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Old 04-04-2006, 09:41 PM   #1
Dan Ensing
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I'm not sure if this if the right forum for this or not, but...

My wife and I joined a gym and started working out together. I do most of my stuff at home still, but the gym does offer a C2 rower.

Anyways, my wife has been doing very well and is looking for some new things. Crossfit might be a little to much and I'm not a good personal trainer, so I was looking into getting her a subscription to a workout mag (Shape, Womens Health, etc.) and am looking for advice. Thanks!

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Old 04-05-2006, 12:47 AM   #2
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Just say no. :lame: Pablum. Fluff. Condescending crapola. (Not that I have an opinion on them or anything...)

--The CrossFit Journal, of course is a great source of well-written, entertaining, mostly spot-on info about women & strength training

Yeah, I know, those aren't magazines in the sense you meant...
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Old 04-05-2006, 01:40 AM   #3
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Start with all the crossfit journals that deal with the fundamentals.

Get the squat issue, the food one, the metabolic conditioning one etc

Don't waste your time with any of the commercial fitness mags, they are 99% rubbish

speaking of which i bought a copy of muscle and fitness today just for a laugh, wow it's even worse than i remember it!
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:33 AM   #4
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Dan,stear clear of the "fitness porn" air brushed models trying to look "fit" without messing up their hair or breaking a sweat.
Go for the CrossFit Journal

The beauty of crossfit is it can be scaled I have seen classes with everyone from an 8 year old kid to a 74 year old with parkinson disease doing crossfit.

CrossFit is not just for the fire breathers.ITS FOR EVERYBODY!!!

Most of my personal training clients, who have also started working out as a group once a week are women aged between 21 -55 and they all do crossfit,Scaled to their abililties. Check out for pictures

I have also been introducing crossfit to my aqua aerobics class the oldest two are 74, the ladies are doing pullups off the blocks, muscle ups out of the pool(some not all), modified pushups on the edge and walking lunges for time and loving it.
I think they are ready for me to introduce them to tabata squats on saturday.

If you need any help scaling workouts for you wife feel free to drop me an email.

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Old 04-05-2006, 06:49 AM   #5
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Welcome Dan! Another great resource for helping you scale WOD's is the Brand X site. They do an intermediate and "beginner" workout modification every day for the current WOD and post it on their website. She could try starting out with the "Puppies and Buttercups" version. Click on the WOD link on the right side of their page, find the date you want, and have fun!
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Old 04-05-2006, 06:50 AM   #6
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"Shape" magazine offers every single month without fail at least one headline on the cover that implies they have some secret exercise for spot reducing. Only... there is no such thing as a spot reducing exercise. And they know it.

The rest of those women's fitness magazines are just as guilty. They tell people what they want to hear and what is popular. They don't tell the truth.
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Old 04-05-2006, 07:17 AM   #7
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I second the Brand X Forums for "women's fitness". I'd say half the trainers are women and they are active on the forum. Bunch of very helpful, smart and funny ladies with a lot of good information to share.

For your wife, scaled workouts are the way to go and BX posts all the class workouts including the WOD from Lots to choose from.

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Old 04-05-2006, 07:24 AM   #8
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Think of this... every "fitness" phrase - toning, sculpting, shaping... they are all marketing phrases. The majority of people wouldn't look at a magazine that reads: Hard work, lots of sweat and nutritional discipline equals good results! Rather, they want it to be, 5 easy fun steps to a healthy and svelt you! or Eat your cake and walk for 10 minutes to lose 15 pounds of the fat that isn't your fault in the first place - all without breaking a sweat!

So, with that in mind - don't even bother with the mags. Stop and think about what the titles promise you and then if it seems too easy, then it is. The companies don't care about your health and wellness, they care about their profit.

If you want to really get a laugh - or get severly ****ed off, then start looking at the nutritional lies and marketing bs out there.
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Old 04-05-2006, 07:32 AM   #9
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Magazines cannot, by their very nature, tell anyone what they need to know. Think about; if they did, you wouldn't need to keep buying them. Further, much of what they DO promote is bunk. Get that lady Crossfitting!
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Old 04-05-2006, 09:06 AM   #10
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good advice all--crossfit is the ONLY program where i've gotten results in the way my body looked but also where i was better at things i do in life. fitness magazines are repetitive AND contradictory!

tell your wife to print out the WOD and take it to the gym everyday she can--she will be able to adapt the weight, reps, and sets to suit her fitness level and work up to them!
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