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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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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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The long and the short of it is that we may never know because Crossfit has no mechanism in place to track injuries in its system. The system is one of affiliates, not franchises, which means any individual location has no obligation to provide a standard set of exercises, and there is no central location for reporting. One Crossfit gym might teach proper ...


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I have a hybrid hypothesis: your squat form is wrong and has been wrong for close to two years, you're not working on fixing it, and you're spending your recovery budget on WODs and other lifts. Conversely, your squat--like anyone's--will get better if you do it right and focus on it. Here's the part where I say that we can't really know anything without ...


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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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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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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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Read Charles Bronson's book named Solitary Fitness Charlie Bronson has spent three decades in solitary confinement, and yet has stayed as fit as a fiddle, gaining several world strength and fitness records in the process. Now, in this no-nonsense guide to getting fit and staying fit, he reveals just how he's done it. You have time in your hand so it would ...


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There's an old saying you may be familiar with: "Where there is a will, there is a way". The first thing to realize is that whatever you decide to do, it will not be the same as CrossFit. That does not, however, mean you can't get in a good workout. In addition to some of the recommendations in the links you posted, I would look to purchase some ...


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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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Official gymnastic rings are 2,8 cm wide while most gyms ones are 3,0 cm wide. As gymnasts wear padding/gloves the ring they use feel fatter. Many crossfit like rings are 3,2 wide. The main difference between various thicknesses is how easy you can achieve a "false" grip. Narrower rings make it easier. So if you have small hands and you want to practise ...


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TL;DR: Try using proper wrist position, check your form, lift for technique, don't overwork an injury. My wrists started hurting when I started weightlifting (about eleven months ago) during bench press and overhead press. I got myself some wrist wraps in the beginning and they helped keep my wrists in the proper position. About two months ago I stopped ...


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From a physiological standpoint, going from the plank to the squat requires you to hold a significant amount of bodyweight over your shoulders, and is bringing your abdomen into a compressed position that can naturally drive your wind out of you. Compare that to the pushup, which has the weight distributed between your hands and feet, or the moving to plank, ...


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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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More often than not, if you want to work on form, you should decrease the weight. If your form breaks, it does so when the load is high. Naturally there are exceptions to this rule, as there are to any rule, but if you've found an exercise where heavy weights force you into strict form, you've found a magical exercise. That said, make sure you know good and ...


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The only thing that becomes impractical is performing lifts where you would normally just drop the weights like the Clean and the Snatch. You either need to reverse the steps to set the bar down under some control or you need to perform other movements. Another option would be to invest in the bumper plates (bumper plates is the technical term for the kind ...


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TL;DR: There don't seem to be many negative side effects besides water retention and the need to take in more water, although the benefit is limited for people who aren't already up against their limits and it doesn't seem to help for endurance training. Per WebMD: Creatine is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth appropriately for up to 5 years. When taken by ...


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Crossfit has a very strenuous exercise regime, certain WODs do require a great deal of supervision. So yes there is a risk of injury but if you have a good trainer and a decent trainer to member ratio then it is a good option. How do I judge a good coach/trainer? I pay attention to his/her background has he been injured, what sort of sports he used to ...


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Pretty much been addressed in the comments, but for a full answer: Short answer, no. You most likely did not gain that much weight in a short period of time. Things that can effect scale measurements without any changes to body composition: The scales themselves. Most home scales tend to be fairly inaccurate. You can step off one scale, move to ...


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The workouts in Crossfit gyms tend to be rather generalized. They pride themselves on not being an ace in anyone thing, but being a jack in several. The reality is that some things, like a snatch, you really don't want to do unless you're an ace. To perform Olympic lifting, and even something as relatively straight forward as a deadlift requires technique ...


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The primary reason for Crossfitters to use kipping or butterfly pullups in workouts is because they are faster and require less energy, enabling you to complete more rounds and finish faster. Strict PU's are wonderful for building strength. Unless you can do strict PU's, it's best not to attempt kipped ones because you can injure yourself more easily. At ...


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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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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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It all really depends on your goals respectively what is important to you. There are certain goals you can not achieve by calisthenics alone and the other way around. If you simply want to use your body and occasionally a pull-up bar I can recommend Never Gymless by Ross Enamait or Convict Conditioning by Paul Wade. Doing some deadlifts and bench-pressing ...


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If I understand your question well, and I'm not sure I do because it is honestly mangled, you are looking for a way to arrange your training week in order to develop both cardiovascular fitness and decent strength/hypertrophy, in a minimum amount of time. That is actually possible and usually called hybrid training (coach/runner/powerlifter Alex Viada has a ...


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I use this waistpack from Nike. It's literally just a small fanny pack. It's just big enough to fit my phone (Galaxy S6) comfortably but it can fit my wallet in it as well. I also keep my keys on a small carabiner, so I can clip them onto the waistband if I'm just walking around. I usually just have my headphones' wire behind me, down my back, and the ...


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I've been doing CrossFit for just over two years now, so I know what you're feeling. I have to say though, I think you're overcomplicating matters just a bit. For me, I know what my 1 rep maxes are for each movement, and so whatever is RX for that day's workout, I'll immediately know whether or not I need to scale it, based upon the weight and reps. I ask ...


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I believe that your precision approach will somewhat modify the programming intent and result in less variety. That difference might appear only in time when using a weight heavier or lighter than intended as prescribed. Consider the rep scheme in these WODs (and other Girls) to see the programming doesn't correlate reps to weight to the degree of your plan:...


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