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December 9, 2011 3:59 PM
How should one log a crossfit workout? I've been counting them as an hour run at a 10 minute pace.

Is it possible for me to create an exercise?

I would like if my diary said "CrossFit ZZ minutes CCC calories"

That way I can look back and see a differentiation between weight training, running and crossfit workouts (which are all part of my weekly routine).
December 10, 2011 8:28 AM
When you search for the exercise and nothing comes up, at the bottom it says "Add an exercise to the database". You can put in your own entries there.
December 10, 2011 9:42 AM
I log most of my crossfit workouts as "Calisthenics" - vigorous effort. I use it only as a rough estimate of calories burned. I track my workouts elsewhere.
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December 10, 2011 9:48 AM
Best hing would be to get a HRM, it will show you how many calories you have burned...then log under cardio as a total workout. :)
December 12, 2011 3:30 PM
Good luck with your workouts, but I just wondered if you've seen this article about Crossfit? I know some people that tried it for a while, and after they decided Crossfit wasn't for them, they said the article was pretty accurate


Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You (from the NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all
December 31, 2011 5:36 AM
This is what happens when people do Crossfit

http://sgirlcrossfit.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-18th-gross-stairs-and-box-jumps.html

I certainly don't want my legs to look or feel like that!
February 9, 2012 9:44 PM
QUOTE:

Good luck with your workouts, but I just wondered if you've seen this article about Crossfit? I know some people that tried it for a while, and after they decided Crossfit wasn't for them, they said the article was pretty accurate

Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You (from the NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all


...But there is a lot of crap in there. Like that the program would be hard for a 60 year old with health issues so therefore it's bad - yes, it would, but so would mountain climbing and boxing. I don't doubt that there are some bad instructions out there - but its not all of them.

And the fact about speed and weight over form is not prevalent where I am. I've been stopped in the middle of a timed workout on a bunch of occasions because I was moving a 20lb wall ball the wrong way. Yes, there are timed workouts, but at least where I go, there is 15 minutes of skill work before hand, practicing with PVC pipes, then an unloaded bar.

QUOTE:

This is what happens when people do Crossfit
http://sgirlcrossfit.blogspot.com/2011/07/july-18th-gross-stairs-and-box-jumps.html

I certainly don't want my legs to look or feel like that!


Every time i have to do box jumps I have this dread in the back of my head i will miss once. But then again a family member destroyed their ankle riding a mountain bike in a parking lot. Safest thing to do is sit on a couch, but that is what got me into this mess in the first place :)
March 3, 2012 9:32 PM
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Every time i have to do box jumps I have this dread in the back of my head i will miss once. But then again a family member destroyed their ankle riding a mountain bike in a parking lot. Safest thing to do is sit on a couch, but that is what got me into this mess in the first place :)


You DON'T have to do box jumps! You aren't in the military, and you CAN refuse! It is your RIGHT to refuse!

I have seen the bloody scars of people that missed box jumps, and it wasn't pretty!
March 3, 2012 10:25 PM
QUOTE:

Good luck with your workouts, but I just wondered if you've seen this article about Crossfit? I know some people that tried it for a while, and after they decided Crossfit wasn't for them, they said the article was pretty accurate


Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You (from the NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all


huh

note...this would be the TECHNICAL section of the website, not the "I hate CrossFit even though I've never tried it" site.

/facepalm
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March 3, 2012 11:09 PM
QUOTE:

Good luck with your workouts, but I just wondered if you've seen this article about Crossfit? I know some people that tried it for a while, and after they decided Crossfit wasn't for them, they said the article was pretty accurate


Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You (from the NY Times)
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all


And here we go! Why does every crossfit thread get hijacked and turned into the same broken record! Yes Health_gal/Rachelsno, we all get that you don't like crossfit! You seriously need a new hobby, I suggest you try crossfit, you might enjoy it so much that you can spend your time talking it up instead of running it down!
March 4, 2012 3:19 PM
I have had the same issue of trying to figure out how to log stuff, especially with WODs w/ lifting or more extreme calisthenics. Like i'm sure a burpee is more than a regular pushup and doing a bunch of clean and jerks or thrusters. I guess I can try to do the heart monitor thing that someone suggested. I also found another app called fitclick on my comp and iphone. On the comp its free and it has most crossfit moves programmed as well. So I just steal those and put them in mfp. Hope this helps.

http://www.fitclick.com/workout_routine
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August 2, 2012 9:57 AM
Crossfit is the only exercise program that I have ever stuck with. My instructor insures my safety. You should also use some common sense. I was required to perform a box jump for my fitness test; my instructor held my hand until I felt comfortable ( did I mention I wore shin guards?) and I built up until I jumped 20 inches onto a box. I actually had tears welling in my eyes. I told my instructor that I would practice at home and she said emphatically NO! She explained all the exercise I do at crossfit will enable me to perform the box jumps; she know my ability and knew if I did it at home without instruction, well I may end up injured.

Crossfit is fun, not boring, and you are encouraged by your instructor and fellow crossfitters. Find a good instructor and use common sense.
August 8, 2012 8:44 AM
Started to eat paleo a few 2 1/2 months ago and started to drop weight really fast. I decided to stop doing my weak at home work outs and went to a crossfit class. My weight loss has slowed down but I am really feeling a lot more fit. Our instructor is very good at teaching form over speed. I just wish that myfitnesspal had the WODs programmed into it.
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October 9, 2012 8:48 AM
I think this website helps a little with figuring out calories burned, I can't really find anything better

http://www.fitclick.com/calories_burned?srch=Crossfit
October 9, 2012 9:00 AM
I have been reading your posts agains Cross Fit and have to say that my experience with it is great. I go to a gym where the qualified trainer goes over each movement (after our group warm up) and makes sure that we all know howt to do it properly. Then, on the board the work-out is written, with a toned down versoin on the right for those of us who cannot do certain exercises or as many reps or sets. You also have to use common sense and pace yourself. If you find the right trainer who is qualified and conciensious, it is a great way to work out.
October 17, 2012 7:17 PM
I am 58 and do Crossfit since June. No injuries and my coach scales everything to what I can do. I love it and have lost 43 pounds since March. I would love to be able to have Crossfit added to my exercises.
January 16, 2013 12:28 PM
Why are there people on this thread trying to stop others from going ahead? Any form of exercise can be dangerous if you do not do it properly. But then again, sitting on the couch eating chips us pretty dangerous. I do notice that those trying to claw others back, are not showing their weightloss. Is it possible that they have not achieved any weightloss? Focus on your own regime, and don't hold others back just because you haven't managed to succeed. Everyone here has a common goal.
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January 16, 2013 12:33 PM
I am so happy I found this thread! Trying another crossfit class tonight. I have found that as long as you know your limits, and sit out if you do not feel comfortable doing something to your ability, someone should be able to do anything she wants,
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January 16, 2013 3:54 PM
Crossfit might start people out fairly slow and easy to get them to buy into the program, but watch out when they put you in the "regular class" where things get a LOT tougher FAST! I know people that tried Crossfit, and would never go back or recommend it to others. Also, Crossfit is usually MUCH more expensive than other gyms in the area.

This is a really good and informative article you might want to read before you get any more involved with that program.

Getting Fit, Even If It Kills You

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/22/fashion/thursdaystyles/22Fitness.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Edited by Health_Gal On January 16, 2013 3:57 PM
January 17, 2013 4:19 AM
Thanks for the link! It is just what I have been looking for!
January 17, 2013 4:22 AM
I agree! If you don't like it, don't do it! I love it and what it's done for my body! I was diagnosed with arthritis a couple of years ago. I was on all kinds of medication and the doctors still couldn't figure out how to make the pain go away. I started doing combo Crossfit/boot camp and I haven't had any pain!
January 17, 2013 1:11 PM
I love Crossfit. I heard about it from my boyfriend and coming from a competitive background (swimming and rowing) it sounded right up my alley. I was running and doing sprint triathlons but because of a phenomenon of raynaud's disease, I couldn't run anymore- my feet would fall completely asleep.

My first box (Crossfit gym) had amazing trainers. In February last year, I took a two-week "on-ramp" course where I learned the style of the WODS and some of the major lifts. As time went on I got stronger and left better! In May 2011 I could back squat 175lbs, last month 205lbs, yesterday 215lbs. AWESOME! My goals for this year are to do an unassisted strict pull up, learn how to kip, master double unders, and climb the 14' rope.

With any sport, if you have bad trainers/coaches, you will get hurt. I have told all of my Crossfit coaches about my limitations with running/jumping rope and they either scale the WODs or provide an alternative. At the box I currently go to, I work out with a guy named Mike, he's 60+ overweight and arthritic. He does every WOD (scaled) and is a beast!

I love Crossfit! The workouts and the community!
Edited by StrongAimee On January 17, 2013 1:11 PM
January 17, 2013 1:31 PM
Believe me, most Crossfit boxes/gyms ARE extreme and overpriced. If the one you go to isn't, you just happen to be lucky.

But if anyone is thinking about trying Crossfit, make sure they don't make you commit a lot of money until you have a chance to find out what it's really all about -- something most people don't realize until they've already sunk a lot of money into outrageous Crossfit membership fees.
January 23, 2013 10:27 AM
If you find the right Crossfit Gym and trainers it is neither a waste of money or will you get injured. Crossfit is the only workout that I have stayed with for any length of time. I have been going for over a year and a half, and will continue to go. It does seem like a lot of money at first, but if you consider that you have a trainer with you for 100% of the time and compare a gym where you pay your monthly dues and then extra for a trainer you will see it is actually less to go to Crossfit and have the benefit of a trainer there all the time. The benefits to me are invaluable. I have never made so much progress working out before. Any Crossfit Gym I have heard of will let you go and try at least one time for free so you can see what it is all about, the trick is going back. Also any age or type of person can do it, any workout can be scaled for your abilities so there will never be something that you just cannot do. I love it and wish everyone that wanted to workout and be commited about it would at least try it, you would be sold!
To me the benefits far outweigh any 'risks' involved. The only time I have seen someone get hurt at Crossfit, is when they were not doing the movement correctly. The key is listening to your trainer and having a trainer that will teach you the correct way to do the movements. Crossfit is hands down the best type of exercise I have ever done!
January 23, 2013 7:20 PM
Crossfit is KNOWN for being extreme. That is a fact that the Crossfit organization pushes. If people want to do extreme exercises and get extreme fitness, fine.

BUT ... the vast majority of people that go to the gym do not want or need that level of extreme exercise routines, nor do they seek extreme fitness. They just want to go to the gym and get moving to keep their health in good shape, burn some calories and possibly lose some weight. To those people (who are in the majority) the kind of extreme training provided by Crossfit can be beyond what they need, or want to engage in or pay for.

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