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Old 11-12-2007, 12:48 PM   #1
Frank Pettinato
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Starting Crossfit -Greetings to all

All,

Just wanted to greet you all as I begin this journey. I am new to Crossfit. I just started today with the w/u and the WOD. I could only do I "round", but at least I got through it. I will check into the BrandX stuff as well.

I have lifted all my life, but I am finding that as I get older(43) some of the old "methods" I used are just not paying benefits anymore. I acknowledge that my body is changing and that just lifting for strength is not going to do it anymore. I needed a complete workout solution and this seems like it. I am currently 5' 9" 220. I am working towards ~ 200 and overall better health and strength in ALL areas of my body, not just bench press,curls,squats etc..

So here is to all of you for your encouragement and for Crossfit in general, thanks!

I am looking forward to great results and a terrific journey getting there.
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:52 PM   #2
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Howdy, Frank.

Sounds like you are on the right track.

Take a picture of yourself today, and another in a couple months to compare. You will be amazed at the difference.

Keep up the good work.
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:52 PM   #3
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Frank, welcome to CrossFit!
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:03 PM   #4
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welcome frank!
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Old 11-12-2007, 01:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for the advice and encouragement.
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Old 11-12-2007, 02:33 PM   #6
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Frank;
Welcome aboard.
If you can, visit Tempe CrossFit Southwest which seems to be the closest AF, then when you can, go up and train with Lisa in Flagstaff.
CF website and community is huge, take advantage of all the resources that's available.
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Old 11-12-2007, 08:45 PM   #7
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Frank - good luck to you!

Keep us posted.
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:44 PM   #8
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Re: Starting Crossfit -Greetings to all

Again thanks all!

Well Day 1 is in the books and although I am sore, I feel great.

Looking forward to tomorrow's WOD!

Do you guys have any recovery tips? Supplements? Ideas?

Thanks!
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:16 AM   #9
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Re: Starting Crossfit -Greetings to all

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Again thanks all!

Well Day 1 is in the books and although I am sore, I feel great.

Looking forward to tomorrow's WOD!

Do you guys have any recovery tips? Supplements? Ideas?

Thanks!
Welcome!

Recovery tips: Take it easy, scale the workouts as needed, don't bolt out of the starting gate. You'll get further in the long run if you work up a head of steam. If you can find an affiliate near you, check it out and get some help with form and such. Otherwise, read everything you can on the website, and watch the demo videos so that you get an idea of the correct form for exercises. WARM UP before you start the WOD.

DIET: Cut out junk food and excess alcohol. The less sugar, white flour, unrefined grains you eat, the better you will do. Eat high-quality protein and lots of veggies and get your fat sources from olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocados.

SUPPLEMENTS: The science is firmly behind fish oil supplements. I can't stand swallowing 3 huge gelatin thingies 3 times a day, so I buy a liquid fish oil supplement whose dose is 1 tsp/day. That I can handle. Fish oil is an anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective, blood thinner with some evidence to suggest it's also a decent antidepressant. It don't get better than that.

Have fun!

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Old 11-27-2007, 03:49 PM   #10
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Well after a few weeks I thought I would post my progress. Hopefully someone will be kind enough to asses my progress and let me know if I am going hard enough.
Started on 11/12/2007, I have lost 4 lbs. total. At first i could not even complete the W/UP (the pullups kill me) but I am using a Gravitron type of assisted pullups and now I get all 3X15! I plan on reducing the assist ~ 10 lbs a week or so.

I was VERY sore the first day or two, but seem to be progressing well. I am adapting to the Olympic lifts as well as I can. I have not done most of them since high school.

Overall I am using about 70% of the recommended lbs and/or rounds in the WOD after the w/up.

I am also running/walking at least 1 mile every day unless the WOD has a lot of running in it.

I feel more in control of my body, I have an easier time already doing "natural" movements in everyday life and I don't miss the old workouts of Bench press, curls etc.. every day at all.

I love Crossfit!!!!

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