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What is Cross-Fit and how do I start?

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Created March 13, 2010 at 7:13 AM

I have heard the words 'Cross-Fit' being mentioned in Paleo circles, but have no clue what it is or how one starts to do it. I assume it means keeping fit across range of activities, but what activities are these?

Please, could anyone outline the basics of Cross-Fit for me, tell me how I would benefit from practising it, how I can practice it in a way that keeps me motivated and how do I start?

And one more question: Why is it associated with Paleo?

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on March 15, 2010
at 07:07 AM

thanks for all the advice, esp. jm054 - that is so interesting - do you know of a site that goes into the anthropological reasoning behind cross-fit or paleo exercise in general?

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:46 PM

Here's a related previous Crossfit thread: http://paleohacks.com/questions/478/crossfit-hype-or-worth-it

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:42 PM

Some people look to the current hunter/gatherer tribes and try to reverse engineer the paleo lifestyle. Often h/g tribes spend long periods of inactivity mixed with short periods of intense activity. Persistence hunts and etc. One could extrapolate that to warfare one may have faced as well. On a side note, I think the lack of martial arts in many programs is a detriment and MovNat is doing a good job of integrating that into their program. Overall, I think Crossfit is so successful because it is very good at getting people into the zone.

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:39 PM

well, this is great info - thanks, I guess this is how it relates t o Paleo...and its inspiring too, :)

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:34 PM

How you benefit from Crossfit. You are striving towards something called General Physical Preparedness (GPP). The basic idea is that you are battle ready for whenever duty calls. Maybe you have to haul a tree out of the path of your truck or maybe you hear your kids crying in the backyard and you sprint to find them being pinned down by a cougar (you do live in the mountains :)). The point is, you don't know what is coming, so your programming prepares you to have a broad base of general fitness. The trade off is that you will not have the best 400 meter time or best back squat.

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:28 PM

btw Glen, just to clarify and to help me ask a better question in future, can you please tell me in which way my question is vague and un-paleo? I asked: "What is it, what are the benefits, how do I do it and stay motivated and how do I start?"

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:11 PM

btw thanks for the info jm054

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:08 PM

How can I have substantially edited this question by adding one question at the end Glen? I looked at the link that ck posted and thought 'why is this paleo......?' that's all. Thanks for your help anyway!

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:03 PM

Ah... well now that you've substantially edited your question to make it less vague and more paleo-oriented, this little debate looks very different. I have no desire to quarrel with you. Good luck with the Crossfit!

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on March 13, 2010
at 06:58 PM

I see where you are coming from, Louisa, but it just struck me as a little odd. Like, "Here's a very basic thing I could easily look up myself, but could someone else do it for me, please?" If you wanted to point people to some basic Crossfit resources, the faq also mentions, "It's also perfectly fine to ask and answer your own question, but pretend you're on Jeopardy: phrase it in the form of a question." Anyway... no hard feelings intended.

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on March 13, 2010
at 06:42 PM

I would look on the internet Glen, yes, but I thought I would try here first, you never know, someone else may find it useful too (unless everyone is an expert except me? from the faq: "No question is too trivial or too "newbie".

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on March 13, 2010
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I would look on the internet Glen, yes, but I thought I would try here first, you never know, someone else may find it useful too (unless everyone is an expert except me?

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Here is the programming guidelines in a nutshell. There are 3 movement pools: 1) body weight exercises (push-ups, pull-ups and etc) 2) weighted exercises (squats, deadlifts....) 3) "cardio" (jumping rope, running, swim...). Next, you can either fix the amount of time you workout or the volume of work you want to accomplish. For example, as many push-ups as possible in 15 minutes or 100 push-ups for time. Plan you workouts a month in advance. Your week may look something like this. Mon: Body weight and cardio. Tues: Body weight and weights. Wed: Body weight. Thurs: Rest.

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at 01:21 PM

You posted this question here, so you obviously have Internet access. Did you not try Google?

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on March 13, 2010
at 07:02 PM

About the paleo connection: Many Crossfit "gyms" espouse the paleo diet. In fact, the founder of our local one, Crossfit Tribe, also founded Paleokits:

http://www.paleokits.org/

As the lazy paleo type, I'm not a member of Crossfit though I'm married to someone who is and who loves, loves, loves it.

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