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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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?

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    7/14/10
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    -Treadmill, 25 minutes steady

    I used the foam roller, therapy stick, and softball. I also got on the inversion table and took a contrast shower.

    By the way, I don't know if they want me back, but I am meeting the first requirment for membership in Rhodestown. I hit 275 on the scale this morning. I am not panicing, I am relatively pleased with how I look. I still have veins in my arms and legs. I can still make out a hint of a shadow where and ab could be. That is not to be confused with an actual ab. Regardless, this is my max weight. I will be watching the scale closely. I am not going over 275. My goall is to begin my next training cycle in around a month at 265. That will be a much easier starting point than the 290 last time.
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    Thursday

    -Treadmill, 20 minutes hiit

    Friday

    -Foam roll and stretch

    Weight is holding steady at 275

    My body has been feeling very achy. I have added ETS into my supplementation.


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    October Strength Seminar in MA

    Hey all, I am pleased to announce I'll be presenting at another seminar in Boston on October 2nd. Along with me will be Matt Rhodes--elite powerlifter and collegiate coach, and Juliet Deane--strength and conditioning specialist, kettlebell instructor, powerlifter, and figure competitor. I am very excited that we have Juliet presenting with us. She is an excellent trainer and will offer some new and insightful perspective into training. Interestingly, it was a woman who had the most profound impact on my lifting. After many failed attempts in competitions to bench 400 lbs, a female powerlifter taught me the proper techniue to get over that hurdle. Without her advice I might have never benched over 600 raw and 800 equipped multiple times.

    During the seminar we will present on a wide array of topics ranging from but not limited to strength training, condtioning, recuperation, and nutrition. After the pesentation there will be a q&a. Do not be bashful, bring your questions. The q&a is always my favorite part of the seminar. After a short break for lunch we will have a hands on session. This is another time where we will cover what you want, whether it be raw lifting, equipped lifting, assistance, stretching, technique, circuit traning, etc.

    You can ask anyone who has attended one of our seminars, they are very professional and informative. You will walk away a more well rounded lifter as a result. We do limit the number of attendees and spots do fill up quickly, so I recommend registering early. There is a monetary incentive for registering early as well.

    Follow this link for seminar and registration information: http://totalperformancesports.com/in...d=51&Itemid=62
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    7/18/10
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    -Inversion table, 10 minutes
    -Yoga, 20 minutes

    I'm sick of not really training. However, I am going away for a well deserved vacation to Aruba with Jessica the first week of August. It does not make sense to get into a training cycle before then. I'm trying desperately not to go about this in an all or nothing fashion. So I am at least doing some gpp workouts and cardio. With those weenie workouts coupled with being a little loose on my diet, I am left feeling a bit soft. I hate feeling like things are on hold, but there is a reason. Just got to hang on a little longer.


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    I just wanted to post a pic of my truck. It's an 07 Avalanche. It was my brother's. It's a cool memento to keep around. As some of you might know, I had a jacked up Ram named Bertha that I loved. So when I took Sammy's truck over I lifted it and did some other modifications to make it my own. Her name is Jordan. Sammy and I both dug this Souther chick from a reality show named Jordan. I figured a good looking truck should have a good sounding name.



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    That is a bad@$$ Truck and a bad@$$ Tribute!
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    GPPx1 set
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    -Barbell shrugsx20
    -External shoulder rotations w/bandx15

    -db split squats 2x20
    -db bench press 2x15

    -Front plank 3x30 sec
    -Lazy superman 3x10 r&l

    -Bodyweight rev hypers 2x20
    -Pushdowns 2x15

    -McGill situps 3x15
    -4 way hip 3x10 r&l

    -Leg curls 2x20
    -Lat pulldowns 2x15

    -Standing calf raises 2x20
    -Contra lateral shoulder raises 2x15
    -Dbll concentration curl 2x15


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    Sweet ride Vin!

    I think you'll find the time off will benefit your joints and such from the last training cycle.


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    Thanks boys. I really enjoy it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    7/18/10
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    -Inversion table, 10 minutes
    -Yoga, 20 minutes

    I'm sick of not really training. However, I am going away for a well deserved vacation to Aruba with Jessica the first week of August. It does not make sense to get into a training cycle before then. I'm trying desperately not to go about this in an all or nothing fashion. So I am at least doing some gpp workouts and cardio. With those weenie workouts coupled with being a little loose on my diet, I am left feeling a bit soft. I hate feeling like things are on hold, but there is a reason. Just got to hang on a little longer.
    I'm exactly the same.

    I reached my goal of 168 about 2 weeks ago and am just SO sick of cutting. I have my lean bulk training and diet all planned out to the T and can't wait to start but I had to tread water for 2 weeks as I go on vacation to Italy on Saturday for a week.

    I cannot wait for the vacation, but I think I cannot wait to get back and start getting some lean bulk consistency behyind me just as much lol (I just won't tell the gf that!)
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    Tuesday

    -Treadmill, 20 minutes steady
    -Foam Rolling, stretching, and contrast shower

    Wednesday

    GPPx1 set
    Performed as ciruits

    -Barbell shrugsx20
    -External shoulder rotations w/bandx15

    -db split squats 2x20
    -db bench press 2x15

    -Front plank 3x30 sec
    -Lazy superman 3x10 r&l

    -Bodyweight rev hypers 2x20
    -Pushdowns 2x15

    -McGill situps 3x15
    -4 way hip 3x10 r&l

    -Leg curls 2x20
    -Lat pulldowns 2x15

    -Standing calf raises 2x20
    -Contra lateral shoulder raises 2x15
    -Dbll concentration curl 2x15

    Thursday

    -Treadmill, 20 minutes steady
    -Foam Rolling, stretching, and contrast shower

    Went to see Twilight Eclipse today. I actually watched the whole saga this week. I am turning 41 tomorrow, so I think this was to assist in my arrested development. Anyway, I like the movies. I think the characters are devloped well and it has a good story. Plus I got to eat popcorn.

    My wife and sister in law are both team Jacob. I don't get it.


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    Well, I have been laying low for a few weeks for a reason. Originally I was supposed to do the Europa Superlifting contest this weekend for reps, but Gene Rychlak told me at IPA Worlds a month ago it was being cancelled due to a lack of entries. Everyone must have been scared of me. Either that or nobody wanted to fly to CT to lift. I choose to believe the earlier reason. I was cool with that. I was spent from making and competing in the 242's anyway.

    So two weeks ago it dawned on me that I could simply compete in the CT meet. I have been hovering around the low 270's, so I figured I could hit a 275 number. I wanted an 800 at 275 and took it for my opener. It was shaky and I had to grind a bit, but I got it. I took 830 for an IPA World Record on my second. I got hung up and did not touch. I took it again for a third and gave it a push, but was too out of gas to finish.

    Competing twice within a month at the ripe old age of 41 was tough on me. Especially with the past cut. I'm glad I got the 800. It was a great meet and ended up being a cash event so I walked away with some nice prize money. I have tons to say, but I'm spent so check out my log in the next few days for a worthy write up. Here's a vid for now.

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    -Treadmill, 20 minutes
    -Foam rolling and stretching

    Yes, I actually got on the treadmill the morning after a meet. I want to recuperate so I can get back to training asap. I can't wait to compete again. Also, I'll never forget an experience I had at Bench America 2. After the competition a I was in the pool with a bunch of other competitors and I was shocked to look into the fitness room and see Bill Gillespie on a treadmill. He told me how it helped with recuperation and it always stuck with me, not that I have always followed up with it. I see more and more the roll recuperation plays in lifting.

    For those of you who don't know Bill Gillespie, you should. He is a very accomplished strength and conditioning coach and an incredible bencher. I believe he is 50 now and he is still crushing huge weights.


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    Great to see you again this weekend, Vin! That 830 is right there.

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    It was nice meeting you this weekend.

    Great work at the meet; sounds like you will take that record the next time out if you decide to go 275 again.
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    congrats on a huge bench

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    Thanks everyone. I appreciate the kind words.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    It was nice meeting you this weekend.

    Great work at the meet; sounds like you will take that record the next time out if you decide to go 275 again.
    Thanks Tom. Congrats on your performance. That was a big and hard strongman contest.


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    Congrats on the Bench!

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    IPA CT State meet write-up

    To start, I did not plan on competing, but got the itch a few weeks ago. I put the shirt on once between this meet and IPA Worlds last month. I just got this crazy notion in my head to hit a 275 lift that would put me in the current top ten rankings. It would give me a top ten ranking in four different weight classes within one year's time. Well, I did it. I got my opener of 800 at 275. I had a near miss at 830, but that and more will come in the future. I think I have found a good temporary home in the 275's.

    Everyone in our crew hit pr's. Rhodes hit a dl pr of 760 and put up a better total than he had a few months ago in RI. He's been very banged up and has had a lot of crap going on in his life. I'm proud of what he was able to accomplish. Karsten (DD) walked away with a bunch of pr's and even showboated on his last pull. It was classic DD. Josh broke 2k and totaled IPA Elite. Well done JBone. Bri got the 500 monkey off his back with a 505 bench. It was about time. He was also a close second in the bench only division. Had he just slapped on another 300 lbs. on the bar, he would have beaten me. Sorry B-ri, I just could not help myself.

    None of this could have been done without a lot of help. We don't usually all compete together like this. Drew busted his butt all day helping. Cristin was there also. She is learning the ropes of how to help. I give her credit. It's not easy dealing with a bunch of amped up powerlifters jumping down her throat. My advice is to get yourself a little testicular fortitude. Matt's boys Steve and Kevin came down from MA to assist. Kevin is super hostile and Steve has great pictures on his phone, enough said. Rob Tonini, one of the guys from the old Southside showed up and helped big time. He saved Drew from fumbling knee wraps with his mini me hands. Last, but certainly not least was big "Tee" Robert McCray. He spotted, loaded, lifted off, and just plain looked magnificent. Thanks to all.

    This was the fourth IPA meet I have done in a row. Gene and Ame Rychlak run awesome meets. The equipment is second to none. They are timely and consistent. You can't ask for anything more than that. I am so grateful that I don't have to trek across the US to compete in well run contests. They even surprised us with some cash prizes. Now that was the icing on the cake. Thanks to all the spotters and loaders, it's the most thankless thing done at a meet, and we couldn't lift without them. Make sure to shake their hands and thank them at your next meet. I also have to mention the judging quality. I was glad to see guys like Gene, Chuck Scherza, and Carl Seeker on the platform judging. These guys have been around the sport a long time. You know you are not getting an easy lift when they are in the chair, but you do know that the judging will be consistent and you can be proud of your lift.

    I have to talk about the venue for a moment. The meet was part of the Europa and it was spectacular. There were tons of things going on and powerlifting drew a damn fine crowd. I got to see lots of old friends and make some new ones. I'd start bringing up names, but then this post would end up being ten pages long. I do however have to mention one name, John Inzer. For those that do not know I was an Inzer guy for years before I made the move to Elite. I spoke to John before I did so and we parted ways on good terms. I still consider John a friend in the sport and respect him greatly. Well, I did not know it, but he was at the show. He was actually one of the first people to come up and congratulate me on my lift. That was cool. Oops, I do have to give one more shout out. Thanks to the peeps from work who came, especially Kathy and her beautiful family. I know you check out my log girl, thanks from coming. Heck, we can hardly get family to show up to these things let along a work colleague.

    Now I have to mention the other great people. First and foremost, my wife. She is the love of my life and an increcilbe enabler. She cooks my meals, tells me to do the right things like get to bed, contrast shower, to be positive, etc. I have accomplished a lot in the past year and owe a great deal of it to her. Thanks to our crew. They are not just partners, but friends. I can't leave out my extended cyber family. I keep pretty good contact (well, what I consider good contact) with guys like Rob Luyando, Joey Smith, and Travis Bell. They are all very supportive. Thanks to Chris and Daniel with AtLargeNutrition and WannaBeBig and of course Jim and Dave with EliteFTS. Helpful sponsors certainly make it easier to do what we do.

    My lfting has been and will continue to be a tribute to my beloved brother Sammy.

    Here are my lifts within the past year. I'm current top ten in four weight classes:

    605 raw at shw on 8/22/10 current rank 2
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    730 multi ply at 242 on 6/26/10 current rank 7
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    800 multi ply at 275 on 7/24/10 will be ranked 7
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    Thanks for the write-up Vinny. I always enjoy reading about meets.

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    Training this week and update
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    Sunday

    -Treadmill, 20 min, cannot remember whether it was hiit or steady
    -Foam roll and stretch

    Monday

    -Sled drag, 10 minutes upper and 10 minutes lower
    -Indian club swings

    Tues

    -Treadmill, 20 min hiit
    -Foam roll and stretch

    Wednesday

    -GM's with ssb 155 5x5
    -Rdl's 135 5x10
    -Weighted abs 5x10
    -Reverse hypers 5x10

    Thursday

    -Treadmill, 20 min hiit
    -Foam roll and stretch

    Friday

    -Speed bench 185 9x3 (3 grips)
    -Tbar row 45x10, 70x10 80 3x10
    -H rolls 10 3x10

    Just kept busy and did a little work this week after the meet. I have definitely felt a little beat up. I have been contrast showering everyday. I have also spent a lot of time this week deciding what I wanted to do for my next program. I wanted to start training for a raw meet possibly full, if not, bench. However, a couple of things have changed my mind. I have been having good success in the shirt this year, maybe I should just run with it. Also, to try and train for a full meet would probably ruin me. I have this overwhelming feeling that I have to get on the platform and squat and dead again. But why? What do I have to prove? This is a question for which I may never have an answer.

    So, while I have been planning for a full meet I have been trying to prepare myself a bit. I have been stretching to get under a squat bar. I am so infelxible I cannot get my hands within the sleeves. While doing this I have jacked up my neck severely. Considering my lumbar disc problems, it would not be a surprise if I had some cervical disc problems as well. I have also tried to do a little low back work. This has caused me to not only have low back pain, but pain in my left leg into my knee as well. It's crazy how the whole body is connected just like that song we learned in elementary school. You know "The hip bone's connected to the..." you get the picture. Interstingly, I was telling Jessica a few weeks ago how great it was to walk around pain free. Now I feel like a cripple.

    So, I have decided the full meet idea is out, for now at least. If I were smart, I'd say out forever. Hey, I'm tryin' folks. Anyway, one of the reasons I want to go raw is because I am tired of putting on that damned shirt. So, I am switching my training up again. I am planning on competing in October at the IPA RI State meet. I am going to train traditional Westside for the bench. I am only going to put the shirt on three weeks out. Hopefully that will suffice, but if not, that gives me another week to put it on before the contest. Travis Bell gave me that idea and I am running with it. I will be picking different ME exercsies for each workout when I get to the gym. I probably will not repeat any. I will also be brining my grip in more often on exercises, especially speed bench. I am so strong off the chest. I think really hammering the tri's might be a key to victory for me. If nothing else this routine will be fresh for me. Only time will tell whether it works for me or not.

    Oh yeah, for lower body training I am going to stick with Wendler's 5/3/1 percentages. I will continue using the safey squat bar to squat and the hex bar to deadlift. These bars have kept me safe, why change a good thing. The change for this cycle will be that I am going to use a higher max starting weight based off a few actual singles I took last cycle. I am definitely going to push myself much harder on these than I have in the past. I am also going to push for extra reps like Jim recommends. At the end of each rotation I will up the weight 5 lbs, another thing I was not doing previously.

    Lastly, my weight is hovering right around 275. Using past pics and the mirror for reference, I am right around 18%bf. I'll get it checked again soon. I think this is an optimum % for me when comparing competing in the 242's v the 275's. I have a plan for my diet and will continute to condition. Acutally, I am going to try and up my conditioning work. This is one thing I missed when cutting. I was on the treadmill so much that I never felt like I could handle any other gpp work.

    Now I just have to keep myself in line and implement my plan. Easier said than done. I am my own worst enemy.
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    Saturday

    -1 mile jog on track

    This is first time I remember running in the last twenty years. Being an asthmatic for most of my life and being heavier for quite some time now, I just never bothered or saw the need for jogging/running. For some reason last night I told Jessica I wanted to head down to the hs track to run. When I woke up this morning, it no longer felt like a good idea. I was stiffer than ever and not in the good way. Anyway, once I have an idea, I run with it--pun intended.

    As I started my jog, every bone in my body ached. I told myself I would make one lap and then walk one. Once I finished the first lap, I figured I could make two and then walk. Well, once I hit two I figured I was halfway there and I could suffer through four laps. Damn, my calves and shins felt like the were going to explode. I was pleasantly surprised that my breathing was ok and my asthma did not kick in. I have been off my daily asthma medication for a few months now. If it were not for seniors passing me in walkers I'd be proud of myself.

    My pathetic time ended up being 14 min 3 sec. It's a place to start. A year ago this time I could not walk a half mile without stopping. A goal of mine was to walk a 5k last fall and I did that. Now a new goal for me will be to run one by the end of 2010. First, I'll need to get that mile time down. My immediate goal will be to get it down to 10 minutes. From there I'll start increasing distance. Who knows, maybe I'll end up strong and well conditioned.
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    Good luck on getting your mile down. From reading your logs I get a sense of you being really grounded and realistic about your training, especially how you train around/manage your injuries really well something that I am learning to do with my back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gugunir View Post
    Good luck on getting your mile down. From reading your logs I get a sense of you being really grounded and realistic about your training, especially how you train around/manage your injuries really well something that I am learning to do with my back.
    Thanks. I think running is out for me. Too jarring on my body. My back has been wrecked as a result.


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