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First time trying CROSSFIT

Asked on February 29, 2016
Created January 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Can someone tell me about their first experiences with CROSSFIT. I have been a fan for awhile, but just haven't been able to get my behind in a gym. I have made a commitment to myself that once I'm done with my 90 fitness challenge at my martial arts dojo, I am going to try a crossfit class, they also offer a foundations course which I will then sign up for. Ultimately can't afford much, but want to go one a month.

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on January 28, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I am at work by 7am, so finding something early is key. I've done Helen and Fran, but they aren't much different than what I was doing. I'm looking forward to the olympic lifts, but we need some time to work on them, because I'm really not familiar with the movements except for squats.

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on January 28, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Also, from what I understand things tend to grow pretty word-of-mouth with CF, so give it some time. Then again, my gym's first class is at 6 AM, and that is way too early for my blood, so who knows?

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on January 28, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Awesome, Melissa! Believe me, eventually you'll get the crap beaten out of you. In my "foundations" class I was pretty OK with my basic bodyweight stuff, but once you get into some of the hardcore WODs, you'll definitely feel it!

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on January 26, 2011
at 02:12 PM

doing crossfit now... can't recommend it enough... you will have balls of steel

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:17 PM

I started Crossfitting 1 month after going Paleo/Primal.

After a year, I've lost 75lbs, gotten stronger, and am in much better cardio shape. (My resting pulse is now 57.)

Prior to Crossfit, I occasionally lifted weights and worked out as I had been taught in high school. After a few months, I'd grow bored and find it easy to stop working out.

Crossfit WODs challenge and variety has kept me from getting bored. I record my times and lifts. There's no better feeling than improving on a previous WOD.

I don't Crossfit at an affiliate box, but my gym has almost all of the equipment I need. Try taking the foundation course and then workout where you can.

You don't have to Crossfit at an affiliate box. The community is great though, so if you can't pay a box, try to Crossfit with friends.

In short:

Scale your WODs to your ability. Scale your WODs to your equipment. Track your progress. Have fun. (It really is fun.) Stick with it.

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on January 28, 2011
at 03:49 PM

I finally found a local Crossfit, but the box just opened. The owner is willing to come work with me early at 5:30am, which is awesome, but he hasn't found any other willing participants for that early in the morning. One of the reasons I really wanted to get involved in Crossfit is because of the community aspect and being around like minded people.

My first workout he went through the basic movements and then we did rowing 500, tabata air squats, and a three sets of 21, 15, and 9 reps of kettle bell swings, push-ups and sit-ups.

Since then we continue to work on the basics for Olympic lifting and then I do a WOD. I haven't been sore at all until he put me on the GHD thing for sit-ups. I'm not really sure I'm getting a better workout than doing HIIT at home. He does have a lot more cool equipment.

I'm going to give it another month and hope I end up with some partners to work out with.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 28, 2011
at 03:54 PM

Awesome, Melissa! Believe me, eventually you'll get the crap beaten out of you. In my "foundations" class I was pretty OK with my basic bodyweight stuff, but once you get into some of the hardcore WODs, you'll definitely feel it!

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on January 28, 2011
at 03:57 PM

Also, from what I understand things tend to grow pretty word-of-mouth with CF, so give it some time. Then again, my gym's first class is at 6 AM, and that is way too early for my blood, so who knows?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on January 28, 2011
at 04:51 PM

I am at work by 7am, so finding something early is key. I've done Helen and Fran, but they aren't much different than what I was doing. I'm looking forward to the olympic lifts, but we need some time to work on them, because I'm really not familiar with the movements except for squats.

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on January 26, 2011
at 04:48 PM

CrossFit.com is free. Just find a local gym that does circuit training, or is circuit training friendly instead. Get the WOD from the main site, then do it at your gym. Might have to sub some stuff, but generally you should be fine.

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77f83ec328459dce702216709762e202

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on January 26, 2011
at 04:36 PM

I LOVE Crossfit, too. I started about 7 months ago and I, too, found paleo through Crossfit.

7 months ago I couldn't do a pull up or a push up, and in fact, I had never been able to do a pull up in my life. I could barely run 400m and hadn't consistently worked out in 10-15 years (since college).

Since then, I've become much stronger and mentally tougher. I lost 3 pants sizes, gained 5 pounds, and have very low body fat. I can now do kipping and dead hang pull ups and can run a 7 minute mile. Like THATgirl writes, I am never bored. I do 4 WODs a week at an affiliate box.

Best thing about Crossfit is the community - it's all about doing your best and supporting others rather than cutthroat competition. I feel spectacularly lucky to have found it and the affiliate I go to.

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on January 26, 2011
at 04:06 PM

I'm loving all this CrossFit love! I LOVE CROSSFIT! CrossFit is how I found Paleo! Truly life changing for me.

I've lost over 35lbs and my husband over 55lbs. We are healthy, fit, and happy. Our knee pain is gone, our strength is up, we've had to buy 2 new sets of clothing since we keep shrinking (in a good healthy muscular toned way)

Our first class was on a Saturday in May and it was brutal. All I remember is that it had pull-ups and I was amazed at the rubberband idea to assist you in doing a pull-up. I laid in bed the entire day afterwards, he was excited and hyped, I was sore and tired but told him we had to go back that Monday. We've been crossfitting ever since. We normally go 4x a week.

Anyhow, I HIGHLY recommend it. I used to get bored in the gym, now I'm never bored. Its something different and challenging in different ways every day. There is a great support system, community, and friendly atmosphere.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:22 PM

My husband and I just had our intro assessment class last Friday.

We did a similar workout as TedB - rowing 500, tabata air squats, and a three sets of 21, 15, and 9 reps of kettle bell swings, push-ups and sit-ups. We were toast! We could barely walk home! Ha! And then we were sooo sore for 2.5 days. Like, serious DOMS and swelling and limited range of motion. But on the third day, we had our energy back and our range of motion and now we can't wait for the foundations course so we can get into doing WODs!

We're gonna go 2x week.

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:30 PM

I absolutely love CrossFit. The community is amazing and inspiring. I think starting out, it's important to scale the workouts until your body is conditioned and strong enough to RX. I think you meant to type you want to go once a month. I don't think you can join a CrossFit gym and just go once a month, and really you wouldn't get much benefit from training like that. Give it a shot, you will love it, and you will find a way to work it into your budget!

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on February 19, 2011
at 11:38 PM

I am a martial artist too and crossfit totally made me stronger and everyone noticed it in the dojo! It changed my BB journey!!!

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on February 15, 2011
at 01:03 AM

It'll freak you out: you'll work harder than ever AND meet some of the most supportive people in the world! Plus they never complain or have excuses for anything. We all just show up and muscle through the WOD. Do it. No regrets, ever.

Keep us posted.

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on January 26, 2011
at 03:15 PM

My first experience with CrossFit was my friends girlfriend telling me it was her secret to how she got super ripped. I somewhat thought this was bogus but I emailed them and asked if I could come in to do a free intro session. I came in and my coach Jen got me to do some things to warm up followed by having me do a baseline test.

The baseline test consisted of rowing a 500, 40 air squats, 30 sit ups, 20 push ups and 10 pull ups. I did the whole thing for time in 11 minutes but thought it was going to die for the remainder of the day from being wiped out.

I'm now 5 months in and loving life/CrossFit.

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I've been doing CrossFit for over a year. My first workout was HORRIBLE. But I loved it. CF is a constant challenge that will make you push your boundaries. Even now there are some WODs that make me feel nauseous just thinking about doing them, but that is part of the experience. You can't beat the feeling of getting through a tough workout and overcoming the fear/nerves. Good luck!

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