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So is crossfit like some kind of diet? puzzled.gif
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No... just google crossfit. It's an all-around workout regime. There are all kinds of whack crossfit gyms popping up around LA. I don't know why any one would PAY to go workout in a place like that.
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I see nothing wrong with it if you just think of it as cardio/conditioning.
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Originally Posted by Kid Nickels View Post

No... just google crossfit. It's an all-around workout regime. There are all kinds of whack crossfit gyms popping up around LA. I don't know why any one would PAY to go workout in a place like that.

It was a joke. I'm aware of the crossfit revolution. I was just implying not a single one of those guys gained any muscle. And speaking of paying to workout there, their membership fees are generally multiple times higher than conventional gyms. Ridiculous from start to finish.
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Originally Posted by VLSI View Post


It was a joke. I'm aware of the crossfit revolution. I was just implying not a single one of those guys gained any muscle. And speaking of paying to workout there, their membership fees are generally multiple times higher than conventional gyms. Ridiculous from start to finish.

 

There was a T-Nation article that I think had the most reasonable point of view on this: http://www.t-nation.com/portal_includes/articles/2008/08-194-feature.html

 

This excerpt is the most relevant part

 

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The truth? If you're not competing in a specific sport that measures only a few athletic qualities, then why not become fully rounded? Why be the guy with the big bench who can't run up a flight of stairs? Why be the guy who can run 10 miles on the treadmill but who can't help someone move a couch?

Perhaps CrossFitter Richard Doughty summed it up best when he wrote on a CF forum, "Does CrossFit make sense for an NFL linebacker? No. Does an NFL linebacker's program make sense for regular people who want to be able to do everything well? No."

If you have a specific goal in your training — top-level competitive mountain biking, bodybuilding, a 600-pound deadlift — then CrossFit isn't for you. You need to specialize. If you want to be good, but not great, at a variety of athletic qualities, then CrossFit is a good option. And that's the truth.

 

This thread tends to lean pretty heavily toward strength-focused athletes and guys looking to get big. With those specific goals, there are better training methodologies out there. Doesn't mean there's anything wrong with Crossfit, it just means it's not the best way to get bigger. At the same time, there are other valid fitness goals.

 

I think that one of the things that drives non-Crossfit coaches and athletes crazy about Crossfit is that most athletes become athletes in order to accomplish some specific thing - the guys on this thread, for instance, mostly want to get bigger and lift heavier things. So they look at Crossfit and say, "oh there are much better ways to get strong," or "oh there are much better ways to get fast" or "oh there are much better ways to get conditioning." All of those comments are totally true, but like Chris Shugart says in the linked article, Crossfit is a pretty good way to get exposure to and gain basic competence in all areas of athleticism*

 

*if you manage to get a good coach. unlike the usual arguments, i think the biggest failure of Crossfit has been to maintain adequate coaching standards throughout the rapid expansion. 

post #31011 of 57458
What I don't understand is how walking like a crab makes you a better athlete. Also, I see dudes swinging kettle bells around, not sure what sport that's for.
post #31012 of 57458
Arm measurement is almost same(-0.25in) now at 186 pounds as it was last year at 211 pounds. Guess that means my bulk is going well. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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Originally Posted by msg View Post

What I don't understand is how walking like a crab makes you a better athlete. Also, I see dudes swinging kettle bells around, not sure what sport that's for.

 

What do you mean swinging kettle bells around? Kettle bell swings are a pretty standard movement for conditioning and core training.

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What brand creatine you guys use, or is it all the same shit? my tub of optimum nutrition ran out and wondering if i should try another one or just stick to what works
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Originally Posted by msg View Post

Also, I see dudes swinging kettle bells around, not sure what sport that's for.
I do not like crossfit but it does promote certain movements, like kettlebell swings and Oly lifts, that are tremendous in helping with general athleticism.

KB swings for instance, train

- core stability
- hip hinge (great for strengthening weak hips, and a good dynamic assistance to your hip-dominant lifts e.g. DL, RDL, GM etc)
- conditioning / fat loss

In fact one of my PL buddies does high rep KB swings after squats during his conditioning phase to build aerobic capacity and core strength.


Still hate kipping pull-ups though.

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What brand creatine you guys use, or is it all the same shit? my tub of optimum nutrition ran out and wondering if i should try another one or just stick to what works
Just get the cheapest monohydrate.
post #31016 of 57458
I think oly lifts for reps is a silly idea
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Originally Posted by jarude View Post

I think oly lifts for reps is a silly idea

 

Depends. I think there are a lot of people doing oly lifts for reps who shouldn't be. If you've got solid technique and can perform with accuracy throughout a workout, there's nothing wrong with it. It can be pretty incredible conditioning if done properly. The problem is that that sort of technique takes years to get, and without good supervision people will hurt themselves. 

 

I do oly lifts for at higher reps for the same reasons I do anything at higher reps - to build endurance and stamina. I tend to do more clean & jerks and fewer snatches, because my clean & jerk technique is much better. 


Edited by joshuadowen - 7/4/13 at 10:45pm
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Originally Posted by msg View Post

What I don't understand is how walking like a crab makes you a better athlete. Also, I see dudes swinging kettle bells around, not sure what sport that's for.

Only one way to find out try it.

Walking like a crab sucks and walking like a crab backwards suck even more.
post #31019 of 57458
First hill sprints in ages (fasted), feels good.
When I got home housemates were chillin in the garden with beers. Fuck the rest of my day......
post #31020 of 57458
Maybe that guy has some sick obsession with wanting to be a crab?
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