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  • Can't afford Crossfit - Good Substitutes - Is it worth it?

    Hi Everyone - I've been wanting to join a local crossfit gym that a good freind goes to but keep waffling about the price. Even for just 2 days a week it's over $100 a month, and I think we all know if I'm waffling and going back and forth that probably means I can't afford it. My husband and I are working on a Dave Ramsey style personal finance rehab, so I totally see where that 1200 could go over the next year instead of paying for a gym. On the other hand I wonder if I'll be able to get anything like the results crossfit delivers on my own.

    I do have a tiny gym in my building, and access to great local parks. I haven't been hiking but there is some decent hiking within an hour or where I live (Atlanta)

    So I'd love some input on wether people think Crossfit is worth making sacrifices elsewhere to be affordable, or if there are ways to craft your own sessions to get similar good results.

    My friend's box is running a 45 day paleo challenge which I've joined in on, and am doing really wekk this first week (have lost 5.5 pounds already and cutting dairy except some butter and heavy cream seems to have done a lot for my overall compliance) I just cut an apple and it was unappetizingly sweet to my taste, after just a week.

    I've checked out bodyrock, I recently did 2 months of a bootcamp and I regularly workout on my own, doing lifting, jogs and sometimes yoga and pilates. The thing I don't think I can do myself is get started really lifing heavy (no olympic style weights at my building's gym, only DB's and a smith machine and I'm not familiar with technique)

    Ive used the TRX system before and that would only be the same cost as 1 or 2 months at the gym to invest in, anyone had much experience with using TRX?

    My goals are to reduce body fat (I'm around 30% currently) and gain strength, and to gain endurance (have plans to do my first 5k in early November, currently can only run about 3/4 of a mile without a walk break)

  • #2
    If you have to ask, I'd say no. This is strictly speaking form a financial standpoint (I'm from the Dave Ramsey school of finance too!).

    I have also been considering Crossfit so am also interested to hear what people have to say who have done it.

    I can easily afford it, but want to see what I can achieve on my own first. If my fitness and health continue to improve, I'll likely consider it to go to the "next level-" for many, working out with a team/ coach will squeeze out that extra effort.

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    • #3
      Not to HIjack Rachel_k's thread, but I am wondering there's anyone in here in the Charlotte area doing XF?

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      • #4
        I think it's totally worth it. I was working out with a PT before I started CF and thought i was working hard...not even close. There is no way i can ever push myself that hard if I'm working out on my own. I thought i was, but I had no clue.
        At least take the On Ramp/Fundamentals class to get a taste of it.
        I also think it's a good deal because if you think about how much a PT cost, CF is a fraction of that and way better. Plus you save so much time. You don't have to plan or think about what you're going to do. You just show up and do the WODs and you're in and out within an hour. No wondering around trying to figure out what to do next.

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        • #5
          I am of the opinion that you don't need a gym or to pay someone else to do crossfit type workouts....just my 2 cents, unless you are the type of person that thrives in the teacher/student environment and would do better in a structured class environment. Personally I think if you put some work into it and figure out a plan of action, you can do just fine on your own. I hate the carrot and the stick.

          Check out some bodyweight exercises on the internet and go from there.
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          • #6
            crossfit, many affiliates, some kettlebell gyms and several other types of organizations post WOD's if you like that sort of thing.

            Personally if somebody is going to tell me exactly what to do I want them paying me.

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            • #7
              why not join a less expensive gym and do those workouts there? all the info you need is free on the internet.

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              • #8
                Ha! So funny seeing Dave's name here on MDA in a post about Crossfit! I've been eating primal for a few months, I just started CF this week, and I work for Dave in Nashville! Convergence!

                Dave's answer would be no. He specifically mentions personal trainers occasionally as an area to cut. Crossfit is different from a regular trainer, though. If you're in the midst of your debt snowball or emergency fund savings, I'd use your desire to hit CF as more motivation to drop a nuclear bomb on your debt. That said, at least in my CF box, everyone has to do an eight-session Fundamentals course before they can join the group for the WODs. I'm two sessions into Fundamentals. Basically, they teach you the perfect form for all the central CF movements. I'm paying less than $200 for those eight sessions. If your box offers something similar, you could do that intro to learn the movements and get a good start, and then do the WODs from the CF website on your own. Just a thought.

                Good luck with the Baby Steps! It's not always easy, but man, is it the right way to go. Good job!

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                • #9
                  Personally, I wouldn't spend the kind of money you have to on CF when you can do PBF for free. But that's me, and if you're looking for more of a challenge, maybe CF will work for you. I think waharris had a very good suggestion, to take the training sessions but then do the WODs you can get online. That way, you can do it, but with an eye toward not blowing your budget.
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                  • #10
                    The prices for CF are ridiculous. Locally it's 150 a month to work out in a park, or 180 to have the benefit of a roof, per month. Are you kidding me?

                    I'd suggest investing in a good pt, go through the rippetoe lifts, and then DIY.
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                    • #11
                      I can't say much about crossfit having only looked around the website. But it seemed like it is a matter of paying someone to focus your training and to train in many different areas. Reading over what you wrote you seem to be doing pretty good! TRX , running, hiking, bodyrock... why not hike trough town? Put on a 15-20lb pack and some good boots and go! Some other folks here have also mentioned body weight and such. For me it is just a matter of using your imagination. Sounds also like you motivation is looking back at you from the mirror! And you seem to be eating right.
                      I do some weights, some bodyrock, some Gorilla moves, tumbling, kicks, punches, sprints and hiking.
                      Keep it real and have fun!

                      Dave
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                      • #12
                        If cost is an issue then I would recommend skipping the CrossFit and going with a minimal equipment program. Ideas are the Primal Bluprint Fitness e-book, Al Kavadlo's bodyweight exercises, Coach Palfray's Sandbag Fitness, Ross Enamait's Never Gymless, Convict Conditioning, etc.

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                        • #13
                          For people who started off hating the globo gym (and never thanked Dodgeball for hijacking that term), Crossfit has become much, much worse as far as the franchise (excuse me...affiliate) model they push now. One hundred and fifty to two hundred dollars a month to work out in a pretty much class oriented atmosphere? Ridiculous. You can do similar workouts in a globo gym, or build your own gym with minimal equiment. I have a couple kettlebells, a pull up bar, medicine ball, and ply box in my garage, and can slam out something just as hard as what they put on the website. The whole movement started out as a garage gym, grass roots thing, but I guess the oppurtunity to make big $$ was just too hard to pass up.
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                          • #14
                            +1 on what Nick said. Plus look at what you could do with the $100-150 if you invested it in say kettle bells, etc. You could have quite a nice little home primal gym after a little while. I can see though how some folks do better when they have a coach in a more social environment, but to each his own.

                            I like my back yard.

                            Ahh...just remembered this. I downloaded a buttload of these video podcasts from Crossfit Initiative....free.

                            http://www.fitnessreno.com/videos/
                            Last edited by pizzmor; 07-16-2011, 11:02 AM.
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                            • #15
                              My boys and I just started XFit a month or so ago. I have sort of mixed feelings.

                              Pros: Coaches to teach/correct form. While I been using DBs and doing pull-ups on my own for a couple years, I've never used barbells.
                              My boys (10 and 12) go and do what the coaches tell them. I take the two or three times a week.
                              Motivation - I tend to push myself harder when there are other people around. I would never go out and run a mile on my own. I just hate it. But,
                              every now and then, I think it's a good idea, just to know that if I had to, I could.
                              Social - As a stay-at-home mom, I have very little interaction with adults. This provides some interaction.
                              Like-minded eaters - nearly everyone is paleo, so you there you are not a freak.

                              Cons: Cost - It's $225 for an unlimited family membership.
                              Overtraining - it's easy to overdo it when you are paying so much. I go five days a week to make sure I get my money's worth. By the end of the
                              week, I'm pretty spent.
                              Limited class times: Right now, classes are M-Th at 7:00, F at 6:00, T, Th, S at 10:00. Not a lot of options. In the fall, I will only make three
                              classes a week (T, W, Th), unless they add some more daytime classes.

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