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7/9/12 9:32 A

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Well, every box is a different. If the whole class is new to Cross Fit, I would expect some training on technique if they are planning any Olympic lifts. In general, though, you can expect a warm up, some skill training, and then the WOD. The WOD is designed to leave you panting and immobile on the floor! The great thing about Cross Fit is that it is scalable so that everyone should be able to do the workout in about the same length of time, just with different weight, or assists. Oh, and the best thing is that no matter how tough the WOD is, it's still fun!

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7/8/12 7:50 P

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Hello! I'm new to this team and to cross fit. I work out with a personal trainer and used to do a kickboxing class twice a week. Starting this week my kickboxing class is switching to a cross fit class for at least the remainder of the summer. Having never done cross fit I'm curious what to expect???

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7/2/12 1:50 P

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Thanks for all the replies. I'm such a recluse that it's hard for me to join in but I really want to try this. My sweet hubby is staking out the local crossfit box for me as I type. I tried to call but no answer. The downside is the hours are funky but maybe talking to someone will sort out some of my questions. There is another box in another town, about 40 to 45 minutes away that has better hours....hmmm, just stuff to think about.
Thanks for the encouragement!

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7/2/12 1:36 P

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I think CrossFit would be great to add to your fitness arsenal especially if your not afraid of weights! I do agree with the other users that you should get some instruction before taking on solo workouts. Workouts can always be scaled but you will need to learn some lingo and body mechanics before jumping into it! Good luck......I look forward to hearing of our successes!

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7/2/12 8:57 A

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I'm no pro either, and I've been doing cross fit for about 6 months. I'm 56, overweight, and in moderate shape after working with a trainer for 2 yrs. It is my trainer that switched to cross fit and opened a box, but I'm still a member of a "regular" gym, and do some of my workouts there. A lot of the exercises you can do anywhere, like burpees, situps, pushups, most squats, jumping rope, running. A lot you can do at a well equiped gym, like rowing (very big for cross fit), pullups, and maybe wall balls, depending on the gym. You can get a work out of the day off of the CrossFit site, and there is some instruction there as well on scaling. The elements I wouldn't try on your own without any training are the Olympic lifts - technique is really important, and you need someone to teach you and correct you before you try to do any of that with any significan weight.

I do know people who do Crossfit on their own, but most of them are already in pretty good shape. I'd stronly recommend at least doing an onboarding program so you learn some basics, and learn the right way to scale. Most boxes have a separate program for that without any committment to longer term membership.

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7/1/12 10:14 A

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I am not a pro by any stretch since I have only been doing Crossfit for 2 months. However, the great thing about Crossfit is every workout can be scaled for your fitness level. I am 46 and have a bad back but with proper instruction I haven't had any problem doing Crossfit and I love it! The bad news is I can't imagine doing Crossfit by yourself (not at a box). For one, the workout is different every time but the biggie is the instruction you get on doing the moves right will keep you from being injured. Plus a regular gym is not usually going to have the correct equipment and even if it does I can't imagine walking in there are doing an intense 20-30 minute Crossfit workout. It's just so different that I would like to encourage you to just try a Crossfit box. Most will let you come try it with no obligation. Good luck!

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6/30/12 9:21 P

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I want to give crossfit a try but have several questions...is it possible to do this on your own w/out going to a specific crossfit box/gym? I am a member of a gym but I realize that crossfit requires some different equipment that the gym might not have available. I am a mom to 8 children & have put on quite a few pounds over the past 15 years. I have decided to start focusing on our health (just been convinced to give up grain, leaning towards Paleo although I won't give up the dairy). How would I modify some of the exercises for an out of shape overweight 40 yr old busy mom that is 3 months post-partum? I love the idea of being strong, weights do not scare me...I actually like weights more than cardio stuff although I know I need the cardio and would love to train to run a 5k at some point in the near future, just need to feel stronger first. Any words of advice or tips to get started would be greatly appreciated.

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