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  • #16
    I liked Crossfit but simply can't afford the fees right now. My partner's job gives him an employee discount program for city facilities passes, and for both our monthly passes it costs about half what it would for one of us to have a CF membership, plus we can use the pools and do the drop-in yoga classes and such as well as the gym facilities (and the facilities at the big sports centre here are excellent with pretty much all the equipment we could want including oly lifting platforms).

    I spent this summer doing mostly bodyweight and outdoor stuff as well as working on running. Now with the fall here, we've got passes and I did a lot of research on barbell programming. We're doing 5/3/1 and really enjoying it so far. I realized that one of the things I really loved at my CF gym was the lifting component, and barbells make me happy. I like it now that I can go and lift and give it my all without worrying about being able to survive the WOD after pushing for a new 1RM. I can break my interval stuff off into separate days from my lifting and adjust for how I'm feeling on a given week.

    Like you, I had been feeling sore and tired a lot, and I'm realizing now just how much that was affecting me. I hadn't noticed just how much I was pushing. Now I can lift three days a week, throw in some sprint-style workouts, and then just chill out and walk my dog and feel good.

    I have to say, though, that I might never have gotten into barbell lifts without joining CF. I've always been interested in them but was too nervous to try them on my own. Now I feel like I've had lots of practice and feel comfortable just walking into the gym and hitting the squat rack without feeling shy or worried about it. I think for a lot of women, CF brings a similar level of empowerment. But I don't know at this point if I'll go back to it or if I'll go as flat-out at it if I do. Right now, I want to lift heavy, and while CF includes some of that, it's not the focus, and so I'm doing the programming that will give me what I really want instead.
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    • #17
      I do not workout for enjoyment or because it's fun. I workout because it improves every other aspect of my life including making me a better father and husband. With that said I do enjoy my brief but very intense HIT workouts twice a week and hill sprints once a week. For me that is enough to continue to get stronger and be fit enough to play all day with my daughter without wearing down.
      My problem with Crossfit is the way they seem to wear injuries as a badge of honor. I have NEVER had a workout related injury and I lift to failure every lift. Olympic lifts and all of the "explosive" exercise is a sure fire way to get injured.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by jfreaksho View Post
        I've never done Crossfit, but I see these kinds of complaints and I always wonder about the advisability of doing intense workouts to failure or near failure that require high levels of technique as well.
        I worry about this as well. I would like to hang out with other people who understand paleo, but I don't think that Cross-fit is for me. I think it would just injure me or at best leave me always sore, always limping or being unable to turn over in bed or having to lower myself gingerly to the toilet. That's what doing twice weekly body weight plus sprints has left me with. Chronic soreness for most of the week. Sadly, if I want to find a personal trainer to help me, it look like my only choice is cross-fit and decent dietary ideas or stupid dietary ideas and some other exercise that may or may not be helpful.

        Honestly the only thing that's ever really given me the weight loss I seek and the sense of health I desire has been hiking. It's too bad I have to sit in an office all day or else I could just hike all day.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • #19
          If you are worn out all the time you are CLEARLY over training and this is NOT fitness no matter how in shape one may look. Fitness is about not only being fit but also healthy over the long haul.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Forever Young View Post
            If you are worn out all the time you are CLEARLY over training and this is NOT fitness no matter how in shape one may look. Fitness is about not only being fit but also healthy over the long haul.
            I have to agree. My own experience with Crossfit left me looking better, and at first, I was able to recover enough between WOD's to just be able to nail the next one. But I was a physical wreck any other time. Ultimately much of my middle-aged connective tissue started to fall apart and I was forced to quit.

            The one and only reason one should exercise is to create a stimulus that results in a positive adaptation. Injuries ain't positive.

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            • #21
              Thanks everyone for the discussion. I formally quit CrossFit yesterday morning and plan on joining a local gym soon. My pinched nerve is still acting up a bit so I won't be doing any LHT until it clears up but once it does I want to start a Stronglifts-like routine. While I loved the olympic lifts in Crossfit, I didn't like the high-reps/speed that was required/encouraged during the WODs. I'll start another thread for my next dilemma - picking a gym : (

              Thanks again.

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              • #22
                I quit Crossfit a few years ago, but I believe the basics are still the best. I never knew why Crossfit went so heavily into Olympic weight lifting. I guess it was because it is difficult to find Gymnastic equipment or trainers. My theory is that I have never seen an out of shape Gymnast. I have seen plenty of out of shape but strong lifters and plenty runners that could hardly pass a physical. For me, I still check the work out of the day and modify it to my likings.
                Keep it going, Mark

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                • #23
                  FWIW....an update on how I fared after quitting CrossFit.

                  In a nutshell: I've thrived.

                  I began the Starting Strength-like program, but only twice per week most weeks. I also do some occasional walking on treadmill as well as a once a week basic yoga class (all of this at my local globo-gym). I also will pick a HIIT activity to do once per week to 10 days, and sometimes that's whatever WOD is prescribed at the little CrossFit area at my gym (they have classes, but I have no interest in it for now). But I just joined an adult indoor soccer league last week and that was one heck of a workout so I will just be doing that once per week as well.

                  In terms of strength gains - in the 2 months since quitting crossfit my strength gains have doubled. I can comfortably back squat 165 now with proper form. When I left crossfit I could only do about 90lbs with perfect form.

                  Most importantly to me - I have muscle definition now that I didn't have when I was killing myself doing crossfit. So, for me, both aesthetically and statistically, I've improved immensely since stopping crossfit. Why? Two reasons (IMO):

                  1. The constant chronic cardio (which is what crossfit is, let's be honest) and the stress that triggers is no longer an issue
                  2. Instead of rushing through and worrying about points/score/time/competing with others/finishing before the next session starts, I can take my time and focus on form and focus on pure compound exercises that a guy like me needs: squats, chest presses, etc., not 'farmer carries' followed by kettlebells as fast as you can followed by an occasional olympic lift that had to be light weight unless you want to injure yourself because of the speed/time component, and other assorted bullshit they would throw together in sequences....

                  I've become a big fan of olympic lifting now. Done properly - not rushed.

                  My 2 cents : )

                  My 2 cents...

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                  • #24
                    Look into yoga to improve some of those flexibility issues. If you deal with those I bet CF would be much more enjoyable
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by mark2741 View Post
                      My pinched nerve is still acting up a bit....
                      I know nothing about CrossFit, but from the discussions here I don't think I will ever try it...

                      But in regards to your pinched nerve, which you have mentioned twice here, have you ever considered getting assessed by a chiropractor? I suspect they will be able to do wonders for it without ever stuffing you into an MRI machine. Acupuncture might help too.
                      28 years old, insurance broker
                      starting weight 195 lbs (5'4")
                      working on losing weight, getting active, and curing my GERD

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by mark2741 View Post
                        FWIW....an update on how I fared after quitting CrossFit.

                        In a nutshell: I've thrived.

                        I began the Starting Strength-like program, but only twice per week most weeks. I also do some occasional walking on treadmill as well as a once a week basic yoga class (all of this at my local globo-gym). I also will pick a HIIT activity to do once per week to 10 days, and sometimes that's whatever WOD is prescribed at the little CrossFit area at my gym (they have classes, but I have no interest in it for now). But I just joined an adult indoor soccer league last week and that was one heck of a workout so I will just be doing that once per week as well.

                        In terms of strength gains - in the 2 months since quitting crossfit my strength gains have doubled. I can comfortably back squat 165 now with proper form. When I left crossfit I could only do about 90lbs with perfect form.

                        Most importantly to me - I have muscle definition now that I didn't have when I was killing myself doing crossfit. So, for me, both aesthetically and statistically, I've improved immensely since stopping crossfit. Why? Two reasons (IMO):

                        1. The constant chronic cardio (which is what crossfit is, let's be honest) and the stress that triggers is no longer an issue
                        2. Instead of rushing through and worrying about points/score/time/competing with others/finishing before the next session starts, I can take my time and focus on form and focus on pure compound exercises that a guy like me needs: squats, chest presses, etc., not 'farmer carries' followed by kettlebells as fast as you can followed by an occasional olympic lift that had to be light weight unless you want to injure yourself because of the speed/time component, and other assorted bullshit they would throw together in sequences....

                        I've become a big fan of olympic lifting now. Done properly - not rushed.

                        My 2 cents : )

                        My 2 cents...

                        Great to hear! Cross fit is an athletic event. No need participating in an athletic event with high rates of injury if your not interested in competing in the cross fit games IMO. Training for strength and health via a program such as you have going now sounds much more sustainable and healthy to me.

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                        • #27
                          Never involved in Crossfit but am aware of what it is all about. I have been on weights for 25 plus years. Recently dabbled in bodyweight movements. Downhill ski, hike, mountain bike, etc. Anything that put the hurt on the body as you suggest is not a good thing as others have mentioned, your body is telling you something, listen too it. Most of us have made that mistake at one time or another and have learned sometime less is more, especially when of good quality.
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                          • #28
                            I'd recommend Ross Enamait's stuff at rosstraining.com . It basically teaches you how to create your own program.

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                            • #29
                              There are many great things about Crossfit, but I find the main problem with Crossfit is the lack of rest between high intenstity workouts. In addition you should periodize your workouts and their intensity. Taking a week completely off every 6 weeks is a good start. Look at Crossfit as something you should do for about 3 continuous months, then switch it up and do some yoga, some basic resistance training that focuses on strict form (no cheating - no kips!) or head to the track for some intervals. Do this for a few months, then head back to the Crossfit gym and you will kick ass.

                              A great book to get is Steve Ilg's book Total Body Transformation -

                              Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Total Body Transformation: A 3-Month Personal Fitness Prescription For a Strong, Lean Body and a Calmer Mind.

                              Found it incredibly enlightening.
                              Last edited by canuck416; 12-09-2012, 11:10 PM.
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                              • #30
                                I'm so glad I stumbled on this thread. My 6 month Crossfit membership expired in December and I was on the fence about returning. I enjoyed the heavy lifting the most and I think I'll go back to my globo gym and work through Starting Strength now that I have the basics down.

                                I liked Crossfit, but not enough to keep making the financial sacrifices. Maybe when I make a little more money I'll rejoin.

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