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Old 02-27-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
Daniel Mohanpersad
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Starting with CF; goal = weight loss

I have some on and off experience with training in the gym and doing a lot of outdoors steady state cardio on my bicycle. I have experienced with different forms of weighttraining, like EDT and supersets. Out of boredome I never could do 3 training sessions a week with the same exercises 3x12. I got interested the Olympic weightlifts after reading some articles on t-nation. So I enrolled in a ten lesson course in Olympic lifting at the university.

Two years ago I weighted 124 kilograms, I have lost 20 kgs, but the progress is slowing down. Now I want to experiment with crossfit type training. The variation in the WODs is appealing. I have never seen myself as either a bodybuilder, powerlifter or an endurance athlete. Actually I am fairly new to any type of training. The ten measures of fitness from crossfit seem to be more appropiate for non bodybuilders. Most people will recommend a bodybuilding program when you want to lose weight.

Today I did the WOD of yesterday at the gym. It was really hard, I didn't do the full 50 squats and 30 back extensions. I reduced the number to 25 and 15 and I only did 4 rounds in 31 minutes. I was completely broken after that, but somehow that felt really good. Allthough I have spent many hours riding a bicycle outdoors to burn calories, my cardiovascular endurance still sucks. When attending a kickboxing class usually I am already tired after the warmup, which consists of running, jumping, push ups, squats, lunges etc.

I don't want to jump into CF WODs and get overtrained, because the WODs are hard and my previous metcons weren't very effective. What is the best way to get started with the WODs?

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Old 02-27-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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Re: Starting with CF; goal = weight loss

On the home page there is a tab of "Getting Started". Check the BrandX scaled workout forums.
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Old 02-27-2008, 07:39 PM   #3
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Re: Starting with CF; goal = weight loss

Goal = weight loss = fix your diet.

Training is of secondary importance in weight loss as DIET is #1 factor that will determine your weight (or rather fat percentage). Diet is 24/7 while training is maybe 7 hrs per week.

Zone/Paleo/IF have worked well for a lot of people here. Head over to the nutrition forums.
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
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Re: Starting with CF; goal = weight loss

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What is the best way to get started with the WODs?
Just as you did yesterday, scale each workout to your own level. The good folks at BrandX Martial Arts are seasoned CF'ers and they post a scaled workout every day, at several levels of difficulty. You'll find them here w/f/s/

http://forum.brandxmartialarts.com/viewforum.php?f=16

By ramping up your training gradually, you may be more likely to stay with it. Best of luck.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:00 AM   #5
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Re: Starting with CF; goal = weight loss

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I was completely broken after that, but somehow that felt really good.
As long as you understand that, you'll be fine. Steven is correct, diet will be key. With a good technique and strength base, metabolic conditioning and attention to diet will do wonders for you.
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:03 PM   #6
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Re: Starting with CF; goal = weight loss

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I don't want to jump into CF WODs and get overtrained...


Daniel, jump in, scale down accordingly, and build yourself up. What the other guys suggested about the getting started sections, diet etc, is sound advice.

My $.02

Good luck brother!
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