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What is wrong with CrossFit?

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 ...
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Cross fit gym safe?

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 ...
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Fixing a disproportionately weak squat

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. ...
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Are Freeletics and Crossfit the same thing?

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 ...
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How to stay fit on vacation?

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 ...
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What is wrong with CrossFit?

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 ...
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Staying strong and fit in prison?

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 ...
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Is Creatine bad for you?

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 ...
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Thickness of gymnastics rings

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 ...
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How to strengthen wrists to prevent pain while lifting

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 ...
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Why is getting up from a burpee so hard?

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 ...
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Using heavier weights to focus on form. Bad idea?

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 ...
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Crossfit without olympic weights at home gym

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 ...
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Cross fit gym safe?

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 ...
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Have I really put on 14 lbs after only 4 Crossfit sessions?

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 ...
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Has Anyone found a comfortable way to wear your mobile device when exercising?

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 ...
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Plan to get Crossfit for (relatively) young male who hasn't worked out in over a year?

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 ...
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Staying strong and fit in prison?

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 ...
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Why does CrossFit use Kipping Pull-ups?

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 ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

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 ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

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 ...
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What are default weight ratios for different Crossfit exercises?

Just a quick note - Front Squat is almost always not as strong as the Back Squat. Here is a ratio my coach gave me: BS 80% FS 68% DL 100% PC 53% PS 41% My estimation is that for conditioning ...
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Scaling benchmark workouts in Crossfit when preparing for competitions

Benchmark workouts are usually designed to hit a particular metabolic pathway by forcing a particular intensity in a particular time domain. For example, some workouts are designed to be 100m sprints, ...
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Can't progress any further with my trainings!

First of all, working out for 3 months is a very short amount of time to notice significant differences, so there might be changes to your body that you haven't noticed. You might have become stronger ...
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How to strengthen wrists to prevent pain while lifting

I had this problem too. Let it rest. I also didn't want to stop training, I had a big momentum, so I bought wrist hooks for deadlift, to be able to keep training and go around the wrist injury, but ...
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Why is getting up from a burpee so hard?

Getting up is harder than the push-up because work, by the physics definition, is "the product of force and displacement". In other words, you are moving more weight over a greater distance when ...
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Heart rate monitoring for crossfit

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 ...
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Are Freeletics and Crossfit the same thing?

Both systems propose high-intensity workouts targeting all aspects of phyical fitness. The differences are more in the business model. Crossfit Uses weights and other equipment. Gym-based. Certified ...
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