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  1. Clement
    May 5, 2011

    The interview’s going to be very interesting. I don’t have a very good opinion of CrossFit, but I’m going to keep my mind open for this one, because I know that not every CrossFit trainer or trainee heralds rhabdomyolysis.

  2. John the Drunkard
    May 6, 2011

    skill focus

    While ‘scaling’ to the individual is suggested, it is under-promoted.
    Idiosyncratic equipment selection makes it impractial for home use.
    While ‘good form’ is encouraged, most people who need such instruction can’t follow it–they lack kinesthetic acuity.

    A ‘reform Xfit’ movement, using body-weight only, or body-weight plus simple additions (jumprope, kettlebelll, pull-up bar etc.)

  3. Dale
    May 7, 2011

    John the Drunkard –

    Sounds like you’ve just described Monkey Bar Gym.

  4. Kelly-Fitness Overhaul
    May 10, 2011

    I have a friend that owns a Crossfit gym in Pittsburgh. I met her at a 10K race last year and checked out her gym and actually made a few posts about it on my blog. I think your point about the specific affiliate making a difference is definitely valid. She is a chiropractor and is very knowledgeable on how to train as well as how to prevent and treat injuries. I think that in the wrong hands, a crossfit workout can be lethal. There are just so many ways to train wrong with this type of training and once you are at the point of exhaustion, injuries are more prevalent. That being said, if you have a good Crossfit trainer, it can be a great experience.


  5. Craig
    May 13, 2011

    Been doing crossfit for a couple years now. You are entirely correct on the “picking the right Crossfit.” The one I attend, crossfit North Fulton is run by 2 people with many years experience in the fitness, weightlifting, and competitive body building areas. They have multiple certifications and you can tell by the care, instruction and strict adherence to correct form, technique and safety. The other difference between crossfit and “globogyms” is the comradery and competition aspect. I have made lots of friends and everyone pretty much knows everybody else. Having the times to keep track of and multiple people at each skill level keeps everybody motivated and competitive. Here you are encouraged and grunt and yell. The music has expletives in it and nobody cares!

    One thing I would like to point out: that you would like to “try it for 3 or 4 months.” #1 this is the point at which you will stop being sore 24/7, and actually really be able to push yourself and become a top competitor at your gym. #2. If you are competitive at all, you will be hooked and stick with it.

  6. Craig
    May 13, 2011

    Bill, I completely disagree. Because you can scale crossfit it can easily be tailored due to age. My wife has a 66 year old client who when she first started was in no shape at all. She is a 5fttall and 105lbs. She does the same WODs we do, but the exercises and weights are adjusted to keep her safe, but still make sure she gets a work out. She can deadlift over 120lbs and backswaut around 100lbs!

  7. Raza – Workout Routines Guy
    May 13, 2011

    You’re a fitness legend Rusty. Thanks for the great post.

    I’ve been a martial artist for a while and am partial to body weight exercises. I also respect the strength that gymnasts, military folks, and martial artists develop from body weight exercises too.

    Never been to a CrossFit gym though…

  8. Trey
    May 13, 2011

    I did CrossFit for about 9 months several years back. I thought it was great. I was stronger and fitter than I had ever been in my life.

    I was plagued by injuries though. I wanted to keep the intensity up and break my time records, so of course I got sloppy. A particularly bad neck injury made me give it up for good.

    The workouts are great though and I think a more controlled approach for someone who is interested would provide a nice change of pace

  9. Ken
    May 13, 2011

    I did Crossfit for several months too. Although they say it’s scalable when signing you up, that fact somehow seems to get forgotten shortly after you begin working out. I liked it while I did it, but the pressure from trainers to beat personal bests and the personal need to not look foolish among the crossfit pros tends to push many folks beyond what they’re initially capable of. I always felt like I was on the verge of an injury while training there and in fact, did wind up with a partial rotator cuff tear that was finally traced back to dead lifts done while sacrificing form to pick up speed. As Rusty said, it’s all about finding the right trainer. A good one will whip your butt into shape. A bad one will send you to your surgeon.

  10. Joe – College Essay Samples
    May 16, 2011

    I do like Crossfit, but I was getting a little too big doing it. May sound kinda strange.. I dont want to be huge though.

  11. Matt – Veggies For Ecology
    May 16, 2011

    Will be trying this very soon!

  12. Broseph – size and strength gains
    May 23, 2011

    Crossfit is an amazing way to train and it is definetly something different from the average training session. Its a great way to put on crazy strength gains and burn fat at the same time!

  13. Health & Fitness
    May 31, 2011

    is this what Sylvester Stallone actually used?

  14. ann.marie
    June 4, 2011

    I tried crossfit about 6 months ago because I am all about outside of the box fitness programs. It was definitely a good workout but I think that boxing at Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club was alot more enjoyable. It has a lot of non contact classes that keep me more motivated then crossfit did.

  15. Tim@ Best Workout Routines
    June 6, 2011

    I’m hearing more about Crossfit, must be some pretty effective training. Thanks for the post.

  16. Clay
    June 7, 2011

    I think Crossfit is successful for a lot of people due to the social aspect. By participating in Crossfit you have a support group that helps you achieve your goals. That’s why Curves is so successful. Everybody doesn’t need to do Olympic lifts though. If more people realized all that is necessary to do plance pushups or pistol squats they might want to do that instead and bodyweight exercises are a little bit more forgiving then Olympic lifts.

  17. Fitness Guy@ Get Skinny Arms
    July 24, 2011

    I think Crossfit is a great workout from what I have seen, but it just doesn’t seem to cover more then fitness in general. I cant see it being used for a specific sport.

    Btw. Ivan Drago is a beast!.

  18. Alem@ Brad Pitt Workout
    August 16, 2011

    Well, CF : CrossFit. No there is nothing new in Crossfit workout. i have been involved in Crossfit. actually its an Australian workout system and most of time followed via girls and ladies. it might be good for experienced and aged guys but initially in far most terms it should be used via girls.

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    Cross fit workouts will certainly improve your overall fitness and strength levels, but in a less targeted way.

  20. Joe
    August 31, 2011

    Im secfo and my flight chief had us do circuit training for workouts and ive tried crossfit along with a lot of other different methodologies .The workout one of the sgts put us through during the crossfit session was beast .And it is scalable just gotta make sure you scale it, if you let someone else push you to do something to hurt yourself your doing just that hurting yourself.

  21. Exercise On Abs
    November 9, 2011

    I agree with Rusty..
    Always liked to separate my muscle build from fat loss.
    However, Crossfit does sound interesting !

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    Im secfo and my flight chief had us do circuit training for workouts and ive tried crossfit along with a lot of other different methodologies .The workout one of the sgts put us through during the crossfit session was beast .And it is scalable just gotta make sure you scale it, if you let someone else push you to do something to hurt yourself your doing just that hurting yourself.

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    Hi Rusty, thank you for another great post. I just came back from reading your Facebook, I like the Idea of short intervals. I’m going to give it a try tomorrow. I don’t think I will do 8 -12 seconds, but probably 10 and 5 for 20 minutes, 10 sec work and 5 rest. I have a feeling it is going to be intense.

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  25. Suresh
    June 12, 2012

    Rusty, Great post here…

    Just watching a sequence from Rocky and listening to the soundtrack is enough to get you started, if you haven’t worked out in a long time.

    Crossfit can be quite challenging and one can find it difficult to keep up, in spite of being fit. I personally prefer it because the intensity is high.

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  30. Chris
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    I would be interested more in join a Crossfit except for the 140/month price tag. I am currently working out at a 10-20 / month but still trying to tailor a workout that is similiar.

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