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Will anyone give me their crossfit experience?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

I found a local (and relatively inexpensive) crossfit here in Kennebunk, ME. It's 5 dollars/workout, which looks great! Only 60 dollars a month for 3 days a week there.

Did crossfit really make the difference in your body for any of you? I had celiac (undiagnosed until last year when I found an ND!), and I couldn't even imagine putting on any muscle before! Now I am feeling great!

Pre-vet student and now I'm going to veterinary school because I aced my last semester of college (Good bye, brain fog!). I can now study 13 hours/day with NO ADHD medication and get A's.

Anyways, I want to start cross fit! Anyone have any beginner experiences? It looks kind of scary- but effective and varied for an ADHD person like me. I'm 21 y/o.

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on October 12, 2012
at 02:56 PM

That's great, Julie. Are you in Kennebunk or near there?

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Yep, I see crossfit injuries due to improper form in several of my clients. The extremely competitive nature of the sport oftentimes leads to sloppy form to be the one in the box that lifted heavier, did more reps for time, etc. Too, there is a tremendous mentality to over-train to stay competitive. Crossfit is an incredible sport, but I think that too many athletes get too caught up in the competition and suffer the consequences.

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:44 PM

It's competitive, and people will slip and value # of sets over form. Sloppy form gets you injured. People also tend to never do a deload week. Like you, I notice a LOT of shoulder injuries and surgeries for the same damn injury. In my husband's little box alone has about 5 people with the same shoulder injury who all had to have surgery. Not sure what's up with that. Now he has that injury too!

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on October 11, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Fellow Mainer here- just wanted to say hi!

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on October 09, 2012
at 05:40 PM

The benefit of being in Maine! :) The one in the city was 200/month, and nope... can't do that one!

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on October 09, 2012
at 01:39 PM

lucky its so cheap (must be in the outlets haha) try it, i love it. everything is scalable to you so if any of it "seems" too hard they can make it easier for you- but you might be surprised how much you can do with the support of others and a little bit of a competitive environment!

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on October 09, 2012
at 01:31 PM

I'm 26, and it changed my life. I was never athletic in the least, and when I first went, I thought it was intimidating. I'm used to the big-gym experience, where everyone is walking around strutting and judging without actually lifting any weights. Things were different at CF. Everyone was helpful and really wanted to see me succeed. The dynamic of coached group sessions really made the difference, and I didn't miss any classes my first 8 months. It was downright addicting. Now, I feel great, I can keep up with my friends in sports, I've lost 40+ pounds, and everything has improved. A year ago, I couldn't do unassisted pull-ups, and I had to use one or two green bands for WODs. Last week, I did a WOD with 90 pull-ups with just a red band (for speed's sake).

People tell me that I've changed so much and that I can't see it because I've only seen it from a gradual perspective. I think I'm more focused, confident, and optimistic. It also introduced me to all you cool Paleo folks!

Now, the downsides:

  • It's expensive, but worth it.
  • I had to buy new clothes.
  • It eats up my evenings because of WOD time, cashout time, and travel time.
  • My squats and deadlifts haven't improved that much, probably because I've been running a caloric deficit.
  • People give me crap whenever I decide I want a cookie.

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on October 11, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I am noticing many injuries with CrossFit... anyone else notice that?

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:21 AM

Yep, I see crossfit injuries due to improper form in several of my clients. The extremely competitive nature of the sport oftentimes leads to sloppy form to be the one in the box that lifted heavier, did more reps for time, etc. Too, there is a tremendous mentality to over-train to stay competitive. Crossfit is an incredible sport, but I think that too many athletes get too caught up in the competition and suffer the consequences.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on October 11, 2012
at 08:44 PM

It's competitive, and people will slip and value # of sets over form. Sloppy form gets you injured. People also tend to never do a deload week. Like you, I notice a LOT of shoulder injuries and surgeries for the same damn injury. In my husband's little box alone has about 5 people with the same shoulder injury who all had to have surgery. Not sure what's up with that. Now he has that injury too!

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on October 09, 2012
at 02:51 PM

My husband started Crossfit over a year and a half (or so) ago. He's never been athletic at all, and hates sports. He LOVES CROSSFIT. It murdered him at first. He'd come home destroyed 3 times a week. Doing that and Paleo/Zone combo, he lost 30lbs and has kept it off, built muscle, and looks awesome. We moved to a new town, and he is self-employed. He was lonely and becoming a couch potato. Crossfit is not just working out to him. It's a big social outlet for him too. He's not good at self-motivating when it comes to exercise, and having a cheering section really works for him. He's made friends, improved his health, and is making great gains in his lifts all the time. He's really good at it!

It's been awesome for his self-esteem, his body looks great, and he has an interest in fitness and health that he never had before. He educates himself in proper diet now too. It's $135 for 4 days a week I think for him? But it's done so much for him, we budget for it. It's his social outlet here. He's currently sidelined thanks to the common shoulder injury, and he was literally depressed about not being able to go for DAYS. It's that important to him.

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on October 09, 2012
at 01:52 PM

I've been doing CossFit and Paleo Diet for the last 2 months. I am down 15lbs, but thats only one of my goals. I just want to look and feel great, so I am on the right path. My energy is up and I feel stronger. The price you have seems great. I am at $140 for unlimited, which in my area is one of the cheaper gyms. I see them hitting $200 a month.

Try it out and try your hardest. It is scalable to where your fitness level is now. It allow you to grow quickly and try things you would never try at a regular gym.

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on October 09, 2012
at 01:51 PM

I've been doing CrossFit for about 18 months and I will never do any other type of workout. I was athletic in high school and college, and always stayed active as an adult with outdoor activities. In the gym I started with bodybuilder style workouts, them moved onto more current style a la Alwyn Cosgrove and Craig Ballantyne. But I never got the results I wanted. I was fit, but didn't look how I wanted. Now at 44, I am sidelined temporarily by surgery (on my ankle) but CrossFit has totally changed my body, my perception of myself, and has given me back that sense of camaraderie I had only previously found on team sports. Do it, you won't regret it.

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on October 09, 2012
at 02:20 PM

I'm 24, with no job, so paying $100 a month for crossfit made me look stupid. Most ordinary people still don't know what crossfit is, so I have to explain it to them and they label me as weird, so generally I have to go do crossfit in secret. Mostly older, afluent people in crossfit. But it's a good work out.

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