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AJ Roberts
11-20-2012, 10:02 AM
Last week was pretty much a wash. I was sick for the most of it and the focus was to just get better. I did manage to get the OC Throwdown Qualifier WOD2 in twice. It was

AMRAP 5 Mins
30 Squat Clean and Jerk @155
30 Bar Facing Burpees

First attempt = 27 reps
Second attempt = 30 reps

30 reps put me in 291/740

Big improvement over week 1 in position but half way to where I need to be to actually be competitive.

Yesterday took a trip out to RX Jump Ropes and spent the day with David Newman. He took me through a bunch of jump rope drills and got me set up with my own custom rope. If you're looking for a rope or need to learn how to improve your double under game check the out http://rxjumpropes.com/.

Going to be switching a few things up with my training so expect to see some changes in the log over the next few weeks.

11-20-2012, 12:23 PM
Strongest to fittest says it all. Listen in to the Just Big show tonight as we talk to AJ about his quest. The show is Tuesday, tonight at 8:00 pm est. Here's the link http://ftns.co/shows/just-big/

11-23-2012, 09:10 AM
Some pretty impressive stuff. You've got a lot of strength... only a matter of time before you lose just a bit of that but get a ton of conditioning, endurance, and speed. Best of luck AJ.

Also, if you need any equipment... just got an email from Rep Fitness (http://www.repfitness.com) about all the holiday/black friday stuff going on... dropped about 1k earlier today... always willing to help out fellow Crossfitters/weight lifters!

11-26-2012, 08:32 AM
No problem AJ. Hope all the hard work pays off and hopefully we see each other at SoCal regionals!

AJ Roberts
11-27-2012, 11:01 PM
Tuesday, November 20th 2012.

AMRAP 20 Min:

6 CTB Pull-Ups
6 Front Squats - 13 lbs

This was the OC Throwdown WOD 3 modified. After talking with Bryan we decided it didn't make sense for me to continue in the competition and as this WOD RX was 4 Muscle Ups, 6 OHS and 9TTB. We knew I'd wouldn't be able to put up a good score and essentially it would be a waste of a training day. Obviously, this wasn't an easy thing for me to swallow but on reflection I realized essentially I had wasted two weeks of training by getting caught up in qualifiers before I am ready. I'm still 252lbs which is 42 away from where I need to be.

Thursday, November 22st 2012.

Every 30 Seconds for 8 Mins

3 Bench Press w/ 185

Was the gym coaching the powerlifting team so decided to get a little bench in. Been a while since I pressed so kept it light and worked at a fast past.

Friday, November 23rd 2012

EMOM - 12 Mins
2 Back Squat w/225

WOD - 8 Mins
Row 400m
50 KB Swings w/53

1 round + row & 46 reps

Monday, November 26th 2012

Full Snatch - up to 145lbs (20lb PR)

Still pathetically weak but this is the most I've been able to do through the full range of motion. Kinda wish I could just power snatch all the time.

5 Rounds:

Run 200M
10 Push Press/Jerks - 115lbs

Rest 5 mins

Tabata - 1min on 1min off
10 Rounds - Row

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

AMRAP 20 Min:

7 Front Squats - 185
11 Burpees (lateral jump over bar)
15 Pull-Ups


Rest 10mins

Tabata - 20 on 40 off
5 Rounds - Airdyne

11-28-2012, 08:41 AM
Are you Kipling pull-ups yet? That 5 rounds in the AMRAP is pretty damned good at 250lbs.

12-17-2012, 05:53 PM
great blog hope all is well and you get back on this...

Tom Mutaffis
01-01-2013, 08:58 AM
How is your training going?

10-06-2013, 04:32 AM
Did AJ go somewhere else to keep us up to date with his training?

Travis Bell
10-18-2013, 01:17 PM
He's transitioned to bodybuilding I believe

10-29-2013, 03:48 PM
Well that's disappointing I was looking forward to his progress. I also saw on facebook awhile ago about him competing 242 raw. Looks like he changes his mind.

Regardless, I wish AJ the best of luck in his training endeavors.

10-29-2013, 07:59 PM
He's transitioned to bodybuilding I believe

I guess he has crossed over to the dark side:ninja:;)

Good luck to him!

chris mason
10-31-2013, 09:16 PM
I think he is focusing on his business efforts now. I don't think transitioning to CrossFit went as well as he expected and I know he suffered some injuries which didn't help matters. Whatever he does, he was one of the strongest men on the planet and was a very impressive lifter through his wits and very hard work.