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Old 01-27-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

The WOD vid today was 5-4-3-2-1 of 250lb thrusters / 500lb deadlift done in about 11 and a half minutes.

Anyone thinking about trying this? CAN anyone do this? Anthony?
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Old 01-27-2009, 10:13 AM   #2
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

Edit: nevermind, I can't read.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:01 PM   #3
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

that was insane!
Big props to that dude!
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:28 PM   #4
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

Very impressed - and lots more than I'll ever do. But I've got to say I was worried about that monster's back, with that last DL rep.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:30 PM   #5
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

I think Prof. Xavier and his X-Men are missing a Mutant...
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

I only just realized he was EASILY power cleaning that thruster weight on every set. If anyone here knows that dude and he can do muscle ups, tell him to go through King Kong in video. His time could be freakish.
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Old 01-27-2009, 02:48 PM   #7
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

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I only just realized he was EASILY power cleaning that thruster weight on every set. If anyone here knows that dude and he can do muscle ups, tell him to go through King Kong in video. His time could be freakish.
I believe he already did it for video, 6 rounds in about 6 minutes...
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:31 AM   #8
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

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I believe he already did it for video, 6 rounds in about 6 minutes...
Oh, that was him? Damn strong dude.

But why the glorification of these super heavy Workouts? With weight that heavy and reps that low I feel like the time will reflect almost nothing but the overall strength of the athlete. I don't know Rob Orlando's background, but let's assume he does other CF workouts and has pretty good metcon capacity. If we took an accomplished powerlifter (who equals Robs skill at cleans) who did almost no metcon training, but had equivalent numbers in the major lifts, do we really think this workout will take him that much longer than it took Rob?

My point is that if metcon capacity does not improve performance much on this workout then the workout is little but a test of absolute strength. And if you're just trying to gauge absolute strength why structure it like a timed metcon workout at all? Just cut the crap and just see how much you can lift.

Any thoughts? Do you guys think there is still a significant metcon component to this workout?
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:52 AM   #9
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

Dude is a monster. His videos are always entertaining/humbling. As a side note I cant wait to be able to PC 250... 35lbs to go!
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:06 AM   #10
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Re: Mainpage today: 250lb Thrusters/500lb DL

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Oh, that was him? Damn strong dude.

But why the glorification of these super heavy Workouts? With weight that heavy and reps that low I feel like the time will reflect almost nothing but the overall strength of the athlete. I don't know Rob Orlando's background, but let's assume he does other CF workouts and has pretty good metcon capacity. If we took an accomplished powerlifter (who equals Robs skill at cleans) who did almost no metcon training, but had equivalent numbers in the major lifts, do we really think this workout will take him that much longer than it took Rob?

My point is that if metcon capacity does not improve performance much on this workout then the workout is little but a test of absolute strength. And if you're just trying to gauge absolute strength why structure it like a timed metcon workout at all? Just cut the crap and just see how much you can lift.

Any thoughts? Do you guys think there is still a significant metcon component to this workout?
David, it may not be high end met-con like Fran or the like but I think it demonstrates very impressive work capacity. Also, I don't see anything excessive about 2 super heavy WOD's in the space of 6 months. Some folks interest lies in strength - workouts that challenge their strength AND fitness would be pretty appealing rather than seeing Fran shaved down one second at a time on a monthly basis.

Finding folks strong enough to perform the lifts at those weights may not be difficult in strongman/ power lifting circles. However, for many who focus in those areas "anything more than 3 reps is cardio!". So I don't think you would see many similar times even for athletes with greater limit strength.

CrossFit is not just high end met-con. Neither is it all about absolute strength. Both important but some seriously fun experiments are being done where met-con and strength are combined. Just love how this stuff continues to evolve!

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