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Old 07-03-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
Iain Caldwell
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Question Beginner on a Boat--Help?

Hey there!

I'm generally a fairly healthy person--I eat pretty well and do a bit of running/cycling, but I'm going to be spending the next few months living and working on a ferry where there's nothing but terribly unhealthy food and limited fitness opportunities.

I've been wanting to try out Crossfit for a while and thought this might be as good a time as any and a good way to make up for an unfortunately unhealthy diet.

I've been trying some of the "Absolute Beginner" WODs, and while they seem to suit my fitness level I don't have access to much of the equipment needed for many of the exercises.

I have access to a tiny gym onboard with the following equipment:

-2 stationary bikes
-dumbbells (5-90 lb)
-2x35 lb, 2x10 lb, 4x5 lb plates
-preacher curl bench
-Bowflex Extreme 2.5E

There's nowhere to do pull-ups/chin-ups, although I can do lat pulldowns on the Bowflex. And the low (7') ceiling makes anything over my head difficult although I've managed to do modified burpees by keeping my arms bent.

I'm currently 6', 177 lb with no clear goals just yet besides becoming generally more fit and not putting on weight while away at work.

If you guys could help me construct/modify some WODs to help me work within these boundaries it would be much appreciated!
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:04 PM   #2
Frank E Morel
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Re: Beginner on a Boat--Help?

Look for barbell complex threads. That will be a good conditioning routine and will help burn some cals.

Look for coach rutford stuff, his programming is damn near dumbbell only.

If you can find some 2 inch Manila rope, You could use that too as battling ropes if there is room. On ship... Maybe hard press for room.
Or simply go the bodyweigth route.... Push ups, sit ups, planks and work in db stuff
Your situation isn't that bad, A lot of ppl do a lot with far less.

Food. Well, it is what it is, Just plan on eating veggies at every meal, and a protien and a lot of water. That should kind help on keeping you on the line, Try to avoid the starches and extra sweets
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:26 AM   #3
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Re: Beginner on a Boat--Help?

There is always somewhere on a boat to do pullups. Unless your in a Dinghy. Just be creative... Or buy a doorway pullup up bar, or make a modified one to fit a door. Most boats have overheads of some sort you can do pullups on. And you can do bodyweight exercises unlimited to your hearts content. Metcons galore abound for bodyweight. Strength training is as simple as training for One handed pushups, pullups, pistols, etc.
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