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Old 05-22-2008, 01:59 AM   #1
Paul Frost
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Another UK newbie

I have stumbled across this from two sources, some people on a bmx forum who train with it and also the local gym manager who has recently completed a course in the US and it seems to has changed his whole philosophy to fitness.

Some stats 39 years old no regular sport, couple of times a week to the gym. Weighing in last week at an embarassing 237lbs (16 stone 13 for us UK folks) the heaviest I have been. Diet - poor (when compared to the cf nutrition) alcohol - probably too much but no where near as much as I used to drink - averages about 20-25 units a week mostly red wine!!

So far I have completed the following:

Cindy (15/May/08) - managed 10 sets but assist on the gravitron of 100lbs (way too much)

Michael (16 May) - in a gym at work so runs are on treadmill with 1% incline. Managed a poor 30.57, but had to sub last run for a 4 mins on bike as the tm was busy. The back extension were difficult as no apparatus for this so made an effort using an incline bench but not ideal - any thoughts on what I can either sub or use as alternative equipment??

Monday 19 May I subbed the lifting wod for a Nicole (as I have not practised or had instruction on form etc) managed 5 runs, and pull ups of 3 x10 1 x 5 using a 41kg assist.

Tuesday I tried a baseline for time
500m row was ok at 1.47 but what followed was tougher
40 squat
30 sit ups
20 push ups
10 pull ups (assist 3x36kg, 7x 41kg)
time was 9.25 porr but a mark to start from.

Yesterday did a row set of 1000,750,500,750 in 17.05, but rests between totalling 5.30.

I can safely say that I have never ached so much (following Cindy and Michael) but am excited at what lies ahead.

Hopefully will get to practise form etc for the lifting this evening.

Cheers and good health.

Paul
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:08 AM   #2
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Re: Another UK newbie

Welcome Paul, your going to see some massive improvement, especially in the first few months, Oh yes and a lots of aches and pains. Another Essex Crossfitter!!!
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:30 AM   #3
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Re: Another UK newbie

Hey Paul. I went to Essex Uni about a million years ago so I know Wivenhoe well. (I'm a Londonder myself).

You'll make quick progress to start with - just be careful not to do too much too soon - use the BrandX scalings where possible.

I'm not Crossfitting at the moment but this is still a great place to come for information and inspiration. Best of luck to you.
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Old 05-22-2008, 04:22 AM   #4
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Re: Another UK newbie

Thanks Guys,

Cal, the gym I go to is the one at the Uni - it has changed quite a bit since you would have been there then.

I have been checking the brand x scaling but need to keep working on pull ups as these seem to be a staple of cf.

My lad is getting into more sports now he has just turned 7 and I need to be able to at least try and keep up with him. He is playing rugby, football and swimming weekly so I have some work to do!
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:38 PM   #5
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Re: Another UK newbie

Gday Paul
I used to live in Braintree myself. Good luck and welcome. I wont say it gets easier because it doesnt ,but stick with it through the first couple of months and you will see and feel different as long as you sort your diet out. Rubbish in, rubbish out.
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Old 05-23-2008, 08:48 AM   #6
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Welcome mate, im pretty new myself and from East London/Essex area.
Nice to see more UK members
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:01 AM   #7
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Welcome mate, im pretty new myself and from East London/Essex area.
Nice to see more UK members
Did you not read the FAQ. NO WEST HAM FANS. Haha
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:36 AM   #8
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HAHA! na i must have missed it.
You've always gotta have a hammer! only team in London!!

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Old 05-24-2008, 09:28 AM   #9
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Hi Paul

Welcome, what's the uni gym like - i'm crrently at fitness first and looking to move due to the volume of people in there all the time.

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Old 05-25-2008, 01:30 AM   #10
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Re: Another UK newbie

Hello there. Pretty new myself and really loving it. Be sure to check out zone diet and also read up on paleo diet.
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