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Old 04-13-2011, 04:40 AM   #1
Pete Gordon
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Default A brief question about Crossfit Training...

Chaps & Chapettes.

I went to my first crossfit training session tonight. The gym has been open for almost 6 months now...and though my home gym is pretty much a few streets away..I'd not tried it.


Long story short I actually really enjoyed the session. The WOD was 3-3-3-3-3 of hang power snatches as well as tabata lunges with a 20k plate overhead.

Not only did I have a good workout I met some pretty nice people.

My main vocation is weightlifting. I love the sport. I love the competitions. I love the training. I'm wondering if I commit to 2-3 sessions per week (on non-weightlifting days), would that help or hinder my training? To be honest I'm really not sure. Assuming if I eat enough (to recover and have energy to move enough) and stretch enough....would it help, hinder or neither?

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Old 04-13-2011, 07:31 AM   #2
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If you want to excel in something, focus in it...
Otherwise, too little info for other people (us forum folk) to answer this for you - you'll need to see how it goes there, what kind of workouts they want you to do, and how you can manage this new training load.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:18 AM   #3
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Chaps & Chapettes.

I went to my first crossfit training session tonight. The gym has been open for almost 6 months now...and though my home gym is pretty much a few streets away..I'd not tried it.


Long story short I actually really enjoyed the session. The WOD was 3-3-3-3-3 of hang power snatches as well as tabata lunges with a 20k plate overhead.

Not only did I have a good workout I met some pretty nice people.

My main vocation is weightlifting. I love the sport. I love the competitions. I love the training. I'm wondering if I commit to 2-3 sessions per week (on non-weightlifting days), would that help or hinder my training? To be honest I'm really not sure. Assuming if I eat enough (to recover and have energy to move enough) and stretch enough....would it help, hinder or neither?

Cheers.
The key is watching movements similar to the sn and cj, and the high reps, those can really erode the sn and cj motor patterns and congest the weightlifting training effects if they're overdone. It may also take away some of the recovery effort inbetween days; just a couple of things to be aware of.
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:57 PM   #4
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It sounds like you want community. Adding 2-3 workouts to a training week, unless it's low intensity cardio or light pump-type work, will affect any type of training. If the community is worth it to you, then you could try it out.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:02 AM   #5
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The particular workout you posted is not the craziest thing I've ever seen. It's basically an Oly workout with a little conditioning thrown in as a finisher. You could do worse than to use that as a template.

Make sure you're not negatively impacting your ability to recover for Oly, and you might have something sustainable.

But there are several specific workouts to avoid, and some movements to avoid. Good threads on here, but the most common culprits seem to be high-rep box jumps, high-rep GHD situps, kipping pullups, especially when done by novices or for high reps, and I personally distrust the above-the-head kettlebell swings. Just say no.

I enjoyed the CrossFit community and thought that I got a lot more out of some of the workouts because of the camaraderie. But this combined with stupid programming can enable folks to injure themselves in ways they wouldn't do outside that atmosphere and in the presence of sane programming.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:54 PM   #6
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Thanks for all your thoughts.

Ya'll pretty much repeated what a few people have suggested to me that it would most likely hinder than help my lifting.

While a workout like I went to would be helpful...things such as 'Karen', where you do 150 wall slams is quite a lot of work...and while would improve my cardiovascular output...it would take quite a while for me to recover.


I was talking with an elite ex pro weightlifter the other night who explained that when lifting he didn't do any direct type of cardio...instead he stay'd fit by mostly by having an active lifestyle.

So perhaps I'll simply be selective with wihich CF workouts I do and when!
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