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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:45 am
by Urup
Just checked out your goals.. so I guess you are working out a home :)

Strong goals by the way.. :)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:29 am
by Bri3626
Yep I'm at home. I love the homemade gym idea. I still have to get some Olympic weights, Squat rack, and some odds and ends but its comin along.

My son is welding me a squat rack and my other son is making jump boxes for me. Really pays to have talented children hehehehe.

Crossfit WOD today is 10k icchhh.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:48 am
by Admin
check out the stuff iron woody has, I have a link to them on the products and link pages. They sell bumpers, bars, plates, kettle bells ect. They get good reviews on the crossfit board.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:33 pm
by Urup
yeah I like the concept of a home gym too.. just gotta get a garage.. but am planning to get a medicine ball, some dumbbell, a kettlebell and maybe a barbell and some plates.. but it gotta fit in my car or its a no go :)

PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:42 pm
by Bri3626
Yeh a garage is a definite benni

Tried to do the 10k. Took it easy and started having all kinds of aches and pains in my knee and ankle so I stopped to walk then I started doing one minute rounds of sprints with 2 minute walks.

Completed 4.5 miles but dam took me 51:51.

I probably could have finished but I think it's too early yet to push it.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:19 am
by Urup
Well it is pretty cool that you just went out there and tried it :) most people would already have ridden it off as being too hard to do without prior distance training... when I run and starting to get tired I usually start doing equal time running and walking. ex 1 min run / 1 min walk or 5 run/5 walk. It works pretty well for me.

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:17 pm
by Bri3626
Bah Im disgusted.

Tried Fran today and had severe wrist pain trying to do the thrusters. Can't figure out what I'm doing wrong so I'm waiting on one of the experts to give me some advice.

I even went down to 45 lbs. bar and it wouldn't quit and only started at 65. By the time I finished my wrists were fried. Not sure the issue but may be flexibility. Anyway, I might be done for the day unless I get a quick response.


PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2007 4:33 pm
by Bri3626
Ok it's crossfit's rest day. Gonna take the break after my disappointment yesterday. got some good info from those folks and gonna work on some of those movements tonight just to see if I can improve form.

Eugene's B-day pullup challenge is in two months and I'm gonna enter so I have a goal to beat. I put myself down for 10.

His is 65.


PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:52 pm
by Bri3626
Was going to retry Fran today but as I got going I noticed a lot of errors in my form so I decided to just practice on that kipping pullups and kettleball swings.

Went pretty well. I suck at the kips but I did see a small improvement. My grip was wasted by the time I began improving a bit so I couldn't really determine how much improvement.

Studying some of the stuff off Crossfit and I've realized I'm cheating a lot in all realms so the plan is:

1. All the way down pushups as prescribed. I've been very close but still an inch or so off.

2. I have gotten into the habit of stopping and just breaking a bit after 5 pullups no matter how I feel. I think this more than anything has caused my plateau. From here on out I pullup without touching the ground. If I don't complete the pullup I stop for a few seconds.

3. The squats are below parallel but I'm going deep and all the way down.

I figure my scores will drop a bit but thats okay. In the long run thats going to help when I graduate up. And ultimately significantly improve my scores.

Plus I have a pullup challenge to do and I have to show how much Simplefit has improved my fitness.

Kudos to Kevin!

PostPosted: Fri Oct 19, 2007 7:11 pm
by NR
I found Crossfit before Simplefit. Simplefit was found via Crossfit. Luckily because of this, I had looked at all the material on form (I don't think there is a page I haven't visited on I swear I'm not obsessed. :wink:) before starting Simplefit.

As much as I hated doing things the way Crossfit said was "proper" I tried to adhere to those protocols when I started Simplefit. In fact, I remember going back to to look at all the form videos/info the first day I started Simplefit. It definitely was hard to execute proper form at first. Years of improper form meant those first workouts were ego crushing, but I'm getting better at it.

My point being, just in the 4 weeks of doing the workouts I have seen how proper form makes a huge difference in me being fit or not being fit. It does seem to me that I have corrected imbalances with my strength because of the strive for full range of motion/proper form. It's an ongoing struggle to continue to correct form though. I still have trouble going all the way down to the floor with my chest first on push-ups as an example. Proper form also goes out the window for me sometimes on workouts in the last 1/3 of the activity. I know for me this is an issue of my strength, stamina/endurance going down the drain during the last part of a rigorous effort.

This next part needs a disclaimer:
Disclaimer: I am somewhat familiar with the whole Crossfit, Mark Twight/Gym Jones situation (I however, will not pass judgement either way) but I read and reread along with quite a bit. I find the site a good motivational tool (i.e. Some of the videos.).

This link has some good points on form in my mind.

Oh, and Bri3626 I don't think you can call it cheating if you didn't know. :lol: Funny thing is, there is a discussion going on about this at Crossfit right now.
At the bottom there was an interesting thread (maybe only to me) in the "Similar Threads" section from two years ago about proper form and full range of motion.

Glad you found the information on Crossfit and I hope I didn't bore you or anyone else with my post. :D

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:21 am
by Bri3626
Not at all I love talking about this. Yeh I've devouring the Crossfit website. I had found them first too but my fitness level was such (and likely intimidation factor) that I wanted to build a good base.

I am truly thankful I found simplefit. Even with all the "cheating" I've done I'm still very happy and I'm certain I can hit 10 pullups just from deadhang.

I'm going to get very strict about form mostly so I don't get hurt. OHS scares the hell out of me heh. + I want a good showing when I finally do a level one cert. That way I can work on only minor corrections in form instead of worrying about full range of motion. Course by the time I have the money and apply it'll be a 10 year wait heh. Its almost a full year now.

I'm gonna check out that site today, soon as I mow, cut weeds, wash the cars, wax em, powerwash the house, clean up the garden.... sigh.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:36 pm
by Bri3626
Today I did a lot of jump rope as I was running back and forth doing yard work and stuff.

I learned one thing. I got a long road to learning double unders. sheesh.

PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 11:48 am
by Bri3626
Went running today. Not sure of distance. Went down a dirt road. Ran approx 10 minutes slow pace. Hiked around for about 20 minutes then sprinted back from where I stopped. Took about 5:24 give or take.

Decided to sprint a quarter mile after that and see how I did.

Got 1:40 Not too shabby considering I was doing about that the other night and hadn't previously ran.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 2:40 pm
by Bri3626

Really concentrated on kipping pullups and full ROM pushups and squats.

Rested a lot between each round. I'm seeing improvement so I guess I didn't do to bad.

10 Rounds.

Skipped rope a bit also. Trying to learn how to do that well. Lasted all of maybe one minute after I was done with the D1 hahahahhaha. Gonna go back and play with it some more later.

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:22 pm
by fizzleboink
:shock: I've got competition. :x