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Old 08-23-2009, 06:23 AM   #1
Jacob Rowell
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Default Kumite Classic IV

Just completed my fourth contest, the Kumite Classic. Here's the wrap-up on it.

Competed as a 175. I'm 6'2", so picture it for a moment.


Log Press for reps at 200#
-Scratched this. I keep getting better at pressing (up to 175 press, 225 push press, and 205 log push jerk), but not where I need to be.

Big 0 points here.

Keg/Keg/Stone Medley
-Kegs were 200#, stone was 220. All sitting on the ground, had to be run down to a platform 50' away.

Got first on this event, even after faceplanting after my foot got caught on a raised seam in the carpet. Score!

Axle Deadlift for Reps at 400# (15" or so)
-On tires with a lot of bounce, so there were strict "up" and "down" commands. I got pumped up, and forgot that for the first rep, so lost one. Second one, apparently they wanted a big lockout, more than I'm used to, lost that. Went on to do 13 after than within a minute.

Second place on this.

Tire Flip, 550# tire, 50'
-Carpet issues again, but plain slow all the same. Don't know my place here.

-Got changed from a series of 200-315, to max weight at 52", Wessel's Rules. Got 250 my first go, but managed to miss 275. Probably my greatest disappointment of the day.

I need to continue to get stronger. I think I'm in the same general range as competitive 175's and 200's, but not quite there. My pressing abilities are clearly the main issue. Can't win contests if you're scratching an event!

I'm considering doing the CAthletics Mass Gain program again. I need something well-rounded, with a good bit of pressing involved. It'll also allow me to get back to Oly some more, which is usually a good thing.

After that, I would like to find a program that will be well-rounded on the strongman side of things, rotating through all the major implements, and continue to focus on the pressing work.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:45 AM   #2
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As someone who is 6'4" and competes at >180 or >183, I have to say - go skinny guys!

That's pretty impressive and it's really nice to hear of someone built like me doing Strongman. Inspiring.
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Old 08-23-2009, 07:48 AM   #3
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Good job. At first I thought you had switched to MMA from the title.
"And for crying out loud. Don't go into the pain cave. I can't stress this enough. Your Totem Animal won't be in there to help you. You'll be on your own. The Pain Cave is for cowards.
Pain is your companion, don't go hide from it."
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Old 08-23-2009, 04:52 PM   #4
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Peter: Thanks man. I cut down from ~200 at my last contest (weighed 197 last time). Still, I get comments every time like "Man, we didn't think a skinny guy like you would be able to lift that kinda weight!" I'm just working towards the time when people are surprised because I don't just compete, I win. One day!

Allen: It's a big weekend of karate, bodybuilding competitions, PL, WL, strongman, etc.. kind of a strange event, but it's fun.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:01 AM   #5
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Seriously awesome job! I am also on the tall skinny side but am putting on some weight. There is no way I am anywhere near that for any kind of press.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin

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Old 08-24-2009, 09:26 AM   #6
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Jacob, great work!

BSG just did a SM competition a couple weeks ago, and they are planning another for just after new years.

I didn't compete because I am planning on doing the 100% RAW DL and Bench in November, also to be held at BSG. Am also still in some novice progression on new tools in the toolbox at the moment, but that is another story.
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Old 08-24-2009, 11:31 AM   #7
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Yea, a friend of mine was competing at Brute Strength. A little out of my league, and I was getting ready for the Kumite. I'll have to look into the contest coming after New Years. I'm planning on jumping back up to 200# for awhile, so it might be more manageable.
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