CrossFit

  • MLRL

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    Mar 11, 2010 11:23 PM GMT
    Hey guys, interested in trying out CrossFit. I've kind of got the jist of it (bodyweight and functional movements).

    Has anyone done it? Which are the best studios in LA? I'm over in Santa Monica and there are a couple here.

    How long are the classes? Is there a circuit that gets repeated or how does it work? Each one seems timed.

    Thanks!
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    Mar 12, 2010 1:12 AM GMT
    NePlusUltra saidHey guys, interested in trying out CrossFit. I've kind of got the jist of it (bodyweight and functional movements).

    Has anyone done it? Which are the best studios in LA? I'm over in Santa Monica and there are a couple here.

    How long are the classes? Is there a circuit that gets repeated or how does it work? Each one seems timed.

    Thanks!


    Hey mate, yep, have been doing it for about 3-4 years on and off now. Love it.

    I'd say the best thing is to just pick the gyms closest to you and go for it. In a perfect world, you want one with a lot of outdoor space to run (without traffic) and big high ceilings (for ropes) and lots of light and fresh air (because you work hard). Downtown locations are less fun, light industrial are my favourites because you're away from people and urban environments and can make lots of noise and drop the weights (which you do when you're lifting heavy).

    Next thing is to find the best instructors/coaches in the gym(s) you like. Good coaching is everything and the quality ranges from good to poor. Find the ones that have been doing it for a while and who are meticulous about form and safety.

    Have fun. Let us all know what happens. Feel free to email me for more info.

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    Mar 12, 2010 2:18 AM GMT
    Crossfit gyms are expensive. My advice to you is to pick one gym, try it out for a few months or even a whole year, learn the proper techniques and movements, then go on your own. There are a lot of crossfit websites that post various routines that you can follow.
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    Mar 12, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    I used to do it but lost too much muscleicon_cry.gif
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    Mar 12, 2010 4:44 AM GMT
    getfitrick saidI used to do it but lost too much muscleicon_cry.gif

    Your diet wasn't right then. There is "some" muscle loss but it is mainly in mass rather than tone or fit-level.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 12, 2010 5:05 AM GMT
    I did a few weeks of a variation of cross-fit in order to get back into shape after sustaining a broken leg/dislocated ankle. For the 6 weeks I did it, I noticed some incredible strength gains, especially in my core muscle group. I especially loved the kettle ball exercises. It's very challenging, but very rewarding. Another big plus is that I didn't feel muscle fatigue like I normally do with traditional weight lifting. Unfortunately, I had to stop due to a complication with my ankle's recovery, leaving me with another scheduled surgery. icon_cry.gif

    I highly recommend it.
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    Mar 12, 2010 6:44 AM GMT
    I did Crossfit workouts for over a year. Hardest workouts I ever did, but also the most fun, and never boring.

    It is expensive so take advantage of the free class most places offer, and make sure the coaches know what they are doing. You will be pushed hard, and injuries can happen if you are not mindful of your limits, or if you don't use correct form when lifting. I had to stop due to an injury.

    Good luck.
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    Mar 13, 2010 11:50 AM GMT
    I had a trainer in Chile who was into this.. I generally like the idea, but am a little bit wary that some people might push themselves to the point where they injure themselves.. it seems to feed that sort of tendency. icon_confused.gif