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Meat_Head
04-20-2006, 11:14 AM
I always thought this dude would throw around awesome weights back in the day, but I saw him on that "Joes vs. Pros" show doing dumbell snatches. He was using a 40lb dumbell I think, and he's old, so I wasn't suprised about that. But he said back in the day he'd use a 100lb dumbell for low reps. I though that was pretty laughable for a large, NFL linebacker on various anabolics. A 100lb dumbell snatch wouldn't take long to accomplish for most trainees. I've read people doing dumbell snatches with over 200lbs! Thoughts?

Anthony
04-20-2006, 11:29 AM
That seems odd ... I'm up to 100 on both sides and my gf is up to 50 on both sides. And we've only done them a handful of times. Brad Cardoza (ALN sponsor) has a video showing 150x5 ...

MixmasterNash
04-20-2006, 12:18 PM
One lift does not really say anything about a football player. Romo was a monster and very strong, and had enough psychological problems to really scare his opponents.

drew
04-20-2006, 12:25 PM
Why would he need to do anythign heavier than 100lb DB snatches? Romo was the man because of how he played the game, not because of how much he could snatch.

Anthony
04-20-2006, 12:35 PM
While I agree with mix and drew, I still think it's odd that a man that big and strong wouldn't be able to destroy heavier weight. Maybe his gym only went up to the 100s!

Eszekial
04-20-2006, 12:39 PM
Read his book or a book about him, and you'll realize why he was doing so little weight.

In the apex of his career, he was literally spending 6-8 hours a day in some sort of physical therapy, using drugs, or using supplements.

MixmasterNash
04-20-2006, 12:39 PM
I'm sure how could do a lot more if he wanted. He was a lean 245 during a lot of his career.

Let's put it this way: I would much rather get tackled by Ronnie Coleman than Romo.

MixmasterNash
04-20-2006, 12:40 PM
Read his book or a book about him, and you'll realize why he was doing so little weight.

In the apex of his career, he was literally spending 6-8 hours a day in some sort of physical therapy, using drugs, or using supplements.

I thought it was 6-8 hours that he wasn't doing those things. :D

Meat_Head
04-20-2006, 12:54 PM
I'm sure how could do a lot more if he wanted. He was a lean 245 during a lot of his career.


It sounded like he trained db snatches pretty often, he said he also used them to warm up before every game. I hope he could do more, its a puny weight for a 245lb lean guy!

CrazyK
04-20-2006, 01:40 PM
While I agree with mix and drew, I still think it's odd that a man that big and strong wouldn't be able to destroy heavier weight. Maybe his gym only went up to the 100s!Because being big and strong on the field doesn't always coorelate to being big and strong in the weight room. I play in college, and there are guys here who I out out totaled in the big 3 as a junior in highschool. Yet when you go up against them, it feels like your struggling against a mac truck.

Sensei
04-20-2006, 02:34 PM
It sounded like he trained db snatches pretty often, he said he also used them to warm up before every game. I hope he could do more, its a puny weight for a 245lb lean guy!
I agree that 100s don't seem like much for an athlete like that, but I'm sure he just didn't feel the need to go heavier...

Nothing to do w. Romanowski, but my father is in his 60s and a former OLer. After reading my Pavel book on KB training he decided to do some one-arm DB snatches in the gym and worked up to 40s or 45s - he said even though they weren't hard, he stopped because he started thinking about it too much. I was impressed!

ericg
04-20-2006, 03:04 PM
Read Romo's biography, then tell me he isnt an animal (impressive). Very good read all around.

Bam
04-20-2006, 10:31 PM
Being big and strong dosent make you tough it puts you in a good position tho.

Football is not about how much you can bench press or how much you can squat(in less your a lineman in the NFL/good college teams) linebackers need a lot of intensity and have to be mentally ill to be great.

gator
04-24-2006, 10:44 PM
Read Romo's biography, then tell me he isnt an animal (impressive). Very good read all around.

Is it that good? Sounds like it could be pretty interesting. What kinda stuff does it talk about?

Davor
04-25-2006, 02:26 AM
I saw that show, he said that he warmed up before games by doing one-hand 100lb dumbell snatches. He didn't say that was his max, just that he warmed up for games that way.

ericg
04-25-2006, 09:27 AM
Is it that good? Sounds like it could be pretty interesting. What kinda stuff does it talk about?

It is very good. I liked it a lot. It talked a lot about his life and went in detail about his nutrition, supplements, treatments, etc...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060758635/qid=1145978721/sr=2-1/ref=pd_bbs_b_2_1/104-2887508-4482351?s=books&v=glance&n=283155

Hockey66
04-25-2006, 01:13 PM
On the show he does not say he can only do 100 lbs. dumbell snatches, he said he used that to warm up before a game.

Meat_Head
04-25-2006, 01:19 PM
My bad, I figured he was talking about his working weight or something close to it. It makes more sense if it was just a warmup weight.

Patz
04-25-2006, 03:13 PM
I heard he pulled a snatch of 17 once..at his house..when his wife wasnt home...


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