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