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  1. #251
    Pro Powerlifter AJ Roberts's Avatar
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    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

    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.
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    Super Moderator vdizenzo's Avatar
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    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

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  3. #253
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    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 about all the holiday/black friday stuff going on... dropped about 1k earlier today... always willing to help out fellow Crossfitters/weight lifters!

  4. #254
    Wannabebig New Member
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    No problem AJ. Hope all the hard work pays off and hopefully we see each other at SoCal regionals!

  5. #255
    Pro Powerlifter AJ Roberts's Avatar
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    Tuesday, November 20th 2012.

    AMRAP 20 Min:

    6 CTB Pull-Ups
    6 Front Squats - 13 lbs
    9 TTB

    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
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    mrelwooddowd Patz's Avatar
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    Are you Kipling pull-ups yet? That 5 rounds in the AMRAP is pretty damned good at 250lbs.

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    Wannabebig New Member
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    great blog hope all is well and you get back on this...

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    Senior Member Tom Mutaffis's Avatar
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    How is your training going?
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    Weight: 235 lbs | Gym PR's -> Front Squat: 515 lbs / Overhead: 375 lbs / Deadlift: 700 lbs


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    Wannabebig New Member
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    Did AJ go somewhere else to keep us up to date with his training?

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    Westside Bencher Travis Bell's Avatar
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    He's transitioned to bodybuilding I believe

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    A gallon a day, everyday! ThomasG's Avatar
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    He's transitioned to bodybuilding I believe
    I guess he has crossed over to the dark side

    Good luck to him!

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    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.

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