Crossfit v. Global gym : Who does which and why?

  • RJDQ1

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    Dec 28, 2013 7:07 PM GMT
    Crossfit is growing popularity worlwide, with an ever growing presence of LGBT. I do Crossfit as my exercise regiment. I love it! I'm curious to see what guys on here think of it, since there are so many who use machines. For those of you who have not heard of Crossft. Go to Crossfit.com, there you'll see how crazy we can get. Tell me what you think?
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    Dec 28, 2013 10:01 PM GMT
    I'm too injury-prone for the frenetic, compound movement culture of Crossfit. But why wouldn't the opportunity of being in such sweaty proximity to jacked alpha men tempt any gay guy?
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    CrossFit isn't for everyone, but it's perfect for me. I will never go back to a regular gym.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Dec 28, 2013 11:22 PM GMT
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    sanjose408 said< img src="http://cdn.memegenerator.net/instances/400x/25170618.jpg">
    LOL.

    I like watching the crossfit games. So much eye candy. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 28, 2013 11:29 PM GMT
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    ∆ I don't get it.
  • RaggedyMan

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    Dec 28, 2013 11:35 PM GMT
    I dont either. I love crossfit. I love guys. Just made sense
  • Beastmode

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    Dec 29, 2013 12:47 AM GMT
    Love it but I also do urban gymnastics, Olympic lifting and normal strength training. I love variety.
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    Dec 29, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    I don't think my joints and I really want to be Crossfit-level fit.
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    Dec 29, 2013 6:26 PM GMT
    I've been to a couple of them and I'm not a huge fan. Come coaches and instructors seemed to really care about form and technique, but others were just forcing the group to move, move, move. And I watched people's forms deteriorate. Can lead to some messy injuries.

    I like the HIIT type style, but it's form over speed in my book.
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    Dec 29, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    CLE1979 saidI've been to a couple of them and I'm not a huge fan. Come coaches and instructors seemed to really care about form and technique, but others were just forcing the group to move, move, move. And I watched people's forms deteriorate. Can lead to some messy injuries.

    I like the HIIT type style, but it's form over speed in my book.
    Yeah it really is dependent on the gym/box in terms of quality. The whole philosophy of the founder is that he wanted to build a common approach but would leave it up to the individually owned gyms/boxes to compete with each other and develop their own reputations for things like quality and culture.

    To add though... this was a picture just posted on fb from CrossFit's official page - "Camp Pendleton 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games":
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  • Beeftastic

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    Dec 29, 2013 11:19 PM GMT
    Bad knees, bad shoulders, touchy lower back. Crossfit would put me in traction in no time flat. I stick with weight lifting and mostly machine-based cardio for those reasons. Lifting is low reps, not more that 25 reps per exercise, so my shoulders can take it. Doing something that involves the high rep nature of crossfit would wear out what little I have left of my shoulders and knees. Not to mention that one wrong move on those exercises can cause a blow out.

    I'm not implying that I'm a walking basket case, I'm strong and live without injury most of the time. But I know my body's limitations.
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    Dec 30, 2013 3:51 AM GMT
    tuckers_kahuna said I'm strong and live without injury most of the time. But I know my body's limitations.


    Tuckers_kahuna, we share the same philosophy. icon_smile.gif Sometimes I do Crossfit-inspired customized workouts on my own so I can control my form and monitor exertion. I design my WOD differently than what many (?) 'trainers' might do as seen by those posted for a local BOX. I like the idea though.
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    Dec 30, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidYeah it really is dependent on the gym/box in terms of quality. The whole philosophy of the founder is that he wanted to build a common approach but would leave it up to the individually owned gyms/boxes to compete with each other and develop their own reputations for things like quality and culture.

    That is consistent with my understanding. The Cross Fit Level 1 certification is done in a weekend. People can coach who are really not qualified.
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    Dec 30, 2013 4:37 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    riddler78 saidYeah it really is dependent on the gym/box in terms of quality. The whole philosophy of the founder is that he wanted to build a common approach but would leave it up to the individually owned gyms/boxes to compete with each other and develop their own reputations for things like quality and culture.

    That is consistent with my understanding. The Cross Fit Level 1 certification is done in a weekend. People can coach who are really not qualified.


    Yeah - but I've been to three boxes... admittedly not that many but in each, I've met more than one coach and they tend to be people who are quite fanatical as well in terms of educating themselves and that this isn't their first time thing either...

    But I've also heard of horrible experiences at some boxes and there really isn't any overall quality control... so I'd definitely read reviews and go for a trial period before committing to any one gym/box.
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    Dec 30, 2013 5:25 AM GMT
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  • topathlete

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    Apr 05, 2014 4:57 PM GMT
    Thread not too old to resurrect. Good discussion here. Not bashing but constructive criticism

    http://www.t-nation.com/training/how-to-fix-crossfit
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    Feb 26, 2015 9:58 PM GMT
    I just started, now a week and half into it (six total classes) and I'm liking it so far. Think I found a great box, I've liked each of the three coaches who've worked with me. I have a long way to go on form/mobility but I already have seen improvement. The trick for me is not overdo the weight... that's where I'm likely to mess up my form and get hurt. I'll stick with it for the month I paid for before I decide to renew, but if I had to make a decision right now, I'd say yes.

    Not all boxes are the same, I really looked around.

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    Mar 06, 2015 7:20 AM GMT
    Not a big fan of crossfit because for one I want to stay injury free, and I want an aesthetic physique and not that of a swimmers type build.
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    Mar 10, 2015 7:59 PM GMT
    MrAesthetic saidNot a big fan of crossfit because for one I want to stay injury free, and I want an aesthetic physique and not that of a swimmers type build.



    #confused icon_rolleyes.gif

    1. What is an "aesthetic physique???"
    2. Why would you think Xfit makes a swimmers' build? As with all workouts, low weight + high reps makes lean; high weight + low reps makes bulk.
    3. Injuries happen in any kind of workout because of sloppy form, too much weight, improper coaching, etc. That's on you.

  • gymguy81

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    Mar 11, 2015 2:59 PM GMT
    Thebdraw with cross fit is nore compeditive comradory. More than typical gyms. It creates a socil enviorment however unlike most group x classes its prediminatly male