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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. #1276
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    Bench/upper body assistance

    Bench press(grip inside rings)

    095x5
    135x5
    185x5
    205x3
    225x2(heaviest I have tried in two months)


    Incline DB press

    40'sx10
    60'sx10(slight pain)


    Flat DB press

    60'sx10(much better)
    80'sx8


    Neutral grip pulldowns- 3 sets of 8

    Pec deck/rear delt machine- 3 sets each

    Close grip declines

    135x6
    185x6,5

    Lying Db ext- 2 sets of 10

    Tricep pushdowns- 2 sets of 10

    Face pulls- 2 sets of 10



    Felt pretty good today. I went to a local gym with my friend Joe. It's actually the gym that my girlfriend belongs too and I was very impressed. Tons of equipment, plenty of free weights. I may decide to start doing all of my assistance work there and train my big stuff at East End Barbell. This is the heaviest I have tried pressing raw in two months(since my shoulder started acting up) and it wasn't too bad.

    Tomorrow I plan to box squat and pull sumo.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    2pps with no pain is a great sign. I hope it keeps up.
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
    Meet PRs: Bench Only 525

    Deadlifts bring people together. It's a fact. - Chris Rodgers

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    Thanks chubby.

    1/14
    Box squat/deadlift


    SSB box squats(Ace briefs/belt)

    (All sets done with 2 sets of green band choked in power rack...less tension than in the monolift)

    205x2
    245x2,2,2,2,2
    295x2


    Sumo rack pulls(Ace briefs/belt/Pin 3)

    245x1
    335x1
    445x1
    535x1,1(Fat gym bar/grip was an issue)


    GHR- 3 sets of 10

    Straight legged situps on GHR- 3 sets


    Felt pretty good tonight. I'll do my assistance work at the local gym with my buddy this week and then I'll hopefully be able to get some shirt work in and then squat heavy in gear on Friday.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    nice squats and deads man.
    23 years old
    6'3, 308 lbs

    825 Squat
    470 Bench
    645 Deadlift
    1905 total
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    I'm way behind in reading up on your journal, but from your best gym lifts I can see you jumped waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up in weight. Sounds like you are just coming off of an injury??


    At 165 you are putting up crazy weights, weights I'd like to be doing at a 200 bodyweight.

    Quick question on the Sumo Rack Deads, how do you like those as opposed to doing Conventional Rack Deads, that's pretty much all legs really.

    How long have you been doing them and what type of results are you seeing or feeling??

    I'm going to have to scroll back some pages and catch up. What pages do you have pics or video links oN??
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    what up slut, looking good in here as usual, be careful on that bench even if there wasnt much pain.
    2000 or bust

  7. #1282
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    Thanks peeps.

    T&P- Long time buddy. All the videos I have put up should be in the video section. My account name on youtube is "sumodeads", so you can look for me there. We just started training in a new facility that was opened up by a few members of our team. We got a new rack in there that allows you to go wide sumo and do rack pulls. In the past I was never able to because the racks were all to narrow. That was the first week I tried them and the bar sucked so grip was an issue. Next time I will do them with a better bar and let you know. I think they will be a good addition. My lockout is my wekest point.


    Yesterday I did a bunch of lat work and joined the local gym with my buddy. They have full court basketball there too, so I should be getting my b-ball game on as well.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    bball? that's the big orange ball right?
    Out of the night that covers me,Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul. In The fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find, me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate how charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
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  9. #1284
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    On Thursday I did some bench work at my new gym. I went up to two triples with 365 on rack lockouts and was actually able to do some standing overhead DB presses without pain. I hit some triceps and upper back/rear delts and that was it. Then I squatted on Friday.


    1/18
    Heavy squat

    Squat(DD briefs/Inzer T-rex straps up)

    345x1
    455x1

    *add belt*

    545x1(groove was terrible/felt like a million lbs on my back)


    *Change to Ace briefs/Inzer Canvas straps up*

    545x1

    *add belt*

    605x1

    *Add wraps*

    655x1
    705x1(40 lb PR!!)


    GHR- 2 sets of 12

    Abs on GHR- 2 sets of 10


    I am still in shock over tonight's squatting. I felt like crap coming in. I slept 3 hours last night. My training has been so messed up for the last 5-6 weeks between being sick and being away for a funeral. The first brief/suit combo I tried tonight felt terrible abd I didn't think I'd be able to squat 585 tonight the way I felt. Once I got the other combo on though, things just clicked. I managed to stay very tight tonight, whereas I typically loosen up and dip when the weights gets heavy. Often times I get in a funky position and miss the weight. Today I managed to fix that problem and ended up with a huge PR. So I am definitely doing the Asylum meet next month and I have a good chance of hitting my first official 700 squat @165.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    700@165 eh...... ****ING RIGHT! Sleep or not you are a freak.
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
    Meet PRs: Bench Only 525

    Deadlifts bring people together. It's a fact. - Chris Rodgers

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    You'll be killer at that meet next month Chris...impressive new squats PR -

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    Thanks fellas.

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    Bench assistance

    Bench press

    95x5,5
    135x5
    185x3
    205x1
    225x1
    185x3(paused)
    135x10(paused)
    155x10(paused)


    Flat DB press

    60'sx8
    80'sx8


    Skull crushers- 3 sets of 10

    Pec deck- 3 sets of 10

    Tricep pushdowns- 3 sets of 10

    DB side laterals- 2 sets of 10


    Played some basketball for 30 minutes


    Felt pretty good today. My shoulder was acting up a little, but not oo bad. I am going to be working on some pauses on the bench and trying to keep constant tension. My bench is obviously my worst lift so trying something new can't make things any worse. So on my assist day I will keep the weights lower for a bit and try and bring up my bottom end. Then I'll make sure to hit my top end hard on my heavy day.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    wow at that squat dude, i feel so weak
    2000 or bust

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    Good work Chris.

    I bet you forgot to take vids of this?!

    It would be good to compete in any kind of gear. Over here the majority of the associations are covered by the I.P.F rules so we're kind of limited.
    "A + B + C = Success if, A = Hard Work, B = Hard Play, C = Keeping your mouth shut" -Albert
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    Thanks guys. Fran, I didn't forget, but my camera is dead and I can't for the life of me find the charger. Since it is like 6 years old anyway, my plan is to buy a new one with updated technology. I started looking online and I noticed you can get a DVD camcorder which I can just put the DVDs in my laptop to upload. So I will probably get one of those. I plan to get one before the meet so I can get some video of the new gym and some of the last heavy training sessions, as well as the meet footage. If anyone has any suggestions of certain types to get or what to look for I'd appreciate feedback.


    1/21
    Lats/upper back


    Cable pulldowns(Overhand)- 3 sets of 10

    BB rows(OH)

    145x8
    195x5
    215x5
    215x10(w/straps)


    Machine pulldowns(neutral grip)- 2 sets of 10

    1-arm DB rows

    80x5
    100x5
    110x5
    120x8(w/straps)


    Cable face pulls- 2 sets of 10

    Curls- 3 sets of 8



    Good session with my buddy Pete tonight. Some straps took care of the crappy bar/no chalk deal at the local gym. Got some good work in without killing myself. Tomorrow I will box squat and pull sumo w/chains.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    Nice assistance work. I hope to see something sick with the chains tomorrow!
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
    Meet PRs: Bench Only 525

    Deadlifts bring people together. It's a fact. - Chris Rodgers

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    Get back on track and in a groove. I'd rather be broke than be sick, numbers take a ****, add having to go away for a funeral or a wedding and you can get pretty aggrivated.
    Journal

    Before you go to train everyday, think about the less fortunate and what they would give to just have the opportunity to be training like a madman.

    "The squat rack is my church, the dead lift platform my temple."

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    Damn good rowing sets man.

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    VERY IMPRESSIVE.

    705 on Squats, you sure as hell have stayed consistent and motivated it appears, from all of the progress you have made, so I know this past month has probably killed you.

    Stay consistent.

    In the meets you compete in, how do you fare?? A possible 1600 total at 165 should do real good at most meets around Columbus, OH.
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    Thanks guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Time+Patience View Post
    VERY IMPRESSIVE.

    705 on Squats, you sure as hell have stayed consistent and motivated it appears, from all of the progress you have made, so I know this past month has probably killed you.

    Stay consistent.

    In the meets you compete in, how do you fare?? A possible 1600 total at 165 should do real good at most meets around Columbus, OH.

    When I put a decent meet together, I typically do well. Like I said in another thread, I have not been in many meets with a lot of competition in my weight classes(148 and 165). I would like to perhaps compete in a Nationals meet this year. There I would hope to be up against some good competition. If I could get my bench up, I could be semi-competitive with more of the top ranked guys, but mine justs sucks.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    Huge squat man.. very very impressive
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    Thanks Red.

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    Box SQ/DL


    SSB box squats(Ace briefs)
    (all sets done with one set of doubled purple bands in power rack)

    155x2
    205x2

    *add belt*

    245x2,2,2,2,2


    Sumo deadlifts(Single ply Fusion briefs/Trex straps up)

    225x1
    315x1
    405x1

    *add belt*

    505x1
    555xmiss(~1" from lockout)


    Sumo deadlifts with chains(same gear)

    405+4 Chainsx1
    405+6 Chainsx1
    405+6 Chainsx3
    405+8 Chainsx3(PR/grinder)


    Partial Zerchers off pins(raw/no belt)

    225x3
    315x3
    405x3
    455x1


    Good session. My plan was to just hit the 505 deadlift and then work with some chains, but of course the 505 felt fast so I had to try and match the Bus Driver's 555. I got it as close as you can get without fully straightening out at the top. By then it was in my fingertips and I had nothing left. The reps with the chains after that were nasty though. I really like them.


    Finally getting back in the shirt on Thursday. Hopefully I can bench something halfway decent.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    Are you putting the chains in the centre or at each end?
    "A + B + C = Success if, A = Hard Work, B = Hard Play, C = Keeping your mouth shut" -Albert
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    Really staying driven with it, good job.

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    I just finished reading through this and I have to say - now I feel both fat and weak - thanks a lot Chris

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