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paul arestan 12-12-2005 03:21 PM

I thaught I was pretty fit and tough but I was proven wrong one more time when I discovered Crossfit and read what some Crossfitters manage to do.
I've been doing my own WODs for 2 weeks:
Here's an example:
-20 minutes skipping to warm up.
-Then 10 chair dips/5 pull ups/10x20kg overhead squats.
I managed 10 rounds in 20 minutes.

An other one was:
-400m run (no shoes)in soft sand/50 push ups/400m run/50 bodyweight squats.
I did 7 runs, 150 push ups and as many squats. This one was easy but I didn't record the time.

Today, I am doing the pull ups WOD, with 1 pull up the 1st minute, 2 the 2nd...My stomach is aching just thinking about it, especially now that I know what some of you did on this one.

I'm new to it, but I'm already hooked and there's no turning back!

Don Stevenson 12-12-2005 03:34 PM

MWUHAHAHAHAHA! Welcome to the dark side!

Sean Harrison 12-12-2005 05:26 PM

Not to sound like a Nosey Nelly Know-it-all but running barefoot in the sand is not all it's cracked up to be. It's apparently not good for your feet and ankles. I know I know, I thought it was supposed to be really good for them but I read somewhere respectable that it's just not. I'm not sure but it's the plantar fascia that get hurt and/or over-extended that was the problem.

paul arestan 12-12-2005 07:22 PM

I don't know if it's good or not, all I know is that there is less traction and more friction, which makes it harder and gives big blisters. There seems to be more ankle flexion since the feet dig into the sand and more stress on the achilie tendon.
I only do it when I'm on the coast, which is not often, but I can't help it, I always get the Forrest Gump syndrom when I'm on the beach and feel like running my head off.

paul arestan 12-12-2005 07:27 PM

That's where the picture should be.

Larry Lindenman 12-13-2005 05:37 AM

Paul, make sure you work towards doing the posted WOD, rather than shotgunning your own approach. There is a pattern (well not pattern, but flow) to the WOD's. Really the only time I make my own workouts up is when I'm out of town or out of touch with the computer.

Neal Winkler 12-13-2005 08:23 AM

Larry, I was under the impression that CrossFit just IS random, high-intensity, funtional movements, and that, "if it looks like CrossFit, it is CrossFit."

David Werner 12-13-2005 09:24 AM


You are correct. However humans are very good at deceiving themselves and we all tend to work on our strengths and avoid our weaknesses. Many folks on the board have found better returns on their time by trying to follow the posted workouts.

An example would be an accomplished runner who avoids or goes far too light on all strength work, if that athlete consistently tries to approach the posted loads (s)he suddenly makes these "amazing" gains in their fitness.

In running a Crossfit gym I see this breakthrough over and over.

Dave Werner
Crossfit North

David Wood 12-13-2005 10:37 AM

I agree.

There's stuff out there that I would *never* do (willingly) except that it's in the WOD.

paul arestan 12-13-2005 12:27 PM

You guys are right,
I admit I tend to do the things I like and avoid those I don't. I plead guilty and I'll work on it.

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