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  • #46
    This my first post ever! :-) I'm considering trying Crossfit and love reading everyone's concerns and comments. Also am going to start paleo and see how that goes. I pretty much eat paleo now, but want to try being a bit more dedicated.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by AliceAnne View Post
      I'm glad it has worked out for you like it has! My experience has been the same - except I didn't have a bad experience to compare it to. In fact other than walking & some body weight exercises I had no real fitness backgound.

      I started 2 days/week in March this year, then upped it to 3, & now I go 4-5 days/week. I still scale a lot, but I'm now able to do more & more as prescribed. It's sort of (ok it's very!) exhilerating when I learn a new skill/see strength gain - as in I screeched for joy after doing my first double under, totally shocked myself when I did my first 20" box jump, rocked the 1 pood kettlebell (started at 10lbs!) & now I'm always using the 14# ball for wall balls. Overhead heavy lifting still freaks me out but I'm not pushed to do anything I'm not comfortable with - just that I keep coming & trying & scaling as needed.

      I wanted to have my pull-ups sooner but I'm getting better (using the red band now, down from the green/blue combo I started with). We'll get there!

      Anyhow just wanted share sentiments. Crossfit isn't for everyone, but it has been great for me. In the context of PBP I see Crossfit as my sprinting, lift heavy things, & play (maybe I'm derranged but I think it's fun). ;o)

      Take care!
      AliceAnne
      That's fabulous, AliceAnne! Congrats on the red band, and the 1 pood KB (that stuns me; I'm on 20 lbs and have a hard time imagining that I'll be strong enough to move up!) and everything else. I know what you mean about the box jump! I stopped last week and started stepping up because I have a TKD test tonight that includes a running jump off a chair; after my test, it's back to challenging myself with the jumps.
      F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

      **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

      **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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      • #48
        Originally posted by angelav View Post
        This my first post ever! :-) I'm considering trying Crossfit and love reading everyone's concerns and comments. Also am going to start paleo and see how that goes. I pretty much eat paleo now, but want to try being a bit more dedicated.
        Hi, angelav! I hope that the CrossFit box you go to is the perfect match for you. If it's not, keep looking -- it may be there for you! And good for you for your dedication to paleo! You're doing the Whole30 challenge, right?
        F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

        **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

        **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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        • #49
          Originally posted by JackieKessler View Post

          I **will** do an unassisted pull up. Eventually, maybe. But I will.
          You'll get there, when I first came to my gym, I had to use the green band to do pull-ups, but within 9 months, I could do 3 unassisted pull-ups in a row, and I'm a fairly heavy person (145 lbs). Just keep challenging yourself and using thinner bands as time progresses.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
            You'll get there, when I first came to my gym, I had to use the green band to do pull-ups, but within 9 months, I could do 3 unassisted pull-ups in a row, and I'm a fairly heavy person (145 lbs). Just keep challenging yourself and using thinner bands as time progresses.
            Thanks! I also splurged for a pullup bar, which is here in the house. I'm going to try it every day. (Did two days ago. Laughable. But one day...!)
            F, 44 years old, 111.8 lbs, 4 feet 11.5 inches (yes, that half inch matters!)

            **1st place sparring, AAU TKD regional qualifier, 2/15/15 - It's damn good to hit like a girl!**

            **First-ever 5K race 11/28/13: 37 minutes, 18+ seconds, no stopping**

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            • #51
              Was anyone on this forum in the crossfit olympics??

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              • #52
                Jackie, re: pullups... to build up to them, start by doing what I call "let-downs". Mark's blog today explains about lifting and lowering heavy things. If you can't pull up yet, use a chair or step-stool to get in the up position, then sloooowly lower yourself down. The eccentric action helps build strength!

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                • #53
                  Originally posted by The Return of Dado View Post
                  Was anyone on this forum in the crossfit olympics??
                  I watched it, does that count?

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