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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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  1. #1
    Senior Member hardgainer169's Avatar
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    One Dude's Lifting Experiences

    Starting a Journal seems like the cool thing to do...No but seriously I figure it will help keep my priorities straight and keep me focused.

    Plus everyone here can get a good laugh at my expense!

    I'll start with my personal Stats.

    Age: 18

    Height: 5'9"

    Hair: Brn

    Eyes: Hazel (Ok maybe thats unnecessary)

    Max bench: 185 (according to one of those 1rm calcs)

    Max squat: 270 (again, according to a calc.)

    Max Dead: 350

    I have a weak bench. I would like to bring that up a bit.

    Supplements:

    Creatine Mono, 5g a day

    Whey Protein whenever

    Some weight gainer

    Multi Vitamin 1 a day

    Diet

    I don't use fitday; did for a while but it takes up too much time. You guys will pry yell at me for it.

    My diet sux cuz Im a student and I'm poor and I don't have a ton of time to cook. Canned food mostly, Some Frozen stuff, Chicken breast, tuna,once in a while we cook up somethin good.

    MOrnin: 2-3 eggs, bowl of cereal, Juice, Multi, Whey protein

    Mid-morning:Usually a can of soup or pasta w/ a glass a milk

    Lunch: Similar to above

    Mid afternoon: Say a can of tuna w/ some Ramen

    Dinner:A big meal

    Night time: Another big meal.

    Bed time: always a big shake w/ some milk and maybe some PB.

    Now I will post my Routine.
    Routine

    Horizontal Push Pull
    Chest
    Flat Bench, BB or DB 5x5
    Low Incline, BB or DB 3x8
    Back
    Rack Pulls 5x5
    BB rows 2x5
    DB rows 2x5

    Standing Calves 2x15

    Vertical Push Pull
    Chest
    Military Press 5x5
    DB OH Press 2x8
    Dips 3x8

    Back
    Pull Ups 5x5
    Chin Ups 3x8 (alternate these two)

    Seated Calves 3x8

    Quad Dominant
    Quads
    Squats 5x5

    Hams
    Leg Curl 3x15

    Ham Dominant
    Hams
    Deads 3x5
    RDLs 2x8

    Quads
    Squats 3x15

    Week #1

    Mon: Horizontal Push Pull

    Wed: Quad Dominant

    Fri: Vertical Push Pull

    Week #2

    Mon: Ham Dominant

    Wed: Horizontal Push Pull

    Fri: Quad Dominant

    Week #3

    Mon: Vertical Push Pull

    Wed: Ham Dominant

    Fri: Horizontal Push Pull

    Week #4

    Mon: Quad Dominant

    Wed: Vertical Push Pull

    Fri: Ham Dominant

    repeat

    As you can see, It's BGB revised to fit my needs. I plan to start this next week.

    My current situation: Got sick 2 days ago, I think its a touch of the flu, gettin better now. I'm taking this week off because it would totally suck trying to lift right now, Much less eat which reminds me yesterday was pathetic I pry ate like 1.5K cals...I'm scared to step on the scale now.

    I just ordered some Muscle Juice from DPS...I like it for its pre and post workout supplementation. Its got 3 types of protein and malto, Perfect! I also ordered some caffeine pills to spice up my workouts.

    Did I miss anything? (goes back to check)

    O well let me know if i did.

    Thanks for reading!
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    Welcome to journal land Hardgainer..
    Looking forward to watching your progress.
    Good luck on the illness..

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    Senior Member hardgainer169's Avatar
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    Thanks Bearwolf!

    Feelin much better today! Pumped to start lifting next week, Just going to take this week easy and let my self recover.

    I hate not lifting...it seems like i keep getting smaller lol. But I think its pry the best thing I can do right now. Still trying to get my appetite back as well. I think as soon as I start lifting it will rebound with a vengeance!
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    height------ 5'9"


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    Still feeling groggy and stuffy...Hoping by tomorrow or monday it clears up. I'm just glad I didn't get the full-blown flu like I did last year...Bed-ridden for like 4-5 days, lost like 10 lb. Depressing. BUt sweetI didn't so I can't wait to get crackin'
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    height------ 5'9"


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    A quick installment before I rush home for my pwo sahake.

    Just finished wk 1 workout, monday. Phenomenal! Best workout in a while. So far I love BGB.

    Horiz. Push/pull

    Chest
    Flat DB bench 5x5 @ 65

    Low incline DB bench: 3x8 @ 45

    Back
    Rack pulls 5x5 @ 275 (1st time I have done these)

    BB row 2x8 @ 135

    DB Row 1x8 @ 55, 1x10 @ 60

    What Fun!

    Weighed in at 157 today, down just 2 lbs since I got sick! I was worried over nothing. Now going to start eating like a mad mother f-er.

    Just got my Muscle Juice + caffeine pills today. Muscle juice is delicious, tastes like brownies.

    As for the caffeine pills...They were Excellent! I advise If you don't take them currently and want more energy in your workout..go get some!! I could feel a huge energy boost. I think this accounts for the sweet workout.

    See y'all tomorro
    Last edited by hardgainer169; 11-13-2006 at 06:14 PM.
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    weight------140 145 150 155 160 165 170 and counting
    height------ 5'9"


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    Good luck hardGainer..
    I'll be checking your progress regularly mate, keep it up.
    Age: 25 Height:5/9" Weight: 180lbs/ 80kgs


    Current PR's (updated 19th March.)

    Bench: 325lbs/ 145kgs
    Dead: 395lbs/ 180kgs
    Squat: 370lbs/ 165kgs x 1 parallel.

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    Senior Member hardgainer169's Avatar
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    Thanks for the support immortal!

    It really helps the ol motivation.
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    Senior Member hardgainer169's Avatar
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    Hoo Boy..

    k today is Tuesday. Got up at 7:30 and ate an egg, a sausage patty, anenglish muffin, a glass of juice, a slice of cheese, and a weight gain shake.

    Getin ready to head home for meal #2

    I'm pretty dang sore, mostly in my traps and rhomboids. My chest is pretty sore too, and get this, my hams are sorer from the rack pulls than they ever were for deadlifts!

    Feelin pretty good overall...Can't wait for wed. workout.
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    Good luck man. I might of missed it but what is your goals?? I did see you wanted to get your bench up. Your bench is more then your body weight right now. I give props to anyone that can bench at least 1x their body weight. I would say good luck but it doesnt take luck, it takes dedication.
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    Age - 25 Weight - 275 Height - 6'4" BF% - to high

    Bench Press: 370LBS 11/13/06
    Squat: 135 X 6 11/7/06 (bad back, just working on form)
    Deadlift: 400LBS 11/10/06

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    I would say good luck but it doesnt take luck, it takes dedication.
    Ain't that the truth. Thanks for the support man; you are right I didn't really state my goals. I'll Do so now

    My main goal is to get as big as possible.

    That being said: I'll be more specific

    Weight: 185

    Bench: 225

    Dead: 405

    Squat: 315

    That's about it for my short term goals (next 6 months) then we'll see where I'm at.
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    Last edited by hardgainer169; 10-31-2006 at 04:31 PM.
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    Legs today...

    Quad Dominant

    Wed. 11-1-06

    Squats 5x5 @ 185

    leg curl 2x15 @ 65

    Standing calves 2x20 @ 200

    Legs are shot. Mostly my hams and abductors.

    The squats were not fun today, because my traps are simply destroyed from Mon...sorer (?) than they've ever been, and the bar was torturous to set on them. But I managed to get a decent workout anyway.

    Weight was 157.

    I didn't eat enough yesterday. This morning I had abs. no appetite and i couldn't even finish my eggs because I felt like throwing up. Maybe thats why.

    On a different note, has anyone here donated plasma? I'm going into do so soon, and i just wondered if it affected your lifting in any way. Be interested in your experiences.
    Last edited by hardgainer169; 11-13-2006 at 06:13 PM.
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    Thursday, 11-2

    traps are STIILL really sore...geez...I don't know what their problem is, they won't man up and recover!

    Legs are dead...could barely ride my bike to school.

    Ate a sausage and egg sandwich for breakfast. Gettin ready to eat a protein bar I just bought. (fascinating stuff, eh)

    Wanted to sleep ina nd skip class, but I made myself get up. The dam caffeine pills keepin me up til like 2 in the mornin. Maybe I need to start taking a sleeping pill to counteract them.

    Have a terrific day
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    Vertical Push/pull today.

    BB military press: 3x5@115, 2x4@105

    DB press OH: 2x8@35 apiece

    Dips: 3x8@bw+25

    Pull-ups: 3x5@bw+25

    Pronated grip chins: 3x6@bw

    That's it. I got really fatigued during the pull-ups, so I wasn't able to complete the routine (missed 2 sets pullups and 6 reps chins) But everything else went well. BW was 157.2 lb, so it should start going up here in a while. I'm so sick of my diet; I wish I was a better cook. Canned chili and that kind of s--- get really old. (my complaint for the day)

    K so recover this wknd, and hit the hams hard on Mon.

    Later
    Last edited by hardgainer169; 11-13-2006 at 06:11 PM.
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    mon. 11-6-06 Ham dominant Day.

    This workout doesn't have much volume, but it sure is tough!

    -Deadlift 3x5@275

    -Romanian Dead lift 3x5@225

    -Squats 1x20@135 (these were tough, but I think I could have done another 25-50 lb)

    -Decline weighted crunches (w/ 10 lb) 1x20, 1x13

    -Seated calf raises 1x15@125, 2x8@150

    Weight was 159.2

    Prety soon I'll be able to change my sig to 160! What a milestone. Can't wait. Now I got to go see if I can find a decent meal in our meager food supplies.
    Last edited by hardgainer169; 11-13-2006 at 06:11 PM.
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    Nice 20 rep squatting after all that DL'ing..
    And looks like your bulk is progressing along nicely!!

    Keep lifting heavy, Eating right and sleeping enough..

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    Thanks Bearwolf; yeah after the deads, I was pretty tired and I think that's probably why I underestimated the weight for the 20-reppers.

    sleeping enough
    Here's the rub...most days I *try to* get 8-10 hrs, but on mondays and wednesdays. I only get like 6-7 hrs. I don't know how much much it's affecting me but it definitely can't be too good.
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    Aaaand the cycle restarts.

    Horizontal Push/Pull
    (Wed Nov. 8)

    Rack Pulls 4x5@225 (went easy on these, because I could still feel the deads from Mon)

    BB rows 1x8,1x10@135

    DB Rows 2x10@65 (got some gains going on here...)

    BB Bench 1x5@145, 1x5@165, 3x5@155

    DB low incline bench 1x8@45, 2x8@50 (Here too...)

    Now here's the kicker: Weight = 161.2!!!
    hooray for me. I can finally change my sig!

    Have a Good One
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    Fri, Nov. 10 2006

    Quad Dominant

    Squats 1x5@225, 1x4@225, 3x5@205

    Ham Curls 1x15@75, 1x15@62.5

    Calf raise (standing) 2x15@120

    Decline Sit-ups 1x10@20, 1x7@20 (behind head)

    Weight---> 160.8 lost 1 lb; nothing significant no big deal.
    Last edited by hardgainer169; 12-04-2006 at 05:00 PM.
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    Mon. Nov. 13, 2006

    Vert. Push/Pull

    Pronated Chins 4x5@bw+25, 1x6@bw+35

    Pull-ups 1x8@bw, 1x7@bw, 1x5@bw

    Mil. Press 1x5@95, 2x5@105, 2x5@110 (tired from the pull ups)

    DB OH press 2x8@35

    Dips 3x8@bw+25

    Weight=159.6 Lost a bit; I don't know why...gotta start eating more

    Did more on the pull-ups; but paid for it with my presses, which were all lower. That's the way it works, I guess, eh?
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    Last edited by hardgainer169; 11-20-2006 at 12:20 PM.
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    Wed. Nov 14, 2006

    Ham Dominant

    Deads 1x5@225, 1x5@315, 1x4@295, 1x5@ 245, 1x4@275

    Romanian DL 3x6@185

    Squats 1x20@155

    Calf raise 2x8@135

    Decline Crunch w/ weight behind head 1x20@10, 1x15@10

    This workout is dang hard! Couple two types of deadlifts with 20-rep squats and you're toast! Even when I'm doing the RDLs I'm shaking so much I can barely hold onto the bar.

    Weight=160.7 I think I hit a sort of "wall" at 160. Over thanksgiving, I'm going to take a real break froim both the lifting and the eating (yea right). THen when we hit 'er on Mon, I'll be ready to re-start. The last Time I did this, I gained four poiunds, so I think it really helps me.

    Good day to ya
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    Horizontal Push/pull (fri, nov. 17)

    DB Bench 1x5@65, 1x5@70, 3x5@75

    Low incline DB Bench 3x8@60

    BB row 1x5@145, 4x5@155

    DB Row 3x8@65

    Good Day. Weight=162.5

    Yesterday was my Bday!
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    damn my tooth has been giving me hell..needs a root canal, but I can't get in for a while.. meanwhile it hurts like heck and keeps me up all night...not to mention making eating that m uch harder
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    Belated b'day wishes man...too bad about the tooth ordeal, hope you get that looked at soon - maybe more protein/weight gain drinks will help out in the meantime. Raising up slowly and surely in here, nice job.

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