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<p>Anyone here do crossfit?  The most recent thread is over 3 years old, so thought I would start a new one!  </p>
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<p>I had my first trial CF workout last week, and I loved it.  Problem is I'm not sure how I feel about that particular gym/box, and I am so out of shape, I think it might be better to save some money and try to get in moderate shape before I go back.  </p>
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<p>I would love to hear experiences/ stories from any other crossfit mamas out there!  </p>
 

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<p>I do! I absolutely adore my crossfit class. It's not at a gym, it's actually a really cool setup -- I'm a state worker, and DPS offers a free 30 crossfit class to state workers every day, twice a day, in the breezeway of my building. The instructor is really great. I can't tell if it's "pure" crossfit or not. When I read about crossfit online, my class seems similar in some ways and different in others. We definitely have a wide range of abilities and bodies in the class. Everyone just kind of does their own time and is supportive.</p>
<p>It's been great, though. I've been doing it since March and I've really seen results. Mostly, my strength and endurance has dramatically improved. I've actually gained about 5 pounds, but my clothes fit like I weigh a lot less -- I know I've put on a ton of muscle in my core, my shoulders, and especially my quads. It's weird looking at the scale and seeing a number that has historically meant I'm getting a little overweight, but I'm just focusing on the fact that my jeans fit, and I can run and lift and do a lot of stuff I couldn't do before. Being strong feels really good.</p>
<p>Crossfit is definitely intense, especially since we're doing it outside in Texas at the peak of the summer! But I've acclimated pretty well to the heatI actually really like that kind of stripped down, bare bones, guy approach to working out. </p>
 

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<p>Wow that's awesome MamaJen! Crossfit for free!!  One of the things holding me back is that around here it costs between $100- $150 per month for CF.  I *could* afford it, but man I'm cheap so it's hard to justify that in my head!</p>
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<p>The changes you describe in your body and weight sound exactly like what I have heard from other crossfitters.  They all say to throw out the scale!  I do need to lose weight but I also want to be toned, so it sounds like I would be happy with the results.  Don't care if I gain as long as it is good, healthy gain (muscle)  and I can see the results!</p>
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<p>How active were you before you started CF?  I have been absolutely sedentary and that's another thing holding me back from starting right away.</p>
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<p>Can't believe you do that outside, in Texas!! lol.  That is dedication!!  </p>
 

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<p>I was moderately active before I started (mostly I did workout videos two or three times per week), but there are plenty of people doing the class who were very sedentary, and a lot of people who are quite overweight. Granted, it's a class full of state workers, so it's probably less of a hardcore gym culture. Really, people are just supportive. But the workout itself can be really intense, especially if you go all out. I will say that I saw improvements in my strength and endurance quite quickly.</p>
<p>I'm so lucky that it's offered for free. It's like the best job perk ever. We even get 30 minutes three times a week to work out on the clock. When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense -- employees are more productive and they cost less in healthcare if they're getting good exercise.</p>
<p>As far as the weight gain goes -- I talked to my instructor about it, and he said (picture this in a thick Texas accent), "I tell all my ladies that do crossfit, you don't worry about that number on the scale. Throw out that scale. You just worry about that nice little dress size you're fittin' in."</p>
 

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<p>Your CF class sounds exactly what I'm looking for!  *sigh*.  I don't care for gym culture myself, and would prefer to work out with 'normal' people lol.  You are very, very lucky!</p>
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<p>I'm going to visit the other local CF box and see what that one is like.  I really need to make sure I feel comfortable with the people and the coaches before I sign up, since, knowing myself, I will just stop going if I don't like the trainers or group.  I have just never been athletic and I am so not competitive and thus have a hard time fitting in with people that are.  The things that drive them do NOT motivate me.  In fact, just the opposite.  </p>
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<p>Thanks for responding!  </p>
 

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<p>Why is CF so expensive?  I know people who absolutely love it and I wanted to try it out but, if I get hooked I'll go broke!  Why is much $$ compared to other gyms and classes?  I'd really like to know!</p>
 

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I have read that the reason crossfit is so expensive is that it is all classes - you are always working with a certified trainer. Apparently there are different levels of certification but they have to be certified to be leading the workouts. So it's not like a gym membership where a good percentage of the members are working out independently.<br><br>
My husband and I do crossfit workouts from home. We have purchased basic equipment such as weights, barbell and pullup bar. We use stairs or an egg crate for box jumps and two chairs for dips. Since we are pretty new to crossfit this gives us more than enough of a challenge and enough variety for now. I don't see memberships fitting into the budget but I am starting to want to go to a box just for the extra motivation. My husband is a former personal trainer so fortunately I have someone to help me scale the workouts and check my form.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Gracecody</strong> <a href="/community/t/1387524/new-crossfit-thread/0_100#post_17445446"><img alt="View Post" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I have read that the reason crossfit is so expensive is that it is all classes - you are always working with a certified trainer. Apparently there are different levels of certification but they have to be certified to be leading the workouts. So it's not like a gym membership where a good percentage of the members are working out independently.<br><br>
My husband and I do crossfit workouts from home. We have purchased basic equipment such as weights, barbell and pullup bar. We use stairs or an egg crate for box jumps and two chairs for dips. Since we are pretty new to crossfit this gives us more than enough of a challenge and enough variety for now. I don't see memberships fitting into the budget but I am starting to want to go to a box just for the extra motivation. My husband is a former personal trainer so fortunately I have someone to help me scale the workouts and check my form.</div>
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<p>How did you figure out how to do it at home?  Is there a website or book or something?</p>
 

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<p>When I was first interested in it, I found a few crossfit blogs that I really liked, that mentioned doing it at home and while traveling. Then I looked into that specifically and found a few blogs that got me started:</p>
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<p><a href="http://littlebitofparadise.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/how-i-became-a-crossfit-mom-part-one/" target="_blank">http://littlebitofparadise.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/how-i-became-a-crossfit-mom-part-one/</a> (this whole series is a great read, and very inspiring. Post #2 talks more about how she does it from home)</p>
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<p><a href="http://cleaneatsinthezoo.com/index/30-day-at-home-crossfit-challenge-workouts/" target="_blank">http://cleaneatsinthezoo.com/index/30-day-at-home-crossfit-challenge-workouts/</a> This site is great because it specifically lists a LOT of true crossfit workouts that are designed to be done at home, and they also include lots of links to pics/videos so you can see how to do the moves properly.</p>
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<p><a href="http://theascentblog.com/crossfit-style-beginner-workouts/" target="_blank">http://theascentblog.com/crossfit-style-beginner-workouts/</a> (I did these three workouts a lot when I first started, just to get me in shape somewhat! they are hard but would be what I consider 'quasi' crossfit workouts...not true crossfit but still all around great full body workouts and great for getting you prepared for real crossfit)</p>
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<p>There are a bazillion and one crossfit blogs out there...so if any of these pique your interest I am sure there are 10 more like it for further reading. ;) Good luck and have fun!</p>
 

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<p>Thanks Grace!!!   I will check out those links :)</p>
 
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