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    Chicago's Strongest Man 2007 Writeup

    I took 5th out of 8th competitors. I could have possibly had 3rd place, but I made some critical errors, being my first contest. Bodyweight was 190.

    First Event: Truck pull w/ rope assist, 22,000 lbs

    I took it slightly over 10 feet. Never tried this before, and that was the main error, I got 7th out of 8th on this one, and it totally ruined my overall score.

    Second Event: Log Clean and Press (clean each rep) 160 lbs within 60 seconds

    I managed 8 reps, which tied me for 2nd out of 8th. I had almost no warmup for this, I just pressed 95 lbs 3x on a bar and they're like "Alex Apostol you're up!" and I ran over and did it. I expected this one to be my best event, but I was surprised by the next one. Technically a PR, but I believe I could have done more if I had warmed up properly.

    Third Event: Deadlift 335 lbs within 60 seconds

    I managed 18 reps, which landed me 2nd place out of 8th. I doubled my PR last time I tried it in october (9 reps). I puked after this event (luckily not many noticed). I was QUITE pleased with this.

    Fourth Event: Farmers hold 215 lbs per hand for time

    I managed slightly over 40 seconds. This was average, nothing special, but still a PR for me. Not sure of the placing on this one.

    Fifth Event: 140~ keg carry + 400 sled drag

    This could have been my best event. The keg carry was a joke, I was sprinting with it. The sled drag, which I had never tried before, went VERY fast and I was zipping through it. But because of my inexperience with it, I slipped at the last 10 feet and sprained my ankle. I quickly got up to finish it, and managed 3rd place (based on what my friends told me) on this I believe. The falling down cost me a good 2-3 seconds, and it also cost me second place.

    Once I gain some bodyweight and work on my truck pull, I will be at 2008 nationals in no time.

    -Alex Apostol

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    http://youtube.com/watch?v=93BgVjiHLP4

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    Wow that's awesome dude, congratulations

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    Awsome job man!

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    Awesome work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Invain View Post
    Awsome job man!

    "Viking power!"

    (I think that's what you said?)
    Haha yep!

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    I love the Viking power. Great job on those deadlifts, that looked brutal.
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    awesome job alex
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    Nice job. I'd like to do something like that one day....if they have a featherweight division, lol.
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    Nice job. I've only done one strongman comp and it was quite fun. Hey, you should come down to central Illinois and do Christian County's strongest man competition in June (I think it's June). It's in Taylorville near Decatur. Good times.
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    Congrats.Awesome work!
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    That was really great! I enjoyed the video - thanks for sharing it.

    For me, the deadlifts were the most impressive. Probably because I can relate to how hard that must have been.

    The truck pull looked ROUGH! I couldn't get that thing to move an inch.
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    Great job man.

    You need to stay WAY lower on your truck pull... you would've pulled a lot further if you get low. And I'm talking like almost knees on the ground bent over low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Workhorse View Post
    Great job man.

    You need to stay WAY lower on your truck pull... you would've pulled a lot further if you get low. And I'm talking like almost knees on the ground bent over low.
    Yeah dude. It just felt so awkward and I was having trouble staying coordinated.

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    Wow... congrats Alex... awesome job...
    sounds like it was a LOT of fun.. and you might be addicted!! haha

    GL with the bulk to Nationals '08

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadlifter View Post
    Yeah dude. It just felt so awkward and I was having trouble staying coordinated.
    Looks like you have the strength... just need some practice. Good work nontheless... congrats.
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    lol I actually found your vid before you posted it here on the forums, and i was like "DAMN!"..."this guys a beast". Very nice work man!
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