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Offline AllyBelly

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Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« on: January 25, 2012, 07:29:24 PM »
Hi,

I don't really know much about crossfit but it seems to be the buzz word these days. What do people think about crossfit compared to what I'm already doing - strength training 3 times a week and sprints once a week.

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Alice

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Re: Crossfit vs plain old strength training
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2012, 10:09:59 PM »
In my professional life I work with three guys who are certified Crossfit coaches. Two own their own gyms. They are all really strong and in great shape. As they would say, "Crossfit keeps you prepared for the unknown and the unknowable", which is a tremendous benefit if you depend on a strong healthy body and/or use it to perform work. There are also lasting psychological benefits to being pushed, by good coaching, beyond where you think your limits are.

As I understand it, it develops a balanced strength and conditioning state for the entire body. I just started at it kinda regular again recently, to hopefully strengthen my legs and core to augment my training regimen for endurance cycling. Man am I ever sore...

Find a good affiliate in your area and go check it out. There are approx. 2500 affiliates in business in the U.S.. Just like everything, some places are better (coached, supported and equipped) than others. It's best to find a place that provides quality coaching at the hours you will be able to attend. More so than with many other modalities, due to the heavy weight involved and the intensity of the workouts, it is easy to seriously injure yourself if you don't have good technique, which is gained through competent coaching. Hope this helps!


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Re: Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2012, 03:01:50 AM »
Thanks for that. There is a crossfit gym near me but I guess I'm wondering if it's worth the money or f I could achieve similar results at home. Community environment sounds good though. And the extra push.

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Re: Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2012, 07:45:49 AM »
I think Samjohn summarized how most of us feel about it in another thread:

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I think it has good and bad points. The good is varied workouts and dynamic movements. The bad is that they make it very easy for people to overdo it, even to the point of encouraging it.

The other thread

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Re: Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2012, 07:57:59 AM »
I can't say with certainty that Crossfit is to blame, as I am also 45 and it could be degenerative in nature, but I now have a SLAP tear in my left shoulder. I'll likely get surgery in the next month or so.


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Re: Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 09:52:11 AM »
It takes a pretty good investment to equip yourself for proper Crossfit. Bad coaching can get you hurt quick, but so can self-coaching. Like folks say, even properly done it's high-impact and controversial.

Were I to go home-gym status, I'd probably stick with P90X...

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Re: Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2012, 04:46:55 PM »
It's ok.  I like that they teach compound movements, but I haven't seen anyone make decent strength gains following it. 

For most I think it's about the social/fun factor of random, sometimes odd, workouts.  Hence the lack of regular gains in strength.

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Re: Crossfit vs plain old stregth training
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2012, 09:54:01 PM »
Cool thanks for these perspectives.