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Crossfit Cost Too Much $$$: Going to get some angry responses to this one...

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Anyone else think crossfit is ridiculously expensive? I actually think I am starting to go anti-crossfit. People overtrain and it becomes like a cult. Why do people crossfit? Do they lack motivation to work out on their own? Just venting here but I'm curious.

CROSSFIT is too damn expensive!

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155 · September 11, 2013 at 12:19 AM

Buy a really good Mountain Bike (not a Walmart bike) and go find some rocky wooded trails and go nuts! Then download some High Intensity Interval Training videos and do that on the non-Mountain Biking days. Screw the gym, screw Crossfit. Look into MovNat, and other natural movement body weight training programs and do this on your own. Find some friends to do the same and BAM you have your own group of cool people having fun working out hard and getting in shape!

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0 · December 08, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Try going to GloboGym and getting personalized training for $150/month. Good luck! I'll happily pay that much for crossfit because it keeps out all the douchebags who typically occupy L.A. Fitness.

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2765 · June 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

...And I push them only as far as they can go safely. With that said, I actually love Crossfit workouts and they very closely resemble some of my 5x5 conditioning workouts Variations of Starr's 5x5 but done one lift after another in unbroken rounds...WITH WEIGHTS SCALED to the individual's ability. I personally LOVE to smoke a Crossfit workout...it's excellent training, for those who are able to do it safely...and for those who are able to guide folks to do it safely... But for the money? No, not worth it in my opinion...And that was the question.

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2765 · June 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Not speaking of the gyms... Addressing human nature. It's in a competitive person's nature to push, and to try to push farther than the person next to them. The nature of Crossfit does encourage people to push like this...when you simply don't want to continue...you push through to the end. Form gets sloppy, people get hurt. For example, how many people do you see actually performing CORRECT C&J when doing "Grace"? Very few. Yet they push on. I don't like any type of group training for this very reason. this is why in my gym, it's appointment only...one client at a time...

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1585 · June 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Oh it is? But I thought urban/suburban yuppies liked me ;)

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Don't worry. I don't think you would enjoy the urban/suburban yuppie scene anyway which is pretty much what Crossfit is about.

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 7:18 PM

What I meant to say is that I am not the one who started this thread. I don't feel hatred. I just don't know why people would spend this much for a crap place like Crossfit. Looks like Crossfitters have some kind of religious attachment to this place. It's sort of like "Crocs". They look like "Sh#t" but since everybody else is wearing them, then I should, too.

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 7:16 PM

What I meant to say is that I am not the one who started this thread. I don't feel hatred. I just don't know why people would spend this much for a crap place like Crossfit.

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Unless you didn't write this post, you absolutely DID say it was too expensive. Maybe I'm missing something in my newness to PaleoHacks (did you edit someone else's post?).

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:43 PM

This is a great post and really sums up what I would like to say only more eloquently than I could say it. :)

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173 · June 09, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I once trained at a place that not only had cold showers but a bucket instead of a toilet. The workouts were awesome though and cheap!!

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 6:30 PM

I don't feel "hatred". I am not the one who posted about it being too expensive. I am just saying that there is an easy solution to this. I am also saying it's really lame :)

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Such hatred for something you know nothing about. Its actually kind of sad. "My gym is better than yours". Or... "My daddy can kick your daddy's ass". Different workouts for different goals. Can't we all just get along?

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 6:20 PM

I am not kidding. These places are lame.

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7970 · June 09, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I almost downvoted you, but didn't. If you're kidding, that's fine - but either way, you're being a little harsh. Some folk like training with others and/or a coach, some don't. I'm in the latter group, but I understand how people can be different from me.

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Uh oh, somebody got a run in their panty hose and downvoted me. Gonna cry now.

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466 · June 09, 2011 at 4:57 PM

P-90x is a good program and works great for most people. When you finish your 90 days (I lasted @60) if you're not bored by the same routines or the bad jokes you should be able to easily switch to CrossFit (watch out for the Olympic lifts).

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Done! \o/ .

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 4:36 PM

You are always welcome here. =) There are also options closer to you (and frankly, with more experienced coaches) that I can recommend. Shoot me an email if you like! Email address is in my profile.

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19479 · June 09, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Great points! The Barbell is sexy again! And Vrimj, what you say is true about a lot of machines. They are designed for the anatomical "average" and although they often can be set for different seat heights, ROMS, etc, there is still a large number of people for whom machines (cardio or strength) are not suitable.

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5516 · June 09, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Yes I agree that there is a disparity in coaching across the board. Definitely don't pay for training you don't feel is adequate. Don't pay grass fed price for CAFO

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Jae, I am seriously thinking about making the drive to Bloomington have you evaluate me and to work with you maybe once a month and have you write me workouts to do in between.

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:48 PM

RTL: which CF box do you go to?

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:47 PM

You make great points, but you leave out the fact that most CF trainers are not very good and therefore not worth paying $150/mo., at least from my perspective. See my response in the thread.

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20908 · June 09, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Hey that was me. I know all about starting strength. The reason I go to my gym is that we have good programming that doesn't blindly follow the Crossfit.com prescriptions. Sometimes we periodize with strength programming, sometimes we randomize with "unknown and unknowable" metcons. I pay for the access to the equipment, space, and the atmosphere that pushes me. I would LOVE to own my own box, and I've run the numbers, I couldn't make it work for less than $150/month/client, and even with that I couldn't make enough for myself to quit my job.

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4086 · June 09, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Yes it is! I know many are against the high intensity stuff for many reasons, but the difficulty of the training forces me to eat because I get very hungry and unable to perform at all if I eat too little. This was an unexpected bonus that has really pulled me out of starve/binge cycle. In the past, I would run 3.2 miles daily and only eat 500 calories for a month and then succumb to a 7000 calorie/day weekend. The intensity forces me to eat a healthy amount each day.

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:20 PM

LOL at logging onto the mainsite and doing their WODs. That's a great recipe for getting injured.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Damn, Leah! That's what I want. It's why I am so bummed I cannot find a good Cross Fit. It would be worth every penny.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Yes, the hours is my biggest problem too. I have a 2nd option also about a 1/2 hour away, but they only do nights and weekends and that just doesn't work. Not a lot of people want to go at 5am apparently.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hehe, being sore all the time... Yeah, but I must say I kind of miss that when I'm not sore :p

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 1:47 PM

:) Thanks Kent!

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20353 · June 09, 2011 at 1:43 PM

They are for sure... They are an intense workout.

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7970 · June 09, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I had to come back to this thread today to upvote sherpamelissa (not like she needs it). You gotta do what you can, and if you feel something is worth the money, you make room for it in your budget. Bad coach == no thanks. Good coach == YES PLEASE!

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5516 · June 09, 2011 at 12:33 PM

gotta love the weird looks. That's half the reason I stick to the globo-gym

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 12:25 PM

Yknow, i'd love to actually see these videos. I know theyre pretty popular and I know that CFers and lifters are poopooing the vids cuz in our little worlds its nothing new. But like you say, i bet for the general population they're pretty beneficial.

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 12:23 PM

at my commercial gym, where i lift and am usually the only sucker in the power rack, there are a couple dudes that do exactly what you're saying. Fit guys that obviously know their form, they don't need the box they just do their own WODs or some site's WODs on their own at the gym. They get the same weird looks as I do from all the sleeveless pumper goofs.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Lol, '3 on 1 off' isn't what defines CrossFit. I don't know what stupids told you that, but it's a strange thing to say. It is true that 3 on 1 off is recommended to get the most out of it, but that is when you are into it already, NOT when starting out (that would be counter-productive as it could easily result in over-training). With anything there will always be people that interpret or see things differently (wrongly I'd almost say) or are just ignorant or show-offs. Don't listen to them.

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 10:27 AM

This is a very generalized statement. Just because some Crossfit gyms go overboard doesn't mean they all do. At my box the trainers are very involved and take a lot of time to make sure form is proper and that people are scaling workouts to their ability.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Oh, the gym I train at is 65 euros per month for unlimited. I train 6 times a week, I say it's worth it.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Very well said, EXACTLY what I thought. By the way, Dave, if you are talking about the cost of a Level 1 Cert. I agree the price is pretty stunning, but that's not a requirement for CrossFit and might be worth it (I haven't done a Level 1)

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300 · June 09, 2011 at 4:40 AM

the costs around here average at about $20 per CLASS. It's just insane. I decided to save myself money and bought a used oly set, (with extra weights and a bench w/a squat rack set up) with rubber coated weights no less, for $500. Made my own weighted ball, got a few rubber mats and dumbbells, and hung a chin up bar. in the process of making a dip stand, plyo boxes and eventually a wall mounted squat rack (I have to shift around my set up a bit from squat to benchwork). eventually when i move my gym from the basement to garage I'm going to hang some rings as well.

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1579 · June 09, 2011 at 4:29 AM

personal choice…not judging anyone at all. My point if Crossfitting at a gym is important to someone, they'll spend the money, if not they'll do it on their own or do something else. Everyone does what is best for themselves.

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1579 · June 09, 2011 at 4:27 AM

I understand there is always a budget, but at Henry's (if you have those near you) grassfed ground beef is the exact same cost as non grassfed. Yes the steaks are more, but if someone wanted to they could eat grassfed for the same cost. Or buy a whole cow or go in with a few people to buy a cow. My point is, very few of us can afford all things, but we spend money on what is important to us. If you do well on factory meat…that's all good. The people that find it important to eat grass fed will find a way. We all have to choose what to give up and what to spend on and it's all about

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2153 · June 09, 2011 at 2:41 AM

@ben61820- get gymnastics rings and hang them from your doorway pullup bar with webbing. = dips! :)

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2153 · June 09, 2011 at 2:35 AM

me too :) except, I like my friends.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Thanks water ratt! I really do wish I could find a crossfitting. I check their site all the time. I was even thinking of hottig the one 45 mins away just once a week to have the challenge.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Where you at, Tom? ;) I have tried and most partners give up on me. I do have a group I run 5ks with, but we just aren't really regular. I think once my daughters softball season is over that I will go to Body pump class again. It's not perfect, but it's more fun than working out alone.

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Outstanding post!!

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466 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Alright I take it back... sorry to hear about your experiance with CrossFit. I'd contact the people who run CrossFit, they have no interest in keeping a shitty affiliate!

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5 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 AM

I'm in West Palm Beach, FL and I've called all the boxes in the area and they are all $135 a month MINIMUM. My regular gym is $20 a month! As a single parent, there is just no way to afford this :(

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6235 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 AM

I always have lifted free weights as a woman. My late husband deeply objected to me doing any weight work that did not involve full range of motion, and I am too small for machines to give me anything like a full ROM.

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473 · June 09, 2011 at 1:45 AM

PaleoCurious, you nailed it down there! I'm one of those low budget paleo and mostly buy conventional produce and meat and yet I'm much healthier already.

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 1:40 AM

I'm not a cross fitter either but I agree that they've done a lot of good - first and foremost in my mind is the return of the barbell in general acceptance. Oly lifting and powerlifting elements abound in Crossfit and it's great seeing more people use a barbell.

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5232 · June 09, 2011 at 1:36 AM

You got downvoted for not being motivated to work out? Heck, it's 6:30 in the evening and I'm still in my jammies. My big exercise today will be to shimmy into my fat pants and go grocery shopping. Takin' responsibility for my health here, yo. [upvotes Melissa]

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 1:36 AM

I lift at a gym because I love/need a power rack but I completely agree that a simple chin up bar from amazons for 29.99 has the ability to whup your ass. No tools needed. Chins, pushups and you can, while maybe not really getting super large, really get stronger and at least maintain a lot of strength. If there were a home install dip bar you could really kill it. Recommendation Travis?

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3717 · June 09, 2011 at 1:32 AM

+1 Melissa has discussed this on other posts. The coach at her local box sucks ass. Melissa, do you have anyone who has an interest in fitness who might be looking to switch it up a couple of days a week? My two buddies and I started in a box but now just work out of my garage. Tons of fun. "Best hour of the day" as we say.

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3946 · June 09, 2011 at 1:26 AM

My husband pays $39 a month for the Crossfit gym, which is the same price as LA Fitness. They don't call it Crossfit, but all of the equipment is there. It even has a rock climbing wall.

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2246 · June 09, 2011 at 12:52 AM

The gym I am a trainer at has a membership based on how often you want to come in. Maybe more CrossFit memberships should adopt this model.

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390 · June 09, 2011 at 12:50 AM

I'm so glad my gym isn't like that. Three days a week is all I can manage this early in my efforts, and I don't hear a peep about it. I also don't seem to notice *as much* cult-like activity as other places seem to have!

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 12:47 AM

I was looking into the price and basically, to use the Crossfit name you have to pay a pretty hefty sum to the dude that established Crossfit and there is the re-certs for the trainers so that's where a lot of the money is going. I agree - it is way too expensive and I hate the bullying of the people at my local box if I feel that 2x/week is enough for me but not for them. I wish I could find a box that was more mellow and charged less for those of us who don't want to over-train b/c I really need a group.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Thanks for explanation Water Ratt, I forget that not everyone knows my history sometimes. Awhile back, I was super excited to finally get a CrossFit 30 mins from my house. I ponied up for 3 months, but the coach was terrible. He wrote the WODs on his white board and walked away. It was never anyone but me and him, so I got no sense of CrossFit community. Also, I've lost over 100lbs, so I do manage to take care of myself. If another opened, I would gladly give them my money for good coaching. I know they exist, I've met them, sadly not near me!

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24523 · June 09, 2011 at 12:41 AM

In case a reader is not aware of crossfit rates, they are typically around $150/month, even outside of big cities. I wish someone would open a competing "cool people working out together" gym with normal prices.

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 12:40 AM

PaleoCurious - I totally agree. Absolutely.

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 12:37 AM

I upvoted. WR: She probably means she can't find a non-suckass in her area. And I agree that $150/month for over-training with basic equip is too much. I went to a xfit in Prague and the dude was totally dedicated to individuals and there was no tolerance for meatheads. I went 3x to make sure. I don't find that at my local box. A xfit coop would rock!

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24523 · June 09, 2011 at 12:37 AM

i was just granted another allotment of upvotes, so here you go! and yeah, crossfit (boxes, not website) prices are ridiculously high for those without much disposable income.

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4181 · June 09, 2011 at 12:33 AM

It is expensive but after my husband survived cancer and found out he was diabetic he found crossfit and loved it. He loves the camaraderie and friendships he's developed through crossfit. He does not enjoy working out by himself and crossfit motivates him which keeps him alive longer for me so I'll gladly pay for it. It also depends on the box - prices are all over the place.

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM

I like your analogy with church Geoff but The only difference is I can measure the differences in muscle mass, endurance, and strength. Any other comparisons you care to attempt to make? I'd also suggest you guys look up the definition of the word "cult".

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24271 · June 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM

+1 for another woman kicking ass in her 40's!

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265 · June 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM

Some people by grocery store meat and regular produce because that *IS* all they can afford and if they tried to buy their meat from a 100% grassfed supplier etc they would be homeless *AND* their bills are already as simple as can be. Please don't assume because someone can't do something it is because they choose not to. They may not have another choice.

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15229 · June 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM

i would upvote you, melissa, but im out of upvotes for the day due to some other hilarious thread today. i do agree though, and per usual REALLY appreciate your honesty.

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466 · June 08, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Melissa, Downvote because 1. your assertion that any crossfit coaches you've met 'suck'. How many have you talked to? why do they 'suck'? # 2 On what do you base the opinion that it's too expensive? the main site is free!! and yes cause you lack the motivation to work out. Who's responsibility is your health?

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4181 · June 08, 2011 at 11:41 PM

I up vote you Melissa! <3

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466 · June 08, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Geoff: yes there are other ways; I choose crossfit cause it works better than anything else I've done (p-90 X, body building, marathon running etc...) Dave: if your $30 a month gym works for you great! why do you feel the need to be so judgmental? Is it possible that RTL's $150 gym is a better "VALUE" than your $30 gym???

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Geoff - I suggest you learn to read. Never said anyone couldn't be fit, health, or elite without CrossFit. Thanks for trying to put words in my mouth.

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2437 · June 08, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Thanks Dave. I agree with your costs. When Im in LA I train with my buddy at an LA Fitness ($15/month). According to RTL my buddy must not be fit or healthy. Well my buddy has been a Green Beret for the last 6 years. Guess somebody forgot to tell him that he cant be "elite" w/out crossfit

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6235 · June 08, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I wish I could get 10 people together to start a cross fit coop, but barring that I am unlikely to do this

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:27 PM

LOL if you think that was an angry response...like I said if you have to ask the question you would never understand an answer. please go troll other forums trying to start arguments guys. Most of the people here are interested helping others.

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418 · June 08, 2011 at 11:23 PM

right on point Geoff

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418 · June 08, 2011 at 11:22 PM

There is ONE for the angry responses, of course it came from a cross-fitter. Nice of him to share that he spends, excuse me, overpays $150 a month. I go to the gym for $30 a month and I am still incredibly fit and healthy. I have invested in my health and longevity, just more wisely! haha

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2437 · June 08, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Why do you need to join crossfit "to invest in your health." That's like saying you need to go to church to "invest in your soul." Are there not other ways to do it? Sounds almost like a religion...

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18701 · June 08, 2011 at 11:16 PM

2 downvotes for an opinion on CrossFit? Wow. Was it that I lack motivation to workout on my own that offended people?

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18701 · June 08, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I agree that CrossFit is too expensive.

I also know I lack motivation to work out on my own. If I could find a CrossFit with a coach that didn't suck ass, I would pay up in a heartbeat.

I think it all depends on the person, I know plenty of normal people that CrossFit. I also know a couple that take it too seriously.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 1:47 PM

:) Thanks Kent!

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7970 · June 09, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I had to come back to this thread today to upvote sherpamelissa (not like she needs it). You gotta do what you can, and if you feel something is worth the money, you make room for it in your budget. Bad coach == no thanks. Good coach == YES PLEASE!

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Thanks water ratt! I really do wish I could find a crossfitting. I check their site all the time. I was even thinking of hottig the one 45 mins away just once a week to have the challenge.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Where you at, Tom? ;) I have tried and most partners give up on me. I do have a group I run 5ks with, but we just aren't really regular. I think once my daughters softball season is over that I will go to Body pump class again. It's not perfect, but it's more fun than working out alone.

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466 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 AM

Alright I take it back... sorry to hear about your experiance with CrossFit. I'd contact the people who run CrossFit, they have no interest in keeping a shitty affiliate!

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5232 · June 09, 2011 at 1:36 AM

You got downvoted for not being motivated to work out? Heck, it's 6:30 in the evening and I'm still in my jammies. My big exercise today will be to shimmy into my fat pants and go grocery shopping. Takin' responsibility for my health here, yo. [upvotes Melissa]

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3717 · June 09, 2011 at 1:32 AM

+1 Melissa has discussed this on other posts. The coach at her local box sucks ass. Melissa, do you have anyone who has an interest in fitness who might be looking to switch it up a couple of days a week? My two buddies and I started in a box but now just work out of my garage. Tons of fun. "Best hour of the day" as we say.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 12:43 AM

Thanks for explanation Water Ratt, I forget that not everyone knows my history sometimes. Awhile back, I was super excited to finally get a CrossFit 30 mins from my house. I ponied up for 3 months, but the coach was terrible. He wrote the WODs on his white board and walked away. It was never anyone but me and him, so I got no sense of CrossFit community. Also, I've lost over 100lbs, so I do manage to take care of myself. If another opened, I would gladly give them my money for good coaching. I know they exist, I've met them, sadly not near me!

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78417 · June 09, 2011 at 12:37 AM

I upvoted. WR: She probably means she can't find a non-suckass in her area. And I agree that $150/month for over-training with basic equip is too much. I went to a xfit in Prague and the dude was totally dedicated to individuals and there was no tolerance for meatheads. I went 3x to make sure. I don't find that at my local box. A xfit coop would rock!

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24523 · June 09, 2011 at 12:37 AM

i was just granted another allotment of upvotes, so here you go! and yeah, crossfit (boxes, not website) prices are ridiculously high for those without much disposable income.

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15229 · June 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM

i would upvote you, melissa, but im out of upvotes for the day due to some other hilarious thread today. i do agree though, and per usual REALLY appreciate your honesty.

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466 · June 08, 2011 at 11:44 PM

Melissa, Downvote because 1. your assertion that any crossfit coaches you've met 'suck'. How many have you talked to? why do they 'suck'? # 2 On what do you base the opinion that it's too expensive? the main site is free!! and yes cause you lack the motivation to work out. Who's responsibility is your health?

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4181 · June 08, 2011 at 11:41 PM

I up vote you Melissa! <3

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6235 · June 08, 2011 at 11:28 PM

I wish I could get 10 people together to start a cross fit coop, but barring that I am unlikely to do this

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18701 · June 08, 2011 at 11:16 PM

2 downvotes for an opinion on CrossFit? Wow. Was it that I lack motivation to workout on my own that offended people?

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466 · June 08, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Dave,

I'm confused: CROSSFIT IS FREE!! Log onto the main site and do the workouts? Where else do you get such an awesome program for nothing??? and why do so many people run it down???? Who's fault is it if you overtrain??? Who's fault is it if you overeat?? or fail to eat clean???? The whole "cult" thing is ridiculous; we joke about it all the time. Are people who eat paleo in a "cult". Are vegitarians in a cult?

My CrossFit gym cost me $100 a month for unlimited sessions. I usually go 4 times a week @ 6 bucks a visit. My co-workers pay twice that for their daily frappa-mocha-trent'e. For my money I get personal attention at every workout. A personal trainer would cost a lot more. Could I do this on my own? sure but working out with this community is way more fun and challenges me every workout. I did crossfit in my basement for a couple years before Spartan CrossFit opened up in my area. Since moving up from my basement gym I have someone to watch my technique and correct improper form which lessens the chance of injury. I have a group of friends that inspire me to push myself to do the best I can.

FYI: I'm a 52 year old Firefighter/paramedic that has lost 25lbs this year since going paleo & doing CrossFit. I'm in better overall shape than ever in my life. I'm a better (safer) firefighter because of CrossFit. The police officers who work out at my gym are better cops because of CrossFit.

If CrossFit doesn't work for you PLEASE find something that does... But don't bad-mouth it because it doesn't fit your lifestyle or pocketbook.

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Buy a really good Mountain Bike (not a Walmart bike) and go find some rocky wooded trails and go nuts! Then download some High Intensity Interval Training videos and do that on the non-Mountain Biking days. Screw the gym, screw Crossfit. Look into MovNat, and other natural movement body weight training programs and do this on your own. Find some friends to do the same and BAM you have your own group of cool people having fun working out hard and getting in shape!

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:20 PM

LOL at logging onto the mainsite and doing their WODs. That's a great recipe for getting injured.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 6:53 AM

Oh, the gym I train at is 65 euros per month for unlimited. I train 6 times a week, I say it's worth it.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Very well said, EXACTLY what I thought. By the way, Dave, if you are talking about the cost of a Level 1 Cert. I agree the price is pretty stunning, but that's not a requirement for CrossFit and might be worth it (I haven't done a Level 1)

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19479 · June 09, 2011 at 12:00 AM

I've been in the fitness industry (personal training, group ex, boot camps, nutrition coaching, etc.) for years and have been working out since I was a kid (not counting years of martial arts, youth sports, etc.)

I have literally done it all and the only thing that I have experienced that tops a Crossfit workout for sheer intensity is the workouts my sadistic Krav Maga instructor put us through.

I do think that many Crossfitters (based on personal experience) are overtraining. There is no reason to go 5 days a week. I have generally put up the best AMRAPS (@ RX w/ no modifications) on every workout I've gone to and I think that this is one of the reasons why.

Crossfit is not a perfect system and it isn't the be-all-end-all that some Crossfitters believe it to be, but Crossfit does A LOT of things right and I am VERY happy that they are getting more popular.

Crossfit has done an awesome job with getting women to lift weights and take pride in being strong, the competition makes working out a lot more fun and exciting, the movements are generally scalable and functional, AND Crossfit has generally embraced Paleo/Primal, bringing it into the mainstream much quicker than if the Crossfit community didn't exist.

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19479 · June 09, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Great points! The Barbell is sexy again! And Vrimj, what you say is true about a lot of machines. They are designed for the anatomical "average" and although they often can be set for different seat heights, ROMS, etc, there is still a large number of people for whom machines (cardio or strength) are not suitable.

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6235 · June 09, 2011 at 1:54 AM

I always have lifted free weights as a woman. My late husband deeply objected to me doing any weight work that did not involve full range of motion, and I am too small for machines to give me anything like a full ROM.

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 1:40 AM

I'm not a cross fitter either but I agree that they've done a lot of good - first and foremost in my mind is the return of the barbell in general acceptance. Oly lifting and powerlifting elements abound in Crossfit and it's great seeing more people use a barbell.

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153 · June 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM

It's all about what YOU consider to be bang for your buck. Yes $150 per month is expensive if you are not seeing any gains, don't enjoy the interaction at your box or only go a couple times a week.

There are so many negative spins you can put on that cost. That was just to name the obvious few.

On the positive for me, I love the interaction and the passion and encouragement of my trainer (not to be confused with a cult leader) and fellow CFers. I go at least 5 times a week (maths = about $7.50 per session, much cheaper than a pump class with only half the squat ROM) and thoroughly enjoy sharing in other peoples CF gains and experiences.

I love that my outlook on life has changed for the better, not to mention that getting those heavy items off the top shelf in the kitchen is so much easier now. I also look better in strapless frocks and you simply cannot put a cost on that at 42yrs of age :)

If I did not get these positives or felt that I was paying too much I wouldn't go. It's a choice. If you don't want to pick up the bar then don't. If you don't want to go to CF, then don't. Walk away with your $150 and spend it where the outcome makes YOU feel good.

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 2:26 AM

Outstanding post!!

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24271 · June 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM

+1 for another woman kicking ass in her 40's!

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1023 · June 08, 2011 at 11:13 PM

It's pricey, but that monthly due comes with an on site trainer. I didn't join a gym (box?) because it's too expensive for me. I built a home gym in my garage.

I hear you on the cult like attitudes. If I ever mentioned that I couldn't keep up with the 3 on 1 off schedule because I was too sore, people would tell me that I "wasn't really doing CrossFit then, so I couldn't complain about anything."

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Lol, '3 on 1 off' isn't what defines CrossFit. I don't know what stupids told you that, but it's a strange thing to say. It is true that 3 on 1 off is recommended to get the most out of it, but that is when you are into it already, NOT when starting out (that would be counter-productive as it could easily result in over-training). With anything there will always be people that interpret or see things differently (wrongly I'd almost say) or are just ignorant or show-offs. Don't listen to them.

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390 · June 09, 2011 at 12:50 AM

I'm so glad my gym isn't like that. Three days a week is all I can manage this early in my efforts, and I don't hear a peep about it. I also don't seem to notice *as much* cult-like activity as other places seem to have!

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:45 PM

I agree: CF is overpriced, because most CF trainers suck. They are often inexperienced, uneducated, and have little idea how to program effectively. What they have going for them is mostly enthusiasm and sometimes, a basic understanding of Paleo.

If you find a good gym with excellent trainers, like Kelly Starrett's gym in SF, you should be willing to pay double what they charge, and you will easily get your money's worth.

If you think that $150/mo. is too much to pay for shitty coaching, you are spot-on. If you think that $150/month is too much to pay for excellent coaching, you simply aren't serious about training.

(To be honest, most people who pay $150/month for CF aren't that serious about their training, but they can either afford it or they enjoy the camaraderie. And don't underestimate the camaraderie. It's awesome, and vitally important for long-term fitness success for most people.)

In CF's defense: all of the criticism above apply to non-CF trainers and gyms, too, except most globogym memberships are cheaper than $150/month. There are many extremely crappy non-CF personal trainers who charge $60+ per HOUR.

The fitness industry as a whole is plagued by a large number of overpriced, undereducated trainers who fail to deliver on their promises. This is further compounded by the fact that the general public has no clue how to effectively train themselves, so they have a hard time figuring out who the true experts are. The situation is very similar to the problems that face nutrition counseling.

Find experienced coaches who know what they're doing, and pay whatever they charge. You will save so much on long-term medical bills and injury treatment that it will be worth it. (I guess the catch-22 is that most people don't know how to figure out if the coaches are any good!)

(FWIW, I was briefly a trainer at a CF gym.)

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Done! \o/ .

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 4:36 PM

You are always welcome here. =) There are also options closer to you (and frankly, with more experienced coaches) that I can recommend. Shoot me an email if you like! Email address is in my profile.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Jae, I am seriously thinking about making the drive to Bloomington have you evaluate me and to work with you maybe once a month and have you write me workouts to do in between.

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3717 · June 09, 2011 at 1:35 AM

Getting some basic equipment and getting started in your garage or wherever doesn't take much capital. WODs are posted all over the internet. We can all make excuses. If it's something you really want to do, you will find a way to do it. I can honestly say finding CrossFit and the friends I've made through it have changed my life. Granted, part of that change is being sore a lot of the time.

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666 · June 09, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Hehe, being sore all the time... Yeah, but I must say I kind of miss that when I'm not sore :p

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39841 · June 09, 2011 at 12:18 AM

I dunno too much about crossfit specifically, but I always advise people to above all else make sure they are working out in a sustainable manner. If it requires a lot of money, driving, sales pitches or any other annoyances, the odds of you actually sticking with it are way lower.

I workout with kind of crude equipment that I've stuffed into my office at work. Is my workout the best out there? Nope. Is it one where I have zero excuses about not doing it? Absolutely. This is why I don't recommend people to even start out with a gym membership. I think an effective, simple, sustainable program can be built out of pull/chinups, pushups, jump squats, calf raises, wrist rollers etc. Buy one of those door-mounted chinup bars, some dumbbells if you want and so forth and I bet you could arrive at something that is at least 80% as effective as using all of the equipment at a gym. If it's 80% as effective but you do it for 10x as long, obviously it's way better.

There's a lot of antagonism these days toward anything not involving a barbell, but that's silly. All that matters is that you're doing something with at least a reasonable amount of intensity/frequency/volume and that there's some measure of progress workout to workout.

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2153 · June 09, 2011 at 2:41 AM

@ben61820- get gymnastics rings and hang them from your doorway pullup bar with webbing. = dips! :)

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 1:36 AM

I lift at a gym because I love/need a power rack but I completely agree that a simple chin up bar from amazons for 29.99 has the ability to whup your ass. No tools needed. Chins, pushups and you can, while maybe not really getting super large, really get stronger and at least maintain a lot of strength. If there were a home install dip bar you could really kill it. Recommendation Travis?

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:14 PM

I pay $130/month for 12 Crossfit classes for me and another $130 for my girlfriend. We both LOVE Crossfit and our box is full of great people and really excellent trainers who take the time to prepare realistic WODs, check form and offer encouragement. For me its worth every dollar. For years we both had gym memberships that barely got used. How much money was wasted there? Gyms make a ton of money on people that sign up, show up twice and never come back. I am always psyched to go to Crossfit and push my body past limits I didn't think I could reach. Just my 2 cents.

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4086 · June 09, 2011 at 2:58 PM

So I show up to my CF box on a Saturday morning and my awesome coach asks me why was I wearing make-up? I told him that I had many errands to do after the work out and I wanted to get right to them after the WOD without going home to shower and primp. He looked me straight in the eye and said, "Girl, after this WOD you are not only going to have to go home and shower, but you will also need to brush your teeth again."

And that is why I pay $110 for CF...because I have an amazing coach who will not allow me to "phone it in". I have been a dancer, a tennis player, a runner, a Stair Master freak, a Step Aerobics extraordinaire, a couch potato, over weight, super skinny, a binger and a starver and through it all I have never found a program that safely & systematically pushes me past my mental limits like CF does. I have been thinner, I have been fatter but I have never been more FIT than I am today. And the cool thing is that I will be even more fit next week because the program and the coaches never allow me to say "this is good enough, I am satisfied enough to coast from here".

When I look at the WOD and my mind whispers "you can't it's too hard", and then I complete the WOD scaled to my ability...that feeling is priceless. FTW!

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423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:43 PM

This is a great post and really sums up what I would like to say only more eloquently than I could say it. :)

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4086 · June 09, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Yes it is! I know many are against the high intensity stuff for many reasons, but the difficulty of the training forces me to eat because I get very hungry and unable to perform at all if I eat too little. This was an unexpected bonus that has really pulled me out of starve/binge cycle. In the past, I would run 3.2 miles daily and only eat 500 calories for a month and then succumb to a 7000 calorie/day weekend. The intensity forces me to eat a healthy amount each day.

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18701 · June 09, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Damn, Leah! That's what I want. It's why I am so bummed I cannot find a good Cross Fit. It would be worth every penny.

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5516 · June 09, 2011 at 11:59 AM

There are a couple reasons crossfit is $150 a month on average.

  1. A good crossfit box should provide personal attention to you and your needs, with coaching that helps you progress. You're getting a great bang/bunk if you're getting almost personal training. at 5x a week that's $7.50 an hour which is an insane deal. HOWEVER if your trainers/facility are not giving you attention or not providing you with what you need you should tell them. If they don't respond then follow a website with good programming or go to a different box.

  2. The operating costs of crossfit facilities are somewhat complex, but if they charge less than $150 they are not only somewhat devaluing the brand but also screwing themselves over as owners. More people come and train who are less focused and the equipment/trainers get stretched out. It actually makes for less quality programs. People should know that they are getting amazing quality and paying for it. That's why you pay extra for free range beef right?

Now if you don't want to pay for a box, you don't need a ton of coaching, and you have specific goals, follow a crossfit website and work out in a "globo-gym." That's what I'm doing. I followed main site for a while but it didn't align with my goals so now I'm following www.crossfitfootball.com for some strength-based awesomeness. If you want a good WOD blog with all the main focuses (crossfit/CFF/Crossfit Endurance) check out www.crossfit-strength.com which posts everything.

Good luck! Crossfitting or not, get some workouts in and have fun!

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5516 · June 09, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Yes I agree that there is a disparity in coaching across the board. Definitely don't pay for training you don't feel is adequate. Don't pay grass fed price for CAFO

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:47 PM

You make great points, but you leave out the fact that most CF trainers are not very good and therefore not worth paying $150/mo., at least from my perspective. See my response in the thread.

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5516 · June 09, 2011 at 12:33 PM

gotta love the weird looks. That's half the reason I stick to the globo-gym

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15976 · June 09, 2011 at 12:23 PM

at my commercial gym, where i lift and am usually the only sucker in the power rack, there are a couple dudes that do exactly what you're saying. Fit guys that obviously know their form, they don't need the box they just do their own WODs or some site's WODs on their own at the gym. They get the same weird looks as I do from all the sleeveless pumper goofs.

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Dave - if you have to ask why people CrossFit you will never understand any answer given to you.

Best of luck to you in the future when you make broad statements with huge assumptions. Personally I pay $150 a month and I KNOW that I receive top notch training and the environment in which I train is unmatched. People spend $150/month on all sorts of BS...cable, phone, entertainment, etc. If you can't afford to invest in your health and longevity now I really don't know what to tell ya other than good luck in 25+ years.

If you get any angry answers I would say it's due to the abrasive manner in which your original post was worded.

Peace, RTL

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6157 · June 09, 2011 at 3:48 PM

RTL: which CF box do you go to?

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM

I like your analogy with church Geoff but The only difference is I can measure the differences in muscle mass, endurance, and strength. Any other comparisons you care to attempt to make? I'd also suggest you guys look up the definition of the word "cult".

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466 · June 08, 2011 at 11:37 PM

Geoff: yes there are other ways; I choose crossfit cause it works better than anything else I've done (p-90 X, body building, marathon running etc...) Dave: if your $30 a month gym works for you great! why do you feel the need to be so judgmental? Is it possible that RTL's $150 gym is a better "VALUE" than your $30 gym???

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Geoff - I suggest you learn to read. Never said anyone couldn't be fit, health, or elite without CrossFit. Thanks for trying to put words in my mouth.

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2437 · June 08, 2011 at 11:29 PM

Thanks Dave. I agree with your costs. When Im in LA I train with my buddy at an LA Fitness ($15/month). According to RTL my buddy must not be fit or healthy. Well my buddy has been a Green Beret for the last 6 years. Guess somebody forgot to tell him that he cant be "elite" w/out crossfit

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68 · June 08, 2011 at 11:27 PM

LOL if you think that was an angry response...like I said if you have to ask the question you would never understand an answer. please go troll other forums trying to start arguments guys. Most of the people here are interested helping others.

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418 · June 08, 2011 at 11:23 PM

right on point Geoff

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418 · June 08, 2011 at 11:22 PM

There is ONE for the angry responses, of course it came from a cross-fitter. Nice of him to share that he spends, excuse me, overpays $150 a month. I go to the gym for $30 a month and I am still incredibly fit and healthy. I have invested in my health and longevity, just more wisely! haha

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2437 · June 08, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Why do you need to join crossfit "to invest in your health." That's like saying you need to go to church to "invest in your soul." Are there not other ways to do it? Sounds almost like a religion...

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2437 · June 08, 2011 at 11:12 PM

I saw a guy on here say that he just finished a "12 week strength course at Crossfit" and then listed his routine. I was thinking "that's basically Starting Strength with minor modification!" Could have saved a ton of $$ doing that a local gym.

I think that Crossfit is great if you like a group workout environment. If you like to fly solo or use the gym for stress release then perhaps it is not for you. I think Robb Wolf had a good point about the fact that every few years the top athletes at the Crossfit games changes. He says that this is due to burnout and unlike every other sport you get worse past a certain time point not better. But I have some friends who swear by it so to each their own (as long as you leave those annoying "today's WOD is X" out of your facebook/twitter updates :-)

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20908 · June 09, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Hey that was me. I know all about starting strength. The reason I go to my gym is that we have good programming that doesn't blindly follow the Crossfit.com prescriptions. Sometimes we periodize with strength programming, sometimes we randomize with "unknown and unknowable" metcons. I pay for the access to the equipment, space, and the atmosphere that pushes me. I would LOVE to own my own box, and I've run the numbers, I couldn't make it work for less than $150/month/client, and even with that I couldn't make enough for myself to quit my job.

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4276 · June 08, 2011 at 10:56 PM

I agree it's way to expensive, but remember its not just space, equipment and help. There are taxes, and I would guess the big one with a setup like Crossfit would be insurance. However, yes, I agree its way too high.

As far as the overtraining, I think that is up to the individual. You control your exertion levels, your reps, your weight, etc. Get to know what you can handle and what you cant. I run, but I'm not running a marathon tomorrow because I cant. If you can only do a couple of pull ups at a time, maybe doing three sets of a couple is a bad idea.

As in everything paleo, the poison is in the dose.

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173 · June 09, 2011 at 6:25 PM

sorry my post got up twice.

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2153 · June 09, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Crossfit is prohibitively expensive. That being said, if you don't know what you're doing, there is a reason to pay that much, assuming you're going to a high quality box. I think crossfit is a wonderful concept and I made great gains when I was doing crossfit with my friends at my college gym. I think there are many many boxes out there whose trainers aren't careful/patient/watchful enough so if you don't know what you're doing, its important to get competent trainers.
If you know what you're doing, you're committed to to pushing yourself to intensity and you keep an eye on form (or have a workout buddy who will) its easy to do crossfit at a gym like Gold's. You definitely miss out on atmosphere but its only $30 a month. I did crossfit for years at my university gym.

I've since left gyms entirely. I joined two local meet-up groups (meetup.com), one that plays ultimate frizbee and one that does obstacle course race training sessions. I get my high intensity interval training in playing ultimate (and I do it much harder and longer because I'm playing a game) and some cross-fit style workouts from my obstacle course group. I go to each twice a week. I get the camaraderie from these groups that I used to enjoy while doing crossfit with my climbing buddies. Oh, and the groups are free to join and attend. I go "rock climbing" at a climbing gym a few times a month to keep my chops up.
I also made some "lift heavy stuff" gym equipment for my house that I work out with. Each item costs less than $30.

  • home made Bulgarian training bag- go here: http://cubedwellerfitness.com/2011/03/diy-bulgarian-training-bag/
  • pull up bar (the kind that use pressure to stay up)
  • 5 gallon water jug, full of water of course
  • cinder blocks to pinch grip carry to build grip stregnth
  • a big tire
    The only things I miss out on are rope climbs, olympic lifts that require an oly bar and anything involving rings, because I can't afford them yet.

    If you want results, you'll get them no matter what you do or don't have access to. When I was living in nortern Oman, I had a pull up bar, an empty floor, mountain bikes, water jugs and a massive sand dune to sprint up. I like to think I did a pretty good job working out with my limited resources. As Mark Twight of Gym Jones says, the "the mind is primary." If you want it, you'll sweat and burn to get it.

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    7967 · June 08, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    To each their own! But CrossFit isn't for me, even if it wasn't out of my price range. I think they're a fantastic program - for people that want to be part of a program. But there's so much I can do on my own to improve my fitness, for free, outside of a gym, and away from people, which is what I prefer.

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    2153 · June 09, 2011 at 2:35 AM

    me too :) except, I like my friends.

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    1579 · June 08, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    People spend money on what is important to them. Some people do Paleo but won't spend the money on grass fed beef, rather they eat factory farmed meat that is contrary to "Paleo" lifestyle. Some people don't buy organic produce because it costs more.

    Some people spend money on an expensive hair stylist or clothes or cars. It's individual thought and what is of personal importance. To each their own.

    I don't think CF is too expensive. My health and fitness level is very important to me and working out at a CF gym with great trainers and next to people who push me is worth every penny, not to mention how CF helps me manage stress. It's an investment in me.

    Now if I couldn't afford it, I'd do it on my own???but I'm fortunate I can afford it and enjoy it and have never felt I was paying too much.

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    1579 · June 09, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    personal choice…not judging anyone at all. My point if Crossfitting at a gym is important to someone, they'll spend the money, if not they'll do it on their own or do something else. Everyone does what is best for themselves.

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    1579 · June 09, 2011 at 4:27 AM

    I understand there is always a budget, but at Henry's (if you have those near you) grassfed ground beef is the exact same cost as non grassfed. Yes the steaks are more, but if someone wanted to they could eat grassfed for the same cost. Or buy a whole cow or go in with a few people to buy a cow. My point is, very few of us can afford all things, but we spend money on what is important to us. If you do well on factory meat…that's all good. The people that find it important to eat grass fed will find a way. We all have to choose what to give up and what to spend on and it's all about

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    473 · June 09, 2011 at 1:45 AM

    PaleoCurious, you nailed it down there! I'm one of those low budget paleo and mostly buy conventional produce and meat and yet I'm much healthier already.

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    PaleoCurious - I totally agree. Absolutely.

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    265 · June 08, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Some people by grocery store meat and regular produce because that *IS* all they can afford and if they tried to buy their meat from a 100% grassfed supplier etc they would be homeless *AND* their bills are already as simple as can be. Please don't assume because someone can't do something it is because they choose not to. They may not have another choice.

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    173 · June 09, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Crossfit is the latest fad so people who are the type that follow exercise fads won't even question whether it's right for them let alone question the price. People already have so much inflammation from their diets with sugars and rancid fats, they add insult to injury with this and boot camps that contribute to a high incidence of injury and overtraining.

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    7970 · June 09, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    I've priced crossfit, and am mildly interested in joining a box.

    However, it is more pricey than I can reasonably justify - but the big clincher for me is that my schedule is pretty jam-packed as it is, and neither of the 2 (that I know of) boxes close enough to me to be worthwhile have hours that could possibly accomodate me.

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    18701 · June 09, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Yes, the hours is my biggest problem too. I have a 2nd option also about a 1/2 hour away, but they only do nights and weekends and that just doesn't work. Not a lot of people want to go at 5am apparently.

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    4464 · June 09, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    I never priced cross-fit... but for the prices I'm seeing in this thread I'd much rather invest in something like martial arts training and throw in some outdoor workouts on the side.

    I pay a bit over $100 a month for martial arts training - I get a great workout, go as many days a week as I want, and learn ninja skills as a bonus.

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    9812 · June 09, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    I do find crossfit at an affiliate gym to be a bit too pricey to do all the time, but I gladly invested in a one-month package to learn some new stuff and get the built-in motivation of working out with a group (and the motivation to do workouts that weren't particularly enjoyable / not just stuff I find fun). The trainers at my nearest affiliate all have numerous crossfit certifications and were experienced personal trainers before getting into crossfit, so I felt like I was in good hands (EXCEPT I once saw one of the coaches telling a new girl to do power snatches in a workout when she didn't even know how to do a clean properly). Will probably buy a package every few months or so, but it just ain't doable as an ongoing thing- the boyfriend and I got a couples' unlimited package with a 10% military discount and it ended up being about $160 for each of us.

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    1716 · June 09, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    I tend to agree that CrossFit is too expensive, but also it would be roughly an hour for me to drive to a box. I tried to do it on my own for a while, but it's too much to figure everything out (different lifts, etc). I would spend as much or more time getting ready to work out as I would working out. This was pre-paleo days for me but it did work to cut some weight off and get stronger.

    I haven't quite established my paleo workout routine, but so far it consists predominately of walking. I am quite busy right now with work/school, but when summer gets here, I plan to increase the walking and add in sprinting/lifting a la Primal Blueprint. I do believe it likely that a lot of people overtrain and it seems CrossFit would fit right into the overtrain approach. But I think it can also make you a beast if you want that. I just want to keep getting in shape, and I think lesser workouts will suffice. (That being said, Mark Sisson wrote that his workout was like CrossFit for the rest of us, so he is probably okay with it.)

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    1005 · February 26, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Yes, crossfit does cost several fortunes, even with a student/military discount. LUCKILY, the crossfit gym I go to offers a free class on weekends for all levels (since I can't join on my paycheck, but I hope to someday) but don't forget, you can do a lot of the crossfit style workouts at home. Nobody's stopping you from doing burpees, kettlebell swings, squats, walking lunges, bear crawls, or going to the park to do pullups.

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    0 · February 26, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    Crossfit is very expensive but I am a part of a gym and it makes complete sense to me. I used to go to the gym and work out a lot but I never saw great results. Crossfit produces amazing results. They have programmed workouts for you and the coaches are educated and know what they are talking about. They make sure you have good form for everything that you do to avoid injury. They push me when I don't think I can go any more. I surprise myself everyday. The people there are like a family. I love it. I go at 6 pm everyday and sometimes people suggest I go to an earlier class but I know who is going to be at the 6 and they expect me there. I love seeing those people and going through the crazy workout with them. It is bonding. We all have each others back. One guy today gave a 600 dollar vitamix to a girl at the gym for free today! We all just want to help each other out and support one another. We may have different goals but we all ended up in the same place and you bet there will be cheers for everyone and every mile stone they accomplish. I understand it is super spendy but a lot of gyms are flexible, it isn't like a normal gym. For example, I clean my gym once a week and the price gets knocked down to 40 bucks a month. Now that is attainable for sure. I love my box and my crossfit family.

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    297 · February 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    For me it's not the money but the atmosphere. I like to set my own pace, and constantly being pushed is completely off-putting. Made me feel like a pathetic weakling when I couldn't do something. Ten years ago I would've kept going (and fainted as a result), but these days I'm wiser. I realize it depends on where you are and what instructor you get, I'm sure some have fantastic experiences, but mine honestly sucked.

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    0 · February 15, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    I am 55year old female, over weight and out of shape. Found my CrossFit "box" because it is close to work and home and fit into my schedule. I love it. The owner and other coaches are fantastic. I am not really a self starter when it comes to fitness and had really let myself go. I feel like I get the supervision and encouragement I need. And I was concerned about the cost, but also new a regular gym did not work for me, never felt I really knew what to do. But more importantly I was concerned about my health. Way too young to feel the way I did preCrossFit. Find what works for you.

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    15 · September 11, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Its free. Open source. Website, with links to places to build super spartan ghetto setups that will crush you. I train in my apt garage, and parks 70% of the time the rest do oly/strength/lifting in a gym. Paying for coaching and use of a box can be expensive, thats what costs. $150 is cheap most spot around here are 200$-250$. I try to do seminars and skills classes I can afford that with my responsibilities

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    lol.

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    It's totally worth it to me. I do it with my wife and now my teenage son is doing it too. I suppose the reason I love it so much is because we have two awesome coaches that focus intensely on technique and are constantly training us during the WODs. It's also an awesome box with much better equipment than I could ever afford, or find the space to keep. Not to mention that it's righ down the street from my house. I pay $75 a month with a veteran's discount, my wife is an additional $50 and my son an additional $30 so I feel like I'm getting a really good deal. Normal fees for us without the discount would be $150 first person, $50 for additional family member (wife) and $30 per additional family member after that (son). I would still gladly pay that amount for what I feel like I'm getting out of it. I'm making better fitness gains than I ever have before, getting a lot of personal training and advice and meeting some really cool people. I couldn't be happier with CrossFit, and when I go on the road, I take it with me by doing simple WODs with push-ups; sit-ups, holds, burpees, squats running and whatever lifts I am able to do in the crappy hotel gym where I happen to be staying. There might be a lot of other things that are cheaper than CrossFit but I like having my workouts planned out for me and getting all of the personal training that comes along with it. For me, I haven't experienced anything that has more bang for the buck than Crossfit.

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    Try going to GloboGym and getting personalized training for $150/month. Good luck! I'll happily pay that much for crossfit because it keeps out all the douchebags who typically occupy L.A. Fitness.

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Listen, for years, I weightlifted at The Sports Palace in San Francisco. That was a real gym. Not some pu$$y social network, like Crossfit. I didn't have a "trainer" there. I had Jim Schmitz, who coached the US Olympic Weightlifting team. Sure, that was back in the 90s, but I didn't pay anywhere near what nowadays would be $150. Think any of those people at Crossfit were better than him? Yeah, the showers were cold, so what, go home to shower.

    The gym I went to up until last year cost me less than 50 bucks. Again NO PERSONAL TRAINERS. I got help from the owner who used to coach the weightlifting team at Stanford (when they had one) and now is a Strength Coach at Boise State (that's why the gym closed). Think your Crossfit trainers are better than that? Yeah, sometimes people threw up on the floor when they did a heavy set. For sure, that never happens at a Crossfit joint.

    WHY WOULD ANYONE PAY that kind of money for such a CHICKEN SHEET Place like Crossfit?

    With a thousand bucks, (about six months of your Crossfit), you can buy yourself enough good equipment, stick it in your back yard and workout there. That's what I do now. No distractions, no guys wearing stinking cologne, no butt-thonged godesses (gotta admit, I kind of like that though), no chicks whaling to their BFFs about their boyfriend problems, no people trying to look pretty while they do lame exercises, like tricep kickbacks on a Bosu ball. Home workouts in your very own home gym are the best thing (unless you go to a hardcore gym).

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    What I meant to say is that I am not the one who started this thread. I don't feel hatred. I just don't know why people would spend this much for a crap place like Crossfit. Looks like Crossfitters have some kind of religious attachment to this place. It's sort of like "Crocs". They look like "Sh#t" but since everybody else is wearing them, then I should, too.

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    What I meant to say is that I am not the one who started this thread. I don't feel hatred. I just don't know why people would spend this much for a crap place like Crossfit.

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    423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Unless you didn't write this post, you absolutely DID say it was too expensive. Maybe I'm missing something in my newness to PaleoHacks (did you edit someone else's post?).

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    I once trained at a place that not only had cold showers but a bucket instead of a toilet. The workouts were awesome though and cheap!!

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    I don't feel "hatred". I am not the one who posted about it being too expensive. I am just saying that there is an easy solution to this. I am also saying it's really lame :)

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    423 · June 09, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Such hatred for something you know nothing about. Its actually kind of sad. "My gym is better than yours". Or... "My daddy can kick your daddy's ass". Different workouts for different goals. Can't we all just get along?

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    I am not kidding. These places are lame.

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    7970 · June 09, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    I almost downvoted you, but didn't. If you're kidding, that's fine - but either way, you're being a little harsh. Some folk like training with others and/or a coach, some don't. I'm in the latter group, but I understand how people can be different from me.

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Uh oh, somebody got a run in their panty hose and downvoted me. Gonna cry now.

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    1585 · June 09, 2011 at 7:08 AM

    I could not afford cross-fit.

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    1585 · June 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Oh it is? But I thought urban/suburban yuppies liked me ;)

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    78417 · June 09, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Don't worry. I don't think you would enjoy the urban/suburban yuppie scene anyway which is pretty much what Crossfit is about.

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    20353 · June 09, 2011 at 5:31 AM

    The P90 and P90x videos are very good.

    Walking, Lifting weights (even a little) and interval aerobics (less than 45 min a day) are great ways to work out...

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    20353 · June 09, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    The P90 and P90x videos are very good.

    Walking, Lifting weights (even a little) and interval aerobics (less than 45 min a day) are great ways to work out...

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    20353 · June 09, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    They are for sure... They are an intense workout.

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    15976 · June 09, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Yknow, i'd love to actually see these videos. I know theyre pretty popular and I know that CFers and lifters are poopooing the vids cuz in our little worlds its nothing new. But like you say, i bet for the general population they're pretty beneficial.

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    10919 · June 09, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    My husband and I have both gone paleo and have gone back and forth about joining the local crossfit gym but it's just too expensive with me not working to stay home with my 6 month old. We even tried to see if cutting our cable bill would make it possible and at almost 300 bucks a month for both of us, there's just no way. I just borrowed a friend's p90 DVDs and we're walking every night. We'll ramp it up when we are ready.

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    466 · June 09, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    P-90x is a good program and works great for most people. When you finish your 90 days (I lasted @60) if you're not bored by the same routines or the bad jokes you should be able to easily switch to CrossFit (watch out for the Olympic lifts).

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    487 · June 09, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    I used to do Cross-fit because I love working out with other people and it keeps me motivated. I'm one of those people with very low self-esteem, so to have not only trainers but people going through the same activities as me make me feel less alone. I also like the fact that you are sure those people will accept Paleo, rather then trying to argue with a trainer who disagrees with you. But I stopped doing it because I'm a college student and can't fork over $100 a month when I have to pay over $3000 a year for books. Someday, I'll be back, just don't know when :(

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    390 · June 09, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    I had only used a barbell for a closet shelf extention before joining! I need the help with my form so I don't throw my back out or make some other bonehead move. I suppose I could get that at our post gyms, but my "personal trainer" was overweight, had a double chin and NO personality! Not exactly the person I wanted spotting me. It turned out that she only really knew how to set the Nautilus machines and use those, and that is apparently what qualified her as a "personal trainer". That told me I needed to get away from those facilities.

    We're not made of money, but I'm willing to pay for quality things that matter to me. That runs the spectrum of everything I buy. It also helps that my gym is the cheapest in the area (with an even better military discount) and the coaches are great. We've even had several people move to our place from other CF groups because the coaches do such a great job. They have not once let me hurt myself yet they are still able to push me just enough that I'm making gains. It turned out to be a great way for me to meet people that are interested in being active. I am a magnet for really nice but really sedentary people!

    As for motivation, I don't lack it because I was going to the gym the same number of days per week. I just seem to perform better with people around me who aren't chilly and aloof. Also, it wasn't a matter of motivation as much as confidence and the need to find a place where it could grow instead of just hang out and waver occasionally. It wasn't just my workout that was static.

    You and I probably may not place the same value on things, but you asked and that's why I Crossfit! Don't be angry, just do your own thing, I'll do mine and we'll be gaining the way we gain best. Hmm. That sounded very Sesame Street, didn't it?

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    305 · June 09, 2011 at 12:07 AM

    $150?! i wish i lived near you guys... being in LA of all places.. it starts at $150! ive seen upto $250. go figure.

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    2765 · June 09, 2011 at 3:42 AM

    Hmmmm to end up overtrained with joint injuries because your workout is not scaled correctly to your ability... yeah, a little pricey for my taste.

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    2765 · June 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    ...And I push them only as far as they can go safely. With that said, I actually love Crossfit workouts and they very closely resemble some of my 5x5 conditioning workouts Variations of Starr's 5x5 but done one lift after another in unbroken rounds...WITH WEIGHTS SCALED to the individual's ability. I personally LOVE to smoke a Crossfit workout...it's excellent training, for those who are able to do it safely...and for those who are able to guide folks to do it safely... But for the money? No, not worth it in my opinion...And that was the question.

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    2765 · June 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Not speaking of the gyms... Addressing human nature. It's in a competitive person's nature to push, and to try to push farther than the person next to them. The nature of Crossfit does encourage people to push like this...when you simply don't want to continue...you push through to the end. Form gets sloppy, people get hurt. For example, how many people do you see actually performing CORRECT C&J when doing "Grace"? Very few. Yet they push on. I don't like any type of group training for this very reason. this is why in my gym, it's appointment only...one client at a time...

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    423 · June 09, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    This is a very generalized statement. Just because some Crossfit gyms go overboard doesn't mean they all do. At my box the trainers are very involved and take a lot of time to make sure form is proper and that people are scaling workouts to their ability.

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