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Crossfit - Is it worth the financial investment?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Stryker44, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    Am considering trying this program of group training. Do any of you do this or have experience with it? If so, did you find it worthwhile?
  2. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    How much is it?
  3. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    Where I live month to month membership is 135 per month with 3 group classes each week.
  4. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    HEEEEEECK no.


    Crossfit is dumb anyways. You see some of the stuff they do? Swinging weights around and stuff? You're just asking to snap something up.

    Just go on youtube, find a basic weight lifting plan for upper and lower body, then do 10-15 minutes cardio.

    Do this 3-4 times a week, profitt, and save some money.
  5. Jenky

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    Crossfit gyms usually end up costing a buttload. If it's crossfit like what you see in the Reebok crossfit event, I'd pass. Their form looks so bad in some of their exercises. If you want to do Olympic lifting, some gyms are starting to provide the equipment. The gym I go to has Olympic plates, barbells, hardwood platforms etc, but it wasn't always like this.
  6. Stryker44

    Stryker44 Active Member

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    That's what I was thinking...and the 135/month means you pretty much can only go for the classes and leave. If you want to go and workout on your own....it gets to be 200-300 month because you automatically pay for the classes and coaching when you join...
  7. Jenky

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    A good coach will break down your form in every lift, tell you what you need to work on, training frequency, training regimen,diet, etc. I'm not sure a crossfit instructor would do this for you.

    I guess we need to know your goals.
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  8. Jenky

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    Ask to try it out and see if they do any of that stuff. I'm sure there's some sort of trial membership?
  9. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    I'm so anti-crossfit its not even funny.
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  10. Stryker44

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    I lost a good bit of weight over the past year (needed weight).

    Now I just want to become a P4P beast (at least for someone in their early 30s) and lower my body fat so I can see my lower abs in the mirror.

    The idea of rope climbing for competition is really appealing to me, and I know that's a staple of crossfit...I am curious if I can learn to do that amongst other things like handstand pushups.
  11. Jenky

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    If those types of exercises are appealing to you, then crossfit might be for you. Just know, you don't need to do that stuff for ABs. I've seen a lot of people at my gym in that age bracket do crossfit training for conditioning and it works for them. They like having an instructor mix it up for them to keep things interesting.
  12. Stryker44

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    Its more the idea of friendly "competition" while working out that is appealing. I've been lifting/doing cardio on my own, and there are days where motivation to go is a real struggle. IMy previous experience is that I find that when I decide to skip more than a day or 2, it can become a week, then a month....the more time away from working out the harder it is to get back into it.

    If I had someone I trained with regularly in the weight room I think that would help...but at this point I don't. I'm looking to stay in shape long-term, not be one of those fitness yo-yos anymore.
  13. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Yes, they definitely compete with each other and yes, having a workout partner is a huge in terms of motivation. I'm at the point where I feel guilty if I take too many days off.
  14. Stryker44

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    For me that's especially the case with strength type exercises where your body is burning and screaming to just stop and you have someone yelling for you to get that last rep or 2,
  15. honyock

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    One other thing about Crossfit...I've had several clients come to see me over the past few years who had shoulder/rotator cuff/labrum issues that they attributed to Crossfit. They've pretty much all acknowledged that you see a high incidence of this in Crossfit studios. I know a studio owner who has talked about this as well. I'm not sure what it is about Crossfit that leads to this, but in my experience in working with them, I'd guess that something about their approach puts a high degree of stress on the shoulder girdle.
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  16. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Are you in orthopedics?
  17. Lonestar94

    Lonestar94 Well-Known Member

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    Do the Herschel Walker workout. Only costs you a $20 pull up bar.
  18. honyock

    honyock Well-Known Member

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    No, I'm a Rolfer. It's in the alternative health world, definitely outside the mainstream.
  19. StarMan

    StarMan Well-Known Member

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    Crossfit is an expensive fad. And 3 of my co-workers got injured doing it, 2 of which may need surgery.
  20. FiveRings

    FiveRings Well-Known Member

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    Financial reasoning aside, Crossfit is terrible. Watch the stuff they do, does it look safe to you? It isn't. And do you trust an instructor who's accolades came from just one weekend course? I don't either.

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