Post # 1
I’m thinking about starting crossfit and was wondering if anyone else has tried it or currently does it? The gym I’m interested in has a free 7 day trial, so I’m planning on going tomorrow for the first time. It looks like a pretty intense workout, but seems to give excellent results from what I’ve seen. It’s also a plus, for me at least, that it’s a class atmosphere. Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts about it, tips, etc? Thanks
Post # 3
I haven’t done it but am also interested, so hopefully someone replies!
Post # 4
I don’t – but I’ve met two people that have. What they told me was INTENSE. Like the diet and the excercise. Too intense for me, but they swear by it.
Post # 5
I loved it while I did it and almost any fitness level can do it. You just use lighter weights/take longer etc
but I don’t do it anymore because its more expensive
I discovered though compared to the way I am working out now is I actually bulked up more than I really wanted to doing crossfit. Crossfit girls tend to be “thick” in the legs and torso as opposed to the leaner look. I have lost size in my thighs since I stopped and in my arms/shoulders.
I think if I were to do it again I would do crossfit once a week or so and then balance it with other functional fitness and cardio.
Post # 6
I do! I don’t do the crazy like…tire flipping…but I train with a crossfit trainer. I’m in the best shape of my life, I couldn’t recommend it more.
Post # 7
Let me start by just pointing out that it’s Really expensive and it can be argued that it’s like having a personal trainer so I guess it is worth the $$. Crossfit can be great. I personally don’t agree with the diet 100% (it’s all meat dairy and veggies no starch which includes any wheat product, root vegetables and beans. There are exceptions but that’s generally it) the workouts are intense and you’re not there to lose weight, you’re there to gain strength. You have to gain muscle to burn fat. The problem with xfit is the “cult” part. A lot of xfitters make a life change. It’s all they talk about all they think about. Soon you’re payig extra money to compete in xfit competitions. You only hang out with the people you xfit with. I know relationships that took a serious turn for shit because of ones inability to take a day off from xfit. It’s easy to ge sucked in because it’s a community and while the message they promote is generally positive there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. In moderation I think it can be great. But notice if you’re ditching your friends or policing what everyone eats. For one that’s not healthy and two it’s just annoying.
Post # 8
@CookieBee: I agree with you, but I also think that can be said for any hobby/interest.
On the paleo topic, I am not strict about it, but I do try to keep my protein and fat higher and my carbs lower. 40-30-30 is a good ratio to keep in mind (carbs-fat-protein). I’m not a die hard cross fitter, but I definitely recommend giving it a try and working it into your normal workout routine.
Post # 9
I’ve been doing CrossFit for the past 2-3 months, about 2-3 times a week. The workouts are very intense; I’m slow, but proud of myself for finishing. I’m still modifying the weights to be lighter, but I am improving my strength. I’m consistently sore now, in various places depending on the workout. On days that I don’t CrossFit, I usually run for about 30 minutes, though I’ve found myself adding in extra push-ups, sit-ups, etc on non-CF days.
I don’t do the Paleo diet at all, but I’ve been trying to control my portion size better in the past couple of months.
In this time, I’ve lost about 5 lbs (I don’t have that much to lose: started 5’2″ 135 lbs, now 130 lbs) and have lost about 1 inch in my waist. And I’m definitely WAY more toned than I used to be — in my arms, legs, back, everywhere. I have a friend who’s been doing it for the same amount of time but more frequently (4-5 times a week) and dieting much more, who also probably has “more weight to lose”, and she lost 10 lbs in the first 2 months, and her strength has gone through the roof.
I definitely recommend it for people that not only want to “lose weight”, but want to tone up. It’s super intense, but it’ll shape you in ways you didn’t think possible, and fast. Just stick with it… the workouts are definitely intimidating, and there have been a lot of times when I felt like I couldn’t do it, but just lower the weights, and keep going…
Post # 10
I have been doing X fit for the past 2-3 months and it is INTENSE. You have to make sure you what you want out if it because it seems like everyone is different and there are some x fit freaks. Recommed checking out crossfit.com
Post # 11
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My hubby does this through work – they have someone come twice a week and then gives them “homework” for the rest of the week.
It is so crazy! Worth a try if it is free though 🙂
Post # 12
@CookieBee: This is definitely good to know. I checked out a few crossfit gyms near me on FB and they all seem to post pictures all the time, and I definitely see what you mean about the mentality. I can’t see myself wanting to get that much into it, and right now I’m really not thinking about making any real dietary changes. I’ll have to check it out and see how it feels, I guess it’s a good thing they have the 7 day trial. I’ll try to go at least a few times this week to make sure it’s something I really want to invest in before I put any money into it.
Post # 13
I had been doing crossfit twice a week, until just recently. My good friend owns a box and had been begging me to join, and since I have always enjoyed bootcamps, I thought I’d give it a try. I really liked it, and I was planning on sticking with it awhile until I got pregnant. Supposedly you can keep going, but I couldn’t keep my heartrate down enough.
In any case, it is cheaper than a personal trainer, but works very similarly to having one. I thought the class setup was awesome, really liked that there were so many different activites that we did every week, and felt like I was finally getting some of my old strength back.The great thing about it is that you can totally pace it for your own level.
And yes, there are some crazy intense people who work out with you, but there are so many different levels in one class, that it’s not like you feel like you have to keep up with anyone. I was always one of the slowest people in class, but since I don’t have some insane need to be the best at anything, I really couldn’t care less.
Post # 14
I crossfit. I have been crossfitting on and off for about 2 years. Last year a box opened near me and I joined (it is expensive but you get way more out of it than a gym membership). I was pregnant and continued to crossfit. I got my Level 1 (teaching) certification and my kids certification.
As a workout it is intense but you can pick your own intensity. When I was pregnant, I went slower, did less reps, and definately less weight. Now I am ramping up again. But since I am nursing I can’t do any jumping exercises. I was able to do a push press at 55# last week. I also love that it focuses greatly on function and technique. I can tell you my technique is not as good as I thought when I was lifting the 55# bar over my head. But my little guy is going to be 55# some day.
For the diet, you don’t have to do the Paleo or Zone diet if you don’t want to. Personally I like the idea of the diet. Really if you took any of it and added it in it will help you become healthier. I am in the middle of a strict paleo challenge (even nursing) and it is awesome.
As far as bulking up that is really just how you look at yourself. I was a gymnast growing up and the muscled look was what I thought was sexy. I was so excited to have calfs that had huge muscles. So I don’t have a problem with the look. My goal is to look and be healthy.
The most important thing to do is find a program that you like. I am in a program that is very supportive no matter what level. There are other programs that are super gung-ho and if you aren’t going to deadlift a million pounds you are harrassed. I like that if I am alone at the end of a workout someone else will cheer me on or even do more with me. It is definately a community.
Post # 15
I’ll jump in to reply! I’ve been CrossFitting since January and often travel for work and for fun so I’ve been to more gyms than my main one (often when I drop in at other gyms they let me do so for free, since crossfit is a worldwide community). The one thing I can say is carefully pick the “box” (crossfit lingo for gym) that you start at. Some are more intense than others. All workouts are as intense as you want them to be. There are always modifications if you are new, injured, pregnant or whatever.
I agree with @brownieMomma find a place that is supportive and where you don’t get the feeling that it’s all about the numbers, but more about regular people acheiving things they never thought they could.
I haven’t gotten into the diet, but I’m trying it soon. I’m a thin girl to begin with so I’m not trying to lose weight, just trying something different since I know I eat way too many carbs, processed food and not enough veggies.
The website of a crossfit gym can tell you a lot about the type of place it is, just look around carefully and you could be in for a really great experience. I was a nay sayer in the very beginning and only went twice a week for the first few months, I started seeing results in improved strength quickly, and I upped my membership. Not a real cult thing for me, though I see how people can get sucked in if all you focus on is numbers and not just general fitness.