I do a local version that is somewhat easier. Lots of cross fit gyms are big into the paleo diet. And many personal trainers train at Crossfit. Seems like it is more for someone w moderate exercise experience. I certainly would not start an exercise routine as a beginner going to Crossfit.
I looked into it but it was surprisingly expensive, I wasn't willing to spend the money. And you don't actually get gym access outside of class time.
It's too hard on your body. People don't need to work that hard to get fit or look good. Same with triatheletes. It's an ego thing.
Terrible on your joints. No thanks, I plan on being able to walk when I'm 70
I tried it once. Ouch! It killed me.
Took a couple days to recover.
I'm curious about it - I was thinking about taking a class or two to try it out.
I'm relatively fit - but I am in my mid 40's and I don't want to stress anything.
What exercises do they do?
Yes, I'd be happy to take a cross and shove it up your ass until you die, OP CUNT.
I don't do their weight training stuff. Too harsh. But some of their cross training and cardio workouts are great.
Thanks R9 - I already do 2/3 of that already.
I'll still see what it's all about, but it doesn't sound earth-shattering.
The box jumps have me nervous - that's not good for the joints. Same goes for clean and press. That's an easy way to hurt yourself.
I don't need to impress anyone - I'm pretty fit already.
I watched the Cross Fit games on ESPN, and the people who do this are nuts. It's almost cultish.
I've done it. I solely did it so I can hang with all the hot shirtless men.
I admit that when people weren't watching or noticing, I half assed all the exercises. I didn't want to be in too much pain the next day.
R12 hit the nail on the head. Crossfit fanatics act like they're in some sort of cult. It's pretty off-putting.
I did a little research on it. A man died after doing one of their recommended workouts, and his family sued them. They turned around and renamed the workout after the man who'd died as a "fuck you" to his family.
Sorry, I'll pass!
The workouts they give you really aren't enough to give you the body you want. It did not particularly help me reduce body fat.
Not only that, I threw my back out a few times.
I've seen a handful of friends/acquaintances suffer horrible injuries due to CrossFit. Your average, in-shape 34 year-old should not tear an Achilles tendon during a fitness workout.
Oh, and plenty of people in it will admit it's a cult.
It's a douchebag thing, right? All the people I know that are into it are douchey.
5-3-1 - is that healthy? I'm assuming that's reps.
That sounds dangerous.
I tried. They are very cult like, and it is really expensive. Also, if you have any sort of injuries or back issues it's probably not a good way to work out. The people there are usually not trained to work with injuries, so the likelihood of further injury is high (IMO). Instead, I found a personal trainer who specializes in working with people who have back problems, which is my issue. Much better investment of time and money.
As an aside, I also took a close look at the types of bodies the people going there had. Muscular shoulders, chests and thighs with thick, often flabby mid-sections. They all look like Russian weight lifters, even the women. Not the look I want.
This will sound funny but I lost a friend to Crossfit.
She started taking classes, got totally wrapped up in it and us now a trainer. She only hangs out with Crossfit people now and she never talks to her old group of friends.
Oh good! There's a thread for this subject already. Okay, this is what I don't get:
50 push ups
Do the cycle 3 or 4 times, as fast as you can, and 3 times/week.
Besides not seeing more heart attacks why am I seeing all of these fat bitches? I would think that this type of workout would shred the shit out of your body! As someone pointed out a lot of the women are not lean but bulky looking. The guys are all looking pretty good. Of the ones that I have seen they all had butts that were hard and round. Jennifer Lopez would have her feelings hurt by theses asses! Yet, a lot of the guys still did not have the six pack abs. Is diet that much of an issue?
I think it works for some, R22, but not for all. When I dd it, all I got was pain. I do TRX with my trainer as well as some other isometric type exercises and get a much better workout. And with the TRX all I do is 10 reps of each exercise. When I did crossfit, the emphasis was on repetition and going hard, not about proper form. Like I said, I believe the likelihood of injury with crossfit can be high if you're not already in pretty good shape.
Where the hell did Crossfit come from? And why are there 3 gyms within a mile of my place?
And don't you piss blood after workouts?
Omigod, they're all such douches. Are there that many douches in the world? And it is culty as all fuck.
terrible stress on your joints.
sorry, I'd rather be able to walk at 70
[quote]I'm curious about it - I was thinking about taking a class or two to try it out.
You can't take a class or two without passing a test first. They don't want you getting hurt. The test costs $200 and takes 2 weeks.
[quote]50 push ups 40 squats 30 burpees 20 situps. Do the cycle 3 or 4 times, as fast as you can, and 3 times/week.
I can do this at home. Why do I have to pay someone $150 a week to do this? Just so I can do it with other people?
Did you guys see the video of the Crossfit Games where a competitor tried to do a deadlift and snapped his spine in half?
This is the what the creator of CrossFit looks like.
Crossfit is fascinating, in a bad way. It's Ayn Rand back from the dead with olympic bars and kettlebells being thrown around with no concern for form. Of course, a fully-indoctrinated CF'er would take that as the highest compliment.
It's all about how heavy, how fast, how many reps, etc. Momentum is a good thing. The video below could be subtitled: Duuuude, you shoulda been at the fucking box today, bro. I smashed a hundred pull-ups, bro! Personal responsibility! Bacon! John Galt, FTW! Bulletproof coffee! Bacon! Free markets! Bacon!
No, those are not pull-ups.
Further, it tends to produce farmer bodies with thick, ugly midsections.
The first that comes to mind about crossfit is rhabdomyolysis. When you exercise far too much
"damaged skeletal muscle tissue breaks down rapidly. Breakdown products of damaged muscle cells are released into the bloodstream; some of these, such as the protein myoglobin, are harmful to the kidneys and may lead to kidney failure."
That was from Wikipedia but I've read couple of good articles about it. This one's pretty good where writer tells about his friend who got the condition from crossfit:
"While in the hospital, she called to cancel her CrossFit membership. As is standard when something is cancelled, the CrossFit coach asked the reason for her decision. She replied, "I'm in the hospital." The instructor quickly asked, "Is it rhabdo?"
"And here we have arrived at CrossFit's dirty little secret. The coach was unusually familiar with what is normally a very rarely seen disorder. It's so rare that one study reported the overall annual incidence of rhabdomyolysis to be 0.06 percent. That represents single digits of cases out of hundreds of thousands of patients. How, I wondered, is it possible that the layperson exercise instructor is on a first-name basis with a serious, yet rare medical condition? Is this a thing with CrossFit? It turns out it is."
If you don't want to read the article here's what happened to his friend in the end:
"My friend experienced a similar, though thankfully less severe long term effect. It's been several months and her triceps strength is not back to normal. Her sculpted arms are gone, replaced by semi-swollen jiggly tissue. Once a muscle tears, damaged, fatty scar tissue replaces the injured muscle tissue. The result is a permanently damaged muscle, and a decreased ability to strength train. The irony of pushups causing flabby arms underscores the age-old mantra: There really is too much of a good thing."
Oh, come now. A date with Uncle Rhabdo is a badge of honor! So what if you end up with scarred kidneys and chronic renal failure? Today -- well, as soon as you're released from the ICU -- you're a WOD smashing machine!