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  • Is Crossfit for me?

    Hey people of the Grok (hmm nice name for a band)

    I have been researching muscle building a lot (in my quest to join the spartans) and keep seeing the idea of switching your exercises a lot. This lead me to crossfit. SO I have two questions for you.

    1. Is it a good idea to change exercises (example switching bench press for dumbell fly) If so how often

    and

    2. Is crossfit a good idea for someone like me. keep in mind there is no crossfit gym in my area, and I do not have a regular gym membership. I do own free weights and a pull up bar

  • #2
    1. Not without some kind of specific reason! It's not what any pro athletes do. Consistency wins. I would say there is a little bit of "woo" in the general crossfit training world, though there seem to be some very smart people too.
    2. How could we know, since we only know that you want to build muscle. However, since there is no crossfit nearby, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, "no". Also, crossfit is probably not the best possible method for muscle building, even according to crossfit people I've talked to.
    If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tfarny View Post
      1. Not without some kind of specific reason! It's not what any pro athletes do. Consistency wins. I would say there is a little bit of "woo" in the general crossfit training world, though there seem to be some very smart people too.
      2. How could we know, since we only know that you want to build muscle. However, since there is no crossfit nearby, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, "no". Also, crossfit is probably not the best possible method for muscle building, even according to crossfit people I've talked to.
      My main goal is to look like one of the actors of 300, and the gym jones website ( the people who trained them) likened there workouts to cross fit, never doing the same one more than twice

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      • #4
        It depends on your goals. Do you want to gain strength and power? Are you more concerned about size? Crossfit can get your strong and tough but it's not as good for getting you "hooge."

        You should always change up your exercises. It helps maintain a range of motion and ensure you aren't developing imbalances. Vary them from week to week. You do need consistency -- it's always good to have a deadlift and squat (or similar squat-like exercise since some people find plain back squats really hard from a physical proportions standpoint). But don't just have one kind of leg exercise, chest exercise, etc.

        If you have freeweights and a pullup bar, you might want to split up your training. Some days focus on hypertrophy, with higher weight and lower reps. Other days throw in a Crossfit-style workout (you can look at CF websites for workout ideas). You can get stronger but also develop more conditioning.

        300...that kind of look was helped out by makeup. I love Gerard Butler but those abs had some help. But that basic "lean warrior" look is just the result of a lot of hard training and a pretty strict diet.
        Last edited by Phoenixflame; 07-28-2011, 08:16 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Phoenixflame View Post
          It depends on your goals. Do you want to gain strength and power? Are you more concerned about size? Crossfit can get your strong and tough but it's not as good for getting you "hooge."

          You should always change up your exercises. It helps maintain a range of motion and ensure you aren't developing imbalances. Vary them from week to week. You do need consistency -- it's always good to have a deadlift and squat (or similar squat-like exercise since some people find plain back squats really hard from a physical proportions standpoint). But don't just have one kind of leg exercise, chest exercise, etc.

          If you have freeweights and a pullup bar, you might want to split up your training. Some days focus on hypertrophy, with higher weight and lower reps. Other days throw in a Crossfit-style workout (you can look at CF websites for workout ideas). You can get stronger but also develop more conditioning.

          300...that kind of look was helped out by makeup. I love Gerard Butler but those abs had some help. But that basic "lean warrior" look is just the result of a lot of hard training and a pretty strict diet.
          A big question I have is, is it good to goto a more advanced/different version of the exercise (squat to pistol squat or push up to diamond or wide push up) or do you have to change the type of exercise all together

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          • #6
            There are plenty of dudes at crossfit who look "300" like, for sure. Did they get that way by doing crossfit? Hard to say. It sounds like you are into bodybuilding, not strength or performance, so I don't have much advice to offer on that score.
            If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by tfarny View Post
              There are plenty of dudes at crossfit who look "300" like, for sure. Did they get that way by doing crossfit? Hard to say. It sounds like you are into bodybuilding, not strength or performance, so I don't have much advice to offer on that score.
              My favorite quote, one that I live by is this:

              "appearance is a consequence of fitness" -Mark Twight

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              • #8
                Originally posted by TraceurX View Post
                My favorite quote, one that I live by is this:

                "appearance is a consequence of fitness" -Mark Twight
                This is not as clear cut as most people would have you believe - following the training programme of another individual will not guarantee that you will look like them. There is a significant amount of empirical evidence to suggest that the activity will attract the individual who will be good at it.
                Sandbag Training For MMA & Combat Sports
                Sandbag Training Guide on Kindle
                The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training
                Brute Force Sandbags
                www.facebook.com/sandbagfitness
                http://fitedia.com/ - Health and Fitness eBooks, video, audio and workshops

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                • #9
                  A big question I have is, is it good to goto a more advanced/different version of the exercise (squat to pistol squat or push up to diamond or wide push up) or do you have to change the type of exercise all together

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                  • #10
                    *BOLD STATEMENT*

                    Crossfit is for people with more money than brains.

                    It costs at least 3 times as much as a regular gym membership and you get maybe a quarter of the equipment. Buy a pullup bar and make a heavy sandbag and you can do Crossfit by yourself.

                    *END BOLD STATEMENT*
                    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                    • #11
                      With crossfit, you pay for the coaching and the community. How much those matter to you will determine if cfit is for you. It seems like a ton of money to pay people to encourage me while I do pushups, but the coaching could be very valuable to others.
                      If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by tfarny View Post
                        With crossfit, you pay for the coaching and the community. How much those matter to you will determine if cfit is for you. It seems like a ton of money to pay people to encourage me while I do pushups, but the coaching could be very valuable to others.
                        +1

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                        • #13
                          As an avid crossfitter, I would caution you on trying olympic lift without some sort of coaching (Snatch, clean, jerk, etc). Doesn't necessitate a Crossfit gym membership, but if you're just starting out you can R-E-A-L-L-Y hurt yourself by trying to watch one of the videos on the site and then executing yourself.

                          I don't pay for my crossfit membership (I go to a military affiliate on an installation), but I can tell you the coaching on some of the movements I get there is invaluable.

                          Assess your start point. Remember that looking like a Spartan from the 300 (which, let's face it -if you're NOT motivated to move some weight after seeing that flick you need to check yourself for a pulse) will probably take a great deal of time, focus, and effort. It's not impossible by a long shot, but set yourself up with reasonable sub-goals.

                          After all that - GET SOME! GO AGAIN!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                            *BOLD STATEMENT*

                            Crossfit is for people with more money than brains.

                            It costs at least 3 times as much as a regular gym membership and you get maybe a quarter of the equipment. Buy a pullup bar and make a heavy sandbag and you can do Crossfit by yourself.

                            *END BOLD STATEMENT*
                            *BOLD STATEMENT*

                            Stupid statement.

                            *END BOLD STATEMENT*
                            Sandbag Training For MMA & Combat Sports
                            Sandbag Training Guide on Kindle
                            The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training
                            Brute Force Sandbags
                            www.facebook.com/sandbagfitness
                            http://fitedia.com/ - Health and Fitness eBooks, video, audio and workshops

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                            • #15
                              Would I plateu if I just did dead lifts and squats? Would I have to change?

                              OR

                              Is it good to goto a more advanced/different version of the exercise (squat to pistol squat or push up to diamond or wide push up) or do you have to change the type of exercise all together?

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