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11/22/11 8:45 P

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Thanks for all the encouragement, guys! It's really helpful to hear that if I keep doing what I'm doing, things will start to change. I've already seen improvements in my strength from a couple weeks ago, and I think(?) I can see something different in certain body parts (arm muscles! hello!) so again, thanks for the help! I'm going to take progress pictures on Thursday morning (before turkey) which will be 4 weeks from my last pictures. I'm looking forward to comparing them, but I'm not sure I'll see that much difference. Oh well -- I'm having a blast and that's what counts most :)

--Amy

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson


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11/22/11 9:29 A

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I started crossfitting in late july...I've only lost 4 pounds but I have dropped from a size 14 to a 10! Im also a ton stronger! Im very close to RX-ing a lot of the weight...I can now do double unders (1@ a time...) I've moved up drastically in pullups, pushups, box jumps and even running speed! It all takes time but it surely pays off!
Don't worry about being the slowest or weakest...no one cares! And. If uI stick with it soon u wont be anyways!

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11/10/11 4:25 P

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Good Luck Amy! You will be suprised at how fast you progress especially since you are trying your hardest. Start logging your work outs or at least your PR's and benchmard wods and you go back and compare and see how much you have improved, it can be really motivating and also make you realize you are your own competitor.
Keep up the hard work!

-Anna

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11/10/11 2:07 P

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Hey guys, I'm in the same boat. I just started about three weeks ago and I love it. The only thing that sucks is that I'm always the worst out of everyone. We put everyone's times/scores on the whiteboard and I'm always the weakest/slowest. It's frustrating, but I'm really doing the best that I can right now. I guess I just hate being the new kid... I want to be a leader and I want to be really good at this stuff. I'm not letting it get me down because I know I'm pushing myself as hard as I can. I'm looking forward to not being in the bottom of the pack though.

--Amy

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson


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11/10/11 9:30 A

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I think one of the best ways to progress forward in the movements that challenges you is to work them into your warm up. I had a hard time with overhead squats because of the mobility in my shoulders. I practiced the ohs in my warm up every day. Practice,Practice and Practice some more. You will get there.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the Gift." Steve Prefontaine

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11/8/11 10:50 A

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I think everyone's CrossFit progression and abilities vary quiet a bit. There are some people that may never do muscle ups but there are steps along the way to get you where you want to go!
It also depends on where you are starting from. For me personally, I was a pretty strong hiker with about 3 months of bootcamp behind me when I started CF. I was also majorly overweight so my first goal was to shed the pounds before I started concentrating on some more of the difficult movements. Probably about 8 months or so. And I am always working on some aspect for example double unders now.
Pull ups was one of the biggest thing I longed to do without assistance. I never believed I could. Snatches were always intimidating too but I have come to love them. Once you get a movement down right and feel the explosive movement it all just feels right.
Good luck in your progressions and I think you will be there sooner than you think.

-Anna

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11/1/11 10:27 A

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Welcome to the group!
I find that it is an ongoing battle. You will see tremendous progress at the beginning stages. It always seems like there is something to work on. And really, in this format, you should never master one thing, as it usually takes away from something else. Our (CF's) goal is to be good at everything.
To answer your question, it was about 6 months in when I was doing things mostly RX.
Muscle-ups, double-unders and HSPUs are all really challenging. Just work the progressions and you'll get there. It may take a while, don't be worried. The wait will make the success that more rewarding!
The most intimidating exercise for me was the clean.

Good luck!

-Tim-


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10/31/11 2:20 P

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Hi all,

I am new to CrossFit. I took the intro class at my gym and just graduated to the regular classes-- tonight will be my second. While I know it will take me quite some time to do workouts RX'd, watching what the others can do makes me anxious to get there. I'm curious how long it took you veterans to progress? The exercises I have mainly been envious of are muscle-ups, double unders, and, part of tonight's WOD, handstand push-ups. I know these will take some time for me, as there are many steps in the progressions I need before I can do them (double unders- I can't really jump rope, handstand push-ups, I can't do a handstand), and I'm willing to be patient, but just for poll purposes...

And, when you began, what was the exercise you were anxious to be able to do?

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