Have any of you started a Cross fit exercise program

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    Mar 31, 2011 1:36 AM GMT
    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 ?
    Thanks..
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    Mar 31, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    I started with crossfit back in september. I love it. I use to run competitively and did gymnastics in college as well. After graduating I stuck more with just running and got into triathlons. I had dabbled in crossfit here and there, avoiding the olympic style weight lifting skills.

    Then a year ago, i joined a crossfit gym in san diego and haven't been able to stop. i love it. the regular body movement stuff, similar to gymnastics, is my strong point, and where i make up most of my time for the timed WODs.
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    Mar 31, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    Crossfit 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. The movie 300 with the actors all doing kettle ball workouts helped fuel its spread.
    The founder of crossfit has some really good podcasts where he gives lectures to military colleges and institutes about fitness and the need for versatility.
    Most of the guys I work with are members of a crossfit gym. I did crossfit for 2 months when I was stationed in Charleston, and it was the best overall shape I've ever been on. However, for me it was not helping my priority of gaining muscle as well as a lifting schedule would do. Crossfit will get you ripped if you are consistent not because of the brand or any secret workout, but because they challenge you to the core and you are working out on a time based schedule with other people. Talk about motivating. Little to no rest and lots of movement.
    Some of the criticisms are it lacks safety and instruction on form due to the speed to complete the exercise. I haven't found that to be the case. Most CF gyms will instruct you individually on how to properly (safely) do every exercise and they reiterate only do it as fast as you feel safe.
    Overall, to slim down and tone up it is an outstanding workout. It is expensive, but fitness is all about priorities. If you could find a gym with the equipment and a few people to do the workouts with, you'd be set, but for many CF offers that simplicity with group classes. Good luck, get ready to get sweaty!
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    Mar 31, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    I joined the crossfit affilliate here about nine months ago and love it. I was not really in that great of shape (ala terrible) and have made some pretty good strides since then. I've dropped about 10 pounds and put on a good bit of muscle so I'm stoked about my progress!
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    Mar 31, 2011 4:57 PM GMT
    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.

    JustaguyinAZ said
    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 ?
    Thanks..



    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. icon_smile.gif