cross fit, is it all its cracked up to be?

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    Jul 02, 2011 3:37 PM GMT
    My work out buddy has been telling me that we should go to a Cross Fit gym and see if it could help with our work out. I have heard of Cross Fit but never really did it. I looked it up on youtube. It looks really hard. I have just started working out, after a really long break. I dont feel that im ready for that yet, i feel that I should build myself up more.

    For those that have been to a Cross Fit gym, should i wait and build up more or should I go for it.
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    Jul 03, 2011 3:09 AM GMT
    mmmm Personally I'm on the fence about cross fit. From my experience they go for reps over quality form. It's all about hammering through the workout regardless of how well you do it.

    I've been to a few they were interesting it has a much bigger cheer squad which can be fun but yeah the form stuff bothers me.
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    Jul 03, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    lilTanker saidmmmm Personally I'm on the fence about cross fit. From my experience they go for reps over quality form. It's all about hammering through the workout regardless of how well you do it.

    I've been to a few they were interesting it has a much bigger cheer squad which can be fun but yeah the form stuff bothers me.


    I'm sure you already know that every box is different. The trainers at my old box were absolutely ANAL about form, so we didn't really have any injuries.

    As for the OP. Some CrossFit gyms have introductory series where they spend a few weeks teaching you the proper form for all the lifts and exercises as well as slowly getting your body used to the WODs. That's how I started out. In my experience, CrossFit is good for overall conditioning and "functional fitness" (ie exercise that will directly benefit your day-to-day activities), but it's not so great in terms of specific goals.
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    Jul 03, 2011 7:18 PM GMT
    I agree crossfit is great for functional fitness. There are introductory classes to get some form and tips while during workout helps with form. I find crossfit great for motivation especially when one is not good with training with free weights or machines. The variety of exercise keeps one interested icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 04, 2011 9:22 AM GMT
    wildtype87 saidI'm sure you already know that every box is different. The trainers at my old box were absolutely ANAL about form, so we didn't really have any injuries.
    true that, very true, unfortunately there aren't many around here that are any good. There is one about 30 minutes away with a great rep but yeah to far away for xfit heh
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    Jul 04, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    wildtype87 said
    lilTanker saidmmmm Personally I'm on the fence about cross fit. From my experience they go for reps over quality form. It's all about hammering through the workout regardless of how well you do it.

    I've been to a few they were interesting it has a much bigger cheer squad which can be fun but yeah the form stuff bothers me.


    I'm sure you already know that every box is different. The trainers at my old box were absolutely ANAL about form, so we didn't really have any injuries.

    As for the OP. Some CrossFit gyms have introductory series where they spend a few weeks teaching you the proper form for all the lifts and exercises as well as slowly getting your body used to the WODs. That's how I started out. In my experience, CrossFit is good for overall conditioning and "functional fitness" (ie exercise that will directly benefit your day-to-day activities), but it's not so great in terms of specific goals.


    Im in military, so "functional fitness" is what im looking for. So then given that it sounds like I should check it out.
    Thanks for the advice.
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    Jul 04, 2011 5:39 PM GMT
    I've been doing Crossfit for about 2 years and I love it. That being said, it's not a bodybuilding program and its not a marathon training program. It's designed to fall in the middle and targets overall conditioning using a lot of functional exercises and a combination of lifting/strength stuff, gymnastics, and met conditioning.

    The workouts are short (usually <30 mins) but kick your ass. They are usually a workout that you do within a certain amount of time (AMRAP) or a set workout that you are working against the clock. Most CF gyms start with some sort of strength workout (deadlifts, presses, C&J) or a mobility type workout too. You're generally done in an hour.

    The only two things I would suggest (like those above) are:

    1. Take the time to learn the moves and dont worry about weight or competing with others, just yourself. The community is generally supportive and I found that I never get bored like I do working out at a gym. It changes constantly.

    2. Do your research and try out a couple different boxes (gyms) if you have them around. Each one is different. Ask the trainers about scaling and tailoring workouts to your abilities to start. They should be receptive to that. If they aren't I'd be careful.

    Again, people have very different perspectives on Crossfit. I've found I need to combine it with other things (lifting, triathlon training) to achieve what I want. Also check out the website. You can do it for free, but there are benefits to joining a gym (thought it can get expensive).
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    Jul 04, 2011 5:45 PM GMT
    Oh yea, I forgot, most individual boxes have their own blog that they update regularly with all the information you'll need. You can also get a good feel for the atmosphere and clientele at that particular box just by browsing through their blog history.

    Also, Yelp.com is your friend, as people will leave honest reviews about their experiences at each individual box. Yelp reviews were one of the main reasons I chose my particular CF box.