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Old 01-04-2012, 10:20 AM   #1
Heath Shumate
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Establishing a Baseline

Being that I workout at home and have only had a barbell and bumpers for bout a week now. I feel as I have only been partially embracing the Crossfit experience. My how a barbell changes things. My question is, Do I need to establish a baseline? Or just let my PRs come as they fall within the workouts? I am following the mainsite and trying to keep a good journal. Am I worrying too much about numbers? Thanks
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Old 01-04-2012, 10:26 AM   #2
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Re: Establishing a Baseline

What are your goals? If you want to be able to squat double bodyweight, it's helpful to know where you are now. If you simply want to be "more fit," then the first few weeks of workouts will give you a good idea.

If you haven't done much lifting before, you should probably spend more time worrying about your form than about the amount of weight on the bar.

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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Re: Establishing a Baseline

I found an app called "myWOD" which seems to have pretty much ev erything I need to keep a good journal. Im just gonna let the numbers fall where they may.
And my goals are like alot of others. To be lean, strong, fast, durable, vibrant, look fit, be fit.........You get the idea. Thanks for the input.
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Re: Establishing a Baseline

I take all my new members through bench, squat, press, deadlift and power cleans to teach them the lifts and to establish a good form 2 rep max. This is spread out naturally over 2 to 3 weeks on our lifting rotation. I find this works well to see if they have learned the lift and then get a general idea of what weight to use in met-cons and in strength training.

I find we are usually just a little on the low side but I would rather be low and make quick jumps through the first 3 to 5 workouts then be high and risk injury and bad form.

Establishing base strength numbers is a useful piece of information.
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