Just joined a Crossfit Gym

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    Aug 12, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    Hey all,

    Just signed up for CrossFitQueens here in NYC. Am super stoked. I'm gonna start with the beginner classes, but was wondering if there was anything I should learn/know before starting that, like to have a working knowledge of? Thanks!
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    Congrats! You're going to love it. I've done CrossFit for the past year and 2 months and I absolutely love it.

    You don't really need any working knowledge. I would, though, bring a great attitude to focus on your form (so you don't injure yourself) while pushing yourself.
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    Ha - I love the title of the gym. That is yet more accidental marketing gold. icon_lol.gif
  • ATXnative

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    Aug 12, 2012 7:20 PM GMT
    I work at a personal training studio, I think crossfit is okay for those who need to loose weight and are already moderately fit (not many people). The exercises are repetitive, they will make some muscles bigger, and improve cardio but the balance, synergistic growth, flexibility isn't really there. And a lot of people get injured. Theres not a lot of variety in my experience. Could be better off getting a highly rated plan online and carrying it out yourself.
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    This is what CrossFit does to you

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    Aug 12, 2012 7:38 PM GMT
    hope youre not too attatched to your tendons......get it ......attatched.....

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    Aug 12, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    ATXnative saidI work at a personal training studio, I think crossfit is okay for those who need to loose weight and are already moderately fit (not many people). The exercises are repetitive, they will make some muscles bigger, and improve cardio but the balance, synergistic growth, flexibility isn't really there. And a lot of people get injured. Theres not a lot of variety in my experience. Could be better off getting a highly rated plan online and carrying it out yourself.

    I disagree. A lot will depend on the quality of the programming at a crossfit gym, but if you find a good one, the workouts should be constantly varied and target your whole body. You can program crossfit for weight loss or for muscle growth, just like any exercise program.

    In my experience, doing constantly varied, multi-modal functional workouts gives great balance and overall fitness. For me, I'm in the best shape of my life after a couple years of crossfit....faster, stronger, leaner.

    As for the OP, the only thing I'd bring is a good attitude and some common sense. Listen to your coaches, make sure what they're saying makes sense, and then do you best to do the workouts at as high an intensity as you can with good form.
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    I love Crossfit, I am in the best shape of my life because of it. Over two years I have learned that not all CF boxes are created equal. I just left my old gym where I am convinced the owners went to bed each night thinking of ways to make the gym better and to bring better fitness to the members. At my new gym (I moved too far from the old one), the trainers seem to be more concerned with chatting among themselves after briefly explaining the WOD. CF is more expensive but if you find a good box its worth ever penny. Don't be afraid to find a new box if you feel you can get better coaching elsewhere.

    Enjoy!
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    Aug 12, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    Yes I will have to agree that it really matters which box you end up going to. Not all crossfit trainers and boxes are equal, and the really good ones will be diligent and strict in watching your form and programming the workouts. Other crossfit boxes that aren't as good will take a more lackadaisical or random approach to programming and wont be as diligent when it comes to form, which will ultimately lead to injury.
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    Aug 12, 2012 8:08 PM GMT
    the impression that I get is that if you are already in good shape with no injuries or weaknesses then it´s OK, but if not then run. RUN

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    Aug 12, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    trek1345 saidThis is what CrossFit does to you

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    Cant wait!!! Thanks everyone. I will make sure to be on top of my form. I'm looking forward to the challenge. The one I choose seems really tight knit and intense--but I'm lookin forward to breaking through that. They also seem to really subscribe to the Paleo diet -- so I will have to check that out, too.
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    Aug 12, 2012 9:21 PM GMT
    Never cheat, never quit. Okay, quit if the class ends and you haven't finished. And then scale more the next time.

    Injury-wise shoulders seem to be the theme. So if your shoulders hurt then be attentive to that.

    Talk to people. Get their name. STFU when class has started.
  • dancedancekj

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    Aug 12, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    This is all I can think about CF anymore...


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  • BardBear

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    Aug 12, 2012 11:42 PM GMT
    Ripped my knee apart doing Crossfit. You do need to be moderately fit to just get in the door. I was treated well, don't get me wrong, but I felt that they really don't work with you--they just have their system that works for the select few.

    You should be fine. Just be careful.

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  • italguynj

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    Aug 13, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    Be very careful of over repetition and shoulder injuries. I was going to join Cross fit until I learned about it. I have a shoulder injury and being 145lbs (very lean), it was not the training course for me. Otherwise, its good for those who want to lose weigh and have a team experience.
  • Sayrnas

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    Aug 13, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    I just joined and I love it! I have ballet training so I have a lot of the flexibility and core strength but you don't need to have any prior training in order to do the work outs. Do it to your level and, eventually, you'll be doing the prescribed like everyone else.

    You totally wanna make sure you listen to your coaches or to the guys with a lot of experience. There are a lot of small details you want to keep in mind or pay close attention to.

    You'll love it!!
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    Aug 13, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Welcome to the cult..


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    Aug 16, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    Obsessed, two classes in on Foundation and loving it. Kicking my a$$ and learning so much.

    Just a question -- If you all are doing Crossfit three times a week, do you also do weight training or other work outs? I can't afford to go 5x a week to Crossfit and I still love me some weight lifting, so I'm wondering what the best program is to be able to do both but not over do it.

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    Aug 17, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Capn_A saidObsessed, two classes in on Foundation and loving it. Kicking my a$$ and learning so much.

    Just a question -- If you all are doing Crossfit three times a week, do you also do weight training or other work outs? I can't afford to go 5x a week to Crossfit and I still love me some weight lifting, so I'm wondering what the best program is to be able to do both but not over do it.



    It depends on how you feel. How sore are you? If you're very sore, it is generally a good idea to give it a break and listen to your body. Do some light swimming or some sort of other physical activity that will let you recover.

    Generally, it's a good idea to supplement your CrossFit WODs with strength work that will help you with your main lifts. I'm not talking about isolated movements such as bicep/tricep curls or machines...but movements such as back squats (important), pull-ups (weighted if you can), deadlift, and bench press.
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    Aug 17, 2012 10:13 PM GMT
    Thanks man, great help! Workin on my deadlift form---I always struggle with it, but was getting some good help in class the other day!
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    Aug 17, 2012 10:22 PM GMT
    One piece of advice.... have great form cause injuries are plentiful in this training regime
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    Aug 18, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    oh yeah. it is also really important to stretch/roll out too. a lot of injuries are caused by overtight muscles. it wont be as apparent now when you're first starting out, but if you are doing it for a while without doing any mobility work, then you will get injured.
  • Memo_NYC

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    Sep 06, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Hi Capn_A,

    How's it going? Just wanted to see what the place you go to is like. Is it the one in Astoria? I've convinced my super to go in with me to set up a circuit type gym in our building's basement. Would love any info/tips/advice you could throw my way. Been reading over the Crossfit in your Garage manifesto... My brother lost somewhere like 200 lbs in less than 6 months doing crossfit. Definitely, saved his life and got him out of depression. Anyway, it would be good to talk to someone local about it. Thanks.

    - Memo
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    Sep 06, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]trek1345 said[/cite]This is what CrossFit does to you

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    OMG! crossfit causes you to have tattoos and ugly shoes!
  • bischero

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    Sep 06, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    Eh... I've heard of too many people getting injured from doing Crossfit.