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Old 10-17-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
Justin Z. Smith
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Emphasis on biking

Hi,

Looking back at http://www.crossfit.com (wfs safe) via http://web.archive.org/web/200104181....crossfit.com/ (wfs safe) one finds

"Our tools include: Bicycling, Rowing, Running, Swimming, Weightlifting, and Gymnastics."

Can anyone find when the last WOD was that had bicycling in it? I ask because I don't see this emphasized much anymore. Thanks,


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Old 10-17-2009, 04:00 PM   #2
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Re: Emphasis on biking

You can do CF Endurance workouts on the bike.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:01 AM   #3
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You can do CF Endurance workouts on the bike.
True enough. But I was referring to the original CrossFit.


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Old 10-18-2009, 07:25 AM   #4
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Re: Emphasis on biking

What about swimming? Also a CFE only thing I think.

But CF is simply a method / idea, not just "main site WODs", so you can use whatever tools you want.

For instance, I just Tabata typed this message. I'm spent.
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Old 10-18-2009, 07:44 AM   #5
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Re: Emphasis on biking

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Biking sucks as a way for general health. It really does.

That being said I ride a lot for fun, and I've done it all my life, but its no good for your back and it doesn't belong in any training programs
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:44 AM   #6
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Re: Emphasis on biking

Saying biking has no place in any training program is a pretty bold statement. Aside from bikers who use it as their primary training tool I'm sure one could benefit and increase their level of physical fitness say for instance using short intense interval sprints and the like. Are you saying stuff like that wouldn't be beneficial at all?
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:51 AM   #7
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Re: Emphasis on biking

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Biking sucks as a way for general health. It really does.

That being said I ride a lot for fun, and I've done it all my life, but its no good for your back and it doesn't belong in any training programs
Compared to what? Running? With a properly fitted bike, biking is no worse for you back than running is for your feet and knees.

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Old 10-19-2009, 12:25 PM   #8
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Re: Emphasis on biking

mike mallory
if your back is sore, get a proper bike fit...
as far as fitness, you get super fit with the proper training, but its bike fit, not overall fit, but on the other hand if you race at an elite level, you are sure doing your weight training too...
not so much weight training that it will hamper your cycle training, but enough to make you strong, so when your 70 miles into a 85 mile race, your still sitting realxed on your bike because of your strong back, core ,shoulders triceps etc...
i ran for 19 years and have been bike racing almost 20 years now and both sports sure hurt when your doing the kind of training to get you to the elite level..do a hard set of squats. at rep 7-8 on your 12 rep set, you know how your legs feel... hurting big time....now, in an eighty mile road race your legs feel that way... for a few hours...people that just ride aroung the park ez wont know that though.
ask ian carver.. a former us cyclist and now a top xfit man, who went over to belgium, representing the usa wearing the stars and stripes jersey where the hardest races in the world are.. he'll tell you how hard cycling is.. it puts you in shape.. not xfit shape, but cycling shape (specific)
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Old 10-19-2009, 12:32 PM   #9
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Re: Emphasis on biking

I went through some of the older workouts (2003?) and did run across one that had "Ride on mile on a bike as fast as you can" on either end of the workout. I liked the idea...
Apparently the older stuff had this kind of thing more often, so you might want to check the workouts from years ago...
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:30 AM   #10
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Re: Emphasis on biking

Biking was part of the genisis of CF. Coach Glassman talks about this in one of the CFJ videos. He did gymnastics, biking and lifted weights. He noted that if he met someone that could beat him in one of those sports, he could beat them at the other 2. Voila, CrossFit is born.
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