Post # 1
So my FI and I have been wanting to try Crossfit to get in shape for the wedding and lo-and-behold a Crossfit gym just opened up 5 minutes from our house! We started the Foundations class this week and are absolutely in LOVE with the workout! Just wondering if there are other Bee Crossfitters and if you want to share tips on diet, supplements, workout etc. The coaches recommended the Zone and Paleo diets, and taking fish oil supplements. Anyone have any experience? I’d love to hear about it!!
Post # 4
I had a personal trainer that trained me crossfit style cause I get bored easy. I just counted calories and drank a ton of water, as I’ve never had luck with supplements. I had great results and loved it but had to stop cause I got pregnant 🙂 I also loved Zumba
Post # 5
I love it! Have done it for 2 years with some breaks due to grad school. Now that school is over I’ve been really consistent (3-4x/week) and pleased with the results. I throw a few short 3-4 mile runs in each week as well. I’m down 11 pounds since buying my dress in January! I don’t use any supplements, and I try to eat healthy, but don’t do strict zone or paleo.
My gym (and other local boxes) have a Paleo delivery service. Place orders Thursday and they are delivered to the gym on Monday. Just reheat and eat. The meals run around $10 each. I haven’t tried it, but everyone loves it. If I decide to try Paleo, it might be nice to try a few to change up the routine.
Post # 6
i’m still new to crossfit. i love it since i hate running with all my being, haha. i’m not strict paleo, but i try to follow the overall guidelines of it except for treats and sugar for coffee. my best friend is strict paleo and used to do the zone diet. i think she saw a lot more benefits from plain paleo, because she relied on cheese too much for her zone diet. though, as far as i know, she hasn’t tried a paleo + zone diet.
Post # 7
I’ve been doing crossfit for about 9 months now, and eating 80% paleo for about 3 months. It’s so much fun and I have definitely seen my body change and become more toned. I don’t weigh myself, but i’ve gone down 1 dress size.
If you have facebook, you should follow “women of crossfit = strong” Tons of great stories and motivational pictures.
Post # 8
@Camgurl16: That’s great! Getting bored is definitely my problem too, as well as spending so much time exercising– Crossfit totally kills both of those cons! I’m trying to count calories and rule out most carbs– did you have a quick fix for when you got hungry? I’ve been nipping at peanut/almond butter to keep away the hunger pangs, but I’m not sure if there’s a better (lower calorie) alternative.
@nigerianpolack: That’s awesome that you’ve been doing CF for 2 years!! I lost about 12 pounds since March just by changing my diet and going to the gym, but since I’ve started CF (only a week ago!), the scale hasn’t budged! I can definitely see/feel a difference in my body though, definitely getting more toned! And that delivery service sounds amazing!! A Paleo cooking class would be even better though…
@dancingriss: Ahhh! I’m glad you hate running too! I tried the Couch to 5K running program and it was just torture to get out the door! I used to like spinning classes too, but the workout was so isolated– I love the total body workout of Crossfit– it’s definitely addicting! Cheese is definitely a weak spot for me, but I think if I understood how to cook Paleo recipes, I’d give it a shot. Do you have any favorites to share? The Zone seems kinda complicated…
@dancingintherain24: That’s awesome! I totally followed that group and love looking at all the before/after pics! It’s only been a week of CF and I already notice a difference! If you have any favorite Paleo recipes you’d like to share, I’d love to see them!!!
Post # 9
I did crossfit for about 8 months and quit. It was a good challenge, I loved the community and definitely gained a lot of muscle.
But before Crossfit I had always been a gym girl and I’m also a Les Mills instructor. I missed that so much and wanted to take control of my own programming again instead of someone else telling me what to workout everyday.
I’m back at the gym and so much happier.
Post # 10
@Cassiopeia: I have been doing Crossfit four days a week since February and I am absolutely obsessed. I love it.
As for diet I’m all about healthy eating, food in moderation and watching overall intake. I cannot be sold on the Paleo and other options because I honestly find them incredibly fussy and restrictive. I want to live life not nit pick at every meal. Just a personal choice.
I do take supplements daily…a prenatal, a fish oil softgel and CoQ10 softgel to keep my body healthy and thriving.
Post # 11
@islandlily84: I’ve never heard of Les Mills, but I’m glad that you found something that really works for you! I’m loving the structure of Crossfit– I really don’t have the discipline to program my own workouts– at least not yet!
@Treejewel19: That’s awesome! What kind of results have you seen since starting in Feb? I definitely hear you about the fussy/restrictive-ness of the diets, but I’ve been attempting the Zone and am learning a lot that I didn’t know about protein/fat/carb ratios.
Post # 12
@Cassiopeia: I love nomnompaleo’s blog. I usually just google whatever I’m in the mood for though. Oh and I loooooove thugkitchen, though his recipes are vegan and not necessarily paleo but easy to adapt
Post # 13
@Cassiopeia: So…I don’t. I think 30 Day shred is challenging enough.
However, I do know a few folks who do. And let me tell you. It works. For them. If you have the motivation, and are ok with cult-mentality you will definitely achieve your goals. It’s like a more aggressive version of weight watchers – only instead of weighing yourself in front of peers, you sweat and curse while doing some sort of WOD while they cheer you on.
I think that’s how you get the full package – because doing it on your own, without the adrenaline of perfect strangers celebrating your every push up, you might get bored.
For the rest of us…let’s just say that those same people make me glad ‘unfollow’ exists in facebook. Please don’t turn like that!!! I mean that lol.
I want to leave this with you:
Post # 14
@Cassiopeia: Funny you should ask. Just yesterday I did an actual pull up without any help/bands etc and it blew my freaking mind. Then I did another one. I also did several burpees with actual push ups, who knew I could? A few weeks ago I held a on the hands plank for three whole minutes. So I’d say the results for me are pretty obvious that I can do physical things that when I started I couldn’t even try. Never in my life have I been able to do a pull up, or real push ups (not girl high hips push ups).
As for my appearance other people have said I look leaner/thinner but I don’t see it. My jeans are loose now and my waist has lost inches but as for actual pounds maybe I’ve lost around 5-6 pounds total. I have put on muscle, that is a given that I can see and feel.
My cardio at this point is amazing and that to me is the best result. I play volleyball competitively and just did a tournament a few weeks ago. I felt fantastic from beginning to end versus previous seasons when I was dead tired towards the last few matches.
So all in all inside there are big changes, just wish the outside would catch up. 🙂
Post # 15
@Cassiopeia: No quick fix when hunger hit, just stuck it out and tried to snack a decent amount 🙂