|01-17-2006, 05:47 PM||#1|
After completing Barbara yesterday, I was curious to compare my current times with the times from my first encounter.
July 13, 2003:
Lots of breaks during the pullups. I know my form was positively lousy - my arms were not extended for the pullups, my pushups didn't hit the deck and my squats didn't have full hip extension.
January 17, 2006:
No breaks on the pullups (they were the strongest and least painful of all the exercises!), pushups were full ROM and there was definitely full hip extension on the squats. A lot more power output and done with much better form. Very cool.
Sometimes it's good for me to step back and see where I was - and wow, has my ability to do pullups improved! I can remember visiting Lynne and watching her do five sets of 20 pullups without breaking them. I was amazed and I swore that I was going to be able to do the same someday....
It goes to show that persistence and the willingness to accept critism/advice (Coach, thank you for telling me my form stunk!) pays off. I'm definitely in the best shape of my life at nearly 43 that I've ever been in. I'm stronger, leaner, heavier, and have better aerobic capacity (although the aerobic component needs a lot more work!).
Looking back on the entry from 030709 (deadlift 7 sets of 5 reps) I find it interesting that my heaviest beltless reps were 3x5 at 225# with several minutes rest between efforts. My core and overall strength were not up to par despite my years of competitive powerlifting using the "suit, belt and wrap" crutches. Doing Diane beltless with 225 would have been at least a 15+ minute endeavor.
To say I'm pleased is a huge understatement...I can't thank you enough Coach. I've learned a tremendous amount about both training and myself these past 2 1/2 years. I owe you more than I can repay you.
An unrelated but interesting note - during July 2003 it was unusual to see more than 12 entries to the comments section for a WOD. Compare that to 150-200+ that is common place now!
|01-19-2006, 01:54 PM||#3|
060117 = 300+ Comments!!! Dunno if that's any kind of record, but in the 7-8 months I've been here, we've gone from around 150 comments per day to over 250 and now 300. Word is spreading...
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