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Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

Hi everyone,

I have been looking into crossfit as i think it would be good for me and bring me the type of results I need, but I have to admit the concept scares me a little bit. I'm also a little intimidated as a "beginner" but guess everyone needs to start somewhere.

Can anyone share their experience with crossfit? I'm not super active these days and am not looking to lose of weight. I just want to tone up/become more fit in general, and I'm not really a traditional gym type of person.

Closest place to me is Crossfit Meilen so if anyone has experience with them, would also appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

I've tried a few classes in Basel and loved it. I guess every place is different, but I was not at all made to feel awkward about being one of the least fit/strong in the room! I rather found everyone really nice and supportive. One thing I really liked was the the instructor has a lot of time for you as the classes aren't too big, so they check your form all the time to make sure you're doing all the moves correctly. Most places seem to offer a couple of freet trial classes to see if you like it first, so you should see if you can do this
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

Thanks -- that's really helpful. One of the things I read when researching is that they do make you feel good (in a competitive way, of course) and there is a community vibe. I'm planning to sign up for an intro day. Appreciate your feedback.
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

Hi Nanners

I have actively done crossfit for about 2 years and I have also taken part in the global competition called the Crossfit Open.

I loved it for the time being and also adopted the lifestyle including some sort of paleo diet. I would say I went to crossfit around 3 times a week.

Now while it was great fun and extremely tough in the beginning, I never felt intimidated. You are able to scale down each exercise and progress at your own pace. Of corse you will be motivated by your coach and the group will push you further than you d like to go. Additionally you will develop skills in olympic weightlifting and gymnastics (handstands, rings and so on).

Then for me at some point I lost interest because you come to a point where you specifically need to train in order to get better. Its not enough to just go to the WODs (predefined workouts) every other day. So I eventually stopped going.

Since then I have realised that I have developed several smaller issues because of crossfit. I feel it in my joints, elbows, hip and knees from time to time.

And thats where the issue with crossfit is. Its amazing, you will see results immediately on your body, you will get fitter every time you go, but you also do everything with momentum and gradually with heavier weight and speed.

Speed, weights and fatigue is a deadly combination and you wont be able to do the exercises properly anymore. Additionally all the "skill work (pull-ups on bar and rings) is done with kick / momentum which will hurt your joints with time.

So I still think its a great way to get in shape and meet friends, just don't overdue it and take it slow further its important to have a good coach which knows your limits.

I went to several crossfits in Zürich.
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Old 04.12.2016, 22:50
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

A friend of mine here in Meilen goes to the Crossfit Meilen and likes it. There's a brand new big crossfit studio here (CrossBox??), but she's going to the smaller one, which now has its studio closer to Uetikon. So probably worth a try!
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Additionally all the "skill work (pull-ups on bar and rings) is done with kick / momentum which will hurt your joints with time.
Crossfit movements are bullshit for exactly that reason - there is nothing "fit" about destroying your shoulder or hip joints.

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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

Totally agree with ThierryA... crossfit can be very dangerous. If you push yourself too much you will break.
While in the army I started doing WOD 3 times a week. Then advanced to 6 times a week, hour plus crossfit workout designed by some special forces guys. But the combination of lifts, the percentage of your max, and the speed desired ends badly. Pulled a muscle in my shoulder and took a long time to recover, never did crossfit again.
To each their own... but without being in decent shape, and some basic knowledge of proper lift techniques, your body is going to hate you. Take some fish oil for joints and try not to puke, some trainers pride themselves in that.

a better alternative, in my opinion would be... p90x or similar - body weight workouts
And nothing beats spinning (stationary bike) for aerobic workout.
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

Did my first crossfit tonight. Pretty hard work.. Kept up with the class although one or two of the steps i took a bit easier..

It's like anything else. It's as fun/dangerous/strenuous/enjoyable as you make it. I could have pushed a little harder at some points, I could have slowed down at others, you just need to find the sweet spot.

It's an hour of hard work if you put in the effort.. I plan to keep going and hopefully drop a bra size
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

I've been practicing Crossfit at Crossbox in Meilen since the opening. The 2 instructors are form Slovenia and are very expert. I'm very happy!
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Re: Looking into crossfit -- your experience with it?

Check out reddit r/crossfit for a lot more candid discussion about CrossFit itself.

I did CF for about five years quite intensively, even did some qualifications and coached a bit. Like any high intensity training/workout you need to take some ownership for how hard and far you push yourself. My own experience was no more injuries than from running, skiing or football.

Also, you have to understand that CrossFit is a loose affiliation system, not a franchise, so "boxes" vary greatly in quality. However, both of the Meilen operations are run by serious and experienced owners.

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