Crossfit change your life? Curious to try it?

  • Fit_Couple

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    Mar 20, 2013 3:24 PM GMT
    Addicted to CF? i want to hear your story. it has COMPLETELY changed my life!

    I had hit my body "bottom" ... See my before pics (when I started I was 10# heavier than in the pic).... I wanted something intense that guaranteed results. I knew I HATED the gym. Knew that wasn't the solution. So I looked for a "boot camp" type program, believing CF was too elite for me. I stared with a boot camp (CF inspired) to get prepared for CF (heard that they had buckets to puke in... Not true at my gym, chalk buckets in reality). Went to boot camp for 3 months then started CF. it took me 3 months to get my fist pull-up. Now I can string about 30 in a row. Did 100 in a day, recently. I am now 100% hooked. I have inspired about 10 people to go, and most still do. I am in better shape than I've ever been. Never had abs. What a difference. My business has improved I believe due to the gain in confidence (when you do your first muscle up - which I just did, yay! - first thing in the a.m., the rest of your day is cake). I am actually addicted. When I do it, I am king of the world, all day. When I don't, I'm a bit down and irritable. Keeps me going and growing. I have been doing it for 2.5 years (taller guy) and my partner for 1. We eat a "Paleo/ Zone" diet (have been since starting). Kind of goes hand in hand with CF.

    Curious to try it? DO! I cannot recommend it enough! Make sure your "box" (what they call a CF gym) isn't too aggressive and that they focus on form as the #1 priority. They should make you train with a trainer for the first week or so, to get the lifts (or that they have a fundamentals/on ramp class to get you up to speed). There are 4500 boxes all around the world. Probably one near you! It is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

    Message me if you have questions.
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    Mar 20, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
    I was never for one moment remotely curious to try Crossfit.

    Like similarly high impact Insanity and P90X programs, it's a TERRIBLE idea for anyone with bad knees, joints or backs, or balance issues since in practice it's probably impossible to tailor an adequate Crossfit program around these issues (particularly given the varying levels of instructor skill) and there are far safer and more controlled ways of building functional strength. Yoga is a great alternative for that, but since yoga often involves full bodyweight exercises you have to exercise caution even then. Personally, I know that when I'm over 200 lbs one-legged standing balance poses become problematic, whereas at 180 they're a non-issue. Think of people without lightweight birdlike physiques who became addicted to the endorphin rush of running who've required knee replacements.

    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 for those that need it, 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.