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Old 07-19-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
Matthew Townsend
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While I was doing the deadlifts this morning, I was wondering where the explanation for the exercises we do in the WoD can be found, if it is written down anywhere.

I'm interested in things like why there is so much of an emphasis on pull ups, why the olympic weightlifting components are included, which muscle groups are rotated, the intended frequency of the cardio workouts and so on.

I'm not disputing the choices for a moment, I've been doing this for six weeks now and at the age of 37, I haven't been in better shape since I was 17.

PS I've read the FAQs.
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Old 07-19-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
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Have you read the PDFs "What is Fitness?" and "What is CrossFit?"?

This has been used as a summary: "Vary [everything], very often."

If you have different goals, you can modify choices. For an example, check out the "Rutman ME day" threads (Max Effort days every second WOD in the three day cycle to improve 1RM strength, from the Norcal CrossFit Performance Menu journal, which I haven't seen yet).

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Old 07-19-2005, 06:30 PM   #3
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Read these.

http://www.crossfit.com/cf-download/CFJ-trial.pdf
http://www.crossfit.com/cf-download/Foundations.pdf


Go to the exercise page from the main page to get a description of a large majority of the movements.

Subscribe to the Crossfit Journal and get the back issues too. Go to Crossfit NorCal and subscribe to the Performance Menu.

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Old 07-19-2005, 06:31 PM   #4
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Rene! You sneaky bugger!
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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The Voices assure me it is all part of the Master Plan.
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Old 07-20-2005, 02:49 AM   #6
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You're not going to find much theory because, as I understand it, Crossfit isn't formulated according to theory. Imagine taking a whole bunch of folks over many years, trying different things with each and seeing what seems to work best. Re-evaluate and repeat. Many times.

Emprircism is way more powerful than theory in the fitness arena.
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