A close friend is on Team USA for Kettlebell International and is an elite crossfit trainer, but not my deal. WAY too expensive for me. His gym charges about $300/mo for Crossfit training. They offered a free session once a month and I signed up for the one in March. We'll see, but I definitely won't be dropping the cash to join. Golds is 1/10th of that.
Many thanks to the site and all the contributors. Great source of info.
Finally found a thread where I can share my experiences and hopefully maybe help with some health and dieting. I'm new to trading but I've been with fitness (as in diet, endurance training, heavy lifting) for over 8 years now. I had been playing basketball and volleyball professionally in the past as well (I'm 6'2) so being active is a must for me.
Currently I've had some time off the gym but I'm going back in 4 weeks, I've already have my diet in place. I've got a bit too fat and my discipline, commitment etc went away with it. Found some comfort in eating instead of gym lifting. Long story short - turning this around.
As to initial questions:
Don't run, don't want to ruin my joints (especially on hard surfaces) - but do 10-20mins slow job depends on my overall fitness goal (short term) and it increases brain capabilities, also I play tennis, basketball and volleyball when possible - not so much in London though.
I do go to the gym 3-4x week (depends on short term goal may add some cardio or HIIT), play tennis on non gym days. May increase cardio in spring->summer months to lose more fat - again depends on my percentage and how I feel. Don't have dogs but would love to - sadly I cannot :/
How does it feel
Amazing, especially when people start seeing results they are hooked and motivated. I'm sharper, stronger, stay awake longer, perform better in life in general and have more motivation towards everything. It's a big boost.
Unable to exercise
Guilty and trying to compensate for lost (workout, cheat meal or something). Obviously it's impossible, the key point is consistency over time (just like with trading - trying to take my own advise and apply to trading at least).
I'd been using simple spread sheets for years but 2-3 years ago started using FitnessPal as the food tracker. I've tried fitbit - well don't need it really once I have my routine. As to fitness progress it goes down to plain old pen and paper - unfortunately cannot draw statistics from it but maybe I will start with bodyspace again - but don't want my fitness to be overtaken by technology.
Following Big Mike approach of being transparent I would like be transparent over here as well as I think it will benefit my trading more, being healthy, helpful and honest I would paste bodyspace profile (I haven't updated it for over a year, will do that over this weekend) but it may be taken in the wrong way so I'm going to restrain myself from doing it.
@Massive l - sorry in my opinion it's a dangerous game (snapcity), what's your long and short term goal if you don't mind?
Hope this thread will pick up some volume as well
All the best
Consistency over time
Last edited by chr1s; April 3rd, 2015 at 10:17 AM.
You realize weightlifting is in the Olympics? You realize weightlifting (oly lifting) makes up about 70% of crossfit. It takes an extreme amount of mental fortitude and athleticism to snatch and clean/jerk at a high level. Strength and technique are only part of it. The mental game behind it far exceeds the pounds on the bar (the easy part).
Well an old saying says that (for a regular person) every additional weight you carry may cause injuries and the best is to exercise using only your weight (but we know one has to add weights at some point to stimulate muscle hypertrophy).
I myself would not go for crossfit at all - there are much better tools (safer as well) for specific goals than crossfit. I was taught differently to what crossfit is nowadays. What I excercise is not who I am, it's who I am is what I do and why I'm healthy - it comes from within and don't need a class or others as well. In the end of the day everybody is different, I'm not judging you and if you've done your trials and crossfit works for you then by all means continue but please be careful with it and use proper technique
May I ask what is your current dietary plan?
Consistency over time
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Got into lifting weights ala Rippetoe a few years ago, have been out of it since we moved to Chicago last summer. Finally starting to get back into things. Always enjoyed the feeling of strength, but now I'm going to work on endurance as well. I've learned that whatever activity you're doing, be it running or crossfit or powerlifting, there's no reason to exclude other athletic endeavors if the mood strikes. Always down to learn something new.
The only veritable truth is if you're not lifting with Yorks, then you're not really lifting.
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