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Old 01-11-2012, 09:15 PM   #2876
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So, I'm torn. Not physically, but mentally. There's a Paleo challenge at the gym from Jan 23 to March 18, and I can't decide whether to join or not.

You have to turn in a food journal weekly, and each 'cheat' is +1/2 point on your score. You have to make 4 WODs/week, which shouldn't be a problem, but each missed WOD is +1 point.

Winner gets a gift card to a local place, a Paleo cookbook, and a "Bangin' Bod by Spring Break."

My hangups are: I just had a newborn, and don't know if now is the time to be stressing over a 'diet.' The first week on the challenge will also be my first week back to work from baby leave. On the flip side, I thrive on a routine, and I DO like the way I feel when I eat mostly paleo. But 8 weeks without beer? c'mon....
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:19 PM   #2877
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So, I'm torn. Not physically, but mentally. There's a Paleo challenge at the gym from Jan 23 to March 18, and I can't decide whether to join or not.

You have to turn in a food journal weekly, and each 'cheat' is +1/2 point on your score. You have to make 4 WODs/week, which shouldn't be a problem, but each missed WOD is +1 point.

Winner gets a gift card to a local place, a Paleo cookbook, and a "Bangin' Bod by Spring Break."

My hangups are: I just had a newborn, and don't know if now is the time to be stressing over a 'diet.' The first week on the challenge will also be my first week back to work from baby leave. On the flip side, I thrive on a routine, and I DO like the way I feel when I eat mostly paleo. But 8 weeks without beer? c'mon....
i say do it. i am on day 8th of our 2 months Paleo challenge and even though the timing is horrible (i just had to be on site for 5 days which meant trying to keep 100% Paleo while traveling to NM), i feel great and enjoy the challenge quite a bit (and yes, finding Paleo things at a gas station in NM is quite a challenge).
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:58 AM   #2878
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A little help here, please:
Today we're deadlifting 2-2-2-2. My last multi-rep dl was 305lb for 5-5-5. Where should I be looking to end up on my last 2s, if I'm at 305 for 3x5?
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:31 PM   #2879
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A 1RM calculator puts your 1RM at about 350 with 305x5 reps. I think you could work up to 335x2 on your second to last set and go for 345x2 on your last one pretty safely. If the 335 goes up really well, you may try even a bit more on the last one.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:33 PM   #2880
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On another note, took a 2nd shot at Grace last night. I had done her a few months ago when tired after a lifting session and did it in 5:01. last night I went in fresh and did it in 3:40. I dropped the bar at the top of every rep and reset my grip and back, just went steady without long breaks.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:37 PM   #2881
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A 1RM calculator puts your 1RM at about 350 with 305x5 reps. I think you could work up to 335x2 on your second to last set and go for 345x2 on your last one pretty safely. If the 335 goes up really well, you may try even a bit more on the last one.
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On another note, took a 2nd shot at Grace last night. I had done her a few months ago when tired after a lifting session and did it in 5:01. last night I went in fresh and did it in 3:40. I dropped the bar at the top of every rep and reset my grip and back, just went steady without long breaks.
Damn, Neek, that's FAST!!
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Just hit your 2's and ignore the sets. If you hit the fourth set and still have more on you, then the first was a warm up.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:01 PM   #2883
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355x2. F*** Yeah.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:40 PM   #2884
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:00 AM   #2885
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Old 01-13-2012, 10:11 AM   #2886
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Old 01-17-2012, 05:17 PM   #2887
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I just stumbled across this "Crossfit" thread on my iphone yesterday! So here is my contribution....

So im going to post of a couple of wods and pics that we have done at my box.
Beachside Crossfit in Ventura, California.



Me at a Crossfit total competition, RIP Amanda Miller



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Old 01-24-2012, 09:27 PM   #2888
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My buddy has been doing Crossfit for a couple months now and loves it. I went to one of the free classes with him the other week and it kicked my butt.

After I finally caught my breath I actually liked it alot also.

Thinking about going since my yearly gym membership will be up in April and I know crossfit will work alot better.
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:28 PM   #2889
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My buddy has been doing Crossfit for a couple months now and loves it. I went to one of the free classes with him the other week and it kicked my butt.

After I finally caught my breath I actually liked it alot also.

Thinking about going since my yearly gym membership will be up in April and I know crossfit will work alot better.
DO IT!!! i can promise you that you will not regret it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:44 PM   #2890
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and I know crossfit will work alot better.
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So, I'm torn. Not physically, but mentally. There's a Paleo challenge at the gym from Jan 23 to March 18, and I can't decide whether to join or not.

You have to turn in a food journal weekly, and each 'cheat' is +1/2 point on your score. You have to make 4 WODs/week, which shouldn't be a problem, but each missed WOD is +1 point.

Winner gets a gift card to a local place, a Paleo cookbook, and a "Bangin' Bod by Spring Break."

My hangups are: I just had a newborn, and don't know if now is the time to be stressing over a 'diet.' The first week on the challenge will also be my first week back to work from baby leave. On the flip side, I thrive on a routine, and I DO like the way I feel when I eat mostly paleo. But 8 weeks without beer? c'mon....
So, I opted NOT to do the challenge. I did some soul searching, and decided that I LOVE going and working out, but if I had to let CF micromanage every aspect of my life with the food journal etc, I would begin to loathe the whole experience, and I don't want that to happen. I also decided that I didn't want to pay $50 to enter something that I didn't have a shot at winning. Between the kid and going back to work, I wasn't sure I would be able to make 4 WODs a week, including one 'Feat of Strength' WOD per week, and it looks like I was right - due to baby and work issues, I had to skip yesterday's WOD, which was the FOS WOD.

And as for the food, Monday night I was feeding baby, and wife decided to cook. Reheated honey baked ham isn't Paleo

I realized Saturday, after I made the decision not to participate, that I had been very stressed about it, and that it all went away after I made my decision. I had a homemade blueberry muffin that a neighbor brought over, and it was AWESOME, and later I had a beer, and I had no guilt about it.

I had to examine what I wanted out of CF. It's gotten me in great shape, but I still have a baby spare tire - but my chest sticks out further. I'm 34, married with a kid - I don't need 6-pack abs to go cruise the beach for chicks. I just want to be fit, strong, and healthy, and I feel that I am. I still eat about 75% paleo, but I don't let the marinade on a restaurant steak keep me from eating it.

YMMV, but that was my experience and decision. Maybe next challenge I'll give it a go, but right now, I'm still PRing every time we do a lift, and the spare tire is slowly melting away on its own.




On a semi-unrelated note, the wife texted me yesterday, "Are you going to WOD at 4:30?" I had to because she's always called CF a cult, but now she's using the term WOD. I'll make a CFer out of her yet!
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1. Congrats on doing what you want for yourself and resisting the (significant) peer pressure. Clarify your goals and do what you need to do to reach them.

2. The mob mentality in the box can be a crazy thing. We have a group of trainers that are really pushing Advocare, which is a MLM company that sells supplements. They are doing "24 day" challenges left and right. It's kind of annoying, but if people think it helps them...whatever.

3. The fact that my wife and I do this thing together has only brought us closer together. We don't always workout at the same time (actually only 2x/week coincide), but it's made a huge difference in us and our family. Yet some people use their time at the box as their 'me' time away from their S.O. YMMV, tread carefully.

4. Generally, and particularly at our ages, you will have to put up with a significant amount of discomfort and inconvenience to lose that last few % of body fat. If such an aesthetic goal is what you are after then by all means go for it. But understand that it's not going to significantly improve your health or performance.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:13 PM   #2893
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So, I opted NOT to do the challenge. I did some soul searching, and decided that I LOVE going and working out, but if I had to let CF micromanage every aspect of my life with the food journal etc, I would begin to loathe the whole experience, and I don't want that to happen. I also decided that I didn't want to pay $50 to enter something that I didn't have a shot at winning. Between the kid and going back to work, I wasn't sure I would be able to make 4 WODs a week, including one 'Feat of Strength' WOD per week, and it looks like I was right - due to baby and work issues, I had to skip yesterday's WOD, which was the FOS WOD.

And as for the food, Monday night I was feeding baby, and wife decided to cook. Reheated honey baked ham isn't Paleo

I realized Saturday, after I made the decision not to participate, that I had been very stressed about it, and that it all went away after I made my decision. I had a homemade blueberry muffin that a neighbor brought over, and it was AWESOME, and later I had a beer, and I had no guilt about it.

I had to examine what I wanted out of CF. It's gotten me in great shape, but I still have a baby spare tire - but my chest sticks out further. I'm 34, married with a kid - I don't need 6-pack abs to go cruise the beach for chicks. I just want to be fit, strong, and healthy, and I feel that I am. I still eat about 75% paleo, but I don't let the marinade on a restaurant steak keep me from eating it.

YMMV, but that was my experience and decision. Maybe next challenge I'll give it a go, but right now, I'm still PRing every time we do a lift, and the spare tire is slowly melting away on its own.




On a semi-unrelated note, the wife texted me yesterday, "Are you going to WOD at 4:30?" I had to because she's always called CF a cult, but now she's using the term WOD. I'll make a CFer out of her yet!
nothing wrong with that and sounds like you know exactly what you want. i am doing the 2 month challenge because i want to see if i can and because i think that it will make me think about what i eat but i also know that as soon as i am done, i will go back to enjoying the occasional beer or a good meal without giving a flying f$%^ about what is in it and how it is not Paleo. if i can get to a point where i am eating 85% healthy, i am good to go.

here is a good read from my Coach the other day and how i try to look at things:

From Mat Frankel at Crossfit City Line:

"“What about this? Is this Paleo?”
We’ve gotten this question a lot, especially during the KickStart Challenge and we want to make sure that you are still on track with your nutrition.
There are some simple rules of thumb that can make choosing your foods easy while keeping them healthy and moving you in the right direction towards achieving your goals.

1. Eat real food! – Real food is easy to see. It’s colorful, smells good, and can be hunted and gathered. You know you’re having it when you’re eating it, it’s flavorful and delicious. Many people shop around the perimeter of their supermarket where the fresh ingredients are and stay away from the “food” in the isles. These are the foods that are packed with some of the essential building blocks our bodies need; vitamins, minerals and plenty of nutrients. When regularly consumed, these foods will turn your body into a nutrient storing, muscle building and fat burning machine. Make these foods a regular staple in your diet and pull Ups, handstand push ups, heavy deadlifts and high box jumps and you’ll see improvements all of these and the other movements we do every day.

2. Make Smart Choices – We’ve all been to family parties, business meetings and situations where we have no control over the food. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be in control of what you eat. It also doesn’t mean you have to starve! Even in these situations you can choose to ditch the bread/wrap/breading and eat the protein and vegetables. Be the one that takes 4 sandwich halves but throws away the bread. And when someone asks you what your doing, no need to pull out a white board and dry erase marker, politely say something like “I’m trying out some new nutrition, I’m feeling good so far, I think it’s working!” or as simple as “I’m not a big bread/wrap/etc. person.” Eating out is even easier! You have someone else cook for you! No matter what restaurant you at everyone has meat and veggies. So there was some butter on the green beans, or it wasn’t olive oil that the fish was cooked in, don’t worry too much guys, you’re not having barbecue sauce and cream sauces, meat and veggies and you’re good!"
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Anyone in here do crossfit with a previously blown ACL? I have my surgery in a week to fix my ACL...before I destryoed my ACL I was really wanting to do crossfit, so I'm curious if anyone's got experience in this department, ie. difficulty with knees, etc. Obviously I wouldn't even consider it until the doc says so, but just looking for some anecdotal experiences.
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:35 PM   #2895
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No anecdotes here, sorry, but I'd imagine that you wouldn't have a problem. Any movement can be scaled/modified to fit anyone's needs. And I feel like my achy knees have gotten BETTER since starting CF.
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The winner of the cfit games chugs milk and eats peanutbutter and jelly from tupperware...not falling for your gyms paleo push is a-ok, you'll survive. milk makes small animals big and it tastes wonderful,

4 years ago they all pushed the zone, in a couple years eggs will probably be the devil again
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The winner of the cfit games chugs milk and eats peanutbutter and jelly from tupperware...not falling for your gyms paleo push is a-ok, you'll survive. milk makes small animals big and it tastes wonderful,

4 years ago they all pushed the zone, in a couple years eggs will probably be the devil again
I often wonder what will happen to the Paleo crowd when/if another diet comes along...
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just got back from doing the new hero WOD "Desforges” which is:

5 Rounds for time

12 Deadlifts
20 Pull Ups
12 Clean and Jerks
20 Knees to Elbows

Rx: 225/155, 135/95

i have to say that it was brutal even with me scaling it quite a bit since i have the strength of a girl scout. it was a great WOD but i have never seen so much blood and rips in my life..

as for the Paleo discussion, i am still not sold 100% on it but i also don't think that i need to be. instead of obsessing over the small things, i think that people should just focus on the basics and the ideas behind the primal movement. instead of obsessing over what is paleo and what is not, just do your best to eat healthy, natural food that hasn't been destroyed by chemicals. seriously, the concept is not hard at all, eat your meat, eat your veggies, eat fruit and do your best to avoid all the other crap.if you are not 100% convinced that Satan created Milk as part of an evil plan to destroy us all, drink it and enjoy!
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And so the countdown begins before I can begin crossfit!

Had my ACL replaced on 2/1/12, will be able to start crossfit on 8/1/12
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