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Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« on: December 06, 2011, 04:12:13 AM »
By 'extravaganza' I mean one day of crossfit a week and following the guardian's 'Army guide to fitness' programme from the 4 week beginner all the way through to the end.

The reason I've started this thread is so that I can track my progress and to try and stop me from quitting.

So today I have my first of two introduction sessions at a crossfit gym near my home, it runs from 2030-2130.

Then tomorrow I have to go to uni in the AM which is about a 4 mile round trip which I'll be walking, I'll find out the exact distancing using an app on my phone.

So once I've done the intro sessions I'll start true crossfit once per week and then every other day will attempt to complete the training that is highlighted in the army fitness guide beginners session, so hopefully I will be a lot fitter this time next month.

Peace.

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Re: Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2011, 03:28:33 PM »
Day one of the two one hour intro sessions to cross fit and we covered the squats and bar lifts. Now my calfs and hamstrings are feeling it, I quite enjoyed it although found it a bit awkward at times. I have an unusual name and so people always remember it instantly which makes me conscious/paranoid that I'm doing things wrong but I am determined to carry on with this because as my health and techniques improve so will my confidence and paranoia.


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Re: Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 08:54:55 AM »
Tracked the distance to uni at 3 miles each way. So 6 mile round trip. I aim to be able to run there and back before I finish next year.

Just stretching out muscles today as they're recoiling from having not been used much.

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« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2011, 05:58:17 PM »
Second day of CrossFit on friday, took two days off doing anything as my leg muscles are making some major complaints about this and I don't want to damage anything. I measured the outer path in the park outside my house and it's near enough exactly half a mile with a good medium decline and incline so I'm going to use that as my running track from now on.

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Re: Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 07:12:44 AM »
Just did a twenty minute run of 3min medium pace 1min high pace. I can't believe how quickly I tire out, I just kept thinking 'I can't wait until this is a light task'. I want to progress but my mindset isn't all there.


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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 01:06:18 PM »
Good for you for starting crossfit, I LOVE it and have been doing it for 4 months now.  I started going once a week, then by week 3 I was up to 2 x a week, then after a month or so 3 times a week, now i have been doing 4 x a week for the past 5 or so weeks.

The thing with crossfit is that in a sense, it never gets easier because the fitter you are, the harder you go, the stronger you are, the more you lift, so you will ALWAYS (or should, so long as the WOD's are hard) feel fatigued by the end.  What you will notice is that you can get through some WOD's in faster time, you will be able to lift more, over time you will be able to tackle then master the harder exercises and that evil body soreness will go away and it will take some seriously hard WOD's to make you sore.

After my first session, it took me about 4-5 days before I could comfortably walk!  Nowadays, by the 4th session in a week i'm feeling pretty sore, but that good soreness, not to the point that walking or bending over or sitting down is painful.  I have never felt like I wanted to give up or been unmotivated because I am always setting new goals.  My goals to start with were to be able to do the box jumps (I used to have to put one leg up at a time), kipping pull ups, always do full push ups (even if the WOD called for heaps of them), be able to do 30kg in any upper body bar exercises such as thrusters, push press or power cleans.  I started on a 15kg bar, a 6kg kettlebell.  I now do 30-35kg on bars (more on back squats and power cleans) use a 16kg kettle bell and about to move onto a 20kg, have got the kipping pull ups down pat, am about to move on to a bigger box for the box jumps and all my push ups are full ones.  4 months is not all that long to achieve those things.  My new goals (long terms) are dead hang pull ups, pistols and muscle ups...those goals will keep me going for ages i'm sure!

So definitely stick with it, you will reap so many rewards and you will blow yourself away at just what you can do!

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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2011, 08:39:53 AM »
Thanks for the encouraging fee, I am carrying on with it I guess I'm just worried that I won't be able to manage an hour of full crossfit seeing as I've only done the intro sessions.

Today I completed a tabata set of squats before breakfast which was absolutely killer but an oddly nice way to start the day.

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« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 01:04:43 PM »
The beauty of CrossFit is that you just do what you can do.  Our classes go for an hour too and it is a long time to do high intensity.  If you feel you're getting really tired, slow your reps, have more water breaks etc.  Even if you don't complete the WOD, just be inspired by the fact that if you keep going, you soon will be able to!  You can also ask the trainer to scale the WOD for you if you feel that it is going to be too much for you.  Our trainers do that a lot with new people.  We have all kinds of members - super fit and toned, super fit and buff, super fit with extra weight, skinny and fit, skinny and totally UNfit, overweight, very overweight, normal looking people.  Everyone gets in and has a go and just does what they can do.

Some examples of what a beginner might scale back to would say, air squats they will only squat halfway, back jump burpees instead of full ones, half push ups, much lighter bars etc.  Trainers might cut their reps and drastically lower weights.  To keep you going, it might be fun to pick 1 or 2 exercises (maybe a short term and a long term) that you think look really fun or that you'd love to be able to do, and work towards those.  I did that with double unders about 2 months ago.  It took me bloody ages to get them properly and so that I could string a good 20+ together, BUT, I got there and boy it feels great.

I have a love/hate relationship with tabata LOL.  It is the best exercise if you only have 15-20mins and is one of the highest fat burning exercises you can do, bloody hard though.

The trainers won't expect you to perform like a well conditioned athlete, just focus on each WOD as you go and before you know it you will see yourself breezing ahead.

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« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2011, 05:15:45 PM »
Yeah that's what I'm hoping, but I can be very self conscious. I guess I'm just working myself up for nothing really. I know it will be fine and I know that I'm not going to 'be in trouble' or anything ridiculous like that. It's just a weird mental black, but my girlfriend is pushing me to do it because she knows I want to so at least I have that on my side.

Anyway, that tabata squats didn't kill my legs like I thought they would so I'll be running again tomorrow, in the wind and the rain :D

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« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2011, 11:15:16 PM »
Oh right, I know what you mean now.  I felt really out of place when I first started, really nervous everytime I went, embarassed to try stuff incase I failed or did it wrong, that sort of stuff.  The more you go, the more you talk to people and meet people and while it took a good few months, i'm starting to really get to know other people, enjoy new friendships and experience the crossfit style 'family'.  Great news on the run and that the tabata squats didn't wreck ya too much!

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Re: Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2011, 07:07:33 AM »
The weather is actually disgusting here, loads of hail and rain, so unfortunately I couldn't go for a run. But I have started a snazzy blog, so get following  :P ;D

http://box-fat-to-fit.blogspot.com/

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Re: Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2011, 03:23:28 PM »
Updated it today with some heart on sleeve interpretation of my feelings as a new comer.

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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2011, 08:55:13 AM »
http://box-fat-to-fit.blogspot.com/2011/12/when-hell-did-my-lungs-leave-my-body.html

Another update, this time about my weak/non-existent lungs.

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« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2011, 01:10:57 AM »
Good on ya Spax, been following your blog.  You sound determined and i'm enjoying the moments of humor too!

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Re: Spax's fat to (Cross)Fit extravaganza!!!
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2011, 10:26:48 PM »
4x a week is going to be pretty hard on you recovery wise. three times is a good number.