Question about Crossfit and other similar "alternative" workouts

  • muscsportsguy

    Posts: 133

    Apr 18, 2013 4:13 PM GMT
    I'm considering joining a gym that de-emphasizes free weights, and emphasizes more full body workouts, group fitness classes, and a more wholistic approach to fitness. I'm curious to hear from guys who have tried similar approaches and like it or don't like it; and specifically what your results have been?

    I've always stuck to traditional strength training, and done my marathon and triathlon training on my own through outdoor workouts.

    I have multiple goals:

    --Maintain or slightly increase my size (I'm vain)
    --Get ripped (see above)
    --Learn to train in a way that will help prevent against injuries even as I get older
    --Work on more running, swimming, and cycling-specific muscles in order to improve upon my performance in races

    So it seems to me I could hire a trainer, hire a sport-specific coach, or give this new-ish style of training a try, and I'm curious to hear from others who have similar experiences. This place isn't a crossfit gym, it's more like a hybrid (I could go in there and lift by myself if I want...but the free weights are much more limited). If anyone's curious, it's this gym:

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts/advice.
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    May 01, 2013 6:07 PM GMT
    Hey man -- I can't speak for that, but I can speak for Crossfit. I coach and train using it. I love it -- like you said -- it's total body, functional work outs that are constantly varied. You will push yourself pretty hard and provided you have a good diet, see some results. It's not for someone who wants to get bigger and put on mass -- unless you do a strength cycle -- and the community is pretty awesome. It's great working with/pushing yourself with others. I'd highly recommend it. Any other questions, lemme know!
  • tuffguyndc

    Posts: 4437

    May 01, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    actually, that is pretty much what i am doing. i do a circuit training workout. i do a fullbody workout. i do both functional movements and regular forms training as well. i so take yoga and do cardio. i also take a functional movement class to help me with my tight hips and shoulders. i think taking a wholistic approach to working is great
  • muscsportsguy

    Posts: 133

    May 06, 2013 8:06 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies - appreciate it. Have you noticed changes in your body? Are you happy with the results?
  • StHenri514

    Posts: 18

    Jun 05, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    not sure if this has been answered

    in my crossfit class , after our WOD everyone has a number..
    what are they

    i was told i was supose to add my reps with the calories i burned on the row machine..
    is this right .. what does this number mean ..
    and how CAN you add calories burned with reps.. i dont understand