Crossfit... opinions?

  • fitwelshguy

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    Apr 15, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    thinking of trying out a programme of sessions...
    any opinions? Good/Bad/Fad?

    Cheers guys...
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    Apr 16, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    I don't think it's the greatest choice for total beginners. In crossfit, there's a heavy emphasis on pushing out reps at the expense of proper form. So if you've never done any weight training before, you'll most likely get injured.

    If you're fairly experienced at lifting weights, I think crossfit is fantastic for breaking up the monotony of regular gym workouts, and pushing your fitness goals to the next level.

    My only gripes about crossfit is that it's pretty expensive. Not sure about your area, but around here monthly fees are MORE than what commercial gyms charge. And all crossfit gyms are pretty much setup in bare commercial warehouses/spaces. So I'm not sure where all that money is going, other than the gym owner's pockets. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 16, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
    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.

    That being said, I've never done Crossfit, considering it, like similarly high impact Insanity and P90X programs, 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 and there are far safer and more controlled ways of building functional strength, like yoga. Given the varying levels of expertise between studios and trainers I'd personally seek out the most qualified ones available.

    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.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Apr 16, 2013 2:40 AM GMT
    It's a great program which trolls excellent results and keeps you interested. Not a fad, more expensive than conventional gyms, good opportunity to meet people too.
  • Medjai

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    Apr 16, 2013 2:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI don't think it's the greatest choice for total beginners. In crossfit, there's a heavy emphasis on pushing out reps at the expense of proper form. So if you've never done any weight training before, you'll most likely get injured.

    If you're fairly experienced at lifting weights, I think crossfit is fantastic for breaking up the monotony of regular gym workouts, and pushing your fitness goals to the next level.

    My only gripes about crossfit is that it's pretty expensive. Not sure about your area, but around here monthly fees are MORE than what commercial gyms charge. And all crossfit gyms are pretty much setup in bare commercial warehouses/spaces. So I'm not sure where all that money is going, other than the gym owner's pockets. icon_lol.gif


    It also comes with lead workouts, like group training. I'd challenge you to find a gym that offers classes every day for the same price...
  • RaggedyMan

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    Apr 16, 2013 2:55 AM GMT
    ive been doing it for 2 weeks now and im lovin it. it is costly but for the training they provide and the community you buy into, its really worth it. they work with beginners so if you dont understand terms like "box" or "fran" then they are there to guide you. kicks my butt every time i go. you can look for deals on livingsocial.com and groupon.com which helps.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Apr 16, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    I prefer to tear my muscles slowly and surely in an hour-long workout at the gym. If you can't give that much time per day for your fitness, you probably need to reassess your priorities.

    High intensity workouts that stress weight lifting and crazy reps at high speeds are pretty dangerous, so whenever I decide to do any HIT workout it's usually lighter stuff.
  • daveindenver

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    Apr 16, 2013 3:49 AM GMT
    Cross fit is good. Just remember that ""kipping"" is cheating.
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    Apr 16, 2013 3:50 AM GMT
    daveindenver saidCross fit is good. Just remember that ""kipping"" is cheating.

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  • Medjai

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    daveindenver saidCross fit is good. Just remember that ""kipping"" is cheating.


    Hardly. It's a highly coordinated movement, engaging more muscle fibres. If the point is to get over the bar, why do it with a tiny muscle group when you can do it more efficiently with a large one?
  • Eccomi09

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:05 AM GMT
    Have a good set of coaches. Which CrossFit were you looking at?

    I've been going for 3 years now and know many, many coaches across the US.
  • Eccomi09

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:06 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    daveindenver saidCross fit is good. Just remember that ""kipping"" is cheating.


    Hardly. It's a highly coordinated movement, engaging more muscle fibres. If the point is to get over the bar, why do it with a tiny muscle group when you can do it more efficiently with a large one?


    Kipping is NOT cheating. I agree. It requires the whole body. Some strict pull ups require isolation but those are highly controlled movements that require perfect form to execute.
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    Apr 16, 2013 4:19 AM GMT
    You should absolutely sign up and test it out. You must sign up for the beginner's on ramp intro course-- each gym has different requirements. You will know whether crossfit suit your lifestyle goals after the end of the course.

    You will get injuries in any form of exercises. I have been doing crossfit for 3 years and loving every moment. Every time an injury occur is due to personal pride. Crossfit is designed to be scalable to your personal skill levels. If you check your pride and ego outside the gym door then you will fully enjoy crossfit.

    Those skeptics-- you can keep going to your conventional gym. I have done that almost my entire life and it did not yield any results, plus it's extremely boring. I was glad that I found crossfit.

    If you noticed-- crossfit gyms don't have any sales pitch or hidden tedious membership clauses. And yet the popularity is soaring.... I, like most of my crossfit peers, still wish that crossfit is a underground fitness activity.... Just like little kids, we like to keep our secret playground to ourselves icon_smile.gif

    This is not a sales pitch for crossfit. This is just my personal opinion based on personal experiences, both once a conventional gym goer and current crossfitter. Crossfit is the answer to my fitness and lifestyle goals.

    Good luck...

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  • calibro

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    if only one other guy ever posted about this thing you call "cross fit" on here...
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    Apr 16, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    I'm on the same boat! I feel like i'm at a plateau for my workouts. I'm tired of the same old weights and I feel like this will keep me motivated and deeply challenged. My roommate and I have been doing mixed WODs and trying to do the olympic lifts. We have a meeting with one of the trainers at the affiliate this weekend. JUST DO IT!
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    Apr 16, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    Well... I took ONE intro to Xfit class at a VERY popular (the first??) place in NYC back in early December.

    I injured my knee on the FIRST exercise we did... and it cost me hundreds of dollars and months of physical therapy. icon_sad.gif And I consider(ed) myself to be in fairly decent shape for my age (46).

    Trouble was - instructor had us do squats... as many as we could within a fixed time - several sets of them in a row. There was no way one could keep good form doing things that quickly.

    Ironically, in all the other routines the instructor cautioned us to pace ourselves carefully at first. Unfortunately it was too late for me. I had unknowingly strained my knee's connective tissue - and was later told I was lucky it didn't tear or snap with a move like that.

    I'm not knocking the concept overall - but please make sure you ramp up GRADUALLY. Squats can be murder on the knees if not done well/right. All that said, I did learn some interesting things in that one free class - so I think there's something to it. I certainly dig the IDEA of it. Just pace yourself and don't assume you can keep up with everyone else there.

    I do think classes are crazy expensive(!). Some people conduct similar routines in parks out-doors for much less money - and I'm going to check those out this summer. Many similar exercises and ideas.

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:33 AM GMT
    Crossfit can be fun and it is a great way of introducing new movements and shocking your muscles. Check out crossfit.com they have a daily WOD (Workout of the Day)

    If you don't have a coach use youtube and learn proper movements. Crossfit can lead to injuries if not done properly.

    And the best rule is go at your OWN pace. If you never done it before don't jump into it thinking you'll be able to keep up with people who have done it for 2-4+ years. Scale down weight if you have to.

    After a while crossfit can become monotonous too, so I often do 2-a-days and mix it in with MMA/Boxing/Running and regular weight lifting. Hope you like cleans and jerks..

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    Apr 16, 2013 4:38 AM GMT
    xrichx said
    My only gripes about crossfit is that it's pretty expensive. Not sure about your area, but around here monthly fees are MORE than what commercial gyms charge. And all crossfit gyms are pretty much setup in bare commercial warehouses/spaces. So I'm not sure where all that money is going, other than the gym owner's pockets. icon_lol.gif


    Ummm......they're teaching 12-15 classes a day. A regular commercial gym does not. You're on your fucking own in a regular gym. Yeah, it goes in their pockets and for that amount of time invested, I think it should.
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    Apr 16, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    xrichx said
    My only gripes about crossfit is that it's pretty expensive. Not sure about your area, but around here monthly fees are MORE than what commercial gyms charge. And all crossfit gyms are pretty much setup in bare commercial warehouses/spaces. So I'm not sure where all that money is going, other than the gym owner's pockets. icon_lol.gif


    Ummm......they're teaching 12-15 classes a day. A regular commercial gym does not. You're on your fucking own in a regular gym. Yeah, it goes in their pockets and for that amount of time invested, I think it should.
    I should clarify.. It seems that it doesn't take much to open a crossfit gym or be a crossfit instructor. So I would recommend shopping around to see if you're getting your money's worth, in terms of facilities and quality of instruction.
  • Eccomi09

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    Apr 16, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    You have to find good coaches and places that focus on coaching. I got injured in a really shitty box. I am not injured in my current CrossFit (CrossFit Chicago).
  • Webster666

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    Apr 16, 2013 5:11 AM GMT
    There's no substitute for slowly lifting heavy weights, using proper form.
  • daveindenver

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    Apr 16, 2013 8:46 PM GMT
    Kipping IS CHEATING..... just like when doing flat bench, bouncing the bar off your chest. Simple. And ……we trainers talk about this occasionally and we sorta laugh about it.
  • Medjai

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    Apr 16, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
    daveindenver saidKipping IS CHEATING..... just like when doing flat bench, bouncing the bar off your chest. Simple. And ……we trainers talk about this occasionally and we sorta laugh about it.


    Is a push press cheating too? Or the hamstring stretch reflex when squatting? Same idea. And bouncing the bar is dangerous anyways.

    It's all about efficiency. Doing the most work in the least amount of time. If a kipping helps with that, why bash it?
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    Apr 16, 2013 9:01 PM GMT
    xrichx said
    daveindenver saidCross fit is good. Just remember that ""kipping"" is cheating.

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    Shit. That looked painful (and check out the reaction on the spotter's face!)
  • jock_1

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    Apr 16, 2013 9:04 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    xrichx said
    daveindenver saidCross fit is good. Just remember that ""kipping"" is cheating.

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    Shit. That looked painful (and check out the reaction on the spotter's face!)


    I give him a solid 10 on the ass bounce