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Old 05-24-2005, 09:56 PM   #1
John Elstad
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I've done three rounds of WODs (9 in all). On my first WOD, I did about 5 pull-ups before I needed assistance. Today, after 100 squats, sit-ups, and push-ups, I couldn't do one. I was hoping that I would at least improve modestly on my first WOD, but today's performance makes me wonder if I'm missing something. I'd appreciate any helpful comments.
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Old 05-25-2005, 02:21 AM   #2
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In any case it must be understood that the CrossFit workouts are extremely demanding and will tax the capacities of even the world's best athletes. You would be well advised to take on the WOD carefully, cautiously, and work first towards completing the workouts comfortably and consistently before "throwing" yourself at them 100%. The best results have come for those who've "gone through the motions" of the WOD by reducing recommended loads, reps, and sets while not endeavoring towards impressive times for a month before turning up the heat. We counsel you to establish consistency with the WOD before maximizing intensity. - Getting Started.
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Old 05-25-2005, 04:13 AM   #3
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It is common to experience a reduction in, say, pull-up numbers when fatigued from other demanding tasks. This is one of the traits the Crossfit method is aimed at training.

As Dan John says so succinctly, the body is one piece.
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Old 05-25-2005, 07:44 AM   #4
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Give your body some time. You've been at it not even two weeks. Be patient, and remember that this is for the long haul (multiple years to decades); the gains will come if you continue to do the WOD. Be more concerned about form, especially early on, and don't worry about not being able to bang out all the reps or lift all the weight.

If you search around on the board, you'll find that people (including myself) modify exercises substantially as we build up to doing WODs as prescribed. Jumping pullups, negatives, and assistance will help keep the metabolic aspect humming while getting you some reps to get stronger at movements.

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Old 05-25-2005, 09:05 AM   #5
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I agree with Rene'.

After two weeks, I was sore in so many different areas that I wasn't sure that I could stand in one position for very long, let alone exercise.

You'll hit your stride after a month or two.
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Old 05-25-2005, 01:03 PM   #6
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I can do 50+ pushups in one set when i'm fresh but ask me to do them after a hard run or some oly lifting and i'm down to 10 at a time.

You'll get used to the fatigue thing and then when you test your pullups fresh you will see big improvements.

Enjoy!
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Old 05-26-2005, 05:22 AM   #7
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glad someone else noticed the same thing. i had a similar problem to john when i did upside down angie yesterday. i got maybe 10 real pull ups and did the rest jumping. doing it that way, my time was down four minutes from right side up angie, but when i did it right side up i got a total of 40 real pull ups (broken of course) before i had to switch to jumping.
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:42 AM   #8
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Deja vu?
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Old 05-26-2005, 03:49 PM   #9
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all over again!
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Old 05-27-2005, 07:43 AM   #10
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Thanks, everyone for the sage advice and encouragement. Sorry I haven't been more attentive to this thread; I've been away from the computer for a few days.

John
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