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Old 05-02-2011, 06:08 AM   #1
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If there was one thing you wish you had known when you started, what would it be?

I've been crossfitting for just under a year now and was wondering if any of the more experienced athletes had some tips for myself and the rest of the beginners. Whether it's something you've learn by trial and error or heard off someone else, any tips and guidance are greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-02-2011, 06:26 AM   #2
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Re: If there was one thing you wish you had known when you started, what would it be?

Nutrition is your foundation. Paleo zone

When i eat like i should for a few months my workouts do better. Fall off the band wagon with eating, stress or sleep patterns and your times will go up.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:37 AM   #3
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starting strength by rippetoe.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:51 AM   #4
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I've been crossfitting for just under a year now and was wondering if any of the more experienced athletes had some tips for myself and the rest of the beginners. Whether it's something you've learn by trial and error or heard off someone else, any tips and guidance are greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-02-2011, 03:44 PM   #5
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Re: If there was one thing you wish you had known when you started, what would it be?

Don't try to do too much too soon or you can burn yourself out or injure yourself!
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:05 PM   #6
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I've been crossfitting for just under a year now and was wondering if any of the more experienced athletes had some tips for myself and the rest of the beginners. Whether it's something you've learn by trial and error or heard off someone else, any tips and guidance are greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-03-2011, 01:08 PM   #7
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Re: If there was one thing you wish you had known when you started, what would it be?

Crossfit by itself isn't a silver bullet. You've got to get the rest of your life fixed too - eating, sleeping, work/life balance, etc.

Just doing CF then eating crap, not sleeping, and working too much will not give good results.

Also educate yourself - read about good nutrition, proper form, etc. You have to involved, you can't just sit there and expect good things to happen w/o any effort.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:48 AM   #8
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My parents took me along to gymnastics once when I was a child but I was too timid to take part and join in. If I had known then what an awesome base it provides, in terms of coordination, strength & flexibility, I would have been all over it.
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Old 05-04-2011, 06:45 AM   #9
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Getting strong helps. That means doing some kind of strength program with a thought-out progression, not just adding a heavy lift before whatever comes up on CF.com a few times a week. Being an "all metcons, all the time" guy is a good way to get skinny and weak, and not really all that good at CF benchmarks for that matter.
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Getting strong helps. That means doing some kind of strength program with a thought-out progression, not just adding a heavy lift before whatever comes up on CF.com a few times a week. Being an "all metcons, all the time" guy is a good way to get skinny and weak, and not really all that good at CF benchmarks for that matter.
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