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  • Holy CrossFit Fat Girl!

    I loved it. I hated it. It made me feel sick, it made me feel weak, it made me want more!

    Now I just have to figure out the money. They say 3 times a week is best, I am ready willing and able to afford 2 times a week. Maybe they will let me start with 2 and if I have to have more, let me switch.

    With CrossFit twice a week and running, I think I will have enough exercise in my life.

    Anyone with thoughts on the 2 vs. 3 times a week.
    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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    Yay! I am glad you had a great experience.

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    • #3
      Hahaha! That's exactly how I felt my first time! I remember walking in and thinking that this was the place they took kidnapping victims to be tortured. After it was over I didn't know whether to come back again or press charges for assault. Lol!

      Glad you liked it. It does become addictive!

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      • #4
        For what it is, Crossfit is criminally expensive.
        You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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        • #5
          I think two times a week is a good place to start. Three would be tops, but I think based on the primal mind, you don't want to do SUPER intense exercises too often in the week. Its a stress on the body and the adrenals too. Two will give you time to space the workouts out for good recovery in between as well.

          Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
          For what it is, Crossfit is criminally expensive.
          I would say some boxes YES, are expensive, some are not. I have poked around and found that my area is not too bad. I have 4 boxes within 10 miles of me in my small town, 3 are $100 a month max and most let you buy several months and you can take anywhere from 10-20% off that. One is attached to a small gym with a pool so your $100 a month gets you a full gym membership as well.

          Now, I have seen some outrageous prices for crossfit, and heading north of me to Denver adds about $25-50 a month more (but most of those boxes have some serious full time coaches and larger facilities). I personally wouldn't want to go over $100-125 a month myself. I have done some of the workouts from home, yes I could build a pretty good home gym for those funds in a year......but you cannot buy the competition and motivation that comes from being in a group of 10-15 people all doing the same thing for time. I seriously thrive in the competitive environment with folks encouraging me on. So for me, the value is not in the equipment....its the motivational part.
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          • #6
            Do you think it's necessary to run in addition to doing crossfit 3x a week? I recently started crossfit as well. I mainly want to lean out my thighs. I can tell I'm building lots of muscle, do I need to run/walk/dance in addition to crossfit to slim up my legs?

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            • #7
              I just finished my third week of Crossfit. I hurt and ache all over and love it! I can tell I'm getting muscle definition already. I'm hooked. For the first time in my life, I feel I can evict the fat girl that's been living in my body. I am starting to bicycle on weekends, too. I thought 10 miles sounded absurd, but found that it didn't wind me at all. Living Primal has eliminated my asthma and made life worth living. I still have a way to go before all my body fat is gone. I'm hoping at this rate I can be pretty lean by October.

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              • #8
                I have decided to start Tuesday and to only go twice a week. The cost is high $129 for 2x a week per month, but then again, I used to spend $40 at the bars every weekend and smoked cigarettes and ate lunch at a restaurants, so a little over a year ago, I was spending $80+++ a week to be unhealthy.

                I want to continue to run because I enjoy it. I may only run 3-4 times a week, but I really want to compete in some 5ks this fall.
                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kymma View Post

                  I want to continue to run because I enjoy it. I may only run 3-4 times a week, but I really want to compete in some 5ks this fall.
                  I just want to say that my weight would NOT come off until I stopped running. My body was too busy trying to deal with the inflammation to even think about dropping weight or fat.

                  Just sayin'

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by moo View Post
                    I just want to say that my weight would NOT come off until I stopped running. My body was too busy trying to deal with the inflammation to even think about dropping weight or fat.

                    Just sayin'
                    If I run into this I will definitely keep it in mind. I just want to keep it up for as long as I enjoy it.
                    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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                    • #11
                      3x a week is not necessary. In fact, at that intensity for you, it may be somewhat beneficial now, but will also run you OUT of the primal territory and into Chronic Cardio (a concept the trainers at XF may not be familiar with). Which, although you may feel on a "high" from the endorphins, will increase your cortisol in the coming weeks and give you a "diminishing return"/ plateau situation. For many, without insane dedication, early XF gains are simply not sustainable. Many plans (p90x, XF, etc), will have you back on a high intensity workout LONG before you fully recover ("embrace the pain, etc etc.. ad nauseum). Again, while short-term gains and endorphins are at play, it's just not sustainable, and goes against the PB concept of full recovery and genetic responses to once-per-week "lifting heavy things."

                      Take it from someone who has been there-- pushing through the pain and "hitting the bricks" day in and day out. For the fitness part, I've seen MUCH greater gains in lean muscle working out less on the PB plan, with intervals at MY pace (no trainer yelling at me.. which I used to actually like), and once per week giving it my all and pretending I had to drag/ carry home an animal for my meal.

                      Tony Horton is my boy, but I "visit" him far less often-- and am seeing better results and definition in my arms and chest than ever.

                      I'm not knocking XF at all, but rather giving you suggestions that are much closer to Mark's Primal Blueprint for a wider success possibility (and a lot less pain).

                      So to bring down cost and move closer to the Primal model-- one suggestion is to limit CrossFit to 2x, or even 1x per week. One of the XF gyms in Charlotte has a half-price option for a 2x/week schedule, which is good for Primal.

                      (edit-- I see you just cut your XF down to 2x per week)

                      Remember- push yourself to the limit once or twice a week- but the core foundation of Primal is the diet, followed by "moving slowly, OFTEN."

                      WALKING is just as important as any of this.
                      Last edited by astronmr20; 08-05-2011, 01:56 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Kymma View Post
                        I have decided to start Tuesday and to only go twice a week. The cost is high $129 for 2x a week per month, but then again, I used to spend $40 at the bars every weekend and smoked cigarettes and ate lunch at a restaurants, so a little over a year ago, I was spending $80+++ a week to be unhealthy.

                        I want to continue to run because I enjoy it. I may only run 3-4 times a week, but I really want to compete in some 5ks this fall.
                        If you goal is to lose weight, stop the distance running, too, and stick to sprint workouts. 10-15 minutes of intervals. Done. Better results, faster weight-loss than running for hours a week.

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                        • #13
                          I can only run about 20 minutes at a 4.1 pace at the moment. Is 3 miles (my goal) 2-3 times a week really chronic cardio? I could see longer runs being rather chronic.

                          I guess I just have to listen to my body. If it hurts, then I will slow it down. Today I needed to work out the sore, so I ran walked 5/ran 5/elliptical at a slow pace for 10 minutes with one 30 second sprint/ran 3 mins/walked 7 and did some slow stretching.

                          I can't imagine doing XF more than 2x a week. It is only 4 months. Worse case scenario, I just walk instead of run and complete the 4 months with some muscles and confidence in myself and weight training.
                          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Kymma View Post
                            I can only run about 20 minutes at a 4.1 pace at the moment. Is 3 miles (my goal) 2-3 times a week really chronic cardio? I could see longer runs being rather chronic.
                            By definition, running 3 miles a few times a week IS chronic cardio, unless you are in awesome shape and running is more like strolling for you. If a 5k run is your goal, then by all means enjoy and train for it, but Primal fitness is all about easing it down and walking most times.. then doing those short bursts of "all-out" occasionally.

                            If your ultimate goal is to get into shape, training for 5k's is not exactly "primal" and although it may help you somewhat, it's not the most efficient way to exercise for fitness. Highly recommend the Primal Blueprint book- you'll understand why all of these things are true.

                            I see you lost 11 lbs since June 15... congrats!

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                            • #15
                              I think I am still holding onto old thoughts about exercise. I will have to slowly let go, but I want to run, I see myself going for runs in beautiful places around the world.

                              I am starting the 4 months 2x a week XF this week. Totally scared as I could barely walk on Saturday from pain in my thighs! But I have to turn into my fear. I can do this! I can deal with discomfort.

                              I a excited and freaked out!
                              My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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