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    • Starting Off In Crossfit


      By Myles Worthington Men's Fitness

      Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past five years, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with CrossFit. What might not be clear is how the program differs from the gym workouts you’re already doing. Well, that’s easy. First off, CrossFit is a community of athletes. These athletes vary in terms of age, sex, and fitness level, but they share a common goal: getting fitter, faster, and stronger—and ok, looking better never hurt anybody either. Next, CrossFit training focuses on functional movements that help you perform everyday activities, and its athletes hold one another accountable for increasing speed and weight to consistently make the moves more challenging as fitness levels improve.

      Itching to try something new, but still not sure if CrossFit is the best training program for you? We’ve answered some of the most common questions that beginners ask before joining a box.

      How do I start CrossFit?

      Once you’re equipped with the basics—an open mind and willingness to put in the work—look for a box that offers the first session free of charge, so you can give CrossFit a try without full-on commitment. In an intro session, new athletes are introduced to CrossFit’s most basic movements, lifts, and workout of the day (WOD) formats so that they have a general understanding of what’s to come when they join.

      If you decide CrossFit’s for you, your next step will be to sign up for a beginners class, usually labeled “fundamentals,” “elements,” or “on-ramping.” In these classes, you’ll learn the proper technique for performing key CrossFit moves such as burpees, handstands, box jumps, pull ups, and push ups. Then you’ll move on to Olympic lift technique, learning proper form for moves like squats, deadlifts, presses, and clean and jerks. As you advance in your training, you’ll work at improving these movements (and adding on others), but these basics will be the building blocks of all future WODs.

      How fit should I be before I begin?

      “The greatest thing about CrossFit is that it’s for everybody,” says Nate Forster, CrossFit coach and competitor, and owner of Reebok CrossFit 5th Ave and Reebok CrossFit Miami Beach. “CrossFit is supposed to get you in shape—you don’t have to get in shape to start CrossFit. All WODs are scaled to a level that you can do, and you work to go heavier, faster, and longer. We start at your level and go up. The biggest step is walking in, and once you do, you’ll be hooked.”

      I have a hectic work schedule. Is CrossFit a huge time commitment?

      No. An hour a day is all you need to squeeze in a CrossFit session. A 60-minute class typically begins with a stretching/warm-up portion, moves on to a strength/lifting segment, and closes out with a conditioning WOD.

      How much money is CrossFit going to cost me?

      On average, a membership will run about $200 a month. That may seem like a lot at first, but many athletes choose to cancel their gym memberships when they commit to CrossFit. Plus, most boxes offer deals when you sign up for multiple months at a time or enroll with a spouse or family member, so look into all available discounts before forking over your first payment.

      What kind of results can I expect?

      Increased strength, improved cardiovascular stamina, and greater flexibility are some of the physical results that you can expect after starting CrossFit. But beyond that, you’ll likely feel healthier and more confident in everything you do. When you routinely take time to put your body through new challenges, you might be surprised by how that practice helps you out with the non-physical hurdles you face throughout the day.

      Source: http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/s...-a-crossfitter
      Comments 36 Comments
      1. btworth's Avatar
        btworth -
        Also expect some sort of sidelining injury.

        I swear they post these articles just to see the comment section explode.
      1. Tomahawk88's Avatar
        Tomahawk88 -
        Originally Posted by btworth View Post
        Also expect some sort of sidelining injury.

        I swear they post these articles just to see the comment section explode.
        Haha I think you are right. Either that or the person who puts the article up got a recent hard-on for crossfit haha.
      1. huggy77's Avatar
        huggy77 -
        does the $200 monthly free come with a free SLAP tear?
      1. btworth's Avatar
        btworth -
        I'm sure it does. But don't worry. For a nominal fee, you can enroll in their rehab program...
      1. EatMoar's Avatar
        EatMoar -
        Yeah j love cross fit its so awesome for building strength. I'm 140lbs with a polar bear on my back and I can bench the bar now 25 times. Who honestly would do cross fit come on now....
      1. pmdied's Avatar
        pmdied -
        $200/month, for basically an exercise class. My gym costs $20. I'd save up 3-6 months worth and go hire a good trainer to show me the basics of strength training if I were "new" to any sort of program that involved barbell use.
      1. Wrivest's Avatar
        Wrivest -
        Hahahahaha...... Ding ding ding!

        Man, what's it been a week since this convo has happened here??
      1. ryanp81's Avatar
        ryanp81 -
        Crossfit a.k.a. Glorified circuit training.
      1. TheMovement's Avatar
        TheMovement -
        CrossFit really has come a long way since its beginnings and has grown into an excellent outlet for hard core enthusiasts.
      1. Tomahawk88's Avatar
        Tomahawk88 -
        $200 a month and talking about beginners. To even consider paying that I would want to be competing.
      1. liftstrong's Avatar
        liftstrong -
        Originally Posted by Tomahawk88 View Post
        $200 a month and talking about beginners. To even consider paying that I would want to be competing.
        200 is steep af! I have seen ever where from 60 to 180 most are right around 150. I do Crossfit cause its fun I got bored at just fitness, I enjoy the competitive atmosphere, the blaring of heavy metal music, dropping bumper plates working out with no shirt. when I goto my gym I know every single person there. If you don't enjoy it then dont do it lol maybe I'm drinking the koolaid but I think it's a good program
      1. Easeball's Avatar
        Easeball -
        There are tons of articles online about dangers almost as many as beneficial ones that should say it all. I deal with people complaining about the injuries to the shoulders once a week since the gym intown opened. Keeps phisio places in business
      1. liftstrong's Avatar
        liftstrong -
        Originally Posted by Easeball View Post
        There are tons of articles online about dangers almost as many as beneficial ones that should say it all. I deal with people complaining about the injuries to the shoulders once a week since the gym intown opened. Keeps phisio places in business
        thats at fault of ****ty trainers, all you need is 1000 bucks and 2days to become a CFL1. also with these type of work out mobility plays a huge role i spend 30+ min a day stretching other wise i would tear all my **** up lol
      1. btworth's Avatar
        btworth -
        Originally Posted by liftstrong View Post
        thats at fault of ****ty trainers, all you need is 1000 bucks and 2days to become a CFL1. also with these type of work out mobility plays a huge role i spend 30+ min a day stretching other wise i would tear all my **** up lol

        I think that's most people's problem with it. It's marketed like some miracle workout program (think P90x or Insanity). Just hit the WOD as hard as you possibly can every day and get "fit." Zero training, technique, or programming required, just intensity and an internet connection. Any program like that is begging for injury. It's not that the individual exercises are bad, just the way they are randomly thrown together and done "for time."
      1. liftstrong's Avatar
        liftstrong -
        Originally Posted by btworth View Post
        I think that's most people's problem with it. It's marketed like some miracle workout program (think P90x or Insanity). Just hit the WOD as hard as you possibly can every day and get "fit." Zero training, technique, or programming required, just intensity and an internet connection. Any program like that is begging for injury. It's not that the individual exercises are bad, just the way they are randomly thrown together and done "for time."
        I am a Crossfit trainer i work at a box and here is the thing There is real Crossfit and "Beachball Crossfit" Real Crossfit has purpose behind the programing, If i write a workout i look at what we are planning for the week and the month so it will fit in with our overall goals, we also do skill work before hand every day, make sure athletes are becoming more efficient in all movements,and we track people progress. My athletes represent the Quality of my gym and the ability of my trainers. NOW beach ball crossfit is unregulated nonsense that you see in these "crossfit fail" youtube videos. For anyone who gave it a Crossfit a go and ended up playing beach ball im sorry. But there are good gyms with good trainers out there. I have been involved with Crossfit for going on 3 years, i have never tore, pulled, strained anything.
      1. EatMoar's Avatar
        EatMoar -
        Originally Posted by btworth View Post

        I think that's most people's problem with it. It's marketed like some miracle workout program (think P90x or Insanity). Just hit the WOD as hard as you possibly can every day and get "fit." Zero training, technique, or programming required, just intensity and an internet connection. Any program like that is begging for injury. It's not that the individual exercises are bad, just the way they are randomly thrown together and done "for time."
        Get results with just 20 minutes a day... Please go to the ****ing gym. Stop being lazy, diet correctly and youll be exactly where you want to be. I hate those commercials or worse, people who do them and think they're going to get huge a ripped in a month.

        ****ing America....going down the ****ter.
      1. Dmo50's Avatar
        Dmo50 -
        Originally Posted by EatMoar View Post
        Yeah j love cross fit its so awesome for building strength. I'm 140lbs with a polar bear on my back and I can bench the bar now 25 times. Who honestly would do cross fit come on now....
        Crossfit isnt always about strength but If your stats are accurate this crossfit is stronger and weighs less than you
      1. Dmo50's Avatar
        Dmo50 -
        Originally Posted by EatMoar View Post
        Yeah j love cross fit its so awesome for building strength. I'm 140lbs with a polar bear on my back and I can bench the bar now 25 times. Who honestly would do cross fit come on now....
        Crossfit isn't for strength only, if your stats are accurate this crossfitter has more strength than you and weighs 15 pounds less
      1. EatMoar's Avatar
        EatMoar -
        Originally Posted by Dmo50 View Post

        Crossfit isn't for strength only, if your stats are accurate this crossfitter has more strength than you and weighs 15 pounds less
        Cross fit isn't about strength at all... How are you going to build strength doing low weight high rep circuit training? And no I haven't updated them since I joined this site.
      1. Dmo50's Avatar
        Dmo50 -
        not every workout is for time, not every workout is high rep or light weight.

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