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Old 10-14-06, 10:25 PM   #1
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Do you crossfit?

This is a great free fitness program http://www.crossfit.com/ allot of olympic athletes.

There politics suck imho but the fitness methodology is world class!
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I like crossfit as an add-on program to whatever you happen to be training for and I like it's use of plyometric exercises.

The thing that bothers me about crossfit is that you have to be proficient at olympic style lifting techniques and odd-ball things like Kettlebells. Those lifts can be dangerous if you don't have adequate training.
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Old 10-15-06, 12:06 AM   #3
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I like crossfit as an add-on program to whatever you happen to be training for and I like it's use of plyometric exercises.

The thing that bothers me about crossfit is that you have to be proficient at olympic style lifting techniques and odd-ball things like Kettlebells. Those lifts can be dangerous if you don't have adequate training.

Actually you dont need to you can apply crossfit methodology to body weight exercises like pushups pullups and squats here is a great example from the crossfit site.

5 rounds for time
20 Pull-ups
30 Push-ups
40 Sit-ups
50 Squats

and if this it to intent devide by 2 or 5 or whatever suits you

I have found this stuff to be super effective
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I think Crossfit is a fantastic strength and conditioning program, even if you strip it down to take out the movements that take a high degree of skill like the kettlebells and oly lifting. The short bursts of super intense exercise is a perfect off season cross training program for cyclists, as long as you watch your diet to not put on too much muscle that you'll have to ride off after you start your base.

However, I did find that focusing too much on Crossfit over the winter didn't give me enough recovery to be fresh for a new season in the spring. Lately, I've found that a combination of light cycling, running, rowing on the C2 erg, and yoga is the best overall off season cross training program.

I'll get on the bike a couple of times a week to keep the legs spinning, maybe on the road if I can, but usually on the rollers. I'll use running and rowing as my higher intensity cardio and strength-endurance work. And the yoga handles my flexibility and strength.
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Yeah the schedule is very intense if cross fit is not your primary "sport" I do every other day as apposed to the prescribed 3 on 1 off myself.
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Yeah the schedule is very intense if cross fit is not your primary "sport" I do every other day as apposed to the prescribed 3 on 1 off myself.
That's a good way to go if you're using CF as cross training for your cycling.

I also found that I couldn't just go 100% at evry workout either. I'd need to treat it just like any other periodization plan. A back off week, followed by 3 weeks of building up the intensity to a week of 100% efforts on the WOD, then another back off week to recover.

CrossFit is a VERY good system, but you do have to modify it to suit your goals. Last winter I tried to just go gung-ho on the WOD at full bore intensity, and I was fried after about 6 weeks.
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That's a good way to go if you're using CF as cross training for your cycling.

I also found that I couldn't just go 100% at evry workout either. I'd need to treat it just like any other periodization plan. A back off week, followed by 3 weeks of building up the intensity to a week of 100% efforts on the WOD, then another back off week to recover.

CrossFit is a VERY good system, but you do have to modify it to suit your goals. Last winter I tried to just go gung-ho on the WOD at full bore intensity, and I was fried after about 6 weeks.
I agree. That is why I wish CF would provide more means for modifying the WOD.

On another note, have you guys ever been to a CF gym? I imagine a gym where everyone is standing in line to use the equipment specified by the WOD while all the other equipment goes unused.
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I personally do not use weights or bells with cf you do not really need any. To scale you can modify weight, intensity, or duration. How do you modify weight without equipment you ask? Body leverage ie change the angle of your pushups. Here is my current regimen.


five rounds for time

5 ring pullups

10 ring Push-ups

20 squats



As many rounds as possible in 20 min

3 ring pullups

5 ring pushups

10 squats



5x5 for time

ring dips

inverted pullups



Tabata 20 seconds on 10 off

8 intervals push-ups

8 intervals ring Pullups

8 intervals plank

8 intervals squats

There is no rest between exercises



5x5 for time

hand stand pushups

ring pullups



For Time

25 ring pullups

50 ring pushups

100 squats

I do one every other day

Rings
http://www.mensjournal.com/healthFit...k_pushups1.jpg

The ring exercises make bw stuff 2x as hard imo great for intensity I have a link to the rings if anybody is interested and home brew instructions as well they are really fun

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I agree. That is why I wish CF would provide more means for modifying the WOD.

On another note, have you guys ever been to a CF gym? I imagine a gym where everyone is standing in line to use the equipment specified by the WOD while all the other equipment goes unused.
I've been to CF Atlanta a few times. It's a dedicated CF gym, so everything is geared toward just CF movements. No machines. Just a few sets of rings, a huge pull-up bar, a few C2 Rowers, and a few Oly liftig platforms and bumper plate sets.

If you're a CrossFitter and you get the chance, it's great to workout at a CF gym. Having other people doing the WOD with you really pushes you with the competition. It's like the difference between a solo training ride and an organized race.
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