was a diaster.. a death waiting to happen.. thinking that my kids would be dadless
    • So I cut out a little of the good life.. less goodies, less alcohol, less couch sitting, less late nights..
    • By Feb 2004 I was down to 270 & 36 BF% - so I starting really working out.. at first, way too much threadmill/stepper/ellipitical/etc... not enough weights.. stuck mostly with doing BW exercises - pushups, squats, etc..
    • Kept the progression slow.. trying to gain muscle & loose fat.. until
    • New Years Eve 04/05 - lost my only parent/Mother to a heart attack @ 62 yrs.. after some depression, it shook my world and I started going more hard core.. harder workouts, more agressive cardio (HIT) along with heavier lifting.. while really starting to eat healthier.. although a lot more food. By Oct. 05 I was down to 226 and only 19% BF.
    • Family also joined the fun.. more family walks, hikes, activities .. wife had already lost 45 lbs..
    • Then I found WBB, crossfit and a couple of other Internet sites.. along with a job working from home.. and then really caught the strength bug. Deciding to see how strong I could get > 40 yrs old.. while also trying some creatine and going though some bulking cycles for more LBM..
    • Summer 2006 - Decided to stop just watching Strongman & MMA.. joined a couple of local groups doing BJJ and Strongman training. Addiction was really taking over my life.. lol
    • Oct. 4th - tore my left biceps while trying to flip a 850 lb tire.. decided against surgery.. and now I finally have a bicep peak.. on one arm.. lol

    Near Future:
    • Trying my first PL'ing competition in Dec. - 100 % RAW
    • Taking OL lifting classes - Jan & Feb 07
    • Trying my first Strongman competition next July '07
    • Get down to 220-225, get to 205 LBM, while continuing to increase strength

    Distant Future:
    • Maximum Strength while keeping athleticism
    • Better GPP & Crossfit abilities
    • Lower bodyfat – weight is not as important – perhaps a steady 220 lbs while in my 40s, then 210 by 50 yrs, 200 by 55, 190 by 60, 180 by 65
    • Being a good role model to my grandchildren..

    Progress:
    Date _ weight _ BF % LBs Fat _____ LBM ____ BP ______ Squat __ DL _____ MP ____ OH Squat
    Feb-04 _ 270 _ 36 _____ 97.2 _____ 172.8 __ 205 x 1 __ 185x3 __ 185x3 __ 95x5
    Oct-04 _ 252 _ 30 _____ 75.6 _____ 176.4 __ 225 x 4 __ 225x8 __ 225x10 __ 135x1
    Mar-05 _ 250 _ 26 _____ 65 ______ 185 ____ 265 x 1 __ 275x7 __ 275x8 __ 135x2
    Oct-05 _ 226 _ 19 _____ 42.94 ____ 183.06 _ 275 x 1 __ 325x4 __ 325x8 __ 135x3
    Jan-06 _ 238 _ 20 _____ 47.6 _____ 190.4 __ 300 x 1 __ 325x6 __ N/A ____ 155x6 __ 95x1
    Apr-06 _ 232 _ 18 _____ 41.76 ____ 190.24 _ 300 x 1 __ 355x3 __ 325x3 __ 175x4 __ 95x5
    Jul-06 _ 245 _ 20 ______ 49 ______ 196 ____ 325 x 1 __ 395x1 __ 395x1 __ 185x4 __ 185x1
    Oct-06 _ 245 _ 18 _____ 44.1 _____ 200.9 __ 325 x 1 __ 405x1 __ 445x1 __ 185x4 __ 185x2
    Last edited by Bob; 10-26-2006 at 07:16 AM.

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