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Old 12-05-2005, 03:30 AM   #1
Don Stevenson
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On the weekend I was down at my Dad's new farm for his birthday and since i was there i asked him if he had any good rocks around the place.

I was given a very funny look and then pointed in the direction of the creek down the hill where i found a bunch of rocks from fist sized to imovable.

Guests at my Dad's birthday party were treated to the sight of a crazy crossfitter hauling some big rocks 200m up the hill to my car and I returned to the party somewhat sweaty and scratched up but the proud owner of a genuine Dan John issue BFR 2000 and another bigger rock that still needs a name.

I weighed them yesterday and the little rock is 60kg/132lb and sort of egg shaped while the bigger rock is 75kg/165lb and really awkward. Just getting it off the ground to carry was a pain and it took half the skin off my forearms.

Is it wrong to be excited about rocks?
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Old 12-05-2005, 05:38 AM   #2
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Don't feel bad--I drive by road construction and check out the sandbags weighing down the signs. I also passed a road widening project, and saw some telephone poles that had been cut in half--I wanted to stop and try to take one but my wife wouldn't let me.
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Old 12-05-2005, 09:40 AM   #3
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You guys are awsome. For me the lack of rocks lying around is one of the greatest problems of living in the city.

And I am still trying to figure out where I could get some sandbags.
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:02 AM   #4
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The recent road repaving project near my house provided me with many sandbags. No, I didn' steal them. The road crew left them by the road after the project was done. A whole big pile of them. 30 of 'em weighing 35-40 pounds each. I left them there all summer, over three months of driving past them everyday. Finally I called the local road repair office for the township and I was told they belonged to the subcontractor who did the job. I called them and was told yea they left them there, but it wasn't worth coming back for and if I want 'em I can have 'em. Guess whats sitting in the back yard?

Rocks: I run trails near a certain old colonial-era rock quarry. Several times I've come home with a good rock.

Free is a very good price.
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Old 12-06-2005, 12:53 AM   #5
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i need one of those BFR 2000
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Old 12-07-2005, 04:40 PM   #6
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I like Stones. I have a video on stone lifting. fun stuff.
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Old 12-09-2005, 12:58 AM   #7
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I am on board with the "unusual equipment." I use primarily sand because of lack of access to weights. There are also some rocks behind my house which I will carry, throw, etc. It's fun, and it seems to add a whole different dimension to strength building.
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Old 12-10-2005, 02:25 AM   #8
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Took the 60kg rock out for a spin today at our regular "suffer in sydney" workout.

Everyone agreed that it was very hard work just carrying the damn thing!

At the end of the session a few of us had a go at clean and jerking it and MAN thats hard work!

I managed to get it overhead but didn't lock it out because i was worried it would fall on my head.
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Old 12-13-2005, 01:35 AM   #9
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Don, I know exactly where you're coming from. Being on the road all the time and having no weights what so ever and rocks have been a solid substitute. I've found myself doing lots of rock tossing during my WODs for both distance and reps.
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Old 12-13-2005, 10:36 AM   #10
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Ian, go to a hardware store and pick up some sand, burlap bags, and duct tape. Great fun!
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