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Old 07-08-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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Mariusz Pudzianowski

Worlds Strongest Man 5 times and 1 runner up. Those who have a strength backround excel in crossfit...so what do you all think of this guy?

A little backround:

- 6-1 310lbs
- Kyokushin karate (fourth kyu)
- Competitive boxer for seven years

- Srong Man's World Records held by Mariusz Pudzianowski:
- The clock
- The parallel stairs (carrying 3 weight on the stairs)
- The walk of lumberman (carrying of 180kg heavy block)
- Over - rolling of tire (8 turns)
- Run with suitcases of 125kg each
- The walk of farmer
- Combined competition (embarking of sacks and run with an anvil)

The measurements of Mariusz Pudzianowski:
- Biceps 56 cm
- Nape 54 cm
- Waist 92 cm
- Thigh 80 cm
- Weight 132 kg
- Height 186 cm
- Chest 148 cm
- Forearm 45 cm

Own records:
- Bench Press 275 kg (605lbs
- Squat 360 kg (792lbs)
- Deadlift 395 kg (869lbs)

(From http://ipd.home.pl/pudzian/english/index2.php) You must indicate if your links are Work and Family Safe (WFS)

I honestly think this guy could excel if he wanted to at CrossFit....maybe even be a dark horse at the games...again if he wanted too.

Thoughts???
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:53 PM   #2
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

I think that if we put our heads together and made a list of 'world-class athletes that would probably excel at Crossfit'....we'd be here for a while
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:00 AM   #3
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

The price of being that strong would mean it would take some time and more than likely losing some bulk/mass to excel at the metcon stuff.

Some people thought the same of John Welbourne last year at the Games and Max Mormount. Really big, strong guys. Max did come 40th though.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:10 AM   #4
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

I'd be curious to see how many pullups he could do. He would def get crushed in anything with running; like that hill run last year. But yes, I'm sure he could adapt pretty fast, but then again how strong do you really need to be to do well at the games? How much stronger then J. Everett do you need to have it make an actual difference?

Right, hundreds of world class athletes would be great at CF. Bo Jackson?
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:19 AM   #5
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

I don't think he'd do so hot in that first event lol. He could probably pull off a sub 30 second Grace though!
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:36 AM   #6
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

His strength is out of this world, I have watched a few of those competitions.

In one event he went up something like 30 steps carrying a ~300 lb anvil with a handle and chain. The other competitors would rest the anvil on each step and kind of deadlift it to the next. Mariusz carried it the whole way and just sort of tapped each step with it as he went by.

There is a youtube of him shoulder pressing some ridiculous amount of weight, like 450 lbs. May have even been behind the neck presses.

His cardio actually seems ok, really good for those types of competitors based on his performance in some of the events that are more continuous. Though, yeah running and probably pullups might be an issue with that kind of mass. He is much more lean and ripped than most of the usual competitors.

For those who are strongman afficionados he is the only guy who reminds of Kaz from back in the day with his intensity and go for it attitude and the way he can blow the competition out of the water like Kaz did. I think mentally he would be well suited to the Crossfit WOD ideal.

however, he also had a ban for a year or more for steroids. That might be a problem at the games.

Can't wait for the games this weekend. I wish there was a way to watch remotely. I know some squash events have ppv streaming video. I guess I'll catch the radio shows and twitters from sevan.

tour de france this weekend too, go Lance! Great UFC, Lesnar/Mir, GSP/Alves.

sorry for the non-sequitors... just jazzed for all the events this weekend.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:36 AM   #7
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

Have you ever seen Konstantins Konstantinovs?

3rd best deadlift of all time.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VZOlFo0Q1Uw
wfs, can't understand the language

and

55 kipping pullups.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boLl8rGhJvE
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Not only would he destroy CF Games competitors at every single lift, but he'd also be in the top 10 at pullups. That's impressive.

And notice his physique. Very modest bodyfat levels. He wouldn't be carrying around extra baggage like some powerlifters.
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Old 07-09-2009, 08:46 AM   #8
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

OK. I have some OCD issues. Trying to find out how heavy the anvil/weight was, can't find the right year.

Anyway, pullups seem to be pretty good. He incorporates pullups into his regular workout schedule, 6 sets of 15 reps, presumably strict.
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Old 07-09-2009, 07:52 PM   #9
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

Heres a video of the Mr. Pudzianowski doing pullups.

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Old 07-09-2009, 08:44 PM   #10
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Re: Mariusz Pudzianowski

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Have you ever seen Konstantins Konstantinovs?
I've never seen him deadlift. Awesome strength on the pull-ups. With some practice on the technique he could do a few more. Could you imagine how laughable a 300 lb. deadlift in a metcon would be for this athlete? How many guys his weight can do that many pull-ups? Is there anybody else? Would you doubt that he could do handstand push-ups? He'd do well, unquestionably. Relative strength seems to be more important than absolute strength for the CF Games, but he has both in spades it seems.
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