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Has anybody tried it and had some success? Pros and Cons? Do I need to build myself up before beginning the program? Thanks
Not tried it but work with a couple die hards and have been to some competitions. I recommend doing 2-3 days of HIIT type classes, 2-3 days of solid lifting, and eating well. My experience is if you do that then you'll be in better shape than crossfit guys. Btw, eating well doesn't necessarily equate to paleo just complex carbs and lean meats. All this is available at your local 24hr fitness for like 1/4 the price of an official crossfit gym.
if you go in in crappy shape, you will die. You need to be in good shape before you go. I threw up on my first day (first time I have ever thrown up in my life.) You will be sore, very sore, for the first two weeks.
Pro- you really only workout for 5-15 minutes... but it is so hard you will be physically done by the time that 15 minutes is up.
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Before cross fit do mental excercises! Learn how to focus, and control your emotions( which will equate to energy). You have to go into it somewhat in shape, but have a positive attitude. If you can not transition your mental focus on a limb and forget what you just endured, cross-fit is not for you.
Crossfit is resistance training combined with intense cardio/aerobic effort typically in abbreviated segments of 15 to 20 minutes. The workout includes both body weight exercises like pull ups and puship combos but also utilizes free weight exercises like squats and dead lifts. A background in powerlifting or gymnastics is helpful. Because the workout emphasizes resistance reps done at super fast rates overuse injuries can occur. I have also seen issues like rhabdomyolysis occur. The program is a great way to get in awesome shape but approach with caution and good instruction.
Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy - you know who
The end of this month will be my 1 year anniversary of doing Crossfit.
When I first showed up I was about 290 pounds and horrible shape. I nearly passed out after running 400 meters the first day, now I'm 250 and run 1,000 meters as a warm up.
I've never been an athlete, the closet I've ever been to a field was in the AUMB. Even after a year I'm still not great, but I'm far better than I have ever have been in my life before.
The only thing you need to start is to show up and give it all that YOU can.
Here's a pic my coach asked me to do back in October.
I guess if I were to begin this crossfit I need to really look into my trainer.
As you can tell, there are some very opinionated and passionate people when it comes to the methodology used in working out. The way you work out or rather, what motivates you, can vary as wildly as the people who do them.
Does the Crossfit trainer make a difference(read good one vs. bad one?).........Of course. That could be said about any training method. Who wants to be trained by an idiot?
Can you get hurt doing Crossfit?...........Of course. You can get hurt doing almost anything if you don't know what you are doing. Doing to much, to quickly, is always a recipe for disaster. Doing Olympic lifting, Crossfit, or even using the machines at a normal gym have the potential to hurt someone. The argument that Crossfit will get you hurt is sour grapes. It gets a lot of attention because it's the popular thing, not because the rates of injury are higher.
Do you need to be in shape to start Crossfit?.........I was not overweight but I WAS in horrible physical shape. It took almost two months before I could do the prescribed workout weights and/or reps. It gave me something to shoot for. There are people after 6 months who still can't do the prescribed workout and that is 100% fine. The workouts are infinitely scalable and the instructors really help finding what is most comfortable to you. A lot of people start with just the bar. At the end of the day, your in charge of your workout. If you have an injury or something hurts, a trainer can't force you to make a good decision and not work out. It's up to you. Your an adult and are expected to act like one.
I started last year, middle of December. I weighted 210lbs. I now weight 187lbs and feel awesome. I used to run but never do weights. It got to where my body was storing fat in places running couldn't touch. I got bored, especially during the winter when the days got short and I couldn't always find time to run due to work. I HATE going to a box gym, dealing with the pushy sales people over contracts and then finding myself lonely with no one to keep my entertained or driven. I gave Crossfit a chance. I did the entry workout to see what it was like. I signed up for one quarter(3 months) and told myself I would give it an open minded chance. I am still here, have no plans to quit, and I feel great. I have not done the same workout twice. Seriously, it's always different so I never loose focus or become movement bored. You meet new people. It's a competitive as you want to make it and you can get as serious as you want with it. Even if Crossfit isn't for you, and it's not for everyone, finding something you will actually be excited or enthusiastic to pursue is the trick. It's only as good as the effort you put into it. Just my two cents.....
This post was edited by auman365 12 months ago
Just out of curiosity what city are you in?
Both of my brothers are Marine Corps officers. There is a reason most Marine Corps bases have gyms set up for CrossFit. I alternate between CrossFit and regular lifting/cardio throughout the week. You do not need to be in shape to start CrossFit either, that is a myth. You can go to CrossFitbrandx.com and go to Forums, then to WOD (workout of the day). Each day they list the same exercises from the main CrossFit page, but the workouts are scaled for men, women, children, and people in better or worse shape. The forum also has videos showing proper form, and the people who run the site are always willing to help with any questions. The main thing about CrossFit, as with any workout regimen, is to always keep good form, especially when tired, and don't quit.
This post was edited by AU Esquire 12 months ago
"Nulla tenaci invia est via" - "For the tenacious, no road is impassable"
Should also mention I did CrossFit four days a week from February 2012 to May 2012 and dropped from 228 to 203. Also included eating better than I used to, but that's always going to be true if you want your workouts to help. I definitely lost fat, gained muscle, and went from only assisted pullups and progression pushups to doing pullups and handstand pushups with ease by the end. Good luck and War Eagle.
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