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Old 09-05-2007, 08:14 PM   #1
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Trying to get started

Hi all - a little about me.

I'm 33 (not far from 34) and really need to get back in shape. I could probably use to lose 40 lbs, and just want to be able to do anything I want athletically again (mtn biking, running, hiking, etc)

Crossfit looks great but also a little cost prohibitive to go the local Crossfit affiliate. I'm sure it would be good, but with a new baby, we just can't afford it.

How can I get started? I have a gym membership, but it seems so unorthodox, will it work in a gym?

All help/advice is appreciated!
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:20 PM   #2
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Re: Trying to get started

Oh, and additionally - I want to be in shape to ace a PT test for work (law enforcement) by December

the requirements are:
20 pushups in 1 min (no problem)
25 yd dummy drag (no problem)
scale 6 ft wall in full gear (adds 25 lbs..some problem but not horrible)
run 1.5 miles in >12:00 (big problem..I'm @ 14:00 now)
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Old 09-06-2007, 01:47 AM   #3
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Re: Trying to get started

Welcome Scott!

I would suggest buying the CF Journal, and dig into the forum archives...there's a goldmine of information in there.

Regarding gyms, it really depends on the type of gym...Big Box gyms, 24 Hour Nautilus, etc...and the owner. Some gyms are apprehensive about anything other than bodybuilding, with rules like 'no overhead lifts,' or 'no dropping weights' (i've been banned from two gyms so far for dropping weights). Other gyms are fine with it and will actually accomodate CF's unique training. Your best bet would be to talk to the owner.
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:39 AM   #4
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Re: Trying to get started

I just started almost two weeks ago, and I have to do my training at the local gym because there is no CF affiliate in my area. For the most part, I can follow the WOD's pretty well although I do have to make some adjustments. You can knock out most of the core workouts such as push ups, pull ups, cleans, OHS, etc. at your local gym. I made some medicine balls out of duct tape and dog food bags. Brand X also has some pretty good scaled workouts to start with. That's what I'm doing right now to get my body used to the type of workouts that are involved in CF. My biggest suggestion would be to work into it easy. Trust me, I tried to dive in head first thinking I was in pretty good shape, and I found out very quickly and painfully how out of shape I was. Good luck. It's a fun journey...
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Old 09-06-2007, 02:58 AM   #5
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Re: Trying to get started

What I'm finding - and the point I haven't been able to get through to my very rational partner - is how important intensity is. Work the WODs as best you can - and that means really as best you can, not how "best" you think you can. They will help tighten your core, and work off some of the excess weight (plain old counting calories works for that; counting calories and paying attention to composition - protein, complex carbs, some fats - does even better).

With a tighter, stronger core, the running is *lots* easier. And practice running - 400m, 800m - once a week or so. GTG - train your body what to do over a lesser distance, several times, and the greater effort will be easieer later.

Good luck! But luck is 90% perspiration in advance ....
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Old 09-06-2007, 03:55 AM   #6
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Re: Trying to get started

I've always done my WoDs in my own gym. The drop-dead requirements for me are:

1. A pullup bar
2. Available Olympic bars
3. Bumper plates
4. Some kind of rack
5. Treadmills

Next in importance:

6. Dumbbells
7. A Concept2
8. Something to do back extensions on

If you've got all of that, plus your own rings, you can do pretty much anything... or at least sub for it...
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Old 09-06-2007, 07:35 AM   #7
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Re: Trying to get started

so just jump in with the WOD? Is this going to be conducive to reaching my goals?

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 09-06-2007, 08:09 AM   #8
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Given your primary goal....do the WOD the best you can, and seriously do some speed work on your running. That looks to be the kicker, and what you need the most work on.
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Old 09-06-2007, 09:51 AM   #9
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Re: Trying to get started

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Given your primary goal....do the WOD the best you can, and seriously do some speed work on your running. That looks to be the kicker, and what you need the most work on.
That's pretty sound advice right there.

In only a few weeks doing CF WOD I can already name some areas where I am much better already - Dips, pushups, pullups, running, core, etc etc etc

Remember that nutrition is the base of everything. The other day Sean Gillespie posted, regarding bad food, if "this will make me slower/weaker, I'm not interested." It's a great way to view what you take in, isn't it?
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Old 09-06-2007, 10:17 AM   #10
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Re: Trying to get started

Scott,

Check out the getting started link in FAQ section of the main page. It is a great rescource.

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