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Old 01-08-2008, 11:45 PM   #1
Brent Kinmore
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Aloha - newb here

Was introduced to CF about 3 months ago, but just started reading more about it. I'm not in GREAT shape. I lift a little and run 20 minute (intervals).
I decided to make CF my new workout...and WOW...or shall I say OW. I guess at my stage you don't really need weights. My first WOD was the Tabata Something Else. Used a pull up "helper" machine at the gym for that, tried as many sit ups as I could, then came the push ups. After about 20 or so I had to resort to "lady" push ups, and even that was tough. And last...the squats. Let's just say that I had to lay on the ground after to avoid looking like that clown puking.

Oh, one question...Should I be doing these WODs, or is the warm up enough for me at this point. I can't see myself completing both.
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:38 AM   #2
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Re: Aloha - newb here

I just started CF almost a month ago. The CFWU can be a lot of work, but you will adjust to it quickly. The official cfwu is 10-15 reps of the 6 exercises. I think it is important to do the warmup, but I would scale it until you get better at it. Just do fewer reps of each exercise. Maybe 6-8 reps of each. You will quickly buildup to 10, 12, then hopefully 15. Also, some of the 6 exercises you will be able to do 15 (squats), some 5 (pullups). So, scale each exercise accordingly and if a WOD calls for pullups obviously I would do fewer or no pullups in the cfwu. I would recommend doing both the cfwu and wod, just scale back. On the wod's just focuse on the techniques until you get better and stronger. If you at least practice the movements on the wod's your learning curve will shorten. IMO
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:39 AM   #3
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Re: Aloha - newb here

Oh, sorry, and a lot of people recommend "starting strength" if you don't have a decent background in strength training. Sounds like a great idea.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:09 AM   #4
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Re: Aloha - newb here

Hi Brent,

I'm glad you asked that question. :-) I just attempted the CFWU last night and I just about died. I did 10 reps of each of the 6 exercises. I can't do pull ups or dips yet, so I do a modified version.

I've seen a crossfit shirt that says "our warmup is your workout". Last night I found out the true meaning of that! It's SO TRUE!

Good luck Brent!

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:47 PM   #5
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Re: Aloha - newb here

Thanks Brian. What do you mean by "starting strength"?
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:52 PM   #6
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Re: Aloha - newb here

I'm like you, I can't complete the pull ups and dips. I use the machines at the gym to help me. We'll see how long before I can do one on my own. I'm going to try to do the warm up and the WOD. Do you have access to machines? They really help me ease into these CF exercises.
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Old 01-10-2008, 08:17 PM   #7
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Re: Aloha - newb here

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Thanks Brian. What do you mean by "starting strength"?

"Starting Strength" is both a book and a program for developing basic (and advanced) levels of strength. Outstanding program, and very clear teaching.

Work and family safe link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Stren...0021361&sr=8-2
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:55 PM   #8
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Thanks Brian. What do you mean by "starting strength"?
Sup B! Das right I am hounding after your posts. I'll go tell Shaun right now that I am stalking you. He'll get a good laugh. If you haven't purchased a copy of 'Starting Strength' yet, I have a copy of my own if you would like to take a look at it before you buy your own.

In other words, it's worth buying.
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