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Totally Come A Long Way, Baby

This morning marked my fifth CrossFit Total.  The Total is a workout that consists of three attempts at a max for the backsquat, the press and the deadlift.  Your score, or "total," is the sum of your heaviest lifts.

My very first Total came right at the beginning of my CrossFit career - February 24, 2010.  I was as green as can be and a fish out of water.  I didn't know where the weights were and couldn't adjust the rack, let alone lift.  I wish I had this on tape.  My backsquat was 94 (I can't explain this number; it's what I wrote down.).  My press was 48.  My deadlift was 128.  Total: 270#.

I did this workout again that fall, on October 13, 2010.  By then, I had moved to CrossFit Metropolis.  I backsquatted 105.  My press was 55.  My deadlift score was zero.  I had started going for 145 (my then one-rep-max) and couldn't make it happen.  Total: 160#.

My next total was on January 30, 2011.  (Seriously, click the link - there's video.)  My backsquat was still 105 and my press was still 55, but my deadlift went up to 165.  Total: 325#.

I videotaped the next one, too - on March 20, 2011.  My backsquat was still 105.  My press jumped up to 65, and I deadlifted 190.  Total: 360#.

All of these feel like they happened in another life.  So much has changed in the past two years, and particularly since I started coaching last year.  My technique is better (phew!) and my approach to training is so much more methodical and deliberate.  In that first Total post, I talk about wanting to feel at ease at the box.  These days, Metropolis is very much my home.

Today, I backsquated 135 (PR), pressed 70 and deadlifted 200 (PR).  Total: 405.

Objectively speaking, my numbers aren't anything spectacular - there was a guy today whose deadlift alone was 405 - but I am super jazzed about the improvement that I continue to see.  

And as excited as I was about my gains, I was even happier for the woman I shared the bar with this morning.  She's fairly new to CrossFit, but dedicated and strong.  She bested me on every lift setting new - and substantial - PR's for herself.  It was exciting to be a part of that.

Looking back at these old posts, I see that it's not just me who has grown over the past few years; CrossFit Metropolis has evolved into such an amazing place.  We've come a long way since the days when we were a dirty little gym with two racks and two rowers and a single coach.  I can't wait to see what happens next.

-Gym Belle-


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