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I really dig CF. I'm currently following my local (halfway across the state) affiliate's page: http://www.crossfit603.com and find that their programming suits my needs far better than the mainpage.
Previously, I had done a full 12-week Starting Strength cycle, 8-10 weeks on mainpage CF, then 8 weeks on a hybrid program (interrupted by a layoff and a new job).
Of all of those, Starting Strength gave me the most improvement; the hybrid and 603 programming are close seconds (but I'm more advanced now, and there's a lot more bits and pieces to work on with those).
I don't belong to a CF gym, but many of my workouts are similar or even taken from Crossfit.com. They're hardcore, intense workouts that beat your ass up...in a good way. If you're looking to trim fat, combine some walking with your weekly Crossfit workouts and you'll be amazed how fast it comes off. Good luck!
It's well worth it in my opinion. Yes it's expensive but it can literally be life changing. CrossFit is actually what led me to this website. I recommend starting with a 2 or 3 days / week membership rather than unlimited. When you are first starting 2 or 3 days a week is probably all you'll be able to handle.
Dalvarez- look closer; traditonal CF programming is 3-on, 1-off. There are rest days at both the 306 site and the main site.
I love it, personally. It beats the crap out of you and you definitely need a lot of body awareness to understand when it's telling you to SIT YOUR BUTT DOWN and take an unscheduled rest period, but it's incredibly effective. Aside from the intensity, the main benefit for me is the variety and the degree of learning demanded; my main problem with exercise is that I bore easily, and my thoughts tend to wander from what I'm doing to "Am I done yet? God this is mind-numbing". With Crossfit I'm either practicing a new skill, working on perfecting an old one, or I'm so killed dead by the workout itself there's no room in my head for boredom. For reference I don't belong to a CF gym- none near me- I'm following the main site, forums, etc.
Ponying up the $25 for a subscription to the Journal was a very worthwhile expenditure for me- without direct coaching, the articles and videos are absolutely invaluable for getting to good, as it were.
I also do CF and just like Conan said, it is definitely life changing. Without a doubt.
So many friends that I recruited had questions and delayed their first session but I always told them that they will ALWAYS have questions, and to know whether or not CF is your thing you just gotta give it a shot!
You'll love it. Let us know how your first session goes!
I started in October of 2007, got certified last November, but I've never belonged to a CrossFit affiliate (gym), because we live in the boonies. (We're planning to move, soon, and I'm planning to open my own affiliate then.)
I've been active since I was 17, played tons of sports, done tons of different exercise protocols, etc... but CrossFit takes the cake, hands down. I'd seriously challenge any other fitness program, anywhere, to match what CrossFit offers. It's challenging, it's an absolute blast, the people are awesome, and it'll get you in shape like nothing else.
I have to agree that the $25 subscription to the journal would be a well worth it investment. I subscribed to the journal finally a few weeks ago and I am loving the content...there is plenty of information in there that can help with learning and perfecting the olympic lifts. I have already figured out tons of things I was doing wrong in my lifting just from the articles and videos even though I don't work out a gym. I also find that the general enthusiasm of CFers gets me very pumped up to work out.
For now I am working on making my lifts with better form and scaling down the WODs to my level.
I began Crossfit in November and it's changed my life. On top on other things I was introduced to PB through CF. The affliate I belong to is a real community of like minded people. Most don't understand the sheer satisfaction you get from topping your last-best weight on a deadlift or the (perverse/sick) pleasure you feel at the end of a fight-gone-bad while your are lying on the mat totally exhausted. Most don't, crosfitters do.
When I started I could do 5 pushups on my knees, couldn't do a pull up and **thought** I knew what it meant to workout hard. Now I do pushups and pullups every morning as part of a wake up routine (made easier now that I'm eating real food and not trying to work out on a bowl of grains and milk!) And now I **know** what it means to workout SUPER hard and love it! CF begins where hard leaves off.
Dalvarez-I'll bet you get instantly hooked on the 20th! PB & Crossfit go hand in hand when it comes to maximizing your health. I just know your going to love it.
I subscribed to the journal, talk about detail. I've downloaded so many pdf and video files full of great stuff. I am excited to hit the ground running, I have to go through the Element classes so I'm not sure how difficult it will be since from what I've read -learning proper form is the class objective for the first 8 sessions.
crossfit rocks. and i agree that is can be expensive. before i started cf, i had a membership at a local gym for $25 a month. but that was such a huge waste of money as i hardly went and when i did, my workouts were pretty lame [i used to be an elliptical magazine reader!]. now that i have unlimited crossfit i go between 3-5 times a week. consistently. i've been going for over a year now and i have never done that with any other fitness routine i have started. i am def in the best shape of my adult life. and it was cf that introduced me to primal eating.
in my opinion, i am getting my money's worth. hope you enjoy as much as i do and i'm pretty sure the p90x will have you starting in a good place. they are some tough workouts too!