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    Damian, Ashley, Steve what are your thoughts on crossfit?


    a good solid program with many very good ideas, beneficial in a number of ways, take what you see is good discard what you feel is hype or not suited to you, cheers,ash


    To tell you the truth I don’t know too much about it.
    However I do know its very popular and keep people encouraged. Anything that gets people active and keeps them motivated has to be a good thing.


    What is it?


    Go to http://www.crossfit.com for a full explanation of their principles and pillars of training, good solid information, whilst I am not a fan of collection of certifications they do offer a sensible approach to training with information that anyone can utilise to get results, cheers, ash


    I think they have some good concepts. More importantly, what do you think?





    crossfit is probably the epitome of conjugate ‘periodisation’. you work on a continuous 3 days on, 1 day off routine with no set pattern to the daily workouts.
    for example, day one might be a 5km run. day two might be 120 pull ups and 120 dips (or 30 ‘muscle ups’) as quick as you can. day three might be 10 sets of 3 reps max deadlifts.

    there are some set workouts that are all named after girls (not sure why!) which pop up periodically and are usually ‘markers’ for your improvement. these workouts are usually based on time, with the goal of improving your numbers each time you do the workout.

    they also make use of olympic lifts on a fairly regular basis.

    personally, i think it’s a great system if you are training (and training hard) for general conditioning. however, i don’t think it’s a great system to follow exclusively if you play rugby for example. although the system covers nearly all bases (strength, endurance, power etc) doing a 10km run isn’t necessarily the most conducive to rugby performance!

    but crossfit showed be viewed like ANY training system: evaluate it based on YOUR needs. take what’s good, leave what’s bad.

    that’s my two pence worth anyway!




    I think they are based on the originals – GymJones (http://www.gymjones.com) They focus alot on endurance type and Combat sports and are run on the fight club principle. I do enjoy some of the concepts from GymJones as part of our Off-season setup; Sled-pulls, Sloshpipes, Rope Climbing & Med. ball work e.g. the stuff that can be done outside to break the monotonous and somtimes stale routines performed in the gym.

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