I don't think you need that much equipment. I workout at home, and the only thing I'm missing is a 15ft climbing rope and a rower. There are substitutes for most of the exercises. i.e. I just pinch 2 25lb plates together for Kettlebell swings. I have a basic squat rack, barbell, and 500+ lbs of iron. That's most of it. I made a 20lb medicine ball by cutting a slit in a $3 rubber basketball from walmart, filling it with sand, and sealing it up. My "rings" cost me $10.43 from home depot (pvc and rope + clamps). The dogs go crazy when I run up the stairs, out the door, down the street, then back, down the stairs, rep out 21 deadlifts (or whatever), then run back up and out, etc. Neighbors probably think I'm nuts too.
The Gods taught us to forge Iron so that we would not be slaves-----old Germanic saying
buy a chin up bar, sell the arm curl bar---Roddy
Apparantly, it's cool to superset and take up multiple statrions if other people aren't doing CF while you are:
Left hand side, "day 2" of how to get kicked out of your gym in 10 days or less.
^^ Let me change that to...
Unless you think you are simply genetically much more gifted at powerlifting, and have the ability to be an elite level powerlifter...
And you get back what you put into anything fitness related.
Again, I realize I'm overstating my point, but I think powerlifting (pure-strength) is the equivalent of being really good at boxing, whereas CF (total fitness) is like being really good at MMA. How many people consider powerlifters as "the best athletes in the world?" How about Decathletes?
Last edited by KingJustin; 10-30-2008 at 07:34 PM.
I don't think you understand it. Mixed Martial Artists train in what they do because they want to be complete fighters. Powerlifters aren't here to be the best athletes in the world, they are just here to smash ****ing weights, whatever it takes to squat/bench/deadlift as much as possible. Nothing more than that.
It's starting to sound like some people (not trying to offend you KingJustin) I know who say "so what if you're stronger, and can lift more than me. I don't care, I can still knock you out with a punch."
Well, I definitely understand that powerlifters just want to move a lot of weight. If that's your mindset and you simply enjoy it a lot more than cardio -- cool, I can accept that. Admittedly, really great cardio will probably do nothing for your life. And I also would say the top powerlifters (many of them are on this board, which is awesome) are at a higher level than the top CF athletes right now.
BUT, I am simply making the case that imo there are numerous benefits to working towards total body fitness (even if you don't follow the particular methodology of CF) over powerlifting. One of them is that, imo, it's simply more impressive to be pretty good at everything than very good at one thing and below average at everything else. Like Phil pointed out, it's kind of like being good at nothing but squats--yeah, that's awesome you squat a lot and it's damn impressive to be able to get under a bar and squat 1,000 lbs and be terrible at everything else (and I'm not trying to understate this: this accomplishment is much more impressive than the totality of what I can), but imo it's more impressive to have an 800 lb squat, a 550 lb bench, and a 750 lb DL. And, to a greater degree, to be good at all parts of fitness. It's just more functional.
Last edited by KingJustin; 10-31-2008 at 02:39 PM.
I'd rather be very good at one thing (or having big three's) than to be pretty good at everything else. But I also make sure that I always work on my weaknesses so they don't hold me back later on. I just don't think it benefits you that much in real life to be athletic and have great cardio, unless you're an athlete. I guess it's just a difference of opinion
Pretty sure he was joking there Tee...
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
Lifting Clips: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=johnnymnemonic2
3 Rounds of 12-15
Overhead Squat (with bar or pvc)
Samson Stretch (15-30 seconds per leg)
if the WOD includes any of those (for speed), you obviously wouldn't do it as part of your warm-up (or you could lower the volume)
SEE 1.8 of the CrossFit FAQ
Last edited by KingWilder; 01-05-2009 at 05:44 AM.
5'10", 170lbs, 10% bf
Bench:255 Squat:295 Dead:400
Snatch:145 C&J: 205
Chin-Up: +135 Dip: +100
Max Pull-Ups: 44
CrossFit Lv. 1, ACE-CPT
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Kingjustin why do you automatically assume that powerlifters are out of shape slobs? You make it sound like if you choose crossfit your going to look like david and if you choose to powerlift your going to look like someone who eats every meal at Mcdonalds. Your going to build more muscle powerlifting plain and simple hence you have the potential to look better. And If someone has a high bench squat and deadlift assuming they do some amount of conditioning what would their weakness be?
Ah, its in the FAQ. I figured it would be under the Start Here link so I was poking around there.
Thanks, there's a lot of info in that FAQ that I'll be reading through.