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  • What happened to those of you that quit CrossFit?

    Anyone here do CrossFit for a while and then quit? If so, what did you do to replace it, fitness-wise, and how did it/is it working for you?

    I ask because I think I'm at the end of the CrossFit experience for me. But I'm afraid to quit as I am in the best shape of my life. Problem is, I always feel worn out and am always battling little nagging injuries ever since starting CrossFit.

    A little about me:

    I've been CrossFitting for about 4 months now. Every month I've contemplated quitting, but then I just say to myself, "One more month." It's not that it doesn't work in terms of giving me a great workout, but the problems are:

    1. I'm too competitive. But I don't have the fitness level to back it up. This is a flaw with me of course, not CrossFit. And it would be fine...if I were in better shape and better at CrossFit, but many of the movements I am not even close and never will be due to lack of flexibility (to that point where it is now holding me back from getting better with the olympic lifts) and in some cases fear (Handstands, rope climbs).

    2. I'm constantly either injured or just feeling like shit.

    A few weeks ago I was doing cleans when I tweaked my wrist. It took 2 weeks to heal. And I have a pinched nerve in my neck/back (never was definitively diagnosed because of my claustrophobia - couldn't go through with the MRI). That has been acting up the last week ever since going all out with a WOD.

    3. I am not motivated by the community/group workouts. At times, I get kind of annoyed with the "Keep it up!" and "One more rep!!!" that I get mid-WOD from my peers. I know I'm not normal in this regard : )

    Discipline isn't an issue for me, so I'm thinking about joining a local globo-gym as I am certain that I'll need to do strength training. I live in the Northeast so working out doing playground workouts is not going to be an option in another month or two, given the weather.

    I am just afraid that what little fitness level I've built up over these 4 months will go away no matter what I do, as I have no interest in the high-rep/high-intensity WODs anymore. But a once per week doing a sensible (for me) HIIT session is definitely in the cards.

  • #2
    We have a weight bench at home. For us, it's (a) cheaper in the long run since weights don't wear out and (b) makes a higher likelihood we exercise with 2 small kids. I switch between following PBF and a weight lifting program (starting strength for now). I have seen some great gains. I'm hoping to hang a pull up bar in the garage when we move as well so it's less awkward. I also play soccer once a week and do a sprint session as the weather (and life) allows.

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    • #3
      Sounds like your workouts and your goals don't align. I'm a proud globo gym member - my whole family is on the membership for 1/3 the price of me doing crossfit by myself. This is what I do, and it works well for not just fitness, but strength.
      2 days of strength training - one day squats, deadlifts, presses and their variations, one day of simple olympic lifts - power cleans, push presses, power snatches, etc...
      2 days of cardio strength circuits - bodyweight excercises, kettlebells, TRX - set up in circuits of 5-9 exercises, usually five rounds for time
      2 days of straight up cardio - sprints, shorter distance runs, ellyptical intervals
      1 day of rest or active rest.
      You push the strength and fitness, you get alot of variety so you don't get hurt, and you gauge how hard you need to work. May not be Crossfit levels, but its more than enough for most people.
      "Suffer no guilt yee who wield this in the name of Crom"
      Quote on the Father's Sword

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      • #4
        Thanks Nick - that sounds like a heck of a routine you have. I never thought about a 'cardio strength' routine. Will have to keep that in mind.

        As for my goals - my goal is simply to feel good and look good. That's it. I'm 41yoa - lost 70lbs a couple of years ago via a low-carb approach and have kept it off pretty easily, but with that weight loss came an increase in energy levels and I eventually decided to 'become a fitness nut' : ) Problem is, CrossFit is just not for me. I truly do think it's great, but just not for me. I'm glad I've done it and stuck it out - it got me to a good baseline fitness level and I'm now flexible enough to actually do strength training on my own with proper form (before I couldn't even do a squat correctly due to my lack of flexibility).

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        • #5
          Mark imagine you were thinking of joining CrossFit for the first time now and talking to your future self about it.
          Here's how I see the conversation going:

          Mark: I'm thinking of starting CrossFit, how is it?

          Future Mark: Great, I'm fitter and better at CrossFit than I was before starting CrossFit

          Mark: And you feel better & stronger day to day too?

          Future Mark: Oh no, I'm pretty worn out. I feel older than I am and something is always sore.

          Mark: Like sore muscles?

          Future Mark: Those too, but mostly joints and bones and I'm mentally run down.

          Mark: What about skills, are you good at the Olympic lifts and other techniques?

          Future Mark: A little, mostly we focus on reps and speed though. Some of the lifts hurt.

          Future Mark: So, are you going to join?

          Mark: um, maybe....


          This is where I think CF can be a bit cultish. It's not working for you, it's not aligned with your goals, but the group mentality I imagine is that "we are CrossFit people. We don't quit CrossFit. You'll be weak."

          If you quit I'm sure you'll lose capacity for CF, but you can probably find something more appropriate for you.
          Don't be afraid to take the good components of CF away with you though.

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          • #6
            Mike,

            You nailed it : )

            CrossFit has taught me a lot about fitness, what intensity is, etc. I don't want to bash it - it's been great in some ways. My options are:

            a. Continue to do CrossFit and, due to my own stupidity and inability to 'dial it back', continue to injure myself or
            b. Quit and do something else

            I'm definitely looking at option b. I just don't know what exactly that routine looks like. When you go from a VERY high intensity CFIT routine 3 times per week, I imagine there has to be a drop-off. I could care less about the metrics that a lot of the CrossFitters care about (Deadlift weight, "Fran" time, doing handstand pushups, etc.). I'm not a firefighter so I'm as 'functionally fit' as I need/desire to be. I just want to build muscle and continue to lean out. After doing CF for 4 months, I honestly think I would be more muscular/lean if I had just done 2x per week traditional weightlifting. Would I be as good at burpees or doing a metcon, or have the mental toughness to do a metcon for 30 minutes straight? No. But it's not something I care about, hence my choosing to quit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mike_h View Post
              Don't be afraid to take the good components of CF away with you though.
              I was going to say the same thing.
              No workout routine is perfect for everyone, but there are usually plenty of good things to take from them, while adding things that work for you in order to make it a routine that you enjoy doing, and one that you will benefit from.
              Over the years, I've done many different routines and exercises, and changing things up and customizing routines is normal, and a great way to keep you interested and doing it consistently.
              Crossfit isn't the only way to fitness. Not by a longshot.
              Some things will work great for you, and others won't. Stick with what works for you.
              Sometimes you have to think for yourself instead of always listening to others tell you what to do, and it sounds like you're doing just that. Good for you.
              Good luck. I'm sure you'll figure it out, and you'll learn some good stuff in the process.

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              • #8
                Mark, as you've said, Crossfit isn't for everyone. (I've been a dedicated Crossfitter for over 2 years.) You stuck it out for long enough to have given it a really good try, so don't let anyone make you feel "inadequate" or "inferior". At my box, if someone gives it a reasonable amount of time to see if it's for them, but then moves on, there are no judgements made or hard feelings.

                Take what you've learned, get advice from others who are knowledgeable, and make your own fitness plan. The important thing is to keep moving and have fun!

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                • #9
                  Check out the CC Super FAQ, it may address some of your issues.

                  Super FAQ

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                  • #10
                    Is there another box nearby that could maybe assist you in reaching your goals? If you are tweaking yourself and injuring yourself during WOD's, the staff there should be pulling you back and verifying that your form is good. If it's not, you need to be doing less weight or less reps, and again, they should be watching this.

                    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. In the Army we push to failure, but it's never anything more complicated than a kettlebell swing or hanging heel hooks (with spotters).

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                    • #11
                      Mark, I kind of have a similar story. I wouldnt say I have put Crossfit totally aside, but im definitely not as into as I was before. I took a boatload away from it, and will continue to embrace the community and help those who are interested, but for me it wasnt the end game. Just a box I checked off in my own evolution.

                      My story....

                      I have been doing Crossfit for a lil over 2.5 years now, and Im 34 years old 5'10. I obtained my level 1 certification a while back in early 2012 to further my knowledge a tad more, after somewhat being cultish.

                      Between discovering Crossfit and Primal eating at the sametime I had one of the typical life changers from just the normal globo in 2009 to where I am now. 1080lb CF Total, sub 4 min Fran, huge improvements in my whole fitness, both mental and physical.

                      At my peak in the summer of 2011 I was a 5 day a week WOD'r, and hanging out around the 190 area. However, I was always nursing some sort of nagging injury pre-existing condition, was worn the hell out, never felt 100% and was at the mercy of the programming which was good IMOP. I had no problems pushing to the end and giving it that effort that most associate CF work with. Although I had always questioned was it really worth it? I have been injured before, back, femur, knees, elbow, shoulder. I havent had an easy road hahah, so I feel my age, and fitness isnt as easy at it once was. I was never a cult CF'r to the point of not enjoying my own passions in the outdoors. Sometimes I would waste myself so bad at the gym that my passions in the outdoors were hindered. In a bundle, I enjoy my fitness level.

                      I have always got great satisfaction from heavier lifts, squat, deadlift, press, etc......so around early 2012 I shifted my training to a simple 5x5 lifting program (squat, front squats, deadlift, overhead press, benchpress), and a quick sprint of some sort 3-4 days a week, and max effort 1 rep max once a month on each lift. Everyone once in a while I would mix it up with a 10-12 min amrap with some bodyweight movements, something with alot of intensity. I like to row....its low thread, low impact....and you can combine it with anything.

                      I have found I feel alot better now, Im not injured or nursing injuries anymore, I enjoy myself alot better outside the gym. I am close to 200lbs now, but my waist remains the same as it when I was when I was about 10lbs lighter at my peak of CF in mid 2011. Im stronger than I ever was doing CF fulltime......... My overall fitness level doing the stuff I love to spend time doing has taken me to new levels of accomplishments, and confidence (downhill mountain biking, snowmobiling etc) that were never previously even imaginable.

                      In the end, take some stuff you have learned. Crossfit isn't the end all of fitness journey's. Take some CF lessons, and mix it into what you like, but still embrace some of the things you dont. I think its nice to have some sort of goal for yourself also, which alot of people dont have.

                      Good Luck
                      Last edited by nojoke; 10-07-2012, 09:39 PM.

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                      • #12
                        I could certainly recommend Scott Sonnon's "Primal Stress". It will explain to you why you are getting repeatedly injured and give you remedies to prevent it happening in the future. Mobility, flexibility and recovery are built in to the program so you don't get tired lethargic and burnt out. The exercise routines are short and dirty utilising bodyweight (it is good to have somewhere for pull ups).

                        It is certainly very different from you regular BW routine where you just add more reps or stick your feet on a box. Physical well being and pain free movement are at its heart. When you have these nailed then you can concentrate on improving performance.

                        It's not super cheap but it is definitely worth considering.

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                        • #13
                          I did crossfit by myself in the gym at work for six months or so. Was doing the scaled workouts from the brandx website, which I'd do 3 to 4 times a week, plus martial arts on e or twice a week and was in the best shape of my life.
                          I only stopped because my gym closed for 3 months, then just never really got back into it. This was back on 2008, I've tried a couple of times but the it feels like it's hanged a little, or maybe I have..
                          If you're interested in my (very) occasional updates on how I'm working out and what I'm eating click here.

                          Originally posted by tfarny
                          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/

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                          • #14
                            I just started Cross Fit, after a long time of just messing around with weights and bodyweight at home.
                            I think for some people, just switching up fitness is what works. You got something out of Cross Fit, now move on. Try whatever- Yoga, jogging, regular weight lifting.

                            I enjoy Cross Fit and have never seen such fit people in my life. I hope to be one of them, but when something gets old, it gets old and best to move onto something fresh. The only advice I have is to keep doing something- even if it is just a walk, to keep the time in your schedule.

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                            • #15
                              Mike, Crossfit is pretty much all Cardio Strength Circuits. I just substitute stuff that would hurt me (high rep olympic lifts) with stuff that doesn't (bodyweight, kettlebells, trx, etc...)

                              Originally posted by mark2741 View Post
                              Thanks Nick - that sounds like a heck of a routine you have. I never thought about a 'cardio strength' routine. Will have to keep that in mind.

                              As for my goals - my goal is simply to feel good and look good. That's it. I'm 41yoa - lost 70lbs a couple of years ago via a low-carb approach and have kept it off pretty easily, but with that weight loss came an increase in energy levels and I eventually decided to 'become a fitness nut' : ) Problem is, CrossFit is just not for me. I truly do think it's great, but just not for me. I'm glad I've done it and stuck it out - it got me to a good baseline fitness level and I'm now flexible enough to actually do strength training on my own with proper form (before I couldn't even do a squat correctly due to my lack of flexibility).
                              "Suffer no guilt yee who wield this in the name of Crom"
                              Quote on the Father's Sword

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