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Why I Love Crossfit!


#1

I have seen a lot of negative feedback from people in regards to Crossfit, and thought I would post my opinion on it. Sorry if its in the wrong spot its my first post.

I have been training from their website WOD for around 6 months with about a month off due to a broken foot.

What I like the most is the variation that is offered, and while it might seem strange to follow a set of max rep chin ups (kipping or dead hang) with a 400m run then reapeat as many times as you can in 20 minutes (the workout Nicole). The gains in cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and (less measurable for myself) accuracy are fantastic.

Granted specialising purely in these aspects is much better for improvement, but I am not looking to be a powerlifter, or marathon runner. I am seeking what could be considered elite general fitness.

Before I started I was skeptical, very skeptical, but I tried it and loved it. Everything Crossfit programs goes against almost all the principles I learned at University for strength and conditioning. Their nutrition advice led me on a 3 week mission to find anything that really stood up against it. I came back with very little.

Now I follow the WOD 6 days a week, stick to the Zone diet 90% of the time and feel great. Ok maybe I would feel better doing another sport? But I love this and plan to gain accreditation in Crossfit.

Before you decide Crossfit is bullshit, give it a go, if not then why say anything. I understand that some Crossfitters can be arrogant and seem to believe their shit doesn't stink but there has been a recently released article in the Crossfit Journal called "Crossfitters be Nice". It reminds them that they aren't the worlds best and if someone doesn;t want to change their training then don't automatically judge them.


#2

People hate on crossfit because its more strength-endurance vs hypertrophy or pure strength. Most instructors are extremely knowledgeable(more so than most personal trainers), and most exercises can be done with minimal equipment. Great program for a change of pace or to up your conditioning level.


#3

Yeah I understand that. I think if you want to all aspects of fitness then it is very good.


#4

If it makes ya happy more power to ya.

Mind if you post some before and after stats ?


#5

weight: 90kg to 86kg
DL: 120kg to 140kg
Clean: 60kg
Max push ups in a minute: 30 to 48
Max squats in a minute: 32 to 48
5km run: 32:18 to 27:31
50 burpees: 9:27 to 5:56

Not sure what else to post.


#6

The best advances have just been seeing my times, lifts and weights increase significantly every workout.


#7

good for you


#8

Do what you enjoy doing. For many people, the concept/idea of crossfit just doesn't sound enticing. That doesn't mean they hate it nor does it disqualify them from knowing they won't like it.


#9

Like everyone else said, do what makes you happy.

Not my cup of tea, though.


#10

I think crossfit is great for the general population and people looking only for serious conditioning. But if you're looking for serious hypertrophy or serious strength, there are better ways.

For a general conditioning day, I'll often look at the crossfit website to find something to do. I tried the "Linda" today (The naming of the workouts is kinda cheesy.) and liked it. I'd like to be able to go get to the point where I could do it in under 30 minutes.

The bottom line is, if you're happy with crossfit, great for you. Just don't expect everyone to do it with you. Crossfit is not the be-all, end-all, and there are better programs out there for people with specific training goals.

For those interested, the "Linda" is 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of:
Deadlift - 1.5x BW
Bench - 1x BW
Clean - .75 BW


#11

I wouldn't be able to do the bench....

<----- weak sauce.


#12

Yeah exactly. Believe me CrossFit isn't my be all and end all. As a Strength and Conditioning coach, I only use it for clients wanting general conditioning. Any athletes or people seeking improvement for fitness testing are trained differently.

I only posted this because I saw one called Why I hate crossfit.

Linda is a bitch of a workout


#13

I think it would be nice to see the general gym goer do crossfit. It would be alot effective than the usual machine based stuff they do..


#14

It all comes down to your objectives dictating the plan of action. Can I envision scenarios where cross fit would be appropriate? Of course. Could I equally envision situations where it would not be given the circumstances and goals? The answer is of course the same.

Congrats on your progress!


#15

Great for people in the armed service who don't necessarily need gargantuan strength levels or lots of muscle to get the job done.


#16

Why I love crossfit


#17

Thats another reason


#18

Is that done in circuit fashion or do you rest as long as needed?


#19

It's done for time, so I guess you'd say rest intervals are optional? or vary from person to person.


#20

I'm not sure what you mean by circuit fashion, and to be honest, I don't know exactly how crossfit prescribes it. I went 10 reps on the DL, 10 bench, 10 cleans, 9 DL, 9 bench, etc...

I was able to get each target number in one set, but since time is the goal, I imagine it would be OK to split the sets and rest if necessary.

EDIT TO ADD: I understand what you mean by circuit. Sometimes I'm slow. I rested in between sets. I didn't time my rest periods, but like I said, my goal is to hit 30 minutes for the entire session.