sportsman saidCrossfit is putting a new name on an age old circuit training discipline and somewhat of a fad, but it is also a game changer. It was designed to tweak military workouts to be more tailor made for the grind of combat and the burst strength required for law enforcement.
^^ This pretty much sums it up.
I recently stumbled upon this new way of working out, or new in my town I guess. It's also a competition.. Very similar to P90X or insanity but way more intense and done in groups.
I've taken the test at the Cross fit studio here crossfitscottsdale.com and actually did amazing, but it's by far the most difficult workout I've ever encountered, they also pair it with a Paleo diet..
Any one one here have experiance with this ?
For your own safety, I think it's best not to think of the CF WODs as competitions. Every CF box is different with different dynamics, but I've tried a few different CF boxes last year, and it seems the more ego-driven and competitive boxes also had higher rates of injury. At my last CF box, the other people in class were more my motivators than my competition. We'd cheer each other on and morally support each other throughout the WOD. And it really does make a difference.
As for the Paleo Diet, I've been on it (or a modified version of it) for about 10 months. A few things to expect from my experience:
1. If you pick up most any book on the Paleo Diet (eg. The Paleo Solution
by Robb Wolf, The Primal Blueprint
by Mark Sisson, to name a few), they'll tell you to keep your carb count around 50-100g per day. These numbers are for mostly sedentary individuals. If you're going to be doing intense workouts like CF WODs, you'll need to up your carb count, and consume them immediately post-WOD.
2. If you're used to eating the standard "heart healthy" low fat, high carb diet, then expect to get the "carb flu" within the first few weeks of "going Paleo". This is, quite literally, a withdrawal period, where you will feel like utter shit as your body starts to utilize fat as its main source of energy instead of carbs. But stick with it long enough, and you'll no longer be a slave to craving bread, pasta, and rice like a crack addict. I found that I've had consistent and moderate to high energy levels throughout the day.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message here.