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Does anyone do "Crossfit" here?


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Just wondering if anyone else has ever tried Crossfit?  It's a type of VIGOROUS workout were you use every muscle group in the span of 15 minutes or so and its a dang KILLER!  I would say worse than P90X!! 

Me and my husband signed up at a Crossfit center and I've only done it twice so far and wanted to see if anyone else has done it on here that has seen awesome results? 

You have to atleast show up 3 times a week (or else they call your sorry butt) and man, is it motivating!  If you are looking for a very quick workout that won't take up your whole day, I suggest you see if there is a crossfit fitness center or instructor in your area and sign up!  WOW, it is TOUGH though I warn you.  I'm in the military and have never felt so sore in one day as I have with one of their workouts. 

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They'll let anyone with a checkbook open up a crossfit-affiliated gym and they actively discourage proper form on highly technical lifts.

I'll pass.

Original Post by floggingsully:

They'll let anyone with a checkbook open up a crossfit-affiliated gym and they actively discourage proper form on highly technical lifts.

I'll pass.

 Did you mean encourage???  I agree, anyone with a checkbook can get affiliated for sure, but encourage poor form. I would think that varies with trainers, not CrossFit as a whole. Especially when there are hundreds of videos on technique on the website.

Would I pay for their gym? Eff no. Do I use the WOD? Occasionally.

OP, considering P90X only uses resistance bands at best, of course anything with free weights is going to be harder. Besides that, Gym Jones is where it's at.

Original Post by bmx419:

 Did you mean encourage??? 

 Nope, actively discourage, like at a corporate level.

From T-nations review of a crossfit certification course: "Unsafe is unacceptable," Sherwood [the instructor] said. "But perfect form is also unacceptable. What we look for is CrossFit slop."

You know, looking back at that I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that Rip quit Crossfit. Encouraging bad form is just beyond the pale. Johnny Pain also quit, over the issue of the lack of quality control in affiliates, as in after one weekend seminar of level 1 coaching (the same one as in the T-nation article in fact), you can set up shop as a Crossfit affiliate. Sort of the same thing that made Mark Twight split Gym Jones off from CrossFit, though as I recall that was more about the lack of individualization in their approach.

 Looks like they're going the way of the Big Box gyms they were a reaction to in the first place with "trainers" barely qualified to rack the weights "teaching" people lifts it takes years to master. 

That said - you can still meet great trainers at CrossFit, just like you can at the big box gyms. It's just that there's a lot of people out there who aren't qualified to do more than sweep the weight room floor operating a for-profit gym using their CrossFit level one certification.

CrossFit can be good, but the mainstreaming of the brand name has caused a mainstreaming of the quality of the training involved too and not in a good way.

 That said, I don't want to discourage anyone from joining their local CF; it's a workout style some people find fits them like a glove even with the above issues. It's just that it's as much a case of "Buyer Beware" as with any of the much-despised club-certified personal trainers a.k.a. glorified towel carriers at the big box gyms.

Ahhh..crossfit...

Me and some of my trainers use to do the filthy fifty once a month..making it a competition. We all contributed 50 dollars and then the winner got to take all the cash home -the pot av. was 600 dollars..not bad, eh?  Been so busy...haven't done that in a long while, now.  Need some extra cash..might have to set up another CF FF challenge soon, ha. For anyone that doesn't know..the filthy fifty consists of:

50 Box jumps, 24 inch box

50 Jumping pull-ups

50 Kettlebell swings

Walking Lunge, 50 steps

50 Knees to elbows

50 Push press, 45 pounds

50 Back extensions

50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball

50 Burpees

OP, considering P90X only uses resistance bands at best, of course anything with free weights is going to be harder. Besides that, Gym Jones is where it's at.

P90X does not use resistance bands "at best."  P90X shows exercise moves -- how much weight that's used is up to the person watching the video.  I use dumbbells ranging from 15-50 lbs., depending on the move.

Fact-checking is awesome!


Original Post by crimson667:

OP, considering P90X only uses resistance bands at best, of course anything with free weights is going to be harder. Besides that, Gym Jones is where it's at.

P90X does not use resistance bands "at best."  P90X shows exercise moves -- how much weight that's used is up to the person watching the video.  I use dumbbells ranging from 15-50 lbs., depending on the move.

Fact-checking is awesome!

 

 I was referring to what P90X offers. Which is resistance bands(FACT). Yes, a user may choose otherwise.

This is similar to the CrossFit debate. The CrossFit trainers may suck, but the workouts are fine. It is up to the individual to train correctly. BTW, I'm referring to someone simply using the WOD on their own, not at a CF affiliate.

Hey bmx...hate to tell you but if you are aware of 90x...it definitely includes weights. Actually,  for workouts that require weights, one of the back-up exercisers will generally demonstrate the exercise using the alternative resistance bands for people either not ready for weights and/or do not own weights.

But, they are very clear in the dialogue about weights.

Original Post by fitnessgirll:

Hey bmx...hate to tell you but if you are aware of 90x...it definitely includes weights. Actually,  for workouts that require weights, one of the back-up exercisers will generally demonstrate the exercise using the alternative resistance bands for people either not ready for weights and/or do not own weights.

But, they are very clear in the dialogue about weights.

 Wow, again, I'm talking about what the developers of P90X offer. That is resistance bands, not weights. I really do not know how to make that any clearer.

I'm not trying to bash P90X at all. I think it is a great program. They may recommend weights, BUT they only sell resistance bands.

Sounds like a brutal workout.  Here's a description from someone who just tried it:

 

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/10/14/cr ossfit-18-minutes-and-48-seconds-of-hell/

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i do crossfit WOD's twice a day once by myself and the second my brother in law comes over to my house and does them with me. they work extremely well. you have to stick to it though and try and do exactly what the WOD says to do even if it takes a long time to do it. eventually you will notice that your cardio is improving and you will begin to see the strength gains. albeit you will probably not look like a bodybuilder because it is not meant for that it is meant for pure strength, power and endurance. i have lost 45lbs and my brother in law has lost 53lbs while we have both made dramatic endurance and strength gains. i can not say if crossfit gyms are good or not because i have never stepped foot into one but i am a firm believer in cross fit. i used to just workout to get huge muscles like everyone else at the gym does but now after doing crossfit for 7 moths i can lift more for more reps faster than i could after 3 years of bodybuilding. i would highly recommend you stick it out and push your self to the max each nite you train in crossfit and soon you will see great results. good luck and have fun on the filthy 50 and the fight gone wrong days. also check out the crosffits main website it offers get advice and demos.

Army SF and Marine Recon are switching the training reg over to crossfit if that helps you with knowing the type of workout you'll get

Our Air Force Base is actively involved in crossfit. Personally I hate it. While the workouts are easy at first, you do a lot of them and can hurt yourself if you get too tired. Then they start getting harder and adding weights. I think the cocept is good, but when you are pushing people who are new at it to keep up with a more experienced group there is a problem. It can be very disheartening unless you are already physically in great shape. Just my oppinion.

Original Post by megham1:

Our Air Force Base is actively involved in crossfit. Personally I hate it. While the workouts are easy at first, you do a lot of them and can hurt yourself if you get too tired. Then they start getting harder and adding weights. I think the cocept is good, but when you are pushing people who are new at it to keep up with a more experienced group there is a problem. It can be very disheartening unless you are already physically in great shape. Just my oppinion.

What base is that? If you don't mind stating on here of course, or PM. I'm up in Japan and the PT is lamesauce.

Thanks bbyrem and megham1, for responding more acurratly to my question that I posted originaly!  As for all you others, not so much of the info I was looking for.  I really just wanted to know of anyone has tried the workout, not about 'the trainers' that happen to work there.  I'm in the military myself, and I'm an active runner.  I have tried other workouts before but I get so demotivated doing everything by myself now.  My CF trainers are all ex-military because I live in a very diverse military (mostly army/air force though) area so we have ex PJ's, Tac-P ect. as trainers and they're awesome.  As for proper form, I really don't know how proper from we could get at our CF gym.  We do two weeks of ''fundamentals'' and all it is is just learning technique, its very helpful.  I find it well worth the money than getting a gym membership and having some frat boy oogle at me and not be serious about his own training regiment.  Everyone at the gym is too darn tired and soaked in sweat to even care what else is going on around them.  Wink It's a Love/Hate relationship.

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