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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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    Cross trainer & DL addict mikesbytes's Avatar
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    Apr 2006
    Sydney, Australia

    Mikes Journey

    Mikes training log, but first my background

    1961 - 1982 the Kid in New Zealand
    - Great runner
    - Weights in the last years. 82kg/180lbs bench at 64kg/140lbs body weight

    1982 - 1989 Lost in OZ (Australia)
    - Bit of bike touring, but pretty much sweet F.A. like many other 20 something’s

    1990 - 1995 the Runner
    - Wind back the clock, relive that youth

    1995 - 2000 Passion Gone
    - Injured knees (10 years, thru to 2005)
    - Getting fat

    2000 - April 2004 Born Again
    - Weight lifting. 100kg/220lbs bench at 87kg/191lbs body weight
    - Bicycle commuting. Knees hurt, but it was a start.
    - Running failures. 5 attempts to restart running have all failed.

    April 2004 - April 2006 Rollercoaster
    - Bike accident April 2004. Hurt shoulder, broken rotator cuff but didn't know.
    - Bike accident May 2004. Hurt leg, cannot walk properly for 2 months.
    - Join commercial gym. Ironically stationary bike is all I can do [boring zzz], but leg gets better and then;
    - The "what do I suck at” training. Have a go at pretty much everything from Abs to Yoga (what starts with Z?) to learn what I'm not
    Good at and add focus. Hey there’s a hunk of bone floating around in my shoulder, but I don't know that, just hurts a little.
    - 6th attempt at running. Success! The problem is solved by running faster. Good technique at speed, from youth but lousy jogger.
    - The diet begins. 90kg/198lbs bench at 82kg/180lbs body weight. 100kg/220lbs bench at 74kg/ body weight.

    April 2006 - September 2006 Shoulder Death
    - Quit weights, yoga. Bad decision
    - Continue boxing, combat. Bad decision
    - Join bicycle racing club. Some serious bike training.

    September 2006 Discovery Time
    - Visit shoulder specialist, learn the truth. Man was I stupid.
    - Drop boxing, combat
    - Commence Pump (light weight/high rep semi aerobic weight training) and yoga. Special shoulder injury exercises.
    - loosing interest in running. The Kid is dead.

    October 2006 to ? - Patience Grasshopper
    - Now riding with serious riders. Aerobically I'm the fittest I've been since I was a kid.
    - Cross training continues but is wound down a little. Running / Cycling / Pump.
    - Increase Yoga to supplement shoulder injury exercises
    - Commence conventional weight training. Impose bench limit of 80kg/176lbs (78kg/172lbs body weight). Superset shoulder injury exercises.
    - How to stay motivated? Investigate power lifting - continuing.
    - Body is now a mix of strengths and weakness's, need to be patient and focus on weaknesses before lifting weights that will injure those weaknesses

    so the 4 quadrants of mikes training are;
    Injury recovery
    Injury prevention

    And the breakdown of those quadrants are [highly debatable];
    Aerobic 80% cycling 20% pump
    Strength 50% weights 25% pump 15% cycling 10% yoga [really different types of strength]
    Injury recovery 40% shoulder injury exercises 30% yoga 15% pump 10% weights 5% cycling
    Injury prevention 70% yoga 20% shoulder injury exercises 10% rest

    What can I say cross training is complicated.

    1. Recover from injury
    2. Put body back in balance
    3. Rebuild strength
    4. Maintain weight
    Last edited by mikesbytes; 11-11-2006 at 05:33 AM.

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