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Old 04-29-2006, 01:49 PM   #1
Tyler Fainstat
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Oi- I have read through the FAQs a few times, and bounced arround the archives, and am beginning to develop a more coherent idea of what is crossfit- one quick question though:

Does one normally go straight into the WOD after the CFWU, in order to keep the heart rate and intesity going, or do people normally stop and stretch and then go into the WOD?

thanks in advance, tyler
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Old 04-29-2006, 03:07 PM   #2
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No, all of the streching you need is in the warmup, any static stretching pre-workout is a bad idea as it actually decreses your muscles ability to contract with maximum force.

Static stretching should be saved for the post-workout window, during your cool-down period.
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Old 04-29-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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I don't stretch between WU and WOD but I also do not jump right into the WOD after the WU. I hit the WU hard so I usually need a little break before starting up again.

Sometimes it's a practicality issue: Waiting for equipment, setting up stations, planning subs etc.

Sometimes its a psychological issue: I read and re-read the WOD probably 15 times partly out of disbelief that a human being is capable of such a feat and partly to run it through in my mind and psyche myself up.

I'm not sure there is a right answer but it's probably best not to wait too long between WU and WOD and run the risk of cooling off.
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Old 04-29-2006, 04:29 PM   #4
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Moving to the Workout of the Day section.
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Old 04-30-2006, 07:08 AM   #5
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Typically I do the warmup, then spend 5 minutes or so arranging equipment and getting my head in the right place. Then I go.
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:04 AM   #6
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Yeah, I do the same thing as Matt. I try to arrange my equipment so that moving from station to station is as natural as possible. This helps me to plan and visualise how the workout is going to go, which gets me in the right frame of mind to start working hard. (Gives himself a little pat on the back for doing something the same as Matt G.)
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