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Ben Wanagat 06-08-2012 09:56 AM

New to CF - Birmingham, AL
Hello all, this is my first Post to the Forum. I have found so much great information here you all are great! I want to begin CF training, but I am unsure as to exactly where to start.
My info is 5'4", 167 lbs. I currently am only doing cardio about 3 times a week, my 5K time is a whooping 37 minutes and have been eating Paleo for about 9 months. I also frequently rock climb, mountain bike and swim with my kids. I am semi-familair with weight training exercises. My goal is to be able to wash my clothes on my abbs :), actually just to be able to keep up with my kids and to keep them active, and to appreciate what I see in the mirror.
I have found that I'm best when following a routine where I can measure my progress and then once I've reached a certain level moving on to the next level up of work out routines. Unfortunately creating random workouts on my own doesnt suit me and I always feel did I do exercises to work the appropriate muscle groups and did I do enough. My motivation comes from my daughter laying her head on my stomach and then preceding to tell me that my belly was "squishy".
So I guess what I am asking is where can I find routines to follow from beginner to intermediate to advanced.

Mike.Phillips 06-11-2012 08:42 AM

Re: New to CF - Birmingham, AL
Are there any Crossfit Gyms aka "Box" near where you live?

I would walk in, sign up, and just keep showing up!

Ben Wanagat 06-12-2012 12:51 PM

Re: New to CF - Birmingham, AL
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There probably are boxes in Bham, AL, but I already belong to a local Y. I beleive I have found a good start up after doing a scaled Cindy benchmark. Let me know what you think of beginner workout, this is open to anyone's opinion.

Joe C Thomas 06-12-2012 02:56 PM

Re: New to CF - Birmingham, AL
Hey bro, welcome! That looks pretty good. I love Bodyweight stuff (that's the Soldier in me coming out!) but most beginners (IMO) are not ready for sustained 3 on 1 off. Maybe just do 1 on 1 off until your body gets into it. Also, a mistake most people make, me included, is they come out of the gate wide open. Take it easy and work into a rhythm. It's a pretty big blow to the ego if you can't complete a workout. Better to scale.

Good luck.

Ben Wanagat 06-12-2012 03:05 PM

Re: New to CF - Birmingham, AL
I agree with what you're saying about coming into something full throttle. For the CINDY bench mark I scaled way back to 12 min and 1 Pull up, 4 Push ups and 7 squats. Cranked outa mighty 16 revolutions. Thought I would be hurting today from Cindy yesterday, but only moderate discomfort.

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