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I look at it as, they're competing in a sport with a completion criteria of chin-over-bar for reps/time. If the participants understand that they're taking on a certain level of risk of certain types of injuries training for this type of competition, then that's their business. People risk straining muscles kicking soccer balls too, but they accept the ...


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Essentially, what's happening is that the constriction prevents further inflammation of joints and connective tissue, as well as constricting blood flow for a bit. Once the voodoo floss (or bicycle innertube split open) is removed, the blood flows back in to the area. For joints with large amounts of connective tissue, such as elbows and knees, this allows ...


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The biggest problem with Crossfit really isn't Crossfit. It's the licensing model, and how quickly someone with no prior experience training people can open up their own Crossfit gym (or box as they like to call it). However, more on that later as it pertains to selecting a particular Crossfit gym. Exercise Selection With Crossfit you will experience a ...


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CrossFit is a free program. It's completely "open source" insofar as the exercises are published and free to use without charge. You just can't slap CrossFit logos on everything and try to make money off of it without becoming an affiliate. You can do a great many CrossFit style workouts with bodyweight alone. Some ideas include: Squats (box, air, ...


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Crossfit seeks to increase fitness in many domains simultaneously. This includes training different metabolic pathways and increasing overall strength and agility. Crossfitters would say that an elite marathoner who can not lift an average amount of weight is not really fit. Similarly, an elite weightlifter who has trouble with a 5k is also not fit. ...


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Constant variation The entire idea of Crossfit is constantly varied workouts. (The efficacy of this as a method of improvement is disputed, but I digress.) The workout of the day ("WOD") varies from day to day, as the name implies, and there are many, many, many organizations putting out WODs. CrossFit HQ puts out the so-called mainsite WODs, which many ...


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Crossfit is high intensity cross training to develop unspecialized fitness. The most important goal of a crossfit training program is to improve "work capacity across broad time and modal domains." Work capacity is the ability to do work in the sense of physics, that is to exert moving force. Time domains refer to the duration and intensity of the work, and ...


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In short: An emphasis on optimising reps over time for long periods, with lower emphaisis on correct form. Crossfit isn't inherintly bad because of the exercises it emphasises. There are plenty of questions here that cover the idea that there is no one best way to exercise. People can have preferences, there are programs that are good at reaching goals ...


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Go back to the doctor, get other bloodwork done. Women are prone to a couple of different endocrine issues that are related to weight gain - namely PCOS and hypothyroidism. Both are very often under- or misdiagnosed. For PCOS, you need at least the following bloodwork - DHEAS, fasting insulin, and fasting glucose. Ideally, she should also get free ...


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Sure...? It could work if you have phenomenal recovery. If you've been doing an hour or two 6 days a week for a while and feel OK, feel free to add a third hour. If you're starting from zero, or from just MMA, or from four days a week training, I doubt your plan will work unless you build up to it very, very gradually. Some Concerns About Your Plan You ...


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(This answer is from an anonymous user, suggested as an edit to my post, which it is not, so here it goes. Best-case scenario would be that the anonymous author comes back and posts this as an answer. Until then, here's their input.) Yes, there is an official baseline WOD. It is: 500m row 40 Bodyweight (air) squats 30 Ab-Mat Sit-Ups 20 Push-Ups 10 ...


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The kip is not legal everywhere. When I was in the Marine Corps (1988-92), the kip was allowed, and I used it because I did not have the upper body strength to complete 20 dead hang pull-ups. Since learning the kip is no longer accepted in the Marines, I stopped using it to complete my pull-ups. The kip is a good, all over body workout, and it can still ...


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Yes, no and maybe. Unfortunately, that's going to be about the best answer you will get. Exercise has proven to be a heart disease limiter, and certainly reduces the risk factor of obesity (Assuming you don't eat massive amounts and stay fat), so in that sense, yes, it can reduce heart disease. But, if you still smoke and/or eat a bad diet, it's not going ...


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The biggest thing you have is a back to back session of Wednesday/Thursday. My knowledge of Crossfit is that the focus is on General Physical Preparedness (GPP), so the whole body is being hit every time. I would expect Thursday to be the day you struggle the most due to residual fatigue from Wednesday's session, but if that's not the case then the culprit ...


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You're going to experience novice gains almost no matter what you do, so expect that the first six weeks or so will be great. If the CrossFit gym is properly run, you'll get stronger and better at not getting tired. CrossFit varies greatly from gym to gym ("box" to "box"), but the basic formula is generally constant: basic gymnastics, power- and Olympic ...


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Join a Meetup group You don't need a program, you need people already doing it to join with. To stay motivated during a high intense workouts you'll need other people do to it with. It's free and unless you live in the styx you should be able to find a P90X or equivalent fitness group near you. From my personal experiences with meetup doing other ...


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In my opinion, there is nothing "beginner" about exercises in sets of 10 and explosive movements...even if it is only a 16 minute workout. When you train your body, you tear muscles so that your body can repair them in the time between workouts. It's great that you're not usually sore, because that leads me to believe that you are recovering properly. ...


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Freeletics is basically CrossFit for the bodyweight exercises. It doesn't have as big of a following, but Freeletics originated in Germany. Instead of it being a lifestyle as CF is, the program is for generally 15 weeks of hard exercises. If you get the Coach, it will tell you what to do throughout the week. If not and you want all the exercises, I recommend ...


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So I've "diagnosed" myself with a mild MCL/ACL strain. The following morning I woke with no pain in my knee in normal ROM. When fully extended (slightly hyper) I felt a little bit of pain. I stretched my hamstrings and calves thoroughly throughout the day. After driving and sitting at my desk my knee would stiffen up again, so I got up and walked every 20 ...


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What's happening physiologically? Your muscles are constricted, and you are reducing blood flow and mobility in the wrapped area. My personal assessment is that it's a stupid idea, and it's another gimmick designed to fleece people of hard earned money. Now, that being said, there are some injuries that need bracing, and there may be a case made for ...


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Just my 5 cent: Starfit makes me fit on time. Starfit will shape on time. I flip tires on time to get fit. Just to look better naked. Get result on time. Time-Intensity-Result Here is a site tagline guru with some advice.


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I think you should approach them like you should approach everyone who does something in a way you don't agree with (or don't understand): with respect and without prejudice. In my opinion (not a crossfitter): Kipping pull-ups are a different exercise than strength focused pull-ups. They focus primarily on explosive movement and the clever use of inertia. ...


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Assuming you have the space for it, the barbell can work. And yes, you'll want as short a straight barbell as you can get your hands on. While you are working out the balance issues, use the bar unloaded. Your wrist hasn't had to stabilize something so unwieldy before and the leverages are very different (read, harder). Honestly, using a barbell is not ...


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I've had pretty good success getting a few buddies together to train for an event in 6-12 months. I've trained for power lifting, Olympic lifting, and a few half marathons. With all of those I had the mental reminder that I was either going to show up and do well or show up and embarrass myself, which is decent motivation for me. But with each one I was ...


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I think in answer to your question, it's going come down to what is your starting point? Are you new to lifting or been lifting for some time? Have you had any joint weaknesses? This article seems quite useful:- http://www.symptomfind.com/healthy-living/weighted-vest-training/ Also, have you considered resistance bands for working out at home? There's ...


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While I'm not as familiar with how Crossfit classes are structured, I am familiar with using a heart rate monitor for barbell training. I used to use it to time when I should start the next set so that I could keep the training pretty dense, but be relatively assured that I would hit the required reps. I'm getting back to using it to time when to do the ...


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Another issue, which hasn't been discussed above, but which is the reason why I stopped doing crossfit, is the fact that cross fit focuses on exercise and not on goal-oriented training. This lack of emphasis on goal oriented training makes it hard for beginners to learn and work up to the more difficult and complex movements, potentially leading to injury. ...


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For burpees I believe they are supposed to be forward our slightly toed out as you should be in a squat stance. See Crossfit - How Do I Burpee (http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/faq.html#Exercises8) for explanation of their standard. For tight hips I think this article does a good job of covering some ways to work on this. ...


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Dynammic Stretching Tom Kurz I used this when training in martial arts many years ago. To this day, if asked, I can still kick above my head from cold.



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