Cross fit

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    Feb 23, 2013 9:40 PM GMT
    Does anybody do crossfire classes
    Are they recommended
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    Feb 24, 2013 12:00 AM GMT
    greg1000 saidDoes anybody do crossfire classes
    Are they recommended

    Are you asking about crossfire classes which are MMA? Or Crossfit?

    Crossfit I can comment upon, though admittedly I'm no expert never having done it. Having said that:

    I think Crossfit (like similarly high impact Insanity and P90X programs) is a TERRIBLE idea for anyone with bad knees, joints or backs, or balance issues since there are far safer and more controlled ways of building functional strength. (Yoga, for example.)

    It's probably a great idea for able-bodied people looking to mix it up. And, similar to Insanity/P90X, Crossfit's best undertaken as a substitute/replacement for existing workouts, not an addition to. (Though maybe its good to do once a week along with regular workouts to keep things fresh.)

    What I think is unique to Crossfit is the social aspect, the camaraderie that comes from being part of a team effort relying on each member to help one another and cheer each other on. Good for people who like that sort of thing, not so good for those that don't who may find it, for lack of a better word, cult-ish.
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    Feb 24, 2013 6:19 AM GMT
    I'm loving crossfit. A different routine every workout, incorporating olympic lifts, functional movements, and mobility type drills it touches on all aspects of fitness. I've always been a solitary gym dude (working out is my personal recharge time), but having the coach and fellow crossfitters alongside really is something to be valued. When you're dragging half way through a 12 minute AMRAP circuit, having someone there to keep you going but also keep you honest, is motivation you can't get on your own.

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    Feb 24, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    greg1000 saidDoes anybody do crossfire classes
    Are they recommended

    Are you asking about crossfire classes which are MMA? Or Crossfit?

    Crossfit I can comment upon, though admittedly I'm no expert never having done it. Having said that:

    I think Crossfit (like similarly high impact Insanity and P90X programs) is a TERRIBLE idea for anyone with bad knees, joints or backs. There are far safer and more controlled ways of building functional strength. (Yoga, for example.)

    It's probably a great idea for able-bodied people looking to mix it up. And, similar to Insanity/P90X, Crossfit's best undertaken as a substitute/replacement for existing workouts, not an addition to. (Though maybe its good to do once a week along with regular workouts to keep things fresh.)

    What I think is unique to Crossfit is the social aspect, the camaraderie that comes from being part of a team effort relying on each member to help one another and cheer each other on. Good for people who like that sort of thing, not so good for those that don't who may find it, for lack of a better word, cult-ish.


    To add - I do do Crossfit and it's a lot of fun/hell. You don't need to be in shape to join but I could see how bad joints would be a big problem for things like box jumps or clean and snatches... but there's also a responsibility on you to tell your "coach"/trainer what you can and cannot do if there's a certain area you're prone to injury and they'll give you substitutes.

    I can't speak for any other Crossfit gyms/boxes but the one I go to the trainers are fantastic in that they watch your form and are quick to make corrections/suggestions (like how to improve flexibility using lacrosse balls, rollers, and bands) - which hurts like crazy initially but then it works (I've been told my posture has improved significantly).

    Oh and the results are good. Really good - especially if you keep going consistently and do the WODs. I mean just do a search for the guys off this site who do crossfit... (http://www.realjock.com/contentsearch/?searchtext=crossfit). The workouts are typically 10-15 minutes of warmups + 25-35 minutes of weight training + 10-20 minutes of conditioning (Workouts Of the Days - WODs).

    If friendships are forged through adversity, then yeah, Crossfit is a bit of contrived and shared adversity. My boyfriend and I go together which makes it a bit better but we don't really hang out with anyone outside Crossfit as yet though we have gotten to know a lot of others (it's tough not to - given that there are often only an average of 6-8 people or less in each of our classes). The demographics of the people who go change depending on the time of the workouts I find. But they're generally type-A professionals given that Crossfit is a lot more expensive than a regular gym (I pay about $210/month), and I try to go generally for the 5.15am class. Oh and then there's the eyecandy...

    If you want a sampling to um ahem check out your local box, look them up on facebook. I think Crossfit strongly encourages its member sites to setup facebook accounts and post pictures... Did I mention the eyecandy?

    Also there are a ton of threads about Crossfit here that you can read through...
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/?searchtext=crossfit
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    Feb 24, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
    I am a co-owner of a CrossFit gym. CrossFit changed my life for the better for sure.

    CrossFit itself is a decent program...but I encourage people to find a CF gym with a qualified coach. CrossFit is good, but a professional strength and conditioning specialist who incorporates CF is great. That's the only place I would recommend people train.

    It is far to easy for someone to get a CF certification and open a gym. People lack knowledge about anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, etc. and can still be a CF gym owner. That doesn't mean that all CF gyms are like that. The best ones have the best coaches. Find those places.

    I tell people that CF is a very powerful program. If done correctly (under the watchful eye of an experienced coach) it can get you absolutely great improvements in health and fitness....but done incorrectly (with a newbie trainer without the necessary education) it will destroy your shoulders, knees, and back...probably in that order. It's fun as hell and addicting, but there is problems with it.

    "The cream rises to the top...and shit floats." Find the cream CF gyms, not the shit ones.

    PS Same exact concept applies to personal trainers at any chain facility (24 Hour, SNAP, etc). Some are professionals nearly done with their Exercise Science bachelors degree...while some are people who "really like working out and I knew the the owner so I got the job".

    TL-DR = Good CrossFit is very good, bad CrossFit is very bad. You have to find the right gym.
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    Feb 24, 2013 5:42 PM GMT
    Above, perfect advice. It is cheap to open a cf box so many without the proper training are doing it. Find a good one, they are worthy he money. 3x week will be like 5x week at a gym, and your fitness and endurance level will be excellerared. It isn't just to look strong, it is to BE strong for all aspects of life