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Old 07-31-2008, 03:58 PM   #11
Adam Levenson
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

Between the CFWU and a cool down of some sort, the wod takes me up to an hour.

Warm Up Good

Work out super hard

Then walk it off

If you need more, or can do it super fast you are already damn fit.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:13 AM   #12
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

I'm doing 60 muscle ups today instead of 30.
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:39 AM   #13
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

Keep in mind if you do the official CF warmup (from the FAQ page)

3 rounds of 10-15 reps of
Samson Stretch (do the Samson Stretch once each round for 15-30 seconds)
Overhead Squat with broomstick
Sit-up
Back-extension
Pull-up
Dip

That is essentially 30-45 reps each of pullups, sit-ups, BE, dips, squats and stretches. It will take you almost 15 min unless you storm through them. In fact if you can do the official warmup as described that alone will put you in better shape than many. You then get to do the workout, which usually takes you 15-30 min more.

All that being said many do more than CF. If you follow for a while and recover well from it then by all means do a sport or something else in addition.

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Old 08-02-2008, 07:48 AM   #14
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

Don't forget that many people here play a sport, as well. In fact, that's one of the tenets of CF, that you should get out there and learn/play new sports!

I'm not doing a sport currently (I was doing martial arts, but financially I could only afford to keep 2 contracts going, between me, my son and my daughter, and I figured they will benefit more than I will from it) so I've found other ways to raise my activity level... Burpee challenge + air squat challenge, anyone?

Also, once people get to the upper levels of fitness (someday I'll be there...), they actually start scaling up the WOD's, such as by increasing the weights called for, wearing a weight vest, etc... If you do a search, there's plenty of stuff on the boards about it.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:46 AM   #15
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

A fair number of people add extra heavy lifting in there, either replacing or supplementing a metcon.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:58 AM   #16
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

Like others have said, it depends on your goals. One of my friends in the squadron is going to BUD/S soon and he does pretty intense workouts, taking a lot of cues from Crossfit, but he works out for something like three to four hours a day. His definition of "enough" is far different from mine and probably most people.
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:02 AM   #17
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

there should be a stickie devoted to the hundreds of times this question has been asked and answered.

In a nutshell: do it and report back.
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:53 PM   #18
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

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there should be a stickie devoted to the hundreds of times this question has been asked and answered.

Sigh. We would need 100 stickies, which would choke the first page of every section.

Instead, we create the FAQ, conveniently linked at the top of every single page in the forums. I'm still working on a way to require all members to pass a test that will require them to actually read it before they can post a question.
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Old 08-02-2008, 05:07 PM   #19
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

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Instead, we create the FAQ, conveniently linked at the top of every single page in the forums. I'm still working on a way to require all members to pass a test that will require them to actually read it before they can post a question.
It took me almost a year to notice that link. It's not something you're looking for, and the yellow makes it less rather than more visible.
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Old 08-02-2008, 05:46 PM   #20
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Re: Is crossfit really enough?

The FAQ on that issue is somewhat cursory, and doesn't answer the second part of her question.

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Part of the crossfit philosophy includes pursuing/learning another sport or activity, and many crossfitters are also martial artists and competitive athletes in a variety of disciplines.
However, if you work the WODs hard, you will find yourself at an improved level of fitness, and for lots of us, the WOD is our primary "sport."
If you pursue another activity, you will need to balance your work/rest cycles and be sure to allow for recovery. Sometimes, you will need extra days off or to consider a WOD as "active rest" done at a lower intensity.
She wants to hear what other people do.
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