The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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 BFGUITAR's Avatar
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    Anyone else screw up?

    I dont know if youve noticed my pics, but I messed up my bulk.
    I want to know how many other people here screwed something up in their weightlifting career?

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    Squat slowly improving :)
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    me me me. I'm in the same boat as you BF, don't feel bad
    Been out the game for a little while, but jumpin back in

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    天龙 McIrish's Avatar
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    Deep in the night
    Guitar, gaining/losing weight doesn't happen overnight - I'm curious what you mean when you say that you 'messed up' your bulk. You can't just wake up with 20 extra lbs of fat on your body... did you just ignore a mirror for 2 months?
    25 years old, 5'10''

    Back in the States to get hayooooge!

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    - Dunk a basketball (hey a man can have big dreams huh)
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  5. #4
    Just watch me ... Built's Avatar
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    My bulk last year went very badly. Gained way too much fat, hurt my back. The ensuing cut went lousy because I had too much fat to lose and my skin took too long to snap back.

    This year is going better for ME. Next year will go better for YOU.

    Don't sweat it.

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    Super Moderator RBB's Avatar
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    live and learn, man. i'm sure the majority of forum members here have gone a little overboard on a bulk before.

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    Banned Roddy's Avatar
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    oh ya! Dont worry dude, you learn from experience. The next time you wont make the same mistake. Its no race!

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    Banned phreak's Avatar
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    shoulders, knees, pec, neck, dozens of meet preps. Other than that, nothing much.

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    Senior Member sweetboi's Avatar
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    I wouldn't worry about it. I feel kinda the same way. I bulked from 145 to 175, I have people telling me I look bigger, I can sorta see it in the mirror but when i compare pics I just see a lil extra fat and some messed up pecs (extremely unbalanced). Still, I'll start my cut tomorrow and just hope that goes a bit better. Not too worried though, next bulk im going for 200+ and I'll do it. You're young, you have time make it work for you. As some of the others have said, you'll learn from this experience. Keep training hard and good luck with your goals.
    Havin' a lil' fat trim.

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    Chubbilicious. VikingWarlord's Avatar
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    Everyone screws something up in whatever they're doing. It's just the way it is.
    If one person can do something, anyone can learn to do it.
    Do what you've always done and get what you've always gotten.
    There is no failure, only feedback.

    "Journey of 1000 miles starts with a single step".--Lao Tzu

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    Superman sharkall2003's Avatar
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    It's pretty hard to screw up a bulk. If your lifts went up, you lifted hard and you tried your best then you gained muscle. The goal on a bulk is to gain muscle and you will gain fat as a result. On a dirty bulk you eat whatever you want and you gain more fat than on a clean bulk. Don't worry about it. In the end you can cut off the fat in 12 weeks, and you can do another one.
    249lbs cutting to 220lbs
    Bench: 250
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    Squat: 350
    OHP: 190

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    is taking names. Can'tstopnow's Avatar
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    My bulk went fairly good, all lifts gained and bf gained. So I was going back and forth on cutting because I didn't want to lose any strength. I did cut about 15-18lbs, it just seemed as though my bf stayed close to where it was. So I will bulk back up to a cleaner 235-240 and try again.

    To be old and wise you must first be young and dumb.-one of my drunkard buddies would always say this after doing some dumb s**t.

    No worries BF.
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    Is cutting down to 9% Jordanbcool's Avatar
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    Look at my last bulk. I went crazy on the food eating. But meh.
    Getting back in the groove
    "I'll tell you a secret. Something they don't teach you in your temple. The Gods envy us. They envy us because we're mortal, because any moment might be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we're doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again." - Achilles, (Troy 2004)
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    Senior Member Jorge Sanchez's Avatar
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    I have been screwing up for the past year. I've been inconsistent with my training for various reasons, some legitimate and some not. I've lost about 10-15lbs of lbm and lots of strength. It's frustrating because I get refocused for about a month and then get hit with illness or injury, like clockwork.

    The trick is not to be too down on yourself, because it's just discouraging. Personally, I find it much easier to focus on where I am now and where I'm going as opposed to where I was. If I focus on the latter I just get frustrated and unmotivated, whereas if I focus on the former I can see progress.
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    Back in business WBBIRL's Avatar
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    Let myself balloon to over 320 pounds at one point, so I consider that a screw up.

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    Wrecker of Homes d'Anconia's Avatar
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    Yeah one time I tried eating the weights and lifting the food... didn't work out too well.

    Seriously though I think we've all screwed up before from becoming impatient with bulks and cuts. Gotten to the point where I'm just eating around maintenance and just focusing on strength. 6 months from now I'll probably look at my physique and say "whoa". Until then I'll just keep eating my nitor and schooling kids in the gym.

    Plus once I start HIIT again, that's when things will get interesting.
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    WBB's Juggernaut/Liason BigCorey75's Avatar
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    The only place where you can mix Alcohol and Live Ammunition and its called a "Family Outing", Texas
    lets see, head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes, along with back and many other pulled muscles, struggling to keep diet in check now man. it comes with the territory u learn as u go and injuries will come if u work hard enough just learn from them and rehab properly
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    Senior Member Sidior's Avatar
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    Team Chesticles! Unholy's Avatar
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    I screwed up when I blew up from 230lbs @ 17%BF to 290lbs @ 35% bf over the course of a year. Yea now what bitch.
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  20. #19
    Senior Member BFGUITAR's Avatar
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    Thanks guys, I need that.
    People should post their failures more often

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    Banned Tofer's Avatar
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    I would call my first cut a complete failure.

    Cutting weight was simply too easy for me. I was eating slightly over 3500 which I assumed would be around 500 below maintenance, and the weight came off way too fast. My squat and deadlift strength stayed about the same, but my bench numbers came way down. I'm not going to let that happen next time. And if that means cutting off 4250-4500 calories, well so be it.

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    Wanna Be Big member
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    I cut to fast, lost all lean mass and ended up with loose skin.

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    THUNDER THIGHS! Fuzzy's Avatar
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    First starting, lifting everything to failurte, then doing 5 assisted reps after, all the while screaming thinking I was the best.

    And Im paying for it now big time, especially for my failure assisted pec flys... oh god how much Ive learnt in 6 months.
    Being a strong teenager means nothing.

    My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.

    Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.

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    Pumping and humping Stout's Avatar
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    Last winter I did an excessive bulk followed by an excess cut which didn't leave me with the results I was hoping for.

    I know what you mean it sometimes feels like you're getting no where when you look at some of the results that some of the other members. I have a very similar body style to you, while my lifts may be a bit different I'm about the same weight(188). I have never thought that I have had any amount of a chest either.

    I like to tell my self that others just have the benifit of good genetics (I know that sounds like bad excuse for unfavorable results but I find it very unencouraging to see other that put on much more lean mass in a similar time period)

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    Wannabebig Member
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    My first cut went horrible. This one is going quite nicely so far...I'm down 4% in bodyfat, 2 belt sizes and my weight only dropped 1lb.

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    Made the mistake of taking time off

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