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Old 07-29-2008, 09:17 AM   #1
Jesse R james
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I'm a little slow...

Well apparently this is the place to do newbie introductions, so here I go (after already posting to In Search of Crossfitters and Running your own..).
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I'm very new to Crossfit and was hoping to start up a bit while I was still out here in California, but I'm moving back to the Midwest sooner than I had expected. In light of that, I'm hoping to find a Crossfit friendly gym (won't have the space to set my own up in a garage for about 6 months) or at least some experienced Crossfitters who wouldn't mind taking a fresh, warm body under their wing.



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Partially tore my meniscus and ACL while in service
I've been working out on and off for a few years, only really seeing results when I would do fast-paced supersets in the gym. (12-18 reps of near max effort on arms, then legs, then a core exercise, then back to arms..etc...no more than 20-30 seconds rest between exercises). Even then the results were mediocre and constantly set back by my poor eating habits.

About two years ago I had another knee surgery (cleaning up massive amounts of scar tissue), which coupled with a busy work schedule (lots of travel), led me from around 220 to 275 just a few months ago.

Lately I've been relying more on a strict diet (about 80-90% paleo) and light cardio (biking on rolling hills) to trim off some weight. I've dropped from 275 to to 251 since June 23rd.

I also canceled my gym membership a few months back because I couldn't stand using machines and all the free weights/benches were taken 90% of the time, so I'm essentially only able to do body weight exercises and biking for now.

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Old 07-29-2008, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: I'm a little slow...

Welcome, and as far as your Issues...

I'm working out without an ACL in one knee, and my knee has improved dramatically in the 3 months I've been doing CF.

I'm not sure what your gym situation will be like in the Midwest, but if you can find a CF gym here in Cali to train at for what time you have left, it'll serve you well if you end up being on your own initially when you move back.

Sounds like you're on the right track, though! Good luck.
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Old 07-29-2008, 09:46 AM   #3
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Re: I'm a little slow...

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Welcome, and as far as your Issues...

I'm working out without an ACL in one knee, and my knee has improved dramatically in the 3 months I've been doing CF.

I'm not sure what your gym situation will be like in the Midwest, but if you can find a CF gym here in Cali to train at for what time you have left, it'll serve you well if you end up being on your own initially when you move back.

Sounds like you're on the right track, though! Good luck.
Well I'm pretty close to Crossfit Sacramento (about a 5 minute drive) but I can't really afford the fee's with the move coming up ($1200 for the movers, then however much for gas to drive my Jeep cross country).
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:08 AM   #4
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Re: I'm a little slow...

Might want to check out some of Coach Sommer's stuff, and Beast Skills. Will help you add in some various bodyweight exercises.
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