Believe it or not it totally did. I AM STRONGER!! I actually took class with the regulars instead of just a friend or two and I followed what was written on the board. I also did a long amrap and row with my training partner before class started. I even made it in today and had a great time with coach Anne and Amber. It was awesome. Weaknesses that I had before I left for my globo gym goals were no longer there. Pistols came one right after the other. Handstand push ups were done without fail. Toe to bars and pull ups were just flowing in sets of ten unbroken over and over again. Sets of 20 wallballs and kettle bell swings unbroken were not devastatingly hard. My 95 lb cleans felt like 65 lbs did a few months ago. Working up to a 120lb snatch was easy and only took a few short minutes. I couldn't believe it. I just kept going and going and going with a huge smile on my face. It was great!!
This was all confirmation that my decision to be more open minded about fitness was right for me. I was lacking strength in many areas and became stagnant and bored. The pr's weren't coming and the constant metcons or heavy olympic lifts were not doing anything for me at that point. My joints ached and it took me a year and a half to warm up. All the "functional movements" of CrossFit was not enough for me to keep getting better and I lost interest. The isolated exercises I began doing ( yes some on the machines) have obviously made me stronger for much of what CF throws my way. I realize now how deficient my hamstrings, back and sections of my shoulders were. They were very underdeveloped and it showed. The wonderful difference from this week and 4 months ago is nearly unbelievable in those areas. I guess it's just not all for looks after all. ;)
I'm not saying all CrossFitters should go train for a bodybuilding comp. That would be fucking crazy. I'm just saying don't knock the globo so much. Some of us enjoy it and benefit from it. It's been around for freakin ever. I'm not a doctor or some fancy fitness expert I'm just speaking from my current experience. Maybe if you devoted just a little time here and there to some isolated stuff you would up your CF game. I'd bet money you would. I do still believe in ELIPTICAL=FAIL, OVERHEAD SQUAT=WIN....I'm not that far gone. BAHAHAHAHAH! I can't bare to get on that thing still!!! HAHA!! ;) It's to bad my CF kool aid drunk took so long to wear off though, I may of checked my ego and had a open mind about other types of training much sooner if it did. I do know that as soon as my competition is over I am going to try all different types of classes and activities and squeeze in CrossFit as well BECAUSE IT IS AWESOME!! DUH!! Do expect to catch me the majority of my time down at the regular old gym though. I feel to good to not keep it up! It's gonna be fantastic!!
Negatives of the week: I was dying hungry on Fri and Sat craving sweets. I started my period today so I'm feeling better. I think I'm over the peanut butter and honey spoon or murder charge hump. Those were my two choices last night for real. I choose option number 1 a few times.
Positives of the week: Everything else!!! THE WEATHER IS INCREDIBLE!!! I had a great week and I'm ready to hit it hard tomorrow!! Feeling great!!! SEVEN WEEKS TO GO!!!!! :)
Have a wonderful,productive week and try something new!!!