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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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  1. #176
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    Quick catch up before I head out to Ohio for the weekend. Going back to help the Westside guys at the Pro/Am.

    Tuesday, Aug 21st, 2012

    Clean & Jerk
    3 Position clean + 1 jerk (split) - Worked up to 185x 3 sets

    Deadlift
    135x3
    225x3
    315x3
    405x3x3

    With the bumper plates this is all that will fit on the bar.

    AMRAP - 5 minutes
    10 Kettle Bell Swings (53)
    10 Ring Dips

    4 rounds + 12 reps

    Rest 2 min

    AMRAP - 5 minutes
    10 Goblet Squats (53)
    10 Burpees

    3 Rounds

    Rest 2 min

    AMRAP - 5 minutes
    10 Alt Lunges
    10 Hand Release Pushups

    6 rounds + 8 reps

    Total = 280

    Wednesday, Aug 22nd, 2012

    Power Snatch
    3x5 @165

    This is what was programmed but I was cheating the technique so we lowered the weight to 145 and added a pause below the knee.

    AMRAP - 7 minutes
    10 KB Swings @93lbs

    Rest 5 minutes

    WOD - 5 Rounds
    Airdyne bike - 50 strokes
    Farmers Walks - 100m w/100lb dumbbells
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    Quote Originally Posted by jed View Post
    If you have the dedication and motivation to become one of the strongest people to ever walk water delivery san francisco our planet, I don't see a problem with you attaining your next goal. Good fortune to you sir and thanks for coming to WBB!
    couldn't agree more! reach for the stars and you just might end up touching them

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    Got super behind on the log again due to work. Been training with the classes at PB North and have been enjoying the competition between the other athletes. I still get my ass handed to me but I feel like I'm making huge progress week by week.

    Instead of trying to remember everything I did since my last update if you want to check out the workouts I've been doing head over to http://www.pbcrossfit.com/

    Here's a video from my Monday workout with Ryan Fisher. Dudes a badass.



    I think i'm going to start shooting little video recaps after I've hit my WOD's as it'll be easier to keep track of everything and quicker. Should help me keep this up to date.
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    Friday, September 7th, 2012

    1) EMOM x 7 Min
    Power Cleans – 3 Reps x 225lbs

    2) Overhead squat mobility work.

    3) WOD – 5 Rounds:

    10 Sumo Deadlift High Pull – 115 lbs
    Handstand Holds x 20 seconds

    HSPUx5 was what was programed but Anders had me do holds instead. Finished in 5:53.
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    Sat, Sept 8th, 2012

    Did about an hour or so of mobility work as my body pretty beat up and I was very sore. After this did 7 mins 30 on 30 off tabatas on the rower. Tried to keep pace below 135.

    Sun, 9th, 2012

    Quick body weight update: dropped below 265 this morning. Was a little worried as my weight had been stagnant this past week, probably due to stress at work with deadlines, but all seems to be back on track.
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    Goods work in here. I like how they're throwing a lot of variation in there but not just giving you big weights to move just because you CAN move them.

    Are you still doing plain ole strength sessions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelwooddowd View Post
    Goods work in here. I like how they're throwing a lot of variation in there but not just giving you big weights to move just because you CAN move them.

    Are you still doing plain ole strength sessions?
    I don't do anything outside of what is prescribed at the moment for strength as it isn't an area I need extra focus on.
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    Monday, September 9th, 2012

    Snatch – 155 x 2, 175 x 2, 185 x 1
    Back Squats – 1 x 10 w/225

    Knee still isn't 100% so didn't push the weight on these.

    WOD:

    12-9-6 – Thrusters – 135
    24-18-12 – TTB

    Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

    Was sick yesterday with a stomach bug and not fully recovered but I hate missing workouts and wasn't going to go 2 days in a row without making it in.

    3-position Squat Clean –

    Worked up to 235 for 2 sets. Was suppose to hit 3 but it all fell apart at this point. I was getting my elbows through and keep loosing my grip on the squat. Bryan had me back off the weight to 185 but it didn't make a difference. Frustrated and out of time I had to move on.

    WOD – AMRAP 10 Min:

    4 Hang Squat Cleans – 185
    8 Burpees (over bar)
    24 Double-Unders

    2 Rounds 21 reps

    I failed miserably at this WOD. I was actually embarrassed at my performance and sat there wondering what the heck just happened. Screw being sick as an excuse, I was making small errors on everything I did. Things that I've been shown how to do correctly and was screwing up. I decided to punish myself by rowing.

    Row - 100kcals. (1kcal a stroke)

    Luckily, I couldn't sit around feeling sorry for myself as Gracie and I had dinner plans with former UFC TUF competitor Luke Zachrich and his wife who were in-town for a BJJ tournament.

    We talked a lot about conditioning and Luke really emphasized how a lot of it is having the mental control to stay calm and relaxed even when your in a state of chaos. Breathing is the key to control and it's something I need to be more aware of. He also suggested a few conditioning mini-workouts that I'm going to start throwing in 3 times a week to start.

    For those who haven't heard me say this before, I view Crossfit as the MMA of fitness. Much of the training principles a fighter must go through for MMA are the same as a Crossfit athlete. (Minus the whole getting punched in the face deal, although I've took a few barbells to the face in my time). There's a lot that each can share with one another and I'm glad I am lucky enough to get that opportunity. Who know's maybe someday I'll have the ultimate gym that has everything under one roof. Now there's a thought.
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    Thursday, September 13th, 2012

    WOD

    Run 800M

    Reps 40-30-20-10:
    KBS – 53/35
    Box Jumps – 24/20

    Run 800M

    Nothing good to say about this workout, it was horrid. Bryan did the WOD with me and finished in like 14mins, I finished in like 20minutes something. It would probably have been longer but he ran my 800 with me and pushed me the whole time. It wasn't pretty but I knew before we started it was one of those workouts I just had to survive.

    After I recovered I started playing around on the Rings. I was doing some L-sit pull ups when one of the guys said "you probably are strong enough to just go into a muscle up". I haven't tried doing muscle ups since like the first time I worked out in a Crossfit gym, but I figured what the heck I'd give it a shot. Anders got PUMPED and after trying and failing again and again the stars finally aligned and I hit my first ever muscle up.

    Here's the video...

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    Good job! You might be the heaviest man to ever do a MU...


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    Pretty impressive on that muscle up. Keep up all the hard work.

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    A 265 pound man doing muscle ups! That is freaking awesome. Nice work AJ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Roberts View Post
    Got super behind on the log again due to work. Been training with the classes at PB North and have been enjoying the competition between the other athletes. I still get my ass handed to me but I feel like I'm making huge progress week by week.

    Instead of trying to remember everything I did since my last update if you want to check out the workouts I've been doing head over to http://www.pbcrossfit.com/

    Here's a video from my Monday workout with Ryan Fisher. Dudes a badass.



    I think i'm going to start shooting little video recaps after I've hit my WOD's as it'll be easier to keep track of everything and quicker. Should help me keep this up to date.
    Also what is the name of this song?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Norris View Post
    Also what is the name of this song?
    Not sure the name of the song but it's Makaveli Ft. Eminem, 50 Cent and T-Pain
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    This weeks workouts

    Monday

    Snatch – 78% x 2, 83% x 2, 88% x 1

    EMOM x 5 Min
    Burpees x10

    WOD – AMRAP 8 Min:

    3 Rounds:
    20 H.R. Push-Ups
    40 Skater Plyos

    Max Muscle-Ups (Jumping) in remaining time left

    Score is TOTAL Muscle-Ups = 11

    Tuesday

    Run 200M x 5

    Rest approx 5 Min

    WOD – 3 Rounds For Time:

    30 Front Squats – 95lbs
    20 TTB
    10 Ring Dips

    After completing 3 rounds, Rest 1 Min:

    100 Double-Unders

    This workout destroyed me. I wanted to quit no less than 4 times. Had to modify double unders, did 25 then 150 singles.

    Wednesday

    3-Position Snatch – 75% x 3 sets

    Muscle ups - x5

    Max Box Jump - 45.5

    Thursday

    For Time:

    10 Chest to bar pull-ups
    20 Knees to Elbows
    30 Ring Dips
    40 Goblet Squats – 70
    50 KBS – 70
    60 Abmat Sit-Ups
    70 Burpees

    Friday - Rest / Massage

    Body needed a break. Will be back at it tomorrow.

    New training video coming soon...
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    Saw on FB you are getting those MUs!


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    Ooh..that Thursday WOD looks tough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelwooddowd View Post
    Ooh..that Thursday WOD looks tough!
    Took me just over 20 mins to complete. I really need to write down my times for things like this so I can track my progress better. Always forget.
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    Here's video from some of this week. MU's and Box jump included.

    Last edited by AJ Roberts; 09-22-2012 at 03:02 PM.
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    Sat, Sept 22nd

    Short on time today as I had a wedding to attend so got in and got out.

    AMRAP - 7 mins

    5 Deadlifts – 315
    10 Pull-Ups

    5 + 10

    Mon, Sept 24th

    Snatch - up to 205x1

    High bar close stance back squat - 405x5

    WOD - 30, 20 ,10

    Overhead Squats - training bar
    Kettlebell Swings - 53

    I have zero over head squat game but instead of switching it out for back squats or front squats we decided it would be better for me to force myself through the range of motion with the training bar than to skip. Surprising I was able to do all reps unbroken and finished in 5 mins flat.
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    Tues, September 25th, 2012

    Got to do a WOD demo for Crossfit main-site today. It was one that appeared at last years regionals but in reverse.

    30 Hang Cleans w/225lbs
    50 Pistols (alt leg each rep)
    2000m row

    Time: 18:14

    Only modification I had to do was on the Pistols where I held onto a pole. Haven't quite got the flexibility/balance down on that movement so we scaled it for me.

    Wed, September 26th, 2012

    3-position Squat Clean – Worked up to 245x1 (10lb pr)
    Hang Power Cleans – 3 x 5 w/135

    Worked on keeping hook grip, and linking reps together.

    WOD:

    30 Hang Power Cleans – 135 lbs
    30 H.R. Push-Ups
    30 Pull-Ups

    Time: 3:49
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    30 hang cleans with 225 lbs is a bitch!


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    That Tuesday workout looked brutal... high rep hang cleans, pistol squats, and rower is a tough combo.
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    As always your improvement on every update is very impressive. I would really like to see a video of that workout if you happened to record it. 30 hang cleans with 225 for time sounds very brutal, not to mention the other work you did.
    Move heavy weight, eat, sleep, repeat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoUgL@S View Post
    As always your improvement on every update is very impressive. I would really like to see a video of that workout if you happened to record it. 30 hang cleans with 225 for time sounds very brutal, not to mention the other work you did.
    It should be on mainsite soon. They recorded it as a WOD demo.
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