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  • What is Crossfit?

    I don't mean like what is it, but what's an average workout? I've glanced through the site and know the very basics. I started up p90x, but my apartment's too small to do everything and every time i do it I get through about a month, but it's a lot to keep doing. Now I'm looking for something I can actually keep with.
    boom.

  • #2
    Did you glance through the WODS (workout of the day) on the mainsite? That can give you an idea. http://journal.crossfit.com/2002/10/...reg-glassm.tpl this is their famous "What is Fitness" article. "Constantly Varied, Functional Movements executed at High Intensity" here is your definition :P

    Some people go to a CrossFit gym, and some just CrossFit on their own. Usually a workout will consist of a warmup, a skill segment, and a quick 10-15 minute high intensity sprint like workout based on time. Most workouts are doubles or triples consisting of rounds of 2 or 3 exercises. Unless you are a very experienced lifter I would advise going to an affiliate gym and not trying it on your own.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Mav3rick View Post
      Did you glance through the WODS (workout of the day) on the mainsite? That can give you an idea. http://journal.crossfit.com/2002/10/...reg-glassm.tpl this is their famous "What is Fitness" article. "Constantly Varied, Functional Movements executed at High Intensity" here is your definition :P

      Some people go to a CrossFit gym, and some just CrossFit on their own. Usually a workout will consist of a warmup, a skill segment, and a quick 10-15 minute high intensity sprint like workout based on time. Most workouts are doubles or triples consisting of rounds of 2 or 3 exercises. Unless you are a very experienced lifter I would advise going to an affiliate gym and not trying it on your own.
      I absolutely agree with this. I am a crossfit fiend and absolutely love it. However, for anything more than bodyweight exercises I highly recommend going to an affiliated crossfit gym and doing it safely!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rivvin View Post
        I absolutely agree with this. I am a crossfit fiend and absolutely love it. However, for anything more than bodyweight exercises I highly recommend going to an affiliated crossfit gym and doing it safely!
        Assuming it is a good affiliate....
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        I like to throw, squat and pull heavy things for fun.

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        • #5
          For Crossfit using bodyweight only, check this PDF which was posted over in the CF forum.

          For a very simple bodyweight routine, SimpleFit has yielded good results for me. SimpleFit might even be your springboard into Crossfit.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cheapo View Post
            For Crossfit using bodyweight only, check this PDF which was posted over in the CF forum.

            For a very simple bodyweight routine, SimpleFit has yielded good results for me. SimpleFit might even be your springboard into Crossfit.
            Thanks for sharing the PDF. Great resource and ideas for workouts.

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            • #7
              Mavrick....pretty much captured crossfit. I just wanted to let you know I've done crossfit for a little over a year now and love it!! They cover every body part and it is always different. You will see your weight poundage go up steadily with great detail given to proper form. Good Luck!

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              • #8
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                • #9
                  Check out http://www.wodshop.org/

                  They have a good selection of WODs (Workouts Of the Day). They split them up by different types - weightlifting/chippers (designed to bring you to your knees)/couplets (2 exercises performed 1 after the other x times)/triplets(3 exercises performed 1 after another x times)/etc.

                  I think that the main site workouts have changed from a couple of years back. They have gotten harder and sometimes more technical in nature. That's fine for people that have been following the site for awhile, but new people coming in would have a rough time with them.

                  Anyway - www.crossfit.com is a great place to get info on what crossfit is. www.wodshop.com for some sample wods.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cheapo View Post
                    For Crossfit using bodyweight only, check this PDF which was posted over in the CF forum.

                    For a very simple bodyweight routine, SimpleFit has yielded good results for me. SimpleFit might even be your springboard into Crossfit.
                    I have to second the simplefit workout as I've been getting really good results for the past few weeks. Only thing I'd like to add is that there is a significant amount of volume in the mid to high levels. For example, I ended up doing 250 air squats yesterday. Seems excessive to me......

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                    • #11
                      I will say this for Crossfit: they've got massive balls to charge what they charge. My gym membership cost $40 per month, so I figure with Crossfit you're paying $80-$100 extra per month for lessons in masochism -- er, I mean, motivation from fellow fitness enthusiasts. Totally not worth it if you have 1. an active friend and 2. something to use for pullups.

                      I'm thankful to Cheapo for introducing Simplefit. You can change the pushups, squats and pullups to their one-limbed varieties if the volume gets too high for you.
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                      • #12
                        Seems like you found your answers but I have done crossfit since September and am ADDICTED!! I used to be one of those gym rats...1 hour or more in the gym...cardio then lifting, etc...now, I get it done quick and easy and have seen better results this past year than I have my whole life!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
                          I will say this for Crossfit: they've got massive balls to charge what they charge. My gym membership cost $40 per month, so I figure with Crossfit you're paying $80-$100 extra per month for lessons in masochism -- er, I mean, motivation from fellow fitness enthusiasts. Totally not worth it if you have 1. an active friend and 2. something to use for pullups.

                          I'm thankful to Cheapo for introducing Simplefit. You can change the pushups, squats and pullups to their one-limbed varieties if the volume gets too high for you.
                          Does your gym provide provide a trainer to work with you every workout you do? If not, thats why you pay 40 dollars.

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                          • #14
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
                              I will say this for Crossfit: they've got massive balls to charge what they charge. My gym membership cost $40 per month, so I figure with Crossfit you're paying $80-$100 extra per month for lessons in masochism -- er, I mean, motivation from fellow fitness enthusiasts. Totally not worth it if you have 1. an active friend and 2. something to use for pullups.

                              I'm thankful to Cheapo for introducing Simplefit. You can change the pushups, squats and pullups to their one-limbed varieties if the volume gets too high for you.
                              I do have to disagree with you on this point. I used to be a trainer at an affiliate gym and I couldn't tell you how many people came to our sessions and couldn't even perform a squat. Sending them out on their own is downright dangerous.

                              In fact it's quite inexpensive for you what you get. A. A real gym B. The best community of people you can imagine C. Professional Guidance. As someone stated every session is directed by a trainer our gym usually had a 1:5(10 max) ratio of athlete to trainer.

                              Considering my rates are $50 an hour for one on one coaching the group option doesn't sound so expensive does it?

                              Even though that sounds expensive consider the amount of labor you pay to a mechanic, or any other professional service (doctors, lawyers, massage therapists etc...)

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