My First CrossFit Class

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    Jan 01, 2013 5:56 PM GMT
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    I've been really curious about CrossFit for a few months now, and it finally got the best of me. So I took the intro class on Saturday. Holy shit! Just the intro was intense. Most of the guys in the class were in really good shape and in their early 20's, and I think I was the oldest guy there, so I was feeling a little intimidated at first. But I was the first to finish the rowing, first to finish squats and first to finish the kipping. Had a hard time with the pushups though (always hated pushups!) I have a decent chest, but I guess my Orangutan arms make pushups more difficult for me. I was also a bit embarrassed with my pull-up performance, but again, I think my long arms are a handicap with movements like this. But overall I was happy to see I out performed most everyone there.

    Funny thing....halfway through the class, one of the guys says in an urgent tone "may I be excused?" The coach said "gotta throw-up?" The guy said "yeah", then ran outside. Then close to the end of the class another guy asked if he could be excused. "Gotta throw-up?" ....."yeah".....and runs outside to join the other dude. Both looked very fit and in their early 20's. After the class, I walked outside to talk to the two guys who had been throwing up by the fence. I asked if they were joining and they both said "hell yeah". icon_lol.gif

    So it's three days later and I feel like I've been run over by a truck. But we were warned we would feel this way. I'm pretty certain I'm going to sign up tomorrow.

    Anyone else do CrossFit? I'd love to hear your feedback.
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    Jan 01, 2013 6:34 PM GMT
    Did it for a few months. Loved it, loved my trainers, loved the atmosphere, loved the camaraderie of my fellow gym mates. It was great for my overall fitness.

    But I didn't feel like I was making "progress" or working toward any goals since the WODs are random. Also, it was really expensive. It bruised my wallet as much as it bruised my body. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 01, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    Bromoflexual saidDid it for a few months. Loved it, loved my trainers, loved the atmosphere, loved the camaraderie of my fellow gym mates. It was great for my overall fitness.

    But I didn't feel like I was making "progress" or working toward any goals since the WODs are random. Also, it was really expensive. It bruised my wallet as much as it bruised my body. icon_neutral.gif



    So you saw no difference in your fitness level or body composition?
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    Jan 01, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    Which one is you, Scruff?

    Too intense for me.
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    Jan 02, 2013 12:01 AM GMT
    I don't quite get the hype. i.e. why one should pay a lot for it. Isn't it just circuit training at a rapid pace?

    I've been thinking about setting up an outdoor course on my wooded hillside with some of those moves and maybe a couple of military obstacle-course type things. For when the weather is too nice to be inside and maybe the dogs would enjoy it too. The hill climbs could be murder though icon_redface.gif

    re: barfing. My HS coaches always used to say "anyone who isn't puking, isn't really trying." I always hated those guys...
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    Jan 02, 2013 12:14 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidI don't quite get the hype. i.e. why one should pay a lot for it. Isn't it just circuit training at a rapid pace?

    I've been thinking about setting up an outdoor course on my wooded hillside with some of those moves and maybe a couple of military obstacle-course type things. For when the weather is too nice to be inside and maybe the dogs would enjoy it too. The hill climbs could be murder though icon_redface.gif

    re: barfing. My HS coaches always used to say "anyone who isn't puking, isn't really trying." I always hated those guys...



    I'm very educated about exercise and know my way around a gym like the back of my hand....but for me, it's more about the competitiveness of training with several other guys at the same time. And since it's all time based, there's no way for you not to feel challenged. Plus, I work 7 days a week, so having a place to just pull up to at a certain time and go do my shit is very appealing to me. Although I can certainly understand it might not be for everyone. Hell, it might not even be for me either, but I'm going to try it and see how it fits my personality.

    As far as the barfing goes, I never felt like I was going to throw up. I felt dizzy and light headed after a couple of the exercises, but never nauseated.
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    Jan 02, 2013 2:30 AM GMT
    I just recently got into it and like the results. The gym I go to is much more strength based which is more in line with my goals.

    The price is the biggies issue for me; for a full time student it's pricey and probably not sustainable. icon_sad.gif

    It's awesome to workout with other motivated people though, everyone pushes each other to do their best.
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    Jan 02, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    Yeah, it is pricey, especially since I already belong to two gyms. This will make my third. icon_confused.gif I'll probably drop one of the other two this spring.
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    Jan 02, 2013 8:39 AM GMT
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    Bromoflexual saidDid it for a few months. Loved it, loved my trainers, loved the atmosphere, loved the camaraderie of my fellow gym mates. It was great for my overall fitness.

    But I didn't feel like I was making "progress" or working toward any goals since the WODs are random. Also, it was really expensive. It bruised my wallet as much as it bruised my body. icon_neutral.gif



    So you saw no difference in your fitness level or body composition?


    I definitely became more "fit" in the sense of physical functionality. But my analytical personality is better suited to training with a specific goal in mind and working toward that goal progressively. The random WODs did not facilitate that.

    As for body composition. I was already pretty lean when I started because at the time I had been a distance runner on top of being on a Paleo diet for a month. I did not get significantly more muscular nor did I get significantly leaner compared to workout regimens I've followed with those two specific goals in mind.
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    Jan 02, 2013 10:42 AM GMT
    This will be my 3rd year practicing crossfit. All crossfit gyms have their own programming. You just need to find one that suits your needs. As for the puking issue -- not a healthy sign. I understand that one pukes once but several occasion, then it's a problem. The trainer must scale down the intensity for that particular client. Intro sessions should be in lower intensity but focus on foundamentals and form.

    Crossfit Games open in 3 months!

    Cheers.
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    Jan 02, 2013 11:06 AM GMT
    I've been doing crossfit for 6 months now. I think our Crossfit gym might be more moderate than yours. I've heard of a few people throwing up at ours (as I'm sure some do at their weight rooms), but it doesn't sound as intense as yours. I've never felt that sick. Really winded and really challenged, but not to the point of puking. I used to go to the gym and do my circuit, socialize a little, and then leave. Like the guy above, I liked the predictability of it because I could control specific things. I did the Body for Life program several times and definitely saw major results from that. In Crossfit, I haven't seen the bigger bulky muscles that I got from weight lifting, like in Body for Life, But, Crossfit definitely has several great advantages for me:.

    1.) My body overall is getting stronger, as a unit. I can tell that my core is stronger. Yes, I see gains in muscle size, but not like circuit training. This is ok for me because I'm built kind of big anyway (broad shoulders, etc.) Our Crossfit also has exercises called "Skills" that are basically like circuit training that you can do at the end of the WOD (Workout Of the Day, for those non-crossfitters reading this) that pair well with the WODs for that week. The Skills are designed to help you get bigger, stronger muscles for those Crossfitters that want to build more.

    2.) I enjoy working out "functionally". The workout philosophy of Crossfit emphasizes functionality. Some weight lifting routines just don't transfer to the real world. When will you ever use your quads in the real world like you do in the Leg Extension machine? Never. Or use your chest in isolation like in dumbell flies? Not much. Because Crossfit emphasizes whole body, core, functional fitness, I feel like my body is becoming a better machine.

    3.) Fun. While I loved the gains I made with just doing circuit training, I felt that I was missing something: Fun. I wanted the competitive surge I felt when I played racquetball. I wanted that adrenaline rush I get when I play dodge ball. But, how could I get it while I'm lifting weights? Crossfit gives me that. Also, every day is different. Almost like an adventure. Our Crossfit posts the WOD the night before, and I get a little giddy looking to see what it is. Here is tomorrow's WOD: after basic warming up and some basic lifting, ever minute do 5 burpees and then do as many thrusters (squats where you lift the weight above your shoulders at the top of the squat) as you can for the rest of the minute. Continue in this pattern until you've done 100 thrusters. The stale lifting routine is gone. Yes, I did like the predictability. I get some of that from the Skills (see #1) and can easily add in some basic weight lifting to target certain muscles.

    4. Community. This is BIG. There is such a great vibe among the Crossfitters. There's something bonding about suffering together and then bragging about it. I love the team WODs. Every month we get new Crossfitters after they complete the Elements course. I welcome them like new family members.

    5. Trainers. I read a lot on my own about weight lifting. I feel very informed about proper form. But, I've never had passionate trainers standing there supporting and yelling at me while I've been working out. I really like it. Our class sizes are limited to 12 people and there are usually 2 or 3 trainers present. The main lead trainer is always watching us and giving us tips and encouraging us. The other 2 or 3 are often adding their own support, as well. Plus, every Crossfitter becomes like a mini-trainer, helping you catch mistakes in form and cheering you on.

    6. Bragging rights. I really liked the feeling I got when I could talk about going to the weight room to work out. I knew that I was doing something worthy, hard and respectable. With Crossfit, I get that feeling X 10. I almost feel like a superstar. "You do Crossfit? Wow!" Although I was happy for getting through my benching for the day in the weight room, it isn't the same feeling as getting through a 5-man team even in Crossfit. "I ran 2 miles while passing a 20 lb medicine ball back and forth between 4 other guys, AFTER I did 100 push ups, 100 situps, and 100 air-squats". It feels really great.

    My whole approach to working out and fitness has changed. I love the challenge, I love the community, I love the "your body is a well-oiled machine" mentality.
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    Jan 02, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    Damn RockBiter, you really hit pretty much all the points I've been thinking about.

    Even after years of lifting weights, sometimes I still get out of breath just climbing a flight of stairs. Sure, I need to add more cardio, but I get bored with running on a treadmill like a lab rat. I still have the personality of a kid and I want to be able to use my body like I did when I was a kid....run, jump, do cartwheels, climb trees....and just know my body will respond.

    Plus, I'm a social guy and fairly competitive too. Nowadays, everyone in the gym has headphones stuck in their ears and the social aspect of the gym has really gone downhill. Hell, just to say hello to someone, you have to wait for them to turn their music down and take the headphones out of their ears. In the CrossFit class, everyone was engaged and socializing with each other.

    I think for the same reason this fits RockBiters personality is the same reason it did not fit Bromoflexual's personality. I get bored with the same routine all the time, so like RockBiter, I think this may be a good fit for me. I will definitely post my unsolicited reviews. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 02, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Good to see you found something that works for you. I've taken the skills and philosophies of my former CrossFit box and tailored it to an atmosphere and workout regimens that work for my preferred style of training. Much of the things I do in my conventional globo-gym I learned at my old box:

    -The proper form for squats and deadlifts
    -Kettlebell swings
    -Burpees (FUCK burpees! I love them and I love to hate them. Plus people look at me weird at 24 hour fitness when I do them icon_redface.gif )
    -Training barefoot and/or with minimalist-style shoes
    -Hand stands
    -Still rings

    I was lucky to have a cohort of trainers with diverse fitness backgrounds like gymnastics, martial arts, military and firefighting training, power lifting, and distance running. They each had something to add to the experience...not to mention they were HAWT. icon_twisted.gif

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    I'd encourage anyone to give a whirl...take a one-month "on-ramp" class. Even if it's not for them, chances are they'd likely learn a few skills and exercises to incorporate into whatever program works for them.

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    Jan 02, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    This thread is useless without hot pics of the posters showing off their mad training skills and functional ability.

    Having an avatar of me doing a split is about as close as it gets which is ironic because I won't do Crossfit despite being in dire need of increased functionality - I don't like yelling trainers, group classes, have an entirely different idea of "fun," and have various physical issues that preclude high impact, herky-jerky movements. I'm all about distraction-free, solitary activity where I can maintain strict form while pushing myself, be it lifting, swimming or yoga.

    I need some further convincing, so post some photos of yourselves doing Crossfit guys! Sell it! Werk. icon_wink.gif
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    Jan 02, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
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    My whole approach to working out and fitness has changed. I love the challenge, I love the community, I love the "your body is a well-oiled machine" mentality.


    Above, this

    I have been doing it for five months, completely changed my attitude, body, endurance, and respect for fellow community members. Its very intense and I am addicted. I will never go back to a regular gym. I have improved and keep improving, while at the gym, not matter what I did, I could not gain more muscle and lose less BF. I had "plateued". This keeps you prepped for anything, any sport, any challenge. And BTW there IS a photo of me after a very intense workout, albeit on the floor exhausted.
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    Jan 02, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    I fucking love Crossfit!!! Been doing it for almost a year.
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    Jan 02, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    Gmack saidI fucking love Crossfit!!! Been doing it for almost a year.


    Right? Isn't it THE BEST????
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    Jan 02, 2013 8:59 PM GMT
    Gmack saidI fucking love Crossfit!!! Been doing it for almost a year.


    Well, your body looks great. If I can get mine to look like that I'll be happy.
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    Jan 02, 2013 9:09 PM GMT
    It sounds really interesting but is there a way you could do it without having to be in a group? I'd rather not have to talk to like five to ten different people. Just me and that trainer. It looks tough but it sounds like it gets results. Are their physical prerequisites though?
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    Jan 02, 2013 9:11 PM GMT
    MashogaNubianPrince saidIt sounds really interesting but is there a way you could do it without having to be in a group? I'd rather not have to talk to like five to ten different people. Just me and that trainer. It looks tough but it sounds like it gets results. Are their physical prerequisites though?


    Yes, but then it gets REALLY expensive.
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    Jan 02, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
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    MashogaNubianPrince saidIt sounds really interesting but is there a way you could do it without having to be in a group? I'd rather not have to talk to like five to ten different people. Just me and that trainer. It looks tough but it sounds like it gets results. Are their physical prerequisites though?


    Yes, but then it gets REALLY expensive.


    How much is it for a group as compared to one on one?
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    Jan 02, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
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    Scruffypup said
    MashogaNubianPrince saidIt sounds really interesting but is there a way you could do it without having to be in a group? I'd rather not have to talk to like five to ten different people. Just me and that trainer. It looks tough but it sounds like it gets results. Are their physical prerequisites though?


    Yes, but then it gets REALLY expensive.


    How much is it for a group as compared to one on one?



    You'd have to check with a CrossFit in your city. Not sure what it would cost in your area. Just Google "crossfit" and your city.
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    Jan 02, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
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    MashogaNubianPrince saidIt sounds really interesting but is there a way you could do it without having to be in a group? I'd rather not have to talk to like five to ten different people. Just me and that trainer. It looks tough but it sounds like it gets results. Are their physical prerequisites though?


    Yes, but then it gets REALLY expensive.


    How much is it for a group as compared to one on one?



    You'd have to check with a CrossFit in your city. Not sure what it would cost in your area. Just Google "crossfit" and your city.


    I looked it up and it's like 85 a month which doesn't sound bad at all. Although that's group and I assume one on one shouldn't be too much worse.
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    Jan 02, 2013 9:19 PM GMT
    I want to get into this but I can't justify the cost.

    Cheapest options I've found local to me are $149 a month or a $299 3 three-month student athlete program. None of the gyms local to me have added this into memberships yet so I would be forced to maintain double memberships.
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    Jan 02, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    glad you're having fun and got a good workout. i've been doing crossfit for about three years and coaching for about a year and a half. i'd be a little concerned about the puking.

    scaling is an important aspect of crossfit. you should be pushing yourself but not so far that you're doing damage. in my opinion, puking is too far. you should be dialing back before that point.

    i think a good concept is: "never do anything in your training today that keeps you from working out tomorrow." pushing yourself to the point of puking, especially multiple times, seems like too much.