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Lauren Fleeman 08-06-2012 03:27 PM

Where should I start?

I'm new and as the title says, I'm not sure where to start. I come from doing Crossfit since 2007 off and on. I'm looking to do different programming that includes more lifts. Doing Crossfit main page for so long, I wasn't getting strong enough to do the WOD's as rxed. I'd like to improve my lift technique and get stronger with shorter metcons. Can this programing help with this? If so, do I start with the beginner program or jump right into the daily workouts? Thanks for the suggestions.


Dave Van Skike 08-07-2012 10:42 AM

What is the Goal?

Lauren Fleeman 08-07-2012 11:11 AM

That's a good question, but I'm not 100% sure. This is mainly for GPP because I'm not competing for anything. I'd like to be fit and strong. I like Olympic weightlifting so that's what brought me here.

Lauren Fleeman 08-07-2012 01:50 PM

I should elaborate a bit more. Like I said above, I came from doing Crossfit main site off and on. When I wasn't doing Crossfit I was training for a half marathon and the other time I was doing Crossfit Mom while I was pregnant. Before I got pregnant I worked with an Olympic Weightlifter from the OTC for a couple months to improve my lift technique/strength. Once I got pregnant, I stopped training with her. These past 7 months postpartum, I went back to Crossfit main site just to get back in pre-pregnancy shape.

Now I'm a little lost for what to do. I like lifting and I know that it's an area of weakness as far as strength/technique goes. I'd like to focus on quality, and not quantity (15 reps or more) which is what Crossfit does. I'm on my own as far as training though. I have a rack, bar and bumpers, just no bench, at home.

I'd like to improve my lift technique and get bigger numbers than what I have now but at the same time I don't want to cut all conditioning out either.

Is it better to focus on just Olympic lifts, focus on strength, or do strength with some conditioning? There are so many programs out there that people say are good for this or that, I'm just at a loss. I could always go back to Crossfit main site but I'd like to do something different that will actually help with overall fitness and not just random workouts that don't have much purpose. Does that make sense?

Dave Van Skike 08-07-2012 04:46 PM

yes. it makes sense. it all comes down to economy of effort. IME, "programs" are useless unless they are focused on a single goal. Having more than one goal is a routine. It doesn't mean you can't be successful over the very long haul with a Plan that incorporates all the things you mentioned but you absolutely need to know the why before you can get to the how.

why do You want to be stronger?
why do You want to do conditioning?
why the Olympic lifts?

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