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Old 04-10-2007, 06:20 AM   #1
Marlon Thompson
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I've been a CrossFitter for more than 5 years, and can attest to the efficacy of this growing system. I was a McGym member for most of my adult life and always considered myself an athlete in a facility of peacocks. CrossFit has made a healthier and more athletic human animal. No matter how long I work at it, "pukie" is always on my shoulder. I left McGym years ago, and train (not workout) in my very CrossFit functional gym at home. I am more fit than any of my peers. At now entering my 46th year of life, I know that I will get better. My father (74 yrs old), wife (40 years old), and son (4 yrs old) are all CrossFitters now.

Are there any other long term CrossFitters out there? What's been your experience? What are your training objectives?
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:42 AM   #2
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I'm coming up on 2.5 years of Crossfit madness. Don't know if that qualifies me as an "Original Crossfitter," but I guess I've been doing this for a while.

Started really working out at 14, with 1-mile long swims during the summer. Once I started high school, I got into the whole bodybuilding style of weight training, and maintained that throughout high school. I was incredibly successful at bodybuilding, managing to become a 140lbs muscular beast at 5'9" :lol: .

Once I thought about college, I decided to go Air Force ROTC with the goal of becoming a CSAR specialist. Needless to say, those guys need to be fit, so I got started on the whole kettlebell thing for about half a year. KBs are pretty much the gateway drug for CF, so that's where I am now. I still remember my first WOD: 5 rounds of snatches and L-pull-ups. Like most people's first WOD, I nearly died. I don't think I really knew what pain was until I gave that workout a shot.

I can't even begin to quantify my fitness gains since I started CF. I went from 15 pull-ups to 38, deadlifting 150lbs to 300, gained at least 15lbs of muscle and leaned out to ~12% bodyfat and dropping, 3 mile time of over half and hour to 24 minutes, Fran from 25+ minutes to 8:30. While I'm no CF monster, I can usually finish in the upper 1/2 - 1/4 of the pack based off the blog comments on the main page.

Mostly, I'm way tougher now than I have ever been in my life. Instead of looking for excuses to get out of a challenging course or workout, I just jump into it and start pushing. I'm more confident than ever, and am not afraid of suffering to achieve a goal. CF has really changed my life, all in all, and nothing is out of my reach if I simply give it a shot.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the biggest boost that CF has given me. My work capacity now is simply off the charts. I'm running the PT program up here for AFROTC, so I get 2 hour-long CF workouts a week. On top of that, I keep to the posted WOD schedule, and do personal training with cadets who need some extra fitness. So, I'm essentially getting 8-10 workouts in a week, with hardly any sign of burnout or underrecovery. That's probably the biggest testimonial I can give: the ability to get some and go again day in and day out.

(Message edited by david_knutzen on April 10, 2007)
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:21 AM   #3
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Definitely not "original" but I've been around for about 1.5 years and I'm here to stay. Even if they try to kick me out! :cheeky-smiley-022:

Biggest benefits: exposed my weaknesses, got me using oly lifts on a regular basis, improved conditioning, mental toughness, agility, made me a better athlete overall, etc.

Coming from a strength background, I don't consider my continued strength increases to be the "biggest" benefit, but I'm certainly not complaining!
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Old 04-10-2007, 09:59 AM   #4
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Robb Wolf, Nick Nibler and I started Crossfiting in early 2002 and started Crossfit North in early 2003. Nick and I visited Santa Cruz in 2003 where Coach put Matt Mast, Greg Amundsen, Lani Lau, David Lees, Loyd Lewis and I through the first named workout -Helen- I got crushed by the pull-ups! It's been a great ride so far!

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Old 04-10-2007, 12:22 PM   #5
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Saw the Tabata squats exercise vid
via a link posted on a bodybuilding
forum, 'discovered' CF, registered
that day (7/31/2004)and failed to complete

5 rounds for time of:
7 muscle-ups (subbed 3/3 pullup/dips)
10 HSPU on
8/31/2004, been hooked since.

Definitely not plank-owner material,
but old-timey enough to remember
WOD comments with only 30-40 entries.
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Old 04-10-2007, 01:20 PM   #6
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Ken Urakawa and I started CF SouthWest in summer of 2004...For the OC's, look to the top of the affiliate list on the CF homepage...
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Old 04-11-2007, 05:43 AM   #7
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Marlon, how's it going?
I was at the May 2006 cert with you and your Dad.
Hope he's doing well also.

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Old 04-11-2007, 09:03 PM   #8
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Frank, everything's going well. My dad is fine and still in the gym 5 days a week. He remembers and speaks highly of you from the May '06 cert. We celebrated last week his 74th b-day. Now that's an Original CrossFitter for you :-) Family and friends are important to continual growth and development. Glad that you and the CrossFit community are there.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:31 PM   #9
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I first heard about Crossfit from Dan John in sophomore year of high school. I had spent my 9th grade year working out like a madman, yet making little progress. A typical day would be swimming for 2-3 hours, then an hour of upper body bodybuilding, up to 40 sets. When I stopped swimming and distance running and took up wrestling I realized I wasn't anywhere near the shape I thought I was in. I started sprinting more, doing squats and deadlifts, and reading more about exercise on the internet.

Now, over four years later I am a sophomore in college. I am a faster runner at every distance, stronger in every measurable category, more flexible, and have developed a much greater understanding of how the body moves, yet I still have a very long way to go. I am very deeply in debt to the entire Crossfit community for exposing me to the program and for keeping me motivated to keep on improving by constantly raising the bar.

One of the biggest thing I have learned is that for functional movements, form is paramount, and in any new exercise form work must precede any meaningful strength or conditioning work. Do not let the urge to smoke yourself on a workout undermine your urge to achieve virtuosity. I am still working on the form on my air squats, handstands, kipping pullups, and pushups. I also didn't start doing the crossfit warmup until recently, and I have realized how brilliant it is.

Some of the most impressive people I have met have been through Crossfit, not to mention some good friends. The Crossfit DC group I train with always lifts my mood up at the end of a long school day or early on Sunday mornings(10 AM is early for college students.)

If I wanted to I could write about what I have learned from my Crossfit experience for days, but unfortunately I have to go to sleep.

Perhaps most importantly I have learned that if Lynne Pitts tells you to use your real name, use you #*$&% real name.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:04 AM   #10
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Can you imagine how incredible an athlete, or for that matter, anyone of the general population can achieve if the CrossFit method were a part of his/her physical development from birth. The benefits of the system correlate to every imaginable population from kids through seniors. I believe that the current standards of human performance will be resoundingly broken and improved upon. Imagine a world were times and weights put up by CrossFit's elite athletes become the standard for the average or advanced CrossFitter. Even their outstanding performances have room for growth. It's very possible and I believe will occur.
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