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Old 08-12-2009, 03:03 PM   #1
Brandon Fleeman
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My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

I am 180 pounds. 6'2. I have been a long distance runner for years and then started lifting weights. Most recently doing Rippetoes Starting Strength.

Anyway I tried CF for the first time today.

I used the following weights...

Deadlift - 155
Bench - 135
Clean (substituted pendlay rows because I am not confident in my form on the cleans) - 115

I started with 10 reps on each exercise, taking a minute or two break in between moving to the next level of 9 reps.

Then on to 8....7......

I was feeling extremely gassed at this point but finished up the 6 rep round.

I started feeling sick to my stomach and called it quits.

45 minutes had elapsed.

Exactly how bad did I perform?
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

You are a long distance runner who started lifting and are under advisement of Ripp doing SS, thatís excellent and def one for the win column. As for the performance on the Linda WOD, a better scaling would have been key. The weights should not be so heavy that you need minutes to catch your breath; itís designed to be done ďbrisklyĒ.

Donít think of it as a bad performance think of it as the best @ss whoopin youíve ever had, thatís always a good thing!

Check out the scaling at www.gallatincrossfit.com w/f/s tomorrow and see the different scaling options for that WOD and what those guys did for weights and times. Maybe one of those would have been a better fit for where you are now?

Following SS and doing the cf WODS are two different animals, maybe you should finish out your SS before you try to take on the WODS.

Good Job even if it wasnít pretty.
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:45 PM   #3
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

You got started on CF! awesome! Don't freak out about performance this early in the game, I would start hammering technique. You might consider not turning up the intensity beyond what the level which you can maintain your best form for a while. Keep in mind that you're in it for life and that the performance level during your first 1-2 months is nothing to worry about. I would agree that you called the WOD length at the right time.

p.s. I would suggest doing starting on the power cleans with a PVC pipe in this WOD (and/or practice it before the workout, or each and every workout) rather than subbing in the rows.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:04 PM   #4
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

Brandon

I think Linda is NOT the WOD you want to start out with. Holy Crap! I hope you can walk tomorrow.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:45 PM   #5
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

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You are a long distance runner who started lifting and are under advisement of Ripp doing SS, thatís excellent and def one for the win column. As for the performance on the Linda WOD, a better scaling would have been key. The weights should not be so heavy that you need minutes to catch your breath; itís designed to be done ďbrisklyĒ.

Donít think of it as a bad performance think of it as the best @ss whoopin youíve ever had, thatís always a good thing!

Check out the scaling at www.gallatincrossfit.com w/f/s tomorrow and see the different scaling options for that WOD and what those guys did for weights and times. Maybe one of those would have been a better fit for where you are now?

Following SS and doing the cf WODS are two different animals, maybe you should finish out your SS before you try to take on the WODS.

Good Job even if it wasnít pretty.
hmmm ok. it doesnt look like they have todays WOD on there for some reason.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:15 PM   #6
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

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hmmm ok. it doesnt look like they have todays WOD on there for some reason.
Brandon,

This is what you are looking for:

http://www.crossfitbrandx.com/index..../viewforum/16/ (WFS)
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:05 PM   #7
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

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Brandon

I think Linda is NOT the WOD you want to start out with. Holy Crap! I hope you can walk tomorrow.
That's EXACTLY what I was thinking!Maybe something like Fight Gone Bad w/an empty bar or something.

My first WOD was one called Donkey Kong. I don't know who made it up because it's not an official WOD:

21/15/9
Burpees
24" box jumps
wall ball shots

Holy COW I thought I was going to DIE!

I think you did fine for your first WOD. As long as you gave it your all.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:16 PM   #8
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

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I am 180 pounds. 6'2. I have been a long distance runner for years and then started lifting weights. Most recently doing Rippetoes Starting Strength.

Anyway I tried CF for the first time today.

I used the following weights...

Deadlift - 155
Bench - 135
Clean (substituted pendlay rows because I am not confident in my form on the cleans) - 115

I started with 10 reps on each exercise, taking a minute or two break in between moving to the next level of 9 reps.

Then on to 8....7......

I was feeling extremely gassed at this point but finished up the 6 rep round.

I started feeling sick to my stomach and called it quits.

45 minutes had elapsed.

Exactly how bad did I perform?
Man oh man, glad to see I'm not the only person who did Linda as their first WOD. Linda was my first too about 2.5 years ago and it was ROUGH.

Ease into this stuff though man. Delve into the excercise and demos on the mainpage. Hammer your form. Get to an affilaite if you can.

Linda is, in my opinion, the hardest named WOD and up there with the hardest physical things I have ever done.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:20 PM   #9
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

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Man oh man, glad to see I'm not the only person who did Linda as their first WOD. Linda was my first too about 2.5 years ago and it was ROUGH.

Ease into this stuff though man. Delve into the excercise and demos on the mainpage. Hammer your form. Get to an affilaite if you can.

Linda is, in my opinion, the hardest named WOD and up there with the hardest physical things I have ever done.
Same here. Linda was my first in October 2007. Don't worry. Its gets easier......(well not really as the weights just get heavier and you can go harder), but don't let your first workout scare you away.
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Old 08-13-2009, 12:28 AM   #10
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Re: My first ever CrossFit...I think I did terrible. Insights?

Like a couple of other things in life, the first is not as good as you hoped but the ones after that get better and better!
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