December 30, 2006

Saturday 061230

Rest Day

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Standing close to the athlete will stop her from "curling" the clean - CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting Certification Seminar.


In an effort to continually advance the effectiveness and understanding of CrossFit training we need to know about you and CrossFit. We are preparing to investigate the why's and how's of CrossFit methods. To do so we are asking the CrossFit community world-wide to answer a few simple questions. Please take a little time on this rest day and respond to them for the benefit of the community as a whole. All the questions are based on the previous years training, so if you are new to CrossFit please indicate on what date you started.

Post responses to comments.

1. How tall are you? ( Make sure you specify feet or meters)
2. What sex are you?
3. How old are you?
4. How much did you weigh on January 1, 2006? ( Make sure you specify pounds or kilograms)
5. How much do you weigh today?
6. How many CrossFit workouts have you completed since January 1, 2006? (If you cannot give an exact number please provide the average number of CrossFit WODs you do each week)
7. In the year immediately prior to beginning CrossFit, what type of exercise did you do and how frequently did you do it?
8. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness on the day you started CrossFit (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
9. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness today (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
10. What was your time on "Elizabeth" in January, 2006? (or the earliest date on which you did this workout in 2006 – please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used ).
11. What was your time on your most recent completion of "Elizabeth"? (please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used).
12. How many pull-ups could you do in January, 2006?
13. How many pull-ups can you do today?
14. How much could you squat for a single repetition in January, 2006?
15. How much can you squat today?
16. How much could you deadlift for a single repetition in January, 2006?
17. How much can you deadlift today?
18. How much could you press for a single repetition on January 1, 2006 ?
19. How much can you press today?
20. How fast was your first 10km run of 2006? ( please include the date )
21. How fast can you run 10km today? ( please include the most recent date )
22. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the most? ( What keeps you coming back for more? )
23. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the least? (Anything, politics, diplomacy, etc.)

Lon Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health Sciences and Human Services
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
www.lonkilgore.com

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Posted by lauren at December 30, 2006 4:30 PM
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Repeated here for quick reference:

1. How tall are you? ( Make sure you specify feet or meters)
2. What sex are you?
3. How old are you?
4. How much did you weigh on January 1, 2006? ( Make sure you specify pounds or kilograms)
5. How much do you weigh today?
6. How many CrossFit workouts have you completed since January 1, 2006? (If you cannot give an exact number please provide the average number of CrossFit WODs you do each week)
7. In the year immediately prior to beginning CrossFit, what type of exercise did you do and how frequently did you do it?
8. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness on the day you started CrossFit (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
9. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness today (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
10. What was your time on "Elizabeth" in January, 2006? (or the earliest date on which you did this workout in 2006 – please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used ).
11. What was your time on your most recent completion of "Elizabeth"? (please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used).
12. How many pull-ups could you do in January, 2006?
13. How many pull-ups can you do today?
14. How much could you squat for a single repetition in January, 2006?
15. How much can you squat today?
16. How much could you deadlift for a single repetition in January, 2006?
17. How much can you deadlift today?
18. How much could you press for a single repetition on January 1, 2006 ?
19. How much can you press today?
20. How fast was your first 10km run of 2006? ( please include the date )
21. How fast can you run 10km today? ( please include the most recent date )
22. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the most? ( What keeps you coming back for more? )
23. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the least? (Anything, politics, diplomacy, etc.)

Lon Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health Sciences and Human Services
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
www.lonkilgore.com

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Comment #1 - Posted by: Lynne Pitts at December 29, 2006 5:43 PM

1. 5'11"
2. M
3. 26
4. 172lb
5. 185lb
6. Average 3 Crossfit workouts per-week
7. Parkour training combined with powerlifting and bodybuilding programs. Lot's of 3x8 moderate pec-deck flyes.
8. 6
9. 8
10. 8:58
11. 9:06, with a 400lb deadlift PR 2 hour earlier
12. 20
13. 30
14. 295lb
15. 310lb
16. 325lb
17. 400lb
18. 140lb
19. 155.b
20. I have never run a 10k
21. n/a
22. Variation and intensity
23. The fact that I don't have more time to put into the site!

Comment #2 - Posted by: jesse Woody at December 29, 2006 5:55 PM

1. 1.86 metres
2. Male
3. 31
4. 76kg
5. 77kg
6. 13 since December 06
7. Infrequent weights and occasional BW exercises
8. 3
9. 3
10. I am yet to "meet" her
11. as above
12. 3
13. 5
14. n/a (my doctor told me to lift light on squats)
15. n/a
16. 55 (that the highest my weights went up to)
17. 65 (only because I bought more weights)
18. 55
19. 60
20. 40mins
21. Only ran it once
22. The variation and duration
23. Crossfit is like going back to school. New exercises, new intensity. It's not so much a disliking but an inconvenience being a "beginner" again - looking up exercises before doing a WOD.

Comment #3 - Posted by: Salad Fingers at December 29, 2006 5:58 PM

1.6'2"
2.Male
3.42
4.180
5.178
6. average 2/week
7. core conditioning (X5/week) + long road biking (X1/week)
8. 4
9. 6 (was up to an 8 when injury-free and consistently CrossFitting)
10. DNF (shoulder injury)
11.DNF (shoulder injury)
12. 8
13. 13
14. 225
15. 215
16. 360
17. 300
18. 110
19. 120
20. 10K row in 47:00
21. 10K row in 44:00
22. variety, competition with friend, ability to measure myself against myself, scaleability, community, CrossFit Journal, exploting my weaknesses
23. Politics, some cultish dismissal of dissenting opinions

Mike Donnelly
***(Due to shoulder injury and birth of my son, I ended up missing many weeks and many workouts. The discrepancy between pre-Crossfit and optimal Crossfit performance gains were huge)

Comment #4 - Posted by: rosceaux at December 29, 2006 5:59 PM

1. 5' 7" 
2. Male
3. 42
4.150
5.155
6.Done as scheduled on site missing apprx. 2-3/month
7.Standard bodybuilding type workouts, legs , chest and back, arms and shoulders etc
8. started I thought I was a 7-8, but was actually a 4-5
9.probably currently 7
10.January 2006 Elizabeth, scaled to 75lbs 14;30 regular dips
11. December 2006 Elizabeth scaled to 115lbs 15:20 regular dips
12. January 2006 max pulls 18 strict
13. Today 26 strict
14. January 195 squat
15. December 245 squat
16.January deadlift 225
17.December deadlift 390
18.January press 80
19.December press 155
20. no 10K OOPS 5K early 2006 29:30
21.recent 5K 24:21
22. I love the variety and challenge and the fact that I am overall fitter than ever; with less body fat. After 3 months of CF my Cholesterol dropped from 190 to 170, and triglycerides improved. Because of these workouts I feel up to any task 
23.Some of the worksouts are very difficult to even complete (at this time) for someone of my size. But in a way it is a challenge.

Comment #5 - Posted by: ddcordwood at December 29, 2006 6:04 PM

1. 6'0"
2. M
3. 22
4. 152 lb
5. 151 lb
6. 3 weekly average
7. 20 min run 3x/wk, calisthenics & bodybuilding 2-3x/wk
8. 5
9. 6
10. never started crossfitting until 10/06
11. ~ 18 min (55 lb clean, ring dips)
12. 9
13. 11
14. 165 lb
15. 205 lb
16. 185 lb
17. 255 lb
18. ??
19. 105 lb
20. 47 min (10/06)
21. 43 min (11/06)
22. new challenge daily over a broad range of skills
23. nothing!

Comment #6 - Posted by: Canary Legs at December 29, 2006 6:14 PM

started crossfit on Dec 15 2006
1. 6'2"
2. m
3. 24
4. 195lbs
5. 205lbs
6. 7
7. Bodybuilding/6 day split
8. 7
9. 7
10. have not done yet
11. have not done yet
12. 15
13. 22
14. 315lbs x 3 reps
15. 315lbs x 4 reps
16. 450lbs w/ straps
17. 375lbs w/o straps
19. 185lbs
19. 175lbs
20. never timed 10k. 19:30 on 5k
21. 21:22 on 5k
22. challenge, ease of impletmenting, community help.
23. videos do not work sometimes

Comment #7 - Posted by: Thomas at December 29, 2006 6:15 PM

When you answer, PLEASE simply number 1-23, and fill in the reply, one line per answer, as follows. Do not repeat the question.
1.5' 7.5"
2.M
3.40
4.210
5.183
6. 180
7. Jogging, Lifting
8. 4
9. 7
10.UNK
11.17:15
12.5
13.28
14.UNK
15.240
16.325
17.345
18.125
19.150
20.55 min
21.55 min
22. The Kool-Aid
23. The inane articles posted on rest days

Comment #8 - Posted by: Maximus at December 29, 2006 6:23 PM

1. 6' 0''
2. M
3. 19
4. 170
5. 176
6. 24
7. Weight lifting, lots of core strength training, little cardio
8. 4
9. 8
10. unknown
11. 45lbs 21-15-9, 3 sets of 15 ring dips
12. 4
13. 15
14. 165 lbs
15. 205 lbs
16. unknown
17. 115kg
18. 150
19. 195
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. always different, always challenging, always pushing me further than i would push myself
23. rest days

Comment #9 - Posted by: dave at December 29, 2006 6:23 PM

Wow, I answer yes to all the questions.

That 'standing close to the athlete' is a good point for teaching, I'm constantly racking my brain (terrible unintentional pun) for better ways to teach this tricky exercise.

Comment #10 - Posted by: gaucoin at December 29, 2006 6:28 PM

1. 5’ 11”
2. M
3. 46
4. 184#’s
5.188#’s
6. 150
7. Crossfit- 4-5 times per week
8. 5
9. 8
10. Jan ’06- Scaled to 95# ring dips as rx’d- 14:33
11. Dec ’06 –Scaled to 115# ring dips as rx’d – 13:16
12. 8 dead hang; 12 kipped
13. 12 dead hang; 16 kipped
14. 410#
15. 450#
16. 300#
17. 330#
18. 135#
19. 165#
20. Feb – 54:28
21. Dec – 53:17
22. I love the intensity of the WOD’s. I love the information about fitness and the exercises. I love the camaraderie of the community.
23. Can’t think of anything. I’ve been a Crossfitter for 26 months. It is the best program I have ever been involved with.

Comment #11 - Posted by: rob a at December 29, 2006 6:32 PM

1. 6'4"
2. Male
3. 24
4. ~225 lbs.
5. ~230lbs.

6. January 06/April 06 as Rx'd...May to August (in season = 2 Crossfit WOD's/week)...September - present = average of 3 a week.

7. I was a year out of University at Miami, Ohio where I played D-I Baseball...our workouts consisted of weight training, little oly lifting, and sprinting and jogging. When I got home, I did a lot of weight circuits and "20 minute" cardio sessions.

8. 5
9. 8

10. 060118 - 8:21, with 55 lbs. DB hang squat cleans, and 2:1 bar dips.

11. As rx'd = 6:18 on 061018

12. 11 in a row (strict)
13. 27 in a row (kip)
14. 315 lbs
15. 375 lbs
16. 405 lbs
17. 480 lbs
18. 145 lbs
19. 175 lbs
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. The daily challenge, the competition, the overall gains, the attitude it produces, the focus it requires, and the Crossfit community
23. hand blisters and tears.

Comment #12 - Posted by: Justin Farina at December 29, 2006 6:32 PM

1. 5'4 (feet'inches)
2. Male
3. 29 (1-15-1977)
4. 150 lbs
5. 145 lbs
6. 52
7. weightlifting 5-6 times/week (chest & tris, back & bi's, lower body) intermingled into marathon training- ran 6 days a week, avg 40+ miles/week.
8. 5
9. 4
10. 14:33, used 75# as I am just getting back into doing cleans and had to break up the dips as I have no rings. 18 Oct 2006
11. See above.
12. 19
13. 21
14. 185
15. 235
16. 175
17. 225
18. 75- assuming military press
19. 95- assuming military press
20. 49:09 4-July 2006 Peachtree Road race
21. 44:30 23-Nov 2006
22. Varied routine, challenging
23. Not a CrossFit center in my area, (Jacksonville NC)

Comment #13 - Posted by: matt-g at December 29, 2006 6:33 PM

1. 5'11''
2. M
3. 41
4. 185lb
5. 195lb
6. Started Mid Nov. 2006. 3 a week.
7. 5 to 6 times a week Squats, Press, Dips, push, pull ups. Lots of rest between sets never timed.
8. 7/8
9. 9/10 always room to improve.
10. NA
11. 11min
12. 10 to 12
13. 30
14. 405lb
15. 425lb
16. NA Never did DL's
17. 405lb
18. 155lb
19. 195lb
20. 45 min Jan 06
21. 40 min Dec 06
22. Variation, new tech, challenge and the competition of matching times ,wts, age.
23. Waiting up until after 10 pm for the next days workout. Not knowing how to do some of the exercises.

Comment #14 - Posted by: Steve at December 29, 2006 6:41 PM

1. 5'7"
2. M
3. 30
4. 175lb
5. 170lb
6. Started Feb. 06 and rarely miss a "WOD".
7. Running, powerlifting, bodybuilding(5days week)
8. 6
9. 8
10. 14:29 (3-13-06)
11. 11:00 (12-21-06)
12. 22
13. 35 kipping
14. 315lb
15. 325lb
16. 405lb
17. 415lb
18. Didn't do strict press in Jan. 06
19. 165lb
20. 39:04 (4-11-06)
21: 37:21 10km race (10-21-06); 39:30 (12-01-06)
22. Competition, variety, and intensity.
23. I love CrossFit and everything about it!

Comment #15 - Posted by: HarryHogg at December 29, 2006 6:42 PM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 40
4. 186#
5. 189#
6. 4/week
7. Army-type PT, running, Pavel's PTP
8. 4
9. 6 (standards have changed)
10. 24:40 in March '06 w/ 95# cleans
11. Haven't done "Elizabeth" since March.
12. 9
13. 11
14. Max squat then: 190#
15. Now: 215#
16. Max DL then: 270#
17. Now: 275#
18. Press then: <100# (didn't press regularly so no records)
19. Now: 105#
20. No 10Ks in '06
21. "
22. Variety & effectiveness
23. Not enough time to practice all supplemental skills, or direction on what to practice. WODS could suggest skills to work--see CF Fairfax site for examples.

Comment #16 - Posted by: John Frazer at December 29, 2006 6:43 PM

Started 28 Sept 06
1. 6'3"
2. M
3. 46
4. 255
5. 235
6. 3-4 times a week
7. GPP 3 times a week
8. 3
9. 5
10. hasn't come up yet
11. see #10
12. 0
13. 3
14-21. Haven't done 1 rep max
22. the variety & community spirit
23. Hmmmm, why isn't this list of standards part of 'start here'?

Comment #17 - Posted by: Mike M in Ottawa at December 29, 2006 6:44 PM

1.6 foot 4
2.male
3.17
4.165 pounds
5.178 pounds(all muscle weight friends)
6.2-3
7.long distance running(4-7 miles every other day)
8.6(great aerobic, poor anaerobic)
9.7
10.18:30(only done it once-most recent)
11.18:30 cleaned 95 pounds
12.7
13.18
14.100 pounds
15.160 pounds
16.245 pounds
17.285 pounds
18.75 pounds
19.100 pounds
20.43 minutes. may of 2006 boulder boulder colorado
21.havent done one recently, but it would be definitely worse
22.The feeling of accomplishment upon completion of a wod.
23.i dislike some of the olympic lifts because im not experienced enough to have correct form

I've made alot of progress, but im still very weak compared to other crossfitters.

Comment #18 - Posted by: sbm at December 29, 2006 6:47 PM

1. 172.7cm
2. male
3. 45
4. 72.3kg - 9.58%BF
5. 71.8kg - 6.47%BF
6. 48
7. 5-6 - sports specific training for 100m sprinting
8. 7
9. 7.5
10. wasn't doing CF in January 06
11. 16:15 load modified to 121 lbs
12. 8 (strict)
13. 10 (strict)
14. 225
15. 241
16. 315
17. 339
18. unknown
19. 115
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. variety/intensity/efficiency
23. n/a

Comment #19 - Posted by: Trevor S at December 29, 2006 6:49 PM

1. 5 feet 8 inches
2. Male
3. 47 years old
4. 175 lbs.
5. 158 lbs.
6. 5 per week
7. Rowing, weight lifting - 6 days per week
8. 6
9. 8
10. n/a
11. 13:16 weight scaled to 115 lbs.
12. 6
13. 26
14. 155 lbs.
15. 205 lbs.
16. 185 lbs.
17. 265 lbs.
18. 75 lbs.
19. 115 lbs.
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. Variety and the intensity
23. Politics and dismissal of dissenting opinions. (Basically the same as number 4. thanks Mike Donnelly)

Comment #20 - Posted by: Theresa & Mark at December 29, 2006 6:55 PM

1.5'10"
2.M
3.38
4.205
5.190
6.5-6
7.weightlifting 5-6
8.5
9.9
10.~15
11.~7
12.30
13.50
14.400 +
15.400+
16.450
17.450
18.185
19.210
20.~1 hr
21.50 min
22.intensity-random-functional movements
23.more videos of the HQ gang performing "wod's"

Comment #21 - Posted by: brent colson at December 29, 2006 7:06 PM

1. 5'11"
2. M
3. 28
4. 175 lbs.
5. 185 lbs.
6. 96 (started Crossfit in September)
7. cycling & light weight training 3x week
8. 6
9. 8
10. N/A
11. 95 lb. cleans-15:07
12. September:4
13. Now: 15 (unbroken)
14. September: 175
15. Now: 205 (I have a broken L5)
16. September: 135
17. Now: 225
18. September: 95
19. Now: 130
20. N/A
21. 60:00
22. Variation; the unknown factor-there's no telling what tomorrow will bring, so holding back serves no purpose, and in the same vein can kill you; the combo of weights and cardio-have always been looking for the right mix
23. The political rants seem off topic for a fitness-focused program, but I do like the dialogue; maybe mix up the "readings"; I loved the "post your favorite poem", but I am an English teacher. End of the day, I can't live without CrossFit. Thanks Coach.


Comment #22 - Posted by: edevine at December 29, 2006 7:07 PM

1.5ft 9in
2.male
3.26
4.192
5.184
6.every wod since October
7.powerlifting 4x's/week
8.2 now that I know about crossfit
9.6
10.?
11.?
12.8
13.12
14.350
15.375
16.375
17.405
18.135 shoulder press
19.175
20.40min November
21.35
22cuiosity of next WOD
23.Olympic lifting. lack of proper instruction

Comment #23 - Posted by: Richard Campbell at December 29, 2006 7:09 PM

1. 6'
2. M
3. 38
4. 190lb
5. 200lb
6. 2/wk
7. Bike Riding/Running
8. 6
9. 7
10. No rings
11. No rings
12. 10
13. 20
14. No rack
15. No rack
16. 255lb (all I had)
17. 405lb
18. 135lb
19. 155lb
20. 45 minutes (Jan 06)
21. 40 minutes (Dec 06)
22. Variety/Scalability/Effectiveness
23. More Inspirational Videos Maybe

Comment #24 - Posted by: Cory at December 29, 2006 7:10 PM

1. 5'6"
2. Male
3. 22yrs
4. 135lbs
5. 142lbs
6. Strict as rx'ed (5-6 a week)
7. Running, calithenics, heavy bagwork, jiujitsu
8. 5
9. 8
10. Scaled to just bar ~ 25 minutes
11. As rx'ed < 15 minutes (December 21, 2006)
12. 2
13. 25
14. ~100lbs with good form
15. 255lbs
16. ~135 with good form
17. 280lbs
18. ~85lbs
19. 105lbs
20. ~42 minutes on track
21. 44 minutes in park (most recent WOD)
22. Results, results, results - (free+saves time making up workouts, which wouldn't be as good/intense "Coach said so syndrome")
23. Nothing, I may not agree with some of the xfit communities politics and/or social policy view, but diversity and discussion is the key to all great societies, and rest days expose me to both (I'm a true Libertarian in my heart).

Comment #25 - Posted by: Y. Zhou at December 29, 2006 7:15 PM

. 5 feet 5.5 inches
2. Female
3. 33 next month?
4. around 110 lbs, 15-16% body fat
5. 113 lbs, 13% body fat
6. I follow the 3 days on, one day off and I take a 7 day rest every 12 weeks
7. I was a Spinning instructor, I ran, did Kickboxing, and body sculpting
8. 5
9. 8
10. 14:10, 55lbs and jumping ring dips
11. 10:28, 65lbs and a combo of unassisted ring dips and jumping ring dips
12. Dead hang around 3, kipping around 15
13. Dead hang-6, kipping-25
14. Front squat-75 or 80lbs
15. Front squat -105lbs
16. 120lbs
17. 160lbs
18. 45lbs
19. 70lbs
20. I don't run 10K's, but my 5K was 29:30
21. 5K on November 3rd was 27:23 up a steep hill.
22. Everyday is a different day, a different challenge and usually a new PR!
23. nothing

Comment #26 - Posted by: Krista J. at December 29, 2006 7:17 PM

1. 6’
2. Male
3. 32
4. 200 lbs
5. 240 lbs
6. Avg of 3 per week
7. Traditional body building + cardio exercise with some interval training 5-6 days a week.
8. 5
9. 7
10. I don’t know
11. I don’t know
12. 0
13. 7
14. 225 lbs
15. 315 lbs
16. 185 lbs
17. 275 lbs
18. I don’t know (couldn’t be much)
19. 155 lbs.
20. Aprx. 1 hour (1/15/06?)
21. Honestly I don’t know because thanks to crossfit I don’t do long runs anymore ( but I could do at least what I did in Jan of last year.
22. Its “fun”. I like the community, the work, the intensity, the exercises, the people, and the randomness of it.
23. I don’t like the politics. Granted I’ll admit that its not “my politics”, but I come for the great info on health and fitness.

Comment #27 - Posted by: Justin A (NYC) at December 29, 2006 7:22 PM

started nov 15 2006
1. 6'3''
2. M
3. 29
4. 189lbs
5. 191 lbs
6. ~5/wk
7. Run, 3x wk;
8. 6
9. 6.5
10. n/a
11. ~22min
12. 3
13. 7
14. 185
15. 200
16. n/a
17. 135
18. n/a
19. 85
20. may, 43.30
21. sept, 43.23
22. variety/short duration/intensity/community
23. politics

Comment #28 - Posted by: Ernie at December 29, 2006 7:23 PM

1- 5’07” Ft.
2- Male
3- 27
4- 150ish
5- 150ish
6- Two to four WODs per week on average.
7- Running, BJJ, weightlifting in typical bodybuilding fashion and cal circuits.
8- 4
9- 7 or 8
10- 18:18 with full weight and full squats.
11- I think that I brought it down to the fifteen minute range this year- with full squats and full weight- but I’m not sure.
12- 50 kippers for Eugene’s 50th b-day last year.
13- Unknown D/T torn AC. Absent the injury, probably minus five or so due to less movement-specific training.
14- Back squat, 235 Front squat 195
15- BS245 FS205
16- 270 (Down from 300 pre back injury in 2005.)
17- 285 on last effort prior to current shoulder injury.
18- Overhead press? Um, 150ish? Bench 225?
19- Same prior to AC injury.
20- Don’t think I ran a timed 10K in 2006.
21- Don’t plan on it either.
22a-The friends I’ve made through the community.
22b-How CF has made me look with my shirt off over the years.
23- Though I understand its purpose, competition with others is a big turnoff for me as is machismo.

Now for that personality test at my local Church of Scientology.

-D.

Comment #29 - Posted by: Dan Silver at December 29, 2006 7:24 PM

1. 6'1"
2. Male
3. 47
4. 152 lbs.
5. 155 lbs.
6. 3.5 per week
7. Olympic Weightlifting, 3-4x per week
8. 9 (age weighted)
9. 10 (age weighted)
10. Never, as Rx'd
11. Never, as Rx'd
12. 17
13. 28+
14. 75 kg
15. 80kg
16. 120kg
17. 130kg
18. 50kg
19. 55kg
20. Never ran a 10k. 5K: 27:45
21. don't know
22. broader fitness, results, spread of O-lifting for general fitness
23. politics

Comment #30 - Posted by: Lincoln at December 29, 2006 7:26 PM

1.5'6''
2.F
3.28
4.75kg
5.69kg
6.try to complete all wods (started in oct 06)
7.competed in olympic weightlifting, trained about 15 hours a week
8. 8
9. 9
10. ?
11. ?
12. in oct 2
13. 5 now
14. 140kg
15. prob 110kg - different training
16. 120kg
17. prob 90kg
18. 45kg
19. 40kg
20. ~52 min.
21. 47 min. (dec 25,2006)
22. the cardio circuits
23. pull-ups (although it's good for me!)

Comment #31 - Posted by: Lauren C at December 29, 2006 7:26 PM

1. 5'10"
2. M
3. 25
4. 191 lbs
5. 185 lbs
6. 5 most weeks.
7. Running, swimming, weightlifting, calisthenics, BJJ; at least 1 daily.
8. 6-7
9. 9
10. unknown time, wanted to puke several times, Aug ? 06, as rx'd
11. appx 11 min, Nov 06, still wanted to puke, as Rx'd
12. 27
13. 40ish (dead hang)
14. 275
15. 335+
16. 400
17. 400+
18. 110lbs dumbbells
19. 130+ lbs dumbbells
20. 44min
21. 44 min
22. variety, challenge, productivity of the system
23. Having a coach/partner that is able to give productive advice on form would be useful, and is rarely availiable to me in person.

Comment #32 - Posted by: tom at December 29, 2006 7:26 PM

1. 5'10
2. Male
3. 37
4. 195
5. 185
6. 5 * a week
7. Standard bodybuilding workouts 5 * a week
8. 5
9. 9
10. 7:36
11. 4:32
12. 18
13. 28
14. 225
15. 275
16. 300
17. 355
18. 85
19. 125
20. 46:05 March 23
21. 43:50 Nov 6
22. Variety
23. Nothing

Comment #33 - Posted by: Kevin at December 29, 2006 7:26 PM

1. 6'6"
2. M
3. 34
4. 210 lbs
5. 216 lbs
6. 12 - started about 3 weeks ago
7. Running 2-3 times per week (~12-15 miles per week)
8. 5
9. 5
10. NA - I've never done Elizabeth
11. NA - see #10
12. 5
13. 12
14. 155
15. 250
16. 185
17. 315
18. 115
19. 145
20. 54 mins
21. 60 mins
22. The variety!
23. Nothing

Comment #34 - Posted by: JimmyRipp at December 29, 2006 7:29 PM

1. 5 feet 2 inches
2. Female
3. 28
4. 103lbs
5. 105lbs
6. 3-4 per week
7. 30 min steady state run on treadmill, weightliftiing, core training
8. 6
9. 8
10. 12:27 on 10/18/06. scaled with 45lbs cleans, and 30lbs assisted bar dips x3
11. 9:05 12/21/06. scaled with 65lbs cleans, and 25lbs assisted ring dips
12. 10
13. 16
14. 80lbs
15. 125lbs
16. 75lbs
17. 125lbs
18. 45lbs
19. 70lbs
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. I was a competitive gymnast growing up, so it's been great to find a workout program that forces me to push myself to the max as I did in gymnastics. I also love the efficiancy of the workouts. I am always challenged and never seem to get bored. i have been in the gym and around fitness since I was a toddler and have to say that since starting crossfit in April I have seen more strength and endurance gains then ever in my life. I don't think I can ever go back to the way I used to train.
23. can't think of anything I really dislike. I have noticed I've been sidelined overuse injuries, which has never happened before crossfit, (maybe I just never pushed myself hard enough before?) Dang sub scap tendonitis from all the pull-ups! grrrr

Comment #35 - Posted by: nadia shatila at December 29, 2006 7:31 PM

1. 6'
2. Male
3. 30
4. 170 pounds
5. 175
6. 4-5 per week
7. Standard gym lifting, 3-4 days per week
8. 5
9. 7
10. Unknown
11. Unknown
12. 10
13. 25
14. 200
15. 250
16. 250
17. 275
18. 100
19. 145
20. 45 mins
21. Unknown
22. The fact that I can complete the WOD in less than 30 mins (usually) and I get better results than I ever did in the "gym." Time is Very important to me now that I'm a dad. Also, I do everything in my basement!
23. Free workout site, Free advice, best shape I've ever been in in the shortest amount of time...um nothing. I'd love to see a chart comparing benchmarks i.e. "if you can 1RM 300 lbs for a front squat, you should be able to do x on deadlift, y on press, etc." Mostly to see where I'm lagging. Thanks Coach, best year of exercise I've ever had.
23.

Comment #36 - Posted by: rpo at December 29, 2006 7:34 PM

1. 69"
2. Male
3. 47
4. @215#
5. 202#
6. 5/wk
7. MIL PT and running, 4dys/week
8. 4
9. 7
10. 17:15. 30 x 95#, 42 dips; 22 x 95#, 30 dips; 13 x 95#, 18 dips.
11. 11:37. 21/15/9 essentially Power Cleans of 135#. 42/30/18 bar dips.
12. @20 strict
13. 126 kippers in 15 minutes or 31 in one ME set.
14. 225#
15. 305#
16. @300#
17. 385#
18. 95#
19. 135#
20. 51 min.
21. 49 min.
22. The thoughtful, positive and professional administration of an incredibly successful training method. It is enriching our nation in ways yet to be understood.
23. Whining; even my own.

Comment #37 - Posted by: steve hb at December 29, 2006 7:40 PM

1. 6 ft
2. male
3. 19 yo
4. 173
5. 178
6. started a few months ago serisouly, been doing almost all the wods since then, around 3.5 months
7. running, swimming, biking, weight lifting
8. 6
9. 7.5
10. N/A
11. weighted 35# bar dips, 13.4
12. 15 strict dead hang
13. 19 strict dead hang
14. 260
15. 285
16. 320
17. 350
18. 120
19. 135
20. 42
21. 42
22. inensity , changing and challening wods
23. nothing really, pretty much addicted, wish i had rings though

Comment #38 - Posted by: Drew at December 29, 2006 7:41 PM

1. 5 feet 6 inches
2. Male
3. 48
4. 168 lbs
5. 158 lbs
6. 4 per week for the past 6 months
7. traditional resistance plus cardio, approx 5 times per week
8. 6
9. 8
10. I’ve never done Elizabeth
11. N/A
12. 7
13. 12
14. 150 lbs
15. 200 lbs
16. 180 lbs
17. 280 lbs
18. 90 lbs
19. 110 lbs
20. I’ve never run 10K
21. N/A
22. Effectiveness
23. Difficulty finding an accommodating facility

Comment #39 - Posted by: Hari at December 29, 2006 7:45 PM

1. 167cm
2. male
3. 37
4. 74
5. 74
6. 2 to 4 a week
7. High intensity circuit, OL, running, skipping, boxing, climbing, anything with a Japanese sword.
8. 6
9. 7
10. 19.35 in April with power cleans
11. 21.35 as rxd
12. 12
13. 18
14. don't know, didn't have access to a rack.
15. 145 kg
16. 145 kg
17. 160kg
18. 60 kg
19. 70 kg
20. 55 min
21. 55 min
22. variety, challenge, innovation
23. politics

Comment #40 - Posted by: paul arestan at December 29, 2006 7:45 PM

#11 should've been 12:21 as rx'd.

Comment #41 - Posted by: steve hb at December 29, 2006 7:45 PM

1.6 ft 1 inch
2.Male
3.36 yo
4.~240
5.~250
6.Averaged around 3-4 until April, I believe, then trailed to 0-2 since then.
7.Mostly cardio on ellipticals, limited resistance training on machines.2-3 times/week.
8.2
9.2
10.Earliest I could find was 4/5/06. 24:23 Lifted 105 lbs hang-cleans, 40 lb assisted dips x3. All sets broken.
11.Can't find anything since then. Maybe I'll do it tomorrow. :-)
12.2
13.2
14.UNK
15.UNK
16.Less than bodyweight. Say 240
17.330
18.UNK
19.140
20.Never ran 10k
21.Never ran 10k
22.The challenge, the philosophy of fitness. I had an epiphany when I first came to the site and read "What is Fitness" in the trial issue of the Journal. It crystalized a lot of what I had been looking for, and not finding, in standard fitness thought.
23.Waiting to find out what the workouts are. Not having the knowledge on how to complete some of the exercises, particularly the Oly lifts.

Some more notes: I first started about a year ago and did well for a few months. Between tweaking my back on the three bars of death and some personal issues, I slacked off and went weeks without working out at all. For all intents and purposes, I'm starting over.

Comment #42 - Posted by: Don Greenfield at December 29, 2006 7:45 PM

1. 5'10"
2. m
3. 35
4. 200
5. 205
6. average per week = 4, first post I could find was Feb 05 but I had some injury time and didn't become crossfit-centric until July 06.
7. Sporadic, some lifting and capoeira, a little bouldering, short runs - 5k
8. 4
9. 6
10. 17:08 power cleaned - 18 Oct 06
11. 6:37 power cleaned - 21 Dec 06
12. 10
13. 25
14. ???
15. 330#
16. ??? - not much, I was recovering from a total blowout of a herniated disc
17. 380#
18. ???
19. 165#
20. 64:59 - 01 Dec 06
21. 64 min
22. I like the functional aspects of the program and the fact that it levels the playing field for everyone.
23. I ignore the politics but I wish the Crossfiterati would pay less attention to ignorant comments against crossfit and more attention to more refined questions.

Comment #43 - Posted by: Kevin gp at December 29, 2006 7:49 PM

1. 5' 5"
2. M
3. 22
4. 160
5. 156
6. Approx. 30
7. Powerlifting training, mixed with some olympic, cardio, and sprinting.
8. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness on the day you started CrossFit (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
9. 7
10. NA
11. NA
12. 8 Strict
13. 12 Strict, 18 Kipping
14. Knee scoped on 12/22. In November, around 335
15. 335
16. Not DLing at time
17. 345
18. 165
19. 185
20. Shin Splints
21. Shin Splints
22. I am in the best shap of my life.
23. There is no malleability with WOD's. If you do something other than the RX'd WOD, you're bound to get something sore that you'll need the next day.

Comment #44 - Posted by: Ryan at December 29, 2006 7:49 PM

1. 5'7
2. M
3. 30
4. 170
5. 170
6. 50, 60, 70 (?)
7. similar stuff: cleans, snatches, overhead lifts, running (long and short distances), calisthenics
8. 7
9. 6
10. n/a
11. 15:30 first time in dec (3:1 dips)
12. 30-35
13. 30
14. have only done overhead and front over past few years
15. have only done overhead and front over past few years
16. 345
17. 405
18. 185
19. 180
20. none timed this year. early '06 5K 21:20
21. none timed this year. december '06 5K 22:30
22. variety. speed, strength, endurance, flexibility, etc., challenged. cindy has become one of my favorites.
23. i like crossfit and have given it a chance, but will mainly stick with what has worked for me in the past. snatch, overhead squat, press, run times, pull ups have all decreased. deads have increased and push jerks became fun late in the year, especially after hitting 205x3 with ease (why has military press gone down?), but too much has suffered over the year to really adapt this as my program. i must be one of the unfortunate few who do not have glowing admiration for the crossfit approach. there is some admiration there, however, because i will periodically include crossfit workouts for variety.

hope you all stay safe and healthy.

Comment #45 - Posted by: joe at December 29, 2006 7:54 PM

1.5feet 5inches
2.Male
3.23 years old
4.160# 18%body fat
5.165# 7%body fat
6.8 workouts a week
7.bodybuilding (one muscle group a day 5 days a week
8.6
9.9
10.18min doing 3to1 bar dips
11.4min 26sec as rx'd on 12/21/2006
12.15 dead hang
13.25 dead hang
14.260#
15.295#
16.375#
17.405#
18.135#
19.165#
20.48min
21.haven't ran one in awhile, probably 43min
22.intensity and seeing how much I can put my body through, how functional these workouts are
23.just wish there was a workout posted everyday

Comment #46 - Posted by: bridges at December 29, 2006 7:56 PM

1. 6'2"
2. Male
3. 36
4. 223
5. 229
6. usually about 5 a week
7. bodybuilding style reps & sets, isolating muscle groups, running on a treadmill for 1/2 hour at a time about 8 hours later; 5 days a week
8. I wish the rubric were more detailed. I would say "4".
9. Probably 6, by which I mean that I still suck compared to most crossfitters but I'm more fit than 90% of my age group I ever come into contact with.
10. 4/10/06, 115 lb, toes on floor for dips, 22:10
11. 12/20/06, same scaling, 17:35
12. 6
13. 8 or 9. I really need to focus on this more. I suck with pullups.
14. Hadn't ever tried singles at the time. Was doing sets of 6 at 235.
15. PR is 280.
16. Again, hadn't tried singles at the time. Was doing sets of 6 at 275.
17. PR is 370. (woo hoo for that one!)
18. Was doing sets of 6 at 100.
19. The other day I hit 125.
20. Only did the one 10k, on 9/13/06, and it took 55:33.
21. See above.
22. Results. Simplicity. Variation is interesting. Good use of my very limited time.
23. There's too much of an atmosphere of competition. I know some people feed off it, but I personally could care less what somebody else's Fran time is as long as my own is getting faster.

Comment #47 - Posted by: Tim at December 29, 2006 8:15 PM

1. 6'
2. M
3. 30
4. 180#
5. 165#
6. Main page WOD with a break from mid-July to mid-August. I believe I did around 90% of the workouts outside of the window I mentioned above.
7. Running and bodyweight exercises. Played with my kids. Noodled with weights in the company weightroom.
8. 1 I thought I was in great shape until I did my first 15 burpees.
9. 6 or 7. I'm usually in the middle of the pack of those posting daily.
10. 14:28 (I later learned those were power cleans)
11. 9:37 (95# squat cleans, 10/18/2006)
12. 7
13. 45 (now that I know how to kip!)
14. 215
15. 265
16.275
17.350
18.? Honestly, no idea. I don't think I had done that.
19.150
20. 1:04:12 1/23/06
21. 59 minutes 9/07/2003
22. The looks on people's faces when I do handstand push-ups. I like the community support on the site.
23. Dry heaves. Diane. Linda. Barbara.

You missed a couple:
24. where were your hands calloused last Jan.? Wedding ring spot.
25. Where is hand covered in callous now: where fingers fold into palm, under each knuckle. It gives me something to pick at when I'm bored in a meeting at work.

Early on I went too hard. As the year progressed I swallowed my pride and focused more on form and learning, less on how much weight I could move and how fast.

I had some pretty serious ITB pain in December shortly after starting CrossFit. From December to March I couldn't run much but tried in January for the 10k. That screwed me up for a long time. In March Julie and I started the Zone diet and had our 4th child. I suddenly Most of the summer I worked toward 65 pull-ups. Something happened in July and I just stopped working out. Maybe it was the temperature in the garage. In August I was amazed how much I had lost. Recently I have been working a lot of extra hours and weekends. I am short on sleep and missing workouts. Left ITB has been acting up again. What a first year.

Comment #48 - Posted by: Chris and Julie Jordan at December 29, 2006 8:16 PM

sorry, all those weights are in pounds

Comment #49 - Posted by: Tim at December 29, 2006 8:16 PM

1: 5' 5"
2: Male
3: 51 yo
4: 161 pounds
5: 160 pounds
6: average 3 / week. Shoulder injury has reduced the "as Rx'd" severely for 6 months.
7: Vaguely bodybuilding / Pavel's Power to the People program . . . average 2 or 3 / week.
8: 5
9: 7
10: 8:49 in January . . . substituted bar dips for ring dips, without adding any reps
11: 10:40 only one month later (in Feb). This was the last time I did Elizabeth in 2006; shoulder injuries have precluded either cleans or dips since then.
12: 15 - 18, kipping
13: none (see shoulder). doing pulldowns at bodyweight now, *very* slowly getting back into it. Peaked at 22 in May.
14: BS: 265, FS: 225
15: BS:?? (can't rotate shoulder back), FS: 225
16: 365
17: did 345 last week. Peaked at 405 in April 2006
18: 195
19: no idea, putting weight overhead has been strictly avoided for 6 months.
20: 48:54 in March
21: Haven't run 10K for time since March. Had a 21:27 5K in October.
22: I have to pick one? The fitness it produces, followed by the community we share.
23: the politics, followed by the rare flame-out by one or more otherwise stalwart community members.

Comment #50 - Posted by: davidjwood at December 29, 2006 8:23 PM

1. 5'10"
2. M
3. 40
4. 165
5. 171
6. I've missed about 20 crossfit workouts
7. Some moderate hiking, rock climbing and weight-lifting
8. 4
9. 6
10. 02/08/2006 - sub'd 115lbs - 11:42
11. 07/30/2006 - as rx'd - 10:49
12. 20
13. 28
14. 185
15. 230
16. 225
17. 285
18. 125
19. 145
20. 57:19 - 01/23/2006
21. 51:02 - 07/26/2006
22. Sorry, but I must say: I like every aspect.
after 2 years, I'm now only mildly
obsessed with CF. It's highly addictive.
23. the occasional late posting of tomorrow's WOD

Comment #51 - Posted by: John Messano at December 29, 2006 8:29 PM

1.6'1"
2.M
3.52
4.225#
5.220#
6.4-6 each week
7.bike riding and weight lifting 3 times a week
8.3
9.I like to belive a 5 or 6. As compared to co- workers
10.1st time, 95# and near died.
Best was 26 minutes, regular dips. (no rings)
11.Had to drastically modify due to being to Merry on Christmas...
12. In reality...0. Never tried to do them
13. 5 with a gun to my head. I weigh too much. Gota lose the weight to get better at them.
14.225#
15.305#, but maybe more.
16.225# or so.
17.300# but maybe more.
18.180# using dumbells
19.180# no noticable increase since we don't dwell too much on bench presses.
20.1hour 10 minutess
21. only did it once...hard time running since my achilles tendon surgery, but thanks to Crossfit, I run. At 35, my time was 40 minutes.
22.The challenge of a different WOD. The aspect of total fitness, because you kill all parts of your body. You make my work!!!!
23. Time constraints. Some of the WOD will take me too long so I "save" them for the weekend when I have more time. Not the fault of Crossfit of course....but I love trying to get the WOD in!!!
I also don't have the equipment for some of them, but the substitutes are ok. And, I modify as I see fit. I'm not a fanatic.

Comment #52 - Posted by: NYCRaider at December 29, 2006 8:30 PM

1 5'11"
2 male
3 36
4 160#
5 160#
6 66 since September 22
7 jogging and some weight lifting 4-5 days per week
8 4
9 6
10 18:10 95# clean 1:1 bar dips Oct 18, 2006
11 18:10 95# clean 2:1 bar dips
12 2
13 10
14 125#
15 150#
16 185#
17 275#
18 75#
19 95#
20 60 minutes January 2006 (began CrossFit in September)
21 54 minutes December 1, 2006
22 originality - intensity - focus - results - I also like that the WOD are very structured but not rigid. Everything is scalable and open. Even the comments board which can be a way to simply report results, get advice, argue (I mean discuss) or vent. I love that there are few rules. The WOD is posted. You are free to do it, modify it or skip it. Rest days are for comments and venting. I love it.
23 Takes more dedication than most have which makes my work outs lonely. Luckily my wife is coming around to it.

Comment #53 - Posted by: epicurius at December 29, 2006 8:31 PM

1.6'1"
2.M
3.52
4.225#
5.220#
6.4-6 each week
7.bike riding and weight lifting 3 times a week
8.3
9.I like to belive a 5 or 6. As compared to co- workers
10.1st time, 95# and near died.
Best was 26 minutes, regular dips. (no rings)
11.Had to drastically modify due to being to Merry on Christmas...
12. In reality...0. Never tried to do them
13. 5 with a gun to my head. I weigh too much. Gota lose the weight to get better at them.
14.225#
15.305#, but maybe more.
16.225# or so.
17.300# but maybe more.
18.180# using dumbells
19.180# no noticable increase since we don't dwell too much on bench presses.
20.1hour 10 minutess
21. only did it once...hard time running since my achilles tendon surgery, but thanks to Crossfit, I run. At 35, my time was 40 minutes.
22.The challenge of a different WOD. The aspect of total fitness, because you kill all parts of your body. You make my work!!!!
23. Time constraints. Some of the WOD will take me too long so I "save" them for the weekend when I have more time. Not the fault of Crossfit of course....but I love trying to get the WOD in!!!
I also don't have the equipment for some of them, but the substitutes are ok. And, I modify as I see fit. I'm not a fanatic.

Comment #54 - Posted by: NYCRaider at December 29, 2006 8:34 PM

started CF on April 19th

1. 5'4
2. F
3. 27
4. 145 lbs
5. last I checked I was down to 135, but I threw out my scale
6. 93 recorded ones, but I've done about 10 or so since then, so I'd estimate around 103. I took I think five weeks off somewhere in there, though I was doing Ross Enamait stuff for part of that time and a lot of it is really similar to Crossfit.
7. 30 minutes of cardio 5 days a week (one of those was more like 20 minutes of interval traning), three Cybex strength circuits three days a week, light cycling every day, martial arts, some cardio kickboxing. I didn't do all this for a whole year, I think I started ramping things up in November or December '05 and continued until I started CF in mid-April. Before that just martial arts, cycling and hiking.
8. 2
9. 3
10. I think I've only done it once, and it was so incredibly scaled that it can't be compared to Elizabeth
11. See above.
12. 0
13. 0
14. For front squats? Started with just 25#
15. not sure on 1RM, I know I've done 60# reps
16. Started with just 20#
17. 110#
18. started with just 10# reps
19. 50# last I checked (but this was reps)
20. haven't done more than 5K yet
21. see above
22. Amazing attention to detail as far as form is concerned. This is a huge understatement. Coach is up there on the genius level somewhere. Lots of really smart people sharing their knowledge with anybody interested FOR FREE. The workouts are super fun, very challenging, incredibly varied. The videos are awesome--inspiring as hell. Amazing community (esp. all the warriors involved who are out risking their lives for my a$$ while I drink cappucinos and read poetry). It's very refreshing seeing kick-ass women lifting real weights. Some really amazing world-class athletes.
23. I don't like how people get totally trashed because of their politics or because they've left the community for whatever reason-- disagreements/criticism could be handled more professionally. Having a hard time developing a solid strength base from CF, and I keep getting injured (one step forward two steps back), a lot of this is probably user error. No CF Tucson. :(

Comment #55 - Posted by: treelizard at December 29, 2006 8:35 PM

answer, as follows. Do not repeat the question.
1. 5’10”
2.M
3.33
4.185 lbs
5.172 lbs
6. 4 to 6 WOD per week
7. typical weight room lifts
8. 4
9. 8
10. don’t remember
11. as Rx approx 15min
12. 4
13.18
14. 185 lbs
15. 275 lbs
16.115 lbs
17.225 lbs
18. 135 lbs bench press
19. 225 lbs
20. 50 min
21.42 min
22. the complete style of crossfit
23. nothing

Comment #56 - Posted by: coughlan at December 29, 2006 8:36 PM

1. 5'6"
2. Male
3. 31
4. 170#
5. 165#
6. 4 per week
7. Bodybuilding, Calisthenics, run X 5 days/week
8. 6 (I thought it was a 9)
9. 8
10. about 12 minutes as rx'd in January or so
11. 9:08 as rx'd on 10/18/2006
12. 30
13. 40
14. 300#
15. 365#
16. 315#
17. 375#
18. 135#
19. 175#
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. Infinite variety and tranferability(is that a word)
23. I don't particularly dislike any aspect of it, because to be honest it is mine. CrossFit is mine and yours and everyone else's. If you don't like a WOD, make one with the same concept in mind and go for it. I don't know anything about any of the politics (if any) and don't really care. I focus on what the workouts, advice, training, etc. can do for me, my family, and the people I train. It is hard to talk politics with a mouthful of vomit.

Comment #57 - Posted by: Terry at December 29, 2006 8:37 PM

1. 5' 8"
2. Male
3. 35
4. 195
5. 183
6. 250
7. Bodybuilding/power/juan carlos santana style functional training
8. 3-4
9. 8-9
10.13:00 first time on rings
11. 7:01
12. 30
13. 45 (fatter bar)
14. 335
15. 375
16. 375
17. 405
18. 145 (not CFT standards)
19. 165 (strict)
20. 1:04:26 (32:00-5k)
21. 1:02 (July very hot/humid [Sept 26:30 5k)
22. Community/Intensity/Functional (OLY) training that makes you think and learn/Challenge
23. endurance runs, although I do them only in the name of fitness.

Thanks Coach and lauren for sharing your philosophy with us.

Comment #58 - Posted by: dan colson at December 29, 2006 8:43 PM

1. 6'0 (ft, inches)
2. M
3. 35
4. 205 lbs
5. 178 lbs
6. ~3-4/week (started xfit at beginning of October 06)
7. Some cardio (20-30 minutes, elliptical, treadmill), yoga (20-30 min.), weights 3-4 times per week
8. 3
9. 6
10. unknown
11. unknown
12. zero
13. 8 (single-set max, no rest, no kipping)
14. ~220
15. ~300
16. never tried over 120 (fear of injuring lower back)
17. 270
18. 160
19. 180
20. 58 min.
21. unknown
22. variety, challenge, intensity
23. politics - this is about fitness keep politics, spirituality, economics, etc. out of it

Comment #59 - Posted by: a d at December 29, 2006 8:46 PM

For comment #51 I reported push press numbers not bench press numbers. my bench press numbers would be

18 115#
19 145#

Comment #60 - Posted by: epicurius at December 29, 2006 8:47 PM

1. 5'10"
2. M
3. 38
4. 165lbs
5. 165lbs
6. Average 3 workouts/week
7. Boot Camp style workouts. Similar to CrossFit but no oly lifts, squats, or deadlifts.
8. 5
9. 6
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 40 kipping
13. 40 kipping
14. 165
15. 235
16. 185
17. 315
18. 115
19. 135
20. n/a to 10k. Typical run is 3.5 miles. Best time around 21 minutes.
21. Around 21 minutes.
22. The variety and challenge of the workouts. Having a community to compare with. The certifications and seminars. Willingness of experts to share advice for the betterment of the community. Focus on form.
23. Enjoy all aspects, even the politics. A healthy mind and body go hand in hand. Even if I don't agree with everything, it gets me thinking.

Comment #61 - Posted by: jim at December 29, 2006 8:57 PM

1. 5' 10"
2. M
3. 41
4. 245#
5. 257#
6. Started CF mid-November, averaging 5 WODs/week
7. Some LSD runs, some sprinting and Rugby conditioning, weightlifting 5 x per week with a modified body building style routine
8. 3
9. 6
10. NA
11. NA
12. 0
13. 1
14. 275#
15. 345#
16. 275#
17. 325#
18. 115#
19. 155#
20. NA
21. NA
22. I have 1000s (100s?) of workout partners in my basement. The challenge. The variation of the WODs and the information readily available from which to carve out my own or sub when conditions (travel, a personal weakness, equipment) call for it. The knowledge that is shared. THE FACT THAT MY 9 AND 7 YEAR OLD SONS CAN DO SIMILAR WORK OUTS SIDE BY SIDE WITH ME AND WE CAN ENJOY EACH OTHER WHILE DOING IT.
23. Just little whiny stuff. Wish the next day's WOD was posted earlier in the day b/c I like to schedule my next day before I leave the office. Nothing substantial about the program or its foundations.


Comment #62 - Posted by: Doug Davidson at December 29, 2006 8:59 PM

1. 6'3"
2. M
3. 24
4. 195lb?
5. 197lb.
6. ~3/week
7. Mediocre Powerlifting 3-4/week
8. 5? (Very Subjective)
9. 9 (There are ~300 million people in this country correct? This would put someone with a 10 in the top 3 million.)
10. -
11. 16:30 scaled with 115lb. cleans First and only attempt at Elizabeth on 12/21/06
12. 8
13. 20
14. 275
15. 315
16. 365
17. 415
18. 115?
19. 155
20. -
21. -
22. Challenge, I particulary enjoy the challenge the named WoD's offer.
23. I feel I have to add more strength training to the posted WoD but that makes sense that everyone will have to focus on their weaknesses. The posted WoD can not be expected to be perfect for everyone, good for the majority and challenging to all but not perfect.

Comment #63 - Posted by: Nick at December 29, 2006 9:15 PM

1.6'2"
2.M
3.32
4.247.9lbs
5.228lbs
6. 200 workouts
7. Cardio followed by standard weight training and a few power train derived lifts/ rugby specific lifting routine
8.5
9.7
10. 19:30 3/12/06 hang cleans
11. 5:34 12/21/06 hang cleans
12. 4
13. 25
14. 285
15. 345
16. 305
17. 375
18. 165
19. 205
20.
21.
22. Variety/growth/ improvement
23. Seeing the women less than half my weight lift more than me

Thank you crossfit!
Dwight

Comment #64 - Posted by: Dwight at December 29, 2006 9:16 PM

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 24
4. 135
5. 145
6. 3
7. Mixed mode Kettlebell/Powerlifting 5days/week
8. 4
9. 6
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 22 strict, 22 kipping
13. 4 strict, 20 kipping (Uncle Rhabdo stole my pull-ups)
14. 185lbs
15. 245lbs
16. 305
17. 315
18. 115
19. 135
20. 54 minutes
21. Haven't done one since!
22. I have nothing better to do!
23. The lack of data being collected, step 1 this may be?

Comment #65 - Posted by: Pierre Auge at December 29, 2006 9:20 PM

seems I got censored... interesting...

Comment #66 - Posted by: Kevin gp at December 29, 2006 9:23 PM

haven't read the questionaire, just wanted to comment on the photo. I love the fact that the trainer is wearing chuck taylors. Like Pavel says, the more you pay for shoes, the worse they are for strength training. I used to love going to Gold's gym (pre-crossfit era) and doing big heavy lifts in my chuck t's and argyle socks and getting ridiculous looks from people.

Comment #67 - Posted by: Jonathan at December 29, 2006 9:24 PM

New to crossfit, first WOD 061105. Prior to that was following "New Rules of Lifting" beginner and fat loss programs 4 months.

1. 6'5"
2. Male
3. 44
4. 280
5. 240
6. 38
7. None
8. 3
9. 4
10. NA
11. 28:10 Scale (dip -70 on Nautilus)
12. 0
13. 3
14. NA
15. 275
16. NA
17. 385
18. NA
19. 165
20. NA
21. 56:10 December 1, 06
22. Balanced Programming
23. Rest day whiners.

Comment #68 - Posted by: Brian Vandewettering at December 29, 2006 9:27 PM

1. 5 ft. 8 in.
2. male
3. 50
4. 178 lbs.
5. 170 lbs.
6. 4.5 per week.
7. Periodized 3 days of isolation weight training intermixed with 3 days of cardio.
8. 5
9. 7
10.
04/06/2006
32:35
scaled 95# cleans
subbed 3:1 parallel bar dips
11.
12/24/2006
15:31
subbed/scaled 2 45# dbs.
subbed/scaled 2:1 parallel bar dips
12. 8
13. 15
14. 200 lb
15. 240 lb
16. 250 lb
17. 340 lb
18. 85 lb. shoulder press
19. 110 lb. shoulder press
20. 01/23/2006 9K in 55:00
21. 09/09/2006 10K in 50:46
22. intensity asked of the metcon workouts
23. intensity asked of the metcon workouts

Comment #69 - Posted by: Mark Brinton at December 29, 2006 9:32 PM

BTW, my weights were in pounds.

Comment #70 - Posted by: Brian Vandewettering at December 29, 2006 9:34 PM

1.6'1"
2.m
3.48 yrs
4.193lbs
5.203lbs
6.110 started 1-26-06
7.super-slow weights 3x week, swim 3x week, hockey 2x week, paddleboard & surf in summer
8. 5 (but i thought i was @ 8)
9. 8
10. first done 12-22-06
11. 16:49 12-22-06
12.8
13.12
14.155lbs 3-27-06
15.215lbs 11-28-06
16.255lbs 6-9-06
17.300lbs 11-28-06
18. no idea
19.140 lbs (seated)
20.41:22 1-19-06
21.39:57 10-18-06
22. It exploits my weakness, and forces me to address them.
23 It exploits my weakness and forces me to recognise them.

Comment #71 - Posted by: water-ratt at December 29, 2006 9:37 PM

1. 5'-8"
2. M
3. 47
4. about 153
5. about 148
6. averaged 4/wk until June 06, since then avg about 5-6 / wk
7. Cycling, spinning classes, running, conventional (body-building) weight training 2-3x weekly.
8. 6-7
9. 8-9
10.about 26:00, scaled to 95#, subbed 3:1 bar dips
11.16:20, scaled to 115#, ring dips
12.13 dh, 15 kip
13.32 kip
14.175#
15.235#
16.205#
17.255#
18.unk
19.unk (limited by shoulder pain, did 95# for CF Total)
20.51:26 on 4/11
21.49:51 on 7/26
22.Measurable gains (and identification of weaknesses), community, education (CF Journal, articles, posts in comments and message boards).
23.Personal attacks and generalizations, although relatively rare and almost exclusively on rest day topics.

Comment #72 - Posted by: ScottH at December 29, 2006 9:38 PM


1. 5'10"
2. male
3. 36
4. 165lbs
5. 177lbs
6. 5-6 a week
7. distance runs up to 13 miles and matt furey-style bodyweight exercises.
8. oh man. starting out: 5.
9. maybe 7.5? some objective standard (what's your CF Total? what was your best cindy score? how long does it take to complete Murph [wearing a 20lbs ves]?) might be helpful here. (BTW, my answers would be 745, 24, and 42:00. does that rate a 7.5?)
10. Wednesday 060208. Elizabeth. Squat cleans 115 X 16, 95 x 5, 95 x 15, 95 x 9. Ring Dips 21-15-9. Time: 22 minutes.
11. 23:00, as Rx'd.
12. Fifteen.
13. Thirty-seven.
14. 185lbs.
15. 260lbs.
16. 235lbs
17. 350lbs.
18. 195lbs.
19. 240lbs.
20. Monday 060123 -- 42:01
21. Friday 061201 -- 44:41
22. The nervous stomach I often get on my way to the gym, that "oh my god I can't believe i'm going to do this to myself" feeling. the constant challenge, the camaraderie, the black humor, the skill building, the chance to measure myself against truly elite athletes (something you just don't see in an NYC health club). the sense of being in on something really great that relatively few others would have the stones to attempt.
23. um, it's all pretty great, really. sometimes i get a little bummed with the subs i have to do because of equipment limitations (for instance, yesterday i just did a mike's gym WOD and ran 5k, because my gym doesn't have a rower, and doing 300 SDHP just seemed, well...kinda boring. and towel pull-ups are just torture. i do them, but MAN am i looking forwards to having a real crossfit facility in new york with climbing ropes and everything. C'MON BLACK BOX!) the rest day debates are fine. i'm left-leaning but the occasional displays of rabid conservatism don't bother me a bit, 'cause a lot of people on here obviously spend as much time honing their opinions as they do their kips and their HSPUs, and you gotta respect that.

wait, i take it back. it's all REALLY great. i've been exercising for about 15 years--weightlifting, marathons, muay thai, boxing--but when i found crossfit, it was like the scales fell from my eyes. thanks, coach glassman.

Comment #73 - Posted by: dammit at December 29, 2006 9:42 PM

1. 6'-1"
2. Male
3. 28
4. +/- 200
5. 210
6. about 3 a week since september
7. heavy lifting and kettlebell workouts, 2-3 times a week.
8. metabolic - 3, max strength - 7
9. metabolic - 5, max strength - 6
10. fist time 10/19 (one month into crossfit) 115#, bar dips: 17:06
11. 12/21 (second time) 2 @ 1.5P kettlbell cleans, ring dips as rx'd: 11:09
12. 8 or 9 deadhangs, didn't know what a kipping pullup was
13. 10-12 kipping
14. ? 250?
15. 275 on12/3
16. never did one rep single. 305 for 5
17. 345 on 12/3 (crossfit total day)
18. 115x5 shoulder press
19. 135 single on 12/3 (day before did tabata presses)
20. i've never done that
21. sorry
22. extremely challenging. people are great. i feel like I'm part of something unique. people think you're crazy for doing it.
23. my limit strength has suffered. people tend to be too conservative for my political views.

Comment #74 - Posted by: Jonathan at December 29, 2006 9:46 PM

1. 5'9"
2. M
3. 38
4. 180 lbs
5. 187 lbs
6. 4-6 per week
7. Triathlete type workouts, bodybuilding type workouts. 5-6 days a week
8. 6
9. 8
10. 17:21
11. 11:46
12. 10
13. 25
14. 300 lbs
15. 335 lbs
16. 320 lbs
17. 415 lbs
18. 135 lbs
19. 180 lbs
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. variety and intensity
23. Endurance runs, knees ache too much afterwards.

Comment #75 - Posted by: Rick510 at December 29, 2006 9:46 PM

1. 5 ft. 10 in.
2. Male
3. 31
4. 185 lbs.
5. 185 lbs.
6. From Jan 1 to June 20th I did almost every workout. Took 4 months off from Crossfit due to multiple injuries. From Oct till now I have done an average of 2-3 WOD per week. Back to full speed now and will continue to through the beginning of the new year.
7. Bodybuilding 3-5 times per week. Martial Arts (BJJ, Muay Thai) 6 days per week.
8. 5
9. 7
10. 17.30 with 135 lb. Power Clean and Regular Dips (63, 45,27)
11. 11.36 with Power Cleans and Ring Dips
12. Approx. 20
13. Approx. 20 (Taken time off)
14. 345 lbs.
15. Same
16. 405 lbs.
17. 415 lbs.
18. NA
19. 145 lbs.
20. 58.30
21. Not Sure
22. The challenge of the unknown. Every day is different. Even if you have done the WOD before, it's always a new expereince depending on what you did the day before this time and last time. It's very much like life: it prepares you for the unexpected and demands that you rise to the occassion. Also the continued education makes me excited to be both a trainer AND an athlete again.
23. I'm not really big on the political issues, but that does not bother me. Having the WOD a little earlier would be nice, but that doesn't kill me either. It's like waking up for christmas morning every moring, in a sick crossfit way.

Comment #76 - Posted by: Team Hybrid at December 29, 2006 9:47 PM

sorry, everything's in pounds.

Comment #77 - Posted by: Jonathan at December 29, 2006 9:47 PM

1. 5'0
2. Female
3. 32
4. 118
5. 112
6. 5-6 weekly 
7. Yoga, Elliptical 45 mins, normal girl machine weights 3-5 days a week 
8. 3
9. 5
10. 19:09 45# clean, 2x seated parallette dips
11. 10:46 45# clean, 2x seated parallette dips 
12. 0
13. I can only do singles 
14. 95#
15. 110#
16. 115#
17. 185#
18. 25#
19. 60#
20. na 5k is the furthest I've been able to run
21. na 
22. Short duration of workouts and increase of strength 
23. Running as evident from 20 & 21

Comment #78 - Posted by: DSE at December 29, 2006 9:47 PM

whoa whoops, i got 18 and 19 wrong, listing bench press. i meant

18. 105lbs
19. 145lbs.

Comment #79 - Posted by: dammit at December 29, 2006 9:49 PM

a 240lbs overhead press would be pretty awesome, though :)

Comment #80 - Posted by: dammit at December 29, 2006 9:50 PM

Sorry, I am not sure why my answers wrapped that way......

Comment #81 - Posted by: DSE at December 29, 2006 10:00 PM

Note: started CF in June 2006

1. 1.64m
2. Female
3. 24
4. 55kg
5. 58.5kg
6. 5-6 a week
7. Bodybuilding 3-4x a week
8. 5
9. 7
10. 01/08/06 - 35kg power cleans + 3:1 one-foot bar dips - 11:45
11. 23/12/06 - 32.2kg power cleans + one-foot assisted ring dips - 7:50
12. 2 strict pull-ups
13. 6 strict pull-ups
14. 50kg
15. 60kg
16. 65kg
17. 80kg
18. 50kg (I think? Notebook in another country)
19. Not sure, but I think my bench has gone down
20. The one and only time I completed the 10km, it took about 1:15:00 I think.
21. See above.
22. The variety, the challenge to complete the WODs especially when I feel like giving up after 5 minutes, the sense of satisfaction after completing them, feeling more fit than ever, the strength and endurance gains, the supportive and knowledgeable community... could go on forever.
23. Maybe the posts flaming people who modify the workouts too much or not do the 10km.

Comment #82 - Posted by: Alicia Zhuang at December 29, 2006 10:01 PM

Began Crossfit in October 2006
1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 27
4. 155 lbs
5. 157 lbs
6. 45
7. Bike commuting 3 times a week (7 miles) and running once a week.
8. 6
9. 7
10. N/A
11. 30 min, 100 lb, non-ring dips
12. 5
13. 20
14. 175 lbs
15. 185 lbs
16. 185 lbs
17. 225 lbs
18. 90 lbs
19. 105 lbs
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. Low time commitment, high intensity workouts with lots of weight training. Previously I was used to only cardio training (i.e. running and biking). I am a grad student in San Diego and work in a lab. I never would have considered taking time in the middle of the day to hit the gym until I found Crossfit. Now, weight training is approachable, fun, and fits into my busy schedule. Furthermore, we wimpy science nerds have a chance to get in shape. But what is the most striking is the difference between the group of us who go and nearly every other person in the gym. We are in and out and totally worked while others who are there when we arrived haven't even finished their sets of bench press before we've left. Finally, the results speak for themselves.
23. I am scaling Crossfit to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and it would be helpful to have more input for applying Crossfit to different weekly schedules most effective.

Comment #83 - Posted by: Ben Gallarda at December 29, 2006 10:07 PM

Started X-Fit 1/19/06.

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 39 y.o.
4. 175#
5. 188#
6. Nearly as Rx'd until September when I went to a 2 on/1 off ME/Black Box program of one day ME, one day Crossfit
7. Split routines; primarily compound movements. 5 days/week with some running.
8. 8
9. 9.25
10. unknown
11. unknown
12. 12 strict, 1 kipping.
13. 12 strict, 15-20 kipping. The strict number is a result of my not focusing on the CFWU. I rectified this two weeks ago.
14. Switched to full-range with Crossfit. 275#
15. 350#
16. 420#
17. 500# This has been greatly assisted by Back Extensions and Oly lifting.
18. 135#
19. 150#
20. never ran 10k
21. approx 55 minutes.
22. Improving my fitness.
23. Not really being exposed to the methodology. Crossfit has been espoused as an open source fitness project. Yet, there are a lot of sharp people participating in this project whose talents and input don't seem to be utilized. It would be nice to know what Coach is thinking and have the opportunity to comment on it.

Coach and Lauren, thanks for a great year!

Comment #84 - Posted by: John Seiler at December 29, 2006 10:09 PM

1. 5 feet 6.5 inches tall
2. Male
3. 21
4. About 165-170.
5. 170-173.
6. 4 per week (often higher, last several weeks lower b/c of relative dying, finals, and buddy getting married).
7. “Beach muscles bodybuilding” 3-4 times per week (chest, shoulders, arms, some abs, no legs or cardio). Started Crossfit January of 2006.
8. 4-5.
9. 7.
10. I modify the workouts on days when rings or cleans are required. Rings because I don’t have them (will get them after college when I have money) and cleans b/c I am still learning how to do them properly.
11. Not applicable.
12. Around 6-8.
13. About 15 dead hangs.
14. Could not do a full squat in January of 2006 (pre-Crossfit).
15. Around 300 lbs. (squat improves every time I do it, since I did not do them often before Crossfit, and never did them correctly).
16. Never did deadlifts prior to Crossfit.
17. Have not maxed out yet (still working on my squatting technique before I do the Crossfit Total), but I have gotten 315 before.
18. Never did the press.
19. Still working on form before Crossfit Total.
20. Never ran a 10K prior to January 2006.
21. Under 1 hour (last one was in October).
22. While doing Crossfit, I have gotten stronger, faster, more flexible, more powerful, and have gained greater endurance. The “Beach Muscles” workout left me with a pretty good bench press (265 at around 165-170), but I couldn’t run, do a lot of pullups, or do a full squat. My back hurt, and I tired easily playing pick-up sports. A year later, and my fitness has improved dramatically. In October, I ran a half-marathon without any training besides regular Crossfit exercises (finished in 2:16, so the world record is safe). My back doesn’t hurt, because the exercises Crossfit recommends have strengthened my back and core, and increased the flexibility in my hips and hamstrings. I am still learning proper form on squats, but at the end of my last workout I got 225 fifteen times on the box squat. Each time I do squats, I improve in terms of form and my ability to handle weight.
This summer, I did a thruster with my bodyweight (170 lbs.). I could barely do 95 lbs. when I started, because my hips were so tight and I had so little balance. I also worked as a camp counselor this summer, and my boss bet me in front of the kids that I couldn’t do 100 (good) pushups in a row. I easily proved him wrong (to the amazement of our sadly overweight campers). I used my newly found fitness all summer. I hadn’t ridden a bike in five or six years, but I was fine over an 11 mile loop I had to do with the kids (mostly grades 7-9). We were in the Appalachian Mts., so the loop was mostly up and down hills. I could play with them until they all begged for mercy, whether it was basketball, dodgeball, football, soccer, or wrestling in the pool. At a challenge course, I was able to lift even our heftiest campers over a wall and help them complete the exercise.
Sorry I took so long on this question, but I can’t emphasize enough how much my fitness has improved because of what I have learned at Crossfit. I guess the thing that I love the most is that Crossfit exposes me to much more intelligent sources of fitness information than I got from fitness magazines, and that now I am actually training for function. What has really surprised me the most is that my back, which used to hurt constantly, never hurts now. Crossfit has dramatically changed my body, my outlook on fitness, and my life. Now I know the depths of my ignorance prior to Crossfit, and how much I still need to learn.
23. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the least? (Anything, politics, diplomacy, etc.)
Only thing I don’t like is that I am in college, and I don’t have a Crossfit gym nearby (and couldn’t afford to pay separate dues at a non-campus gym anyways). I don’t have any rings, and many of the lifts I did not learn in my high school weightlifting classes, especially the cleans and the squat. I watch the example videos though, and have bought Mark Rippetoe’s book. I plan on finding a good Crossfit gym after I graduate, and taking a few months to train there before I join the military. I am extremely grateful to the folks at Crossfit for the service they provide.

Comment #85 - Posted by: Josh at December 29, 2006 10:10 PM

1. 6 foot 3
2. MALE
3. 22
4. 210
5. 220
6. every wod done since my first day 3 months strong
7. basic weight lifting focusing on one part of the body each day...mixed wit 40 mins cardio every day
8. 5 and a half
9. 8
10. didnt time it
11. only have done one so far
12. 2 in a row
13. 10 in a row 3 sets
14. 200
15. 300
16. 150
17. 200
18. 95
19. 150
20. 25 mins
21. 24 mins
22. variety and quickness of wod
23. not having access to a row

Comment #86 - Posted by: evan at December 29, 2006 10:21 PM

1.6'0
2.male
3.33
4.155-160#
5.157
6.3-4 per week usually modified
7.running, average 80 miles per week, plyometrics twice a week
8.defined by crossfit 3
9.defined by crossfit 5 or 6, (still have a weak upper half)
10.haven't done elizabeth
11.
12.7
13.22
14.no idea
15.can rep body weight all day
16.no idea
17.can rep body weight almost all day
18.not very much
19.a lot more
20.2006 pr 34:23
21.not that fast but not much slower(off season)
22.i like the heart rates, no nonesense, the challenge of can i do that?
23. no complaints just wish my gym was more accommodating in the equipment aspect. please don't change your approach to accommodate the slothfull masses

Comment #87 - Posted by: surly viking at December 29, 2006 10:23 PM

1. 6'1" and 5'2" (husband and wife)
2. male and female
3. 36 and 36
4. 208# and 130#
5. 196# and 125#
6. 5 per week
7. both: average: 3 times per week: weights and cardio at gym with cardio on stationary bike; weekends: run/mountainbike about 90 minutes both days.
8. 4 and 4
9. 7 and 7
10. 15:35 and 18:36
11. 9:05 and 12:15
12. 4 and 1 (kipping)
13: 30 and 18
14: front squat: 135# and 65#
15: front squat now: 225# and 135#
16: 250# and 95#
17: 360# and 205#
18: 95# and 45#
19: 145# and 85#
20: 60 minutes and 75 minutes
21: 49 minutes and 65 minutes
22: the variety of excercises and the quick results,
23. ------ doesn't really matter.

Comment #88 - Posted by: Robert Guaderrama at December 29, 2006 10:31 PM

Nice article on Becca Borawski in the Feb. issue of "Ultimate Grappling". Very accomplished woman, professionally, as well as in MMA and Crossfit. Nice pub for us koolaid drinkers, too. Props, Becca.

Comment #89 - Posted by: john at December 29, 2006 10:34 PM

1. 5 feet 11.5 inches
2. Male
3. 43 YOA
4. 277 pounds
5. 280 pounds
6. I average 5 Xfit WOD each week.
7. Jogging/running, some powerlifting and a little Olympic lifting plus mountain biking and other seasonally significant recreational activities.
8. 6
9. 8
10. 4/4/2006: w/165# Cleans and assisted Ring Dips in 17.5 minutes.
11. 8/1/2006: w/165# cleans and BWT dips.
12. 1
13. 6
14. 350#
15. 430#
16. 405#
17. 485#
18. 185#
19. 215#
20. 1/15/2006: 75 minutes
21. 4/11/2006: 65 minutes
22. Variety and Balance
23. Some of the gymanastics flavored WOD's do not fit a former offensive lineman/shot putter frame.

Comment #90 - Posted by: Kegger at December 29, 2006 10:38 PM

1. 6'2''
2. male
3. 25
4. 215lbs
5. 230lbs
6. most of the WODs each week since march
7. rugby (sprinting, endurance) and weight lifting almost everyday
8. 9
9. 10
10. March 2006... 9 minutes
11. 6 minutes... a week ago
12. 19
13. 25+
14. 300
15. 385
16. 350
17. over 400
18. 190-200
19. 210-220
20. 55 minutes... february 2006
21. 45 minutes... nov 2006
22. variety, functionality, overall feeling of health and fitness that i couldn't have achieved elsewhere. i feel thrashed after each workout and i love it.
23. that i didn't know about it sooner! word of mouth is good but publicity could be better considering how effective it is.

Comment #91 - Posted by: Nick R at December 29, 2006 10:49 PM

1.1.88m or 6'2
2.Male
3.19
4.215 on Nov.9,2006
5.222 more muscle/and more toned
6.5 per week (all of them)
7.Sports training, and sporadic crossfit exercises
8.6
9.7
10.28:29 with 3:1 dips, approx 15:00 if ringed, i estimate
11.same as #10
12.10 Nov.9,2006
13.15
14.unknown
15.340
16.unknown
17.405
18.unknown
19.180
20.never ran 10k
21.missed last couple tries because of lack of time
22.the fact that i will become a machine when I am really good, and it will make everything easier for rugby
23.When i can't do the WOD because of work and school...and more Olypic Lifting training!!!! please

Comment #92 - Posted by: Anthony from Ottawa at December 29, 2006 10:49 PM

sry, the typo will drive me crazy
I meant to say Olympic Lifts

and another suggestion for #23

23. i'd like to see and maybe compare on how other youngish ppl are doing, on crossfit

if any ppl under 22 wanna compare stuff, you can add me on Facebook by searching "Anthony Myers" and i'm from Ottawa,Ontario...

i'd love the support, i feel like i'm on an island sometimes, and would love someone to share the pain/love with

Comment #93 - Posted by: Anthony from Ottawa at December 29, 2006 10:57 PM

1. 5'6
2. Male
3. 16 years old
4. 125
5. 130
6. I started crossfit in June, so about 5.5 workouts a week x 31 weeks.
7. Ran cross country and track, 5 days a week during the fall and spring season.
8. 6
9. 8
10.
11.
12. 15
13. 30
14. 135
15. 225
16. 160
17. 275
18. 85? rough estimate
19. 95
20. estimate would be 44 min
21. probably actually slower than jan 1
22. the strength and conditioning improvements
23. hand stand pushups are still hard to do

Comment #94 - Posted by: Vtam at December 29, 2006 10:57 PM

1.5'11"
2. male
3. 45
4. 86kg
5. 80kg
6. 5-6 per week
7. Surfing 3 days,body building 4 days
8. 4
9. 6
10. january.24 minutes 50kg Cleans
11. november 11 minutes 50kg cleans
12. 8-9
13. 19-20
14. 100kg
15. 120kg
16. 80kg
17. 132kg
18. 40kg
19.60kg
20.21.Have not done.
22. Excitement and challenge of program.No avoiding weaknesses
23. Endless pullups got to me at first,but now i enjoy them.

Comment #95 - Posted by: peterh at December 29, 2006 11:30 PM

1. 5'8"
2. Male
3. 35
4. 207
5. 192
6. 4-5 / week
7. Heavy lifting 3xweek / run 3xweek
8. 6
9. 8
10. 17:00
11. 14:05
12. 8
13. 13
14. 375
15. 355
16. 405
17. 365
18. ?
19. 155
20. mile 7:53
21. mile 7:20
22. variety is great, cardio and strength endurance are way up, quick workouts, in better shape
23. strength training is lacking (sometimes quite a long time before hitting heavy weights), some olympic lifts difficult (but I work at them), potential to overuse some muscles (pullups come to mind), some of the more senior crossfitters are not very nice when people ask questions, but most of all this should be a fitness forum, not a discussion board about religion or politics.

Some of the negatives I have corrected myself - I train heavy on rest days and am actually 2 weeks behind, so that I know what workouts are coming and can tailor my rest days to suit my needs. I have also stopped reading the posts, as I don't believe politics / religion have anything to do with fitness.

Comment #96 - Posted by: calvin4219 at December 29, 2006 11:39 PM

1. 6 feet, 0 inch
2. Male
3. 46 yo
4. 201 pounds
5. 204 pounds
6. approx 150 WODs
7. Nautilus HIT or Hypertrophy Specific Training and Tabatas on wind sprints, rowing,stairmaster or airdyne for cardio

8. 5 (thought I was better though)
9. 8

10. only completed 21 reps in 8:26.3 on 9/19/2005,

11. completed on 12/21/2006 all rounds as prescribed in 17:32.05
12. 41 kipping, 20 dead hang
13. 46 kipping 19 dead hang
14. 315 pounds
15. 270 pounds (groin pull healing)
16. 400 pounds
17. 400 pounds
18. 135 pounds
19. 155 pounds
20. 61 minutes (November 2005)
21. 57:25 (12/9/2006)

22. I was hooked on Crossfit the day I learned about the website (7/31/2004).
I regularly read the forum at davedraper.com, (primarily a bodybuilding website), and one day a link was posted to the exercise page showing Dave Leys doing Tabata Squats like a madman. I was already doing tabata sprint intervals after leaning about them at cbass.com and immediately recognized the simple beauty of the CF.com site. It was what I had been looking for in an exercise regime for a long time.

23. I’m mildly repulsed by the heavy-handed moderation of the message board from time to time, no major bitches though. I spent 6 years in the Navy and currently work in commercial nuclear power, which is populated mostly by ex-squids; so I am used to high level arguments peppered with coarse language and subject matter. I really despise censorship. FWIW, politically I am what you never hear of these days, a Conservative Democrat, and in no way, shape, or form am I right wing authoritarian, so I just choose to stay out of the rest day politics.

Comment #97 - Posted by: jimc at December 29, 2006 11:41 PM

23. Oh yeah in addendum, I'm frustrated that I didn't know about Crossfit until I was 44 years old!

Comment #98 - Posted by: jimc at December 29, 2006 11:49 PM

1. 6'3"
2. Male
3. 27
4. 225 lb.
5. 205 lbs.
6. 4 per week
7. Distance running / bodybuilding / bodyweight
8. 8
9. 10
10. UNK
11. UNK
12. 5
13. 20
14. UNK
15. 265
16. UNK
17. 300
18. UNK
19. UNK
20. 45 min.
21. UNK
22. It applies drectly to what I do. Being "Crossfit" helps me stay alive in "tight" situations. Also, it is fun. I look frward to doing the WOD (as Rx'd or my own concoctions)on a daily basis.
23. Not sure. Sometimes I use KBs for high-rep oly-lifts because I only like using the bar for heavy days. I have a little bit of injury paranoia right now...

Comment #99 - Posted by: Will_in_Iraq at December 30, 2006 12:29 AM

1.6'3"
2.Male
3.27
4.115kg
5.95kg
6.2-4 week
7.boxing, surfing, football
8.4
9.7
10.unknown
11.unknown
12.1
13.9
14.unknown
15.70kg
16.unknown
17.120kg
18.unknown
19.50kg
20.never done
21.never done
22.The fact that it works. I was inrtroduced to Crossfit only 4 months ago, and i can litrally see the change in fitness, agility, strength and body shape. boxing is great but crossfit changed my life.

23.Nothing. Maybe the immediate after effect of wanting to puke every time. But even that is good when you really think about it. Why else would i want more.

Comment #100 - Posted by: Mark H at December 30, 2006 1:21 AM

1. 6'3"
2. M
3. 32
4. 168 lbs
5. 173 lbs
6. 128
7. Standard no-brainer military PT (ie run 6 - 10 km, pushups, situps, periodic sessions in weight room, lather, rinse, repeat...)
8. 7
9. 9
10. 15:32 (sub'ed 95# for cleans)
11. 13:02 (sub'd 95# for cleans)
12. 9 strict, 15 kipping
13. 15 strict, 43 kipping
14. 195#
15. 285#
16. 195#
17. 315#
18. 80#
19. 115#
20. 44:32 (actually done in Sep '05)
21. 43:45 - Sep 06
22. Highly effective, functional fitness. It motivates me to train harder than ever before. Community.
23. No beefs with CrossFit. On a personal level, the fact that I still can't perform an honest HSPU, and the reluctance of some in my profession to see CrossFit as anything but another fad...

Comment #101 - Posted by: Ludger H at December 30, 2006 1:46 AM

1. 5'11"
2. M
3. 22
4. 160 lbs
5. 160 lbs
6. Roughly 20 in the last three months.
7. Three times/Week: Push Day (Bench, Push-ups, Military Press, Tricep Ext.), Pull Day (DL, Pull-ups, Bent over rows, DB Shrugs), Squat Day (Back Squat, One Legged BW Squat, Lunges)
8. 5.5
9. 7
10. -
11. -
12. 14
13. 25
14. 165
15. 215
16. 155
17. 225
18. 95
19. 155
20. --
21. --
22. Self competition.
23. Overly skill based workouts (I can't perform every olympic lift--not even close.)

Comment #102 - Posted by: MP at December 30, 2006 1:49 AM

that press should read 115...

Comment #103 - Posted by: MP at December 30, 2006 1:57 AM

1. 178cm
2. Male
3. 23
4. 85kg
5. 79kg
6. average 3/week
7. RKC type stuff as well as MMA approx 3-5/week
8. 5
9. 6.5
10. First time elizabeth about 8 min RX'ed with bar dips
11. Most recent Elizabeth 1/11/06 5.14 RX'ed with bar dips
12. Deadhang Jan066-8
13. Deadhang Now 15-18
14. Backsquat Jan06 - 80kg
15. Backsquat Now - 100kg
16. Deadlift Jan06 - 140kg
17. Deadlift Now - 145kg (i dont have access to heavy weight)
18. Press Jan06 - 32kg one arm / 50kg MP
19. Press Now - 40kg one arm / 77.5kg MP
20. Unknown
21. Unknown
22. Results, Intensity, Variety Offered.
23. Being from Australia i dont get alot of the government based political aspects on the main page. Also that HQ hasnt yet come down under for a seminar :)

Comment #104 - Posted by: Sam In Aus at December 30, 2006 2:26 AM

Started doing Xfit on a twice weekly basis on 28 Oct 2006. Then from 18th Nov doing all WODs unless on holiday.

1. 185cm
2. Male
3. 28 yo
4. 67kg
5. 70kg
6. 5 per week or all WODs - only missed Xmas WODs
7. Cycling, running, indoor climbing, acrobatics, some 3x10 squats. About 2-4x workouts a week
8. 5
9. 6
10. N/A most recent was on Dec 2006
11. 2006 Dec 21. Scaled 40kg clean and bar dips : 13 min
12. 7
13. 12 (maybe more ?)
14. Unknown, did 60kgx5 rep for max effort
15. 80kg, can do 72kgx5 rep for comparison
16. Unknown, did 60kgx5 rep for max effort
17. 95kg, can do 75kgx5 rep for comparison
18. Unknown
19. 35kg
20. Unknown (approx 50min)
21. Unknown (approx 50min)
22. Getting results fast. Scalability by BrandX. Rest day discussions - an exercise for the mind.
23. Crossfit web design, since people miss the FAQ and "Start here" sections way to easy. Difficult to search Crossfit archives for previous workouts, by date or by name of workout. "Run 10km days", I mean WTF - after all that preaching of short and intense workouts, tabata protocols and interval training why are we running 10km again?

It is obvious but will say anyway: positive aspects outweigh negative ones by a huge margin.

Comment #105 - Posted by: Tamas at December 30, 2006 2:48 AM

While the responses to these sorts of surveys are (sometimes) interesting to read, I'm sure you realize that their empirical/statistical value is nil, since we have good reason to believe that the survey respondents are significantly different from the general population of Crossfit participants. In short, what you're gathering is a highly biased sample.

Having Crossfit affiliate gyms gather pre- and post-cyle data on their members would be more reliable, although still problematic in various ways.

Best regards,
Another Ph.D.

Comment #106 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 30, 2006 2:50 AM

1. 71"
2. Male
3. 25
4. 190
5. 199
6. 6 x weekly since 11 Aug 06
7. circuit training, calisthenics 4 x weekly
8. 3
9. 7
10. unk
11. 14 min
12. 14
13. 20
14. unk
15. 315
16. unk
17. 350
18. unk
19. 150
20. unk
21. 42 min
22. The results and the blend of fun and pain.
23. A monthly or quarterly CROSSFiT magazine we can purchase right off the shelf instead of all the other nonsense.

Comment #107 - Posted by: DEZ at December 30, 2006 2:54 AM

1. 5'3"
2. F
3. 27
4. 115lb
5. 125lb
6. about 120 (Started crossfit in Feb/March 2006)
7. aerobics, running, 5-6 times/week
8. 5
9. 6.5
10. 060210: 9:20. Heavily modified: 50lb, 21-15-9 push ups
11. 061019: 18:11. Modified: 65lb power clean, 42-30-18 push ups
12. 0
13. 5
14. unknown
15. 155lb
16. unknown
17. 205lb
18. unknown
19. 70lb
20. unknown
21. unknown
22. Sense of accomplishment, variety, faith in crossfit philosophy that it is the best program out there
23. Having always thought myself to be fit, crossfit reminds me everyday that i have a long way to go, and it can be discouraging at times.

Comment #108 - Posted by: mie at December 30, 2006 2:56 AM

1: 1 meter 94 centimeters
2: Male
3: 32
4: 102 kilo
5: 87 kilo
6: 3-4 per week on average
7: Long distance bicycling and traditional 8-12 reps for 3 sets strength training. 3-4 times per week.
8: 5
9: 8
10: Couldn't say. I have no access to rings.
11: Ditto
12: 5
13: 19
14: 80 kilo (back squat)
15: 110 kilo (front squat (I don't back squat these days))
16: 88 kilo
17: 150 kilo
18: 40 kilo
19: 67,5 kilo
20: 17 K run at approx 2 hours, mid-february
21: 12 K run at 50 min., 23rd december (there's no obvious 10 K route where I live)
22: The intensity and new workouts – more new workouts!!!
23: The foul air from the american right wing

Comment #109 - Posted by: Gorm at December 30, 2006 3:03 AM

1. 6'1"
2. Male
3. 37
4. 170 lbs
5. 170 lbs
6. 160 wod since Apr 2006
7. weight program (4 day rotation of 4 different routines ) and aerobics (running and swimming)
8. 8
9. 9
10. 10:42 as RX'd
11. 8:21
12. 25
13. 30
14. 250 lbs
15. 270 lbs
16. 275 lbs
17. 275 lbs
18. 225 lbs
19. 225 lbs
20. unk
21. 45min
22. The challenge of trying to complete the workout; see how far I can push myself
23. the bickering that occurs on the posts at times

Comment #110 - Posted by: Jon at December 30, 2006 3:16 AM

1. 5’ 11’’
2. m
3. 34
4. 214
5. 199
6. 2-3/week
7. high rep BB movements & interval running about 5 mos per yr
8. 6
9. 7
10. NA
11. NA
12. 2
13. before tendonitis - 14
14. 185
15. 265
16. 225
17. 305
18. 135
19. 155
20. 53min June 06
21. I will never run that far again!
22. results or the openness of the community
23. I don’t pay much attention to the politics

Comment #111 - Posted by: Joe 713 at December 30, 2006 3:17 AM

1. 5' 7 1/2"
2. F
3. 27
4. 155 BF%28
5. 149 BF%24
6. 5/wk
7. 5/wk, did 'traditional' weight lifting, circuit/superset and cardio.
8. 6
9. 9
10. Jan/06- 13minutes- 65#Power Cl- bench dips
11. Fall/06- 13:10min- 65#Squat Cl- ring dips/assist. bands.
12. 0
13. 2
14. BS 135 bad form
15. BS 125 but working on form and going lower
16. 155
17. 195
18. no data
19. 70
20. 5k/jan06/29min 10k/Jan23/1:01
21. 5k/oct06/22min 10k/nov06/51min
22. fun/variety/endurance and strenght/ challenging and intense.... and the looks on people's face :o)
23. Too much positive stuff to think of negative. but if i Have to say something... hmm... snatches?!

extra note: have to add that in the year, I stopped doing regular crossfit for 3-4months.

Comment #112 - Posted by: Janine at December 30, 2006 3:30 AM

1. 173cm
2. Male
3. 35
4. 67kg
5. 71.3kg
6. Missed only 7 for the whole year
7. Have been on Crossfit for 3 years now,previously a variety of outdoor sports.[climbing XTC MTB, Bush Walking]3x per week
8. 5 resonable fitness for endurance based activities
9. 7 good but would like to devote more time to climbing and boxing with better time mangement
10. 16.55 60kg Squat Cleans,Ring Dips 060312
11. 7.05 60kg Power Cleans, Ring Dips 061221
12. Dead Hang 12
13. Dead Hang Neutral Grip 26
14. 90kg
15. 105kg
16. 130kg
17. 160kg
18. 40kg
19. 52.5kg
20. 41 mins
21. 40mins
22. Met Con WOs & horrendous Chippers.
23. Too much crap talking in forum and comments.

Comment #113 - Posted by: Adc {CrossFitSydney} at December 30, 2006 3:35 AM

1. 6’0”
2. Male
3. 44
4. 206 lbs
5. 200 lbs
6. 210 workouts
7. Crossfit / 3 days on 1 day off
8. 4
9. 8
10. 10:34 as prescribed
11. THURSDAY 061221: 9:12 as prescribed
12. 40
13. 46
14. 350 low bar back squat
15. 370 low bar back squat
16. 385
17. 400
18. Unknown estimate approximately 175 - 180
19. 185
20. 53:21 060123
21. 48:52 060907
22. Crossfit provides the best general physical preparation for my job as an LEO. There have been numerous times over the last 3 years where Crossfit derived fitness has served me in the field. Prior to Crossfit I was strong (unbalanced towards upper body), but lacked anaerobic and aerobic conditioning or power. I was able to increase strength and coordination and drastically improve my ability to function in an anaerobic environment. At age 44, my fitness continues to improve. The support from the Glassman’s and the community is extraordinary and unique. The fact that this program is free and open source is amazing.
23. Hate to sound Pollyanna but I like everything about Crossfit, including the politics. People could read whatever they want, if they don’t want to read political information on a rest day…don’t read. I guess what I don’t like is complaining by posters. They should make a valid counter-point or shut up.

Comment #114 - Posted by: Larry Lindenman at December 30, 2006 4:02 AM

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 23
4. 155#
5. 152#
6. 143
7. no specific workouts just lots of outdoor sports (hiking, climbing, biking, kayaking, ect.) about 4 times a week on average
8. 6
9. 9
10. 1-18-06 115# 12:25
11. 10-28-06 135# 10:42
12. 21
13. 26
14. 225#
15. 285#
16. 300#
17. 380#
18.135#
19.150#
20. ?
21. ?
22. The ease and effectiveness
23. It's hard! j/k I love that part too.

Comment #115 - Posted by: Adam DV at December 30, 2006 4:20 AM

1.6'2"
2. M
3. 30
4. 180#
5. 190#
6. First WOD, June of 06, 3-4 WOD per week
7. I trained MMA 2 hours a day 7 days a week in the morning and traditional strength training in the afternoons (bench press, flies, seated shgoulder press.......) I actually got skinnier.
8. 4
9. 8
10. Unkown, only recently began keping times. I have always just went as hard as I could.
11. Again unknown
12. 4-5 strict
13. 30-35 kip maybe 20 strict
14. Unkown, never for max
15. much more than before xfit
16. Unkown
17. 360#
18. 105#
19. 135#
20. Not sure but faster than it is today. I was in the military and did a lot of 12:00 two miles and faster.
21. not sure, only row or do short sprints these days.
22. the help from the community, the fact that I have started a garage gym, still do not have an olympic bar or plates and can complete many of the WODS without is. All this and I can make the equipment myself and only spen a few 100$ on everything.
23. I wish that mre happened in my area, I would love to go to a certification, but the travel to the cert is the most difficult part.

Comment #116 - Posted by: BB at December 30, 2006 4:25 AM

1. 5'9"
2. 32
3. male
4. 158 lbs
5. 164 lbs
6. all of them
7. body building, powerlifting, running, 3-5 x/week
8. 6-7/10
9. 9/10
10. 14 min...
11. 7:30
12. 28
13. 38
14. 281
15. 302
16. 383
17. 422
18. ?
19. 148
20. 44 min
21. 40 min
22. posted wod's, learning new things from wod's, comparing scores to others
23. rest day politics commentary, just not interested, think it should be fitness related..

Comment #117 - Posted by: OPT at December 30, 2006 4:46 AM

1.6' even
2. Male
3. 27 yo
4. ~185 lbs
5.~190 lbs
6. usually 3-4 per week. Took a break over the summer since i was working construction most days
7. Wieder stuff, 2-3 days per week
8. 4
9. 6
10. NA
11. kicked my A
12. 15
13. 25, I've started to get some elbow pain though so I'm tapering off p/u's for a while
14. unk
15. 285 lbs
16. 270 lbs
17. 360lbs
18. 100 lbs
19. 150
20. na
21. na, had some knee problems
22. The intensity, variety and functionality.
23. The political discussions don't bother me, but the intolerant attitudes displayed do. Open and enlightened discourse is a mark of a free and progressive society in my opinion.

Comment #118 - Posted by: jim g at December 30, 2006 4:54 AM

forgot to mention I started Feb of 2006

Comment #119 - Posted by: jim g at December 30, 2006 4:55 AM

1. 5’11”
2. Male
3. 29
4. 81kg
5. 86kg
6. 2 per week
7. Weight training/Football training/Some Crossfit – around five training sessions per week.
8. 6
9. 7
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 12
13. 16
14. 110kg
15. 110kg
16. 140kg
17. 140kg
18. 60kg
19. 67.5kg
20. 50mins
21. 50mins
22. Intensity of the workouts
23. I’d like to do it properly some day but my other skills-based training always gets in the way.

Comment #120 - Posted by: kefu at December 30, 2006 5:05 AM

1. 6' 1"
2. Male
3. 22
4. 202
5. 190
6. 250
7. Mostly Running or other cardio/Some Army PT/wandering around the weight room
8. 4-5
9.9.5
10. approx 15:00 with 100 lbs
11. 10:00 full on
12. maybe 2 good ones
13. 30 dead hang
14. 140 lbs
15. 300 lbs
16. 150 lbs
17. 295lbs
18. 125 lbs
19. 185
20. 1 hr 6 minutes
21. about 50 min
22. I love the results and the intensity, that carries over into all activities in life, not just the WOD. Feeling sorry for people doing bicep curls.
23. Some of the diet advice. Some of the politics.

Comment #121 - Posted by: SGT H at December 30, 2006 5:06 AM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 41
4. 195 lbs
5. 180 lbs
6. 20-started CF on 11/26
7. cardio and light weights, 5x a week
8. 7
9. 8
10. 10 min, 061221, 85#, no dips (time restraints)
11. ""
12. 2
13. 11
14. 135
15. 245
16. 185
17. 185
18. 95
19. 120
20. ?
21. ? (would help if you linked to recent WOD w/10k)
22.
the burn
results (visual/looks),
the results (loads/numbers),
*efficiency* of the WODs (time per day)
helpfulness of community
23.
politics and flamewars in comments

Comment #122 - Posted by: Hale at December 30, 2006 5:07 AM

1. 6'4"
2. 33
3. Male
4. 255lbs
5. 235lbs
6. 2/week
7. bodybuilding type 3-5x week, min cardio
8. 3
9. 8
10. na
11. na, just started ring dips
12. 3
13. 22
14. 275lbs
15. 415
16. 225
17. 495
18. 135
19. 225
20. na
21. na
22. Variety, intensity, ability to score and measure, transfer, it has kept me interested in fitness
23. Need more East Coast Cert's, finding people to workout with.

Comment #123 - Posted by: Dolph Geurds at December 30, 2006 5:28 AM

1.6 foot 2
2. Male
3. 33
4. 220 pounds
5.209 pounds
6. 3 per week
7. Standard Bodybuilding, with some strength and steady state cardio
8. 5
9. 9
10. na
11. na
12. 5
13. 27
14. 375
15. 440
16. na
17. na
18. 255
19. 285

20. 56 minutes
21. ~44 minutes
22. WOD's
23. Politics

Comment #124 - Posted by: Nooge at December 30, 2006 5:33 AM

1. 5ft 11'
2. Male
3. 40
4. 106 kg
5. 95 kg
6. 5 per week
7. run 2*per week, body weight circuits 3 time per week
8. 3
9. 7
10.
11.
12. zero
13. 15
14. 80 kg
15. 110
16. 110
17. 140
18. 40 kg
19. 60 kg
20.
21.
22. The fact that i keep improving physically and learning whilst i do it

23. n/a

Comment #125 - Posted by: jerry mobbs at December 30, 2006 5:42 AM

Another Ph.D., #106

The validity of data collection is best determined in analysis not gathering. Dr. Kilgore could make more or less meaningful conclusions from the survey. That remains to be seen. (What kind of Ph.D. misses that?)

But, what really interests me is the basis for your assessment that the “empirical/statistical value is nil”…

“…we have good reason to believe that the survey respondents are significantly different from the general population of CrossFit participants. In short, what you’re gathering is a highly biased sample.”

I’d love to hear your characterization of the “highly biased sample” and from where you draw your conclusions. Biased how?

I’m in an advantageous position to assess that bias and find your contention that you share this vantage point entertaining. I’m willing to be that your assessment of the bias and mine are at odds.

And, finally, I don't think your contention that pulling data from affiliates' would provide more reliable data would survive scrutiny.

Comment #126 - Posted by: Coach at December 30, 2006 5:45 AM

Started CrossFit in April '06

1. 5'8"
2. Male
3. 25
4. 170
5. ~165
6. 160 or so
7. Lots of running and bodybuilding, manual labor, light sports 3-5x week
8. 6
9. 8
10. N/A
11. As rx'd, 11:25
12. 12
13. 30
14. 185, 1/2 squat
15. 275
16. ~200
17. 315
18. 105
19. 155
20. N/A
21. 47:56, Sep 7
22. I like how realdeal it is. My buddies at work used to call me "show" muscles-they were just for show. They loved it! Now I can back up what my body looks like with performance and strength to match. Also, the level of excellence commanded by the Glassman's has helped me in so many ways. My training has taken a direction that will provide me with neverending challenge. The no BS attitude, and the big slice of humble pie that the WOD serves to me.
23. I love the discussions. Love the site. Love the people. This is truly an amazing thing.

Comment #127 - Posted by: jason in OKC at December 30, 2006 6:02 AM

Notes:
* I started crossfit in mid August 2006.
* Crossfit has been a huge help in recovering from my knee surgery (ACL
replacement) in mid November 2005. My knee stability is much better
and I can run again.
* I don't have any weights so I work out with various bars,
buckets of dirt, and logs. I do have a pullup bar and homemade rings.

1. 5 ft 10.5 in
2. M
3. 37
4. not sure
5. 79kg
6. I do 5 out of 6 on average and also do some running on the side.
7. No exercise except walking and rehabilitation from ACL replacement surgery.
8. 4
9. 6
10. N/A, would not have been able to finish ring dips if attempted
11. Missed this workout, but can complete now
12. 6
13. 14
14. Very little, 6 weeks after ACL replacement
15. At least a 64kg tree trunk
16. Very little, 6 weeks after ACL replacement
17. At least a 64kg tree trunk
18. Don't know
19. Don't know, but at least 24kg
20. 45:50 on 12/2/2006 (this was my only effort at this distance. I
run 7.6k more often and this time improved from 44 min to 37
min between September and December)
21. 45:50 on 12/2/2006
22. Variety, learning (skills, coaching, and theory), website
community, performance gains.
23. The politics are completely irrelevant and flaming doesn't help anyone.

Comment #128 - Posted by: silence at December 30, 2006 6:08 AM

1. 6 feet
2. Male
3. 35 years old
4. 230 lbs
5. 215 lbs
6. average of 3 WODs a week since 1 Jan 2006
7. rugby football training including running, sprinting, weightlifting ...
8. 6
9. 8
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 6 without rest
13. 15 without rest
14. 250
15. 275
16. 225
17. 350
18. 95
19. 135
20. 90 minutes
21. 80 minutes
22. the everchanging workout and the ability to do it on the road with limited equipment. It has strengthened my core and extended my rugby playing career.
23. I have to relearn the olympic lifts, I lost the muscle memory..

Comment #129 - Posted by: Matthew Somerset DePoint PhD at December 30, 2006 6:09 AM

1. 5’-9.5”
2. Male
3. 52 years old
4. 185 pounds
5. 178 pounds
6. Six per week
7. Evenly divided between running, biking, swimming, and whole-body weight lifting; martial arts x2 per week
8. 8
9. 8.5
10. Didn’t start program until November 2006
11. ~11 minutes as rx’ed, but understand as my first time through it I wasn’t pushing as fast as I could go
12. ~12, not part of my regular program, just did them sometimes
13. 18 (all strict)
14. 365#
15. 365#
16. 405#
17. 405#
18. Do you mean OH press? If so, 165#. If bench press, 305#
19. If OH press, 165#. If bench, I’d guess 305#, but I haven’t done them for a while
20. 48:31, January 11 2006
21. 48:55, December 30 2006 (how strange, I just did this run this morning, my rest day workout)
22. Variety, variety, variety. I’m digging the Olympic lifts, too, rarely did much in that scope. I like the ramped-up intensity that your program has added to my routine as well. Before Crossfit, my most intense workouts were intervals, hills, and fartleks. Weight training, although I moved quickly and with little rest, did not feature the intensity you’ve added to it. But for me it all comes down to variety. I’ve been training for more than thirty years and, aside from my own self-designed programs, CF is the only off-season regimen I’ve done that hits everything while moving around the body so effectively.
23. Jeez, what’s not to like? I’m not sure I like not knowing my next day’s workout, since sometimes life gets in the way and I like to plan, but you guys are giving this valuable service to me for what, $25 a year, and I also get to read the journal for that sum (I know the $25 is for the journal, but I couldn’t in good conscious use your program and not pay you guys something, somehow).

Editorial: I’ve only posted a couple of times so I just wanted to say thanks. I’m enjoying your program and getting more functionally fit while I’m doing it. A couple of weeks ago I stopped to work out at one of the firehouses in my battalion and got the guys there doing ‘Fight Gone Bad’. My gosh, they loved it and were itching for more. These firemen are in darn good shape but this workout whipped up on them in a good way (me, too); we were all grunting when it was wrapping up. So I’m slowly beginning a push to introduce your program into our daily exercise lives; I know the fire fighters will appreciate both the challenge and the fitness.

Comment #130 - Posted by: RobertT at December 30, 2006 6:16 AM

Started doing Crossfit on 10 Feb 06

1. 5'10"
2. M
3. 43
4. 245
5. 220
6. 219
7. Eliptical trainer ~30 min, 3-5 times per week
8. 2
9. 6
10. 19:05 on 18 Mar 06 - dips very weak, done on parallelets-butt to floor
11. 17:05 on 15 Oct 06 - as Rx'd (missed Dec 06 due to injury)
12. 0 - all pull-ups required assistance
13. 15 deadhang
14. 225 - Mar 06
15. 330 - Dec 06
16. 250 - Mar 06
17. 350 - Dec 06
18. 95 - Mar 06
19. 175 - Dec 06
20. N/A
21. N/A - Bad knees keep runs short
22. variety, competition, ability to measure myself against others of my age and weight, scaleability, community, CrossFit Journal
23. complaining, not having a workout partner, unable to post my results in a timely manner because I stay a week behind so that I can prepare equipment for upcoming WOD (so I don't post them at all).

Comment #131 - Posted by: John M at December 30, 2006 6:19 AM


1.6'3"
2.M
3.36 y/o
4.250 lbs
5.260 lbs
6.I've been doing them as scheduled faithfully since end of October
7.Did some running, cycling, swimming, a little weight room work, twice a week
8.4
9.6
10.45 min on 12/21/07,only done once
11.n/a
12.3
13.5
14.about 250 lbs
15.325lbs
16.275
17.350
18.95 lb shoulder press
19.155 lb shoulder press
20.60 min, only run once
21.n/a
22.It is the best physical preperation for my career as a firefighter. Most of the workouts are short, sweet and to the point. I can do them while at work or at home. I really like the variety, I get bored quickly with the same workout routine, and I've found that I use less air from my pack than many other firefighters my size (and smaller), which is more time for me to play inside.
23.

Comment #132 - Posted by: mongo at December 30, 2006 6:21 AM

1.height: 6'
2.sex:M
3.age:lifting/wk'ng out for 40 years now
4.wt: 1/2006: 185 lbs
5.wt: now: 185 lbs
6.started xfit in 8/2006, avg 6 wods/week
7.cycling and weigthlifting prior to xfit/7days/week
8.fitness prior to xfit: 5
9.fitness today after xfit: 5.1
10.don't know elizabeth, don't keep records
11.don't keep records
12.pull-ups prior: maybe 5 dead hangs
13.pull-ups now: just did 15 dead hangs
14.1RM squat prior: maybe 275 lbs
15.1RM squat now: maybe 300 lbs
16.1RM DL prior:don't do them as a rule
17.1RM DL now: 400 lbs, strictly
18.1RM press prior: 185 lbs
19.1RM press now: probably 240 lbs
20.10K run prior: no prior running
21.10K run now: don't know, should be 48 mins
22.The whole body workout ( most of the time) is the best aspect of Crossfit. The mixing of sprints with strength movements is very interesting to me, and, although hard at first, I'm getting a real good adaptation response from it. I also enjoying the mix of antagonistic movements in many of the workouts, that really works well. I never have run much and could not run one mile continuously, now I just broke 6 minutes and expect to hit 5 minutes eventually. The Olympic movements have always been fun, have been doing repetition snatches for a very long time, but I used to think 10 reps was alot. I like the 21-50 rep set stuff, it really toughens you up if you go for it. The most interesting aspect is this business about maintaining an "unsustainable pace," a great psychological and learning experience, hell, it's an adventure.
23.I think Crossfit is inadequate for explosive strength development and the usual expectation of hypertrophy, but that's relatively minor compared to the benefits in overall fitness and strength. One final note is that the Coach is making a big mistake by publicizing his extreme political views, and all this stuff about being a cult, or underground, or drinking kool-aid is a major turn-off. I'm able to look past that and recognize his expertise in exercise science, but many people are not going to tolerate that nonsense. And I don't care what anyone's politcal views or lifestyle are, they are entitled to live as they choose. Yeah, yeah, I know, go stuff it in my ear, LOL.

Comment #133 - Posted by: RobertP at December 30, 2006 6:27 AM

This survey is a great idea.

Comment #134 - Posted by: silence at December 30, 2006 6:32 AM

Coach #126

Go get 'em Coach! What kinda rube would question the validity of internet research? Probably a Ph.D. in Comparative Folk Dance. LOL

Comment #135 - Posted by: trainee at December 30, 2006 6:37 AM


include the most recent date )
22. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the most? ( What keeps you coming back for more? )
23. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the least? (Anything, politics, diplomacy, etc.)

1.6 ft.
2.Male
3.34
4.198 lbs.
5.193 lbs.
6.Ave 5/week (took three weeks off in August)
7.Hockey 1/week; lift 3/week
8.6
9.8
10.17 minutes, Late March '06
11.5:22 on 10/18/06
12.16
13.37
14.405
15.405
16.315
17.405
18.135
19.155
20.Ha, always skip the 10k
21.And continue to skip the 10k... will change for 07
22.competetive nature of load and time tracking, always different.
23.that yoy have yet to provide an online time and load "vault"; posting requires a great deal of scanning to find old times, whereas a login would make it very easy... though privacy would ruin the purpose of the board, so you would still want open posting. I potentially post from four different, non-networked computers, so I am looking for an easier way to record my results in one place. Thanks for everything!!

Comment #136 - Posted by: DrEric at December 30, 2006 6:41 AM

#133 - inadequate for explosive strength development? Are you sleeping on Oly days?

Comment #137 - Posted by: DrEric at December 30, 2006 6:44 AM

1. 5 feet 6 inches
2. Male
3. 33 years old
4. 158 lbs
5. 153 ibs
6. 213
7. 3-4 times per week, Powerlifting-type workout...Bench, squat, deadlift primarily for low reps
8. 3 (started Crossfit April 2005...BWT 180 lbs)
9. 8
10. 7:11 18 Jan 2006 Sub - regular dips for ring dips
11. 6:49 21 Oct 2006 Sub - regular dips for ring dips
12. 20 w/o rest
13. 30 w/o rest
14. 315 lbs
15. 300 lbs
16. 430 lbs
17. 430 lbs
18. 130 lbs
19. 140 lbs
20. 54:10 28 Feb 2006
21. 45:15 30 Sep 2006
22. Variation and intensity. I am in the best shape of my life. I still compete in local Powerlifting (equipment-free) meets and I have competed in 3 Sprint Triathlons and 1 Half-Marathon in 2006...training only WODs plus some swimming thrown-in.
23. I like it all

Comment #138 - Posted by: Eric at December 30, 2006 6:49 AM

1. 6'
2. M
3. 25
4. 180 lbs
5. 172 lbs
6. 3-4 per week
7. Bench/Bi's/Back/Shoulders/etc - typical american male workout: 3-4 per week
8. 5
9. 8
10. 0603011 12:33 as rx'd
11. 10:42 as rx'd
12. 10
13. 25
14. 060417: 275lbs
15. 325 lbs
16. 275 lbs
17. 345 lbs
18. 95 lbs
19. 135 lbs
20. 5k was around 35-40
21. 5k is around 29
22. Variety, Intensity, Total Fitness and the looks you get in the gym.
23. The same discussion every single Rest Day, again and again. How about an article that is useful? or original? But this site is free so do as you please.

Comment #139 - Posted by: Newlin at December 30, 2006 6:51 AM

#55, Treelizard,

And here with all your reports of injuries I thought you were some kind of geriatric, but it turns out you're very young. If the Crossfit WODs keep knocking you out of the game for extended periods of time then that means you're not ready for them for whatever reason. You need to back off and start a program of conventional 3 x 10 slow and deliberate time-under-tension weight training to strengthen and tighten up your tendons and overall body composition, and combine this with low impact cardio for a about a year or so. Last thing you want to do is near-plyo type of wod workout, it makes no sense to do that if the price you pay is being nearly crippled.

Comment #140 - Posted by: RobertP at December 30, 2006 6:53 AM

Started 2/06

1. 6'3"
2. Male
3. 45
4. 217lbs
5. 229lbs
6. 4-5 on average, for last 2 months as RX'd
7. Working with personal trainer 1x/month. Working out at YMCA 3x/week typical circuit type workout, Men's Health type. Some long distance jogging, 5 & 10k's
8. Probably a 2
9. Around a 3.5
10. Have not even tried Elizabeth. Started working with a gymnastic instructor for access to rings. Not very coordinated so I avoided the olympic style lifts until recently as well.
11. Have not done yet.
12. ZERO
13 3 sets of 5 good pullups - no kipping
14. 1/4 body weight
15. 1 RM = Bodyweight.
16. 1/4 bodyweight
17. 1 & 1/4 bodyweight
18. 45lbs
19. 3/4 bodyweight
20. 70 minutes 1/06
21. 55 minutes - two weeks ago
22. The variety and challenge are great. Also the fact that eveything is scaleable and the community enourages everyone to keep at it. In all the time I've been at it, I've never got a sense I didn't belong because I wasn't a top athlete. I also feel that the Coach has met his goal of bringing world class training to the public. THANKS!

Two years ago I weighed 400lbs and could not walk around the block without stopping to rest, now I can do Helen as rx'd in 28 minutes. In Janaury '06 the standard workouts were beginning to lose their appeal and I was starting to get bored and losing interest. Then I read an article about Crossfit in Men's Jouranl in February and started to incorporate those workouts. By the summer I was hooked. Overall, I am much fitter today than I was when I started.

23. The only suggestion I have is to come up with a way to get newcomers to really read all the FAQ's before they jump in. While this is only my second posting I read them religiously and have seen new comers ask questions that are clearly answered. This seems to frustrate some of the community. Otherwise I enjoy everything about CrossFit.

Comment #141 - Posted by: Rich Burke at December 30, 2006 6:56 AM

#135,

I don't know how the survey will be used but the responses do not constitute a *random* sampling, the first rule of statistical sampling. The survey is by definition limited to self-selected respondents and cannot be reliably extrapolated to the entire Crossfit population. For example, only those individuals with good experience from Crossfit are likely to respond, the others lying in hospital beds in traction may be least likely to respond:-)

Comment #142 - Posted by: RobertP at December 30, 2006 7:03 AM

1. 5'9"
2. male
3. 38
4. 185 lbs
5. 187 lbs
6 5/week
7. mix of circuits, HIIT, BJJ training
8. 4
9. 7.5
10. 11:44 scaled with 95#
11. 13:08 as rx'd
12. 12
13. 23
14. 225#
15. 275#
16. 315#
17. 355#
18. 115#
19. 145#
20. 55:28
21. 48:59 12/1/06
22. variety, intensity
23. while I agree with most of the politics, I think that these type of subjects are ill-suited for a fitness website.

Comment #143 - Posted by: b ring at December 30, 2006 7:10 AM

1. 5'9"
2. male
3. 38
4. 185 lbs
5. 187 lbs
6 5/week
7. mix of circuits, HIIT, BJJ training
8. 4
9. 7.5
10. 11:44 scaled with 95#
11. 13:08 as rx'd
12. 12
13. 23
14. 225#
15. 275#
16. 315#
17. 355#
18. 115#
19. 145#
20. 55:28
21. 48:59 12/1/06
22. variety, intensity
23. while I agree with most of the politics, I think that these type of subjects are ill-suited for a fitness website.

Comment #144 - Posted by: b ring at December 30, 2006 7:10 AM

1. 70 inches
2. Male
3. 37
4. 210
5. 205
6. Started 6/1/06. Missed 7 workouts since
7. cardio (rare weights) 3 times/week
8. 3
9. 7
10. used 95 lbs. and assited dips
11. 9 mins (full weight and dips)
12. 1
13. 12
14. 185
15. 275
16. 185
17. 295
18. 185
19. 225
20. 62 mins (summer '06)
21. 54 mins
22. Diversity of workouts. Results (body, performance, feeling)
23. Getting motivated to do such hard workouts day in and day out.

I LOVE THIS PROGRAM. IT HAS LITERALLY TRANSFORMED MY LIFE.

Comment #145 - Posted by: Dean at December 30, 2006 7:12 AM

1. 5'10
2. male
3. 23
4. 165
5. 173
6. ~35
7. d1 varsity swimmer (~11 workouts p/w)
8. 8
9. 8.5
10. ~11 min (subbed 3 dips p/ring dip)
11. only done it once
12. 12
13. 23
14. 285
15. 275
16. 235
17. 315
18. 100
19. 165
20. didn't time myself
21. only done it once
22. I like the fact that I keep noticeably getting more fit. I used to think I was in great shape but when I started doing these workouts I began to realize that I was just in great swimming/cardio shape. Now that I've started doing crossfit regularly I feel stronger, more energetic and just better overall.
23. I would like to read an article about how you come up with the weights we use in the WODs and how we should adjust them according to our size/experience/etc.

Comment #146 - Posted by: f at December 30, 2006 7:16 AM

1. 5’8”
2. male
3. 40
4. 176lb
5. 177lb
6. I average 5 WOD/wk
7. Typical lifting/running routine: run 3-5 miles (3X/wk) and lift weights (3 X/wk) [bench, squats (smith machine), lat pulls, curls, etc.]
8. 6
9. 8
10.
11.
12. 4
13. 21
14. 225lb
15. 250lb
16. 270lb
17. 345lb
18.
19.
20.
21.
22. Variety, intensity, brevity and results based on sound science – what’s not to love? Additionally, I have found the crossfit community to be very supportive, tight knit and willing to share in your personal successes (e.g. first MU). I believe that in 10 years mainstream physical fitness will have CF at its foundation.
23. I would absolutely LOVE to see the development/implementation of an online training log on the CF web site (perhaps if the daily comments section had a front end to capture WOD performance), where we could all record/track WOD’s and you guys would have ready access to the data you’re inquiring about here with this survey! My guess is that there are some web techies around who would/could do the development gratis.

Comment #147 - Posted by: brad at December 30, 2006 7:18 AM

1. 5'8.5"
2. M
3. 46
4. 155 (19% BF)
5. 154 (11% BF)
6. 4.5 WOD/wk
7. Cybex machine weights/elliptical/swim approx. 45 min work-outs, 4.5/wk.
8. 5
9. 7.5
10.I have yet to successfully complete Elizabeth
11.
12.One (1)
13.Fifteen (15)
14.185#
15.245#
16.175#
17.245#
18.??
19.110#
20.NA
21.NA
22.The efficiency of the WOD and my ability to incorporate it into my day; the transferability of the fitness to my everyday activities, including the increase in my ability to work under high stress conditions with greater calm, stamina, concentration and grace; the ability to scale the WOD to my personal level of fitness, strength, and ability; the general willingness of the majority of the community to offer assistance and support to fellow members of the community.

23.Intolerance and incivility in the rare instances that they occur on the WOD days; I miss the input from some of the more senior CF'ers who no longer post on the daily comments.

Darrell E. White

Comment #148 - Posted by: bingo at December 30, 2006 7:18 AM

1. 5'9"
2. Male
3. 42yo
4. 175# 12%BF
5. 175# 11%BF
6. 3 on/1 off
7. Ever other day basic bobybuilding split
8. 2
9. 5 I still get gassed easy
10. Never tried Elizabeth (I scale the weight and do reg dips)
11. ??
12. 5 or 6
13. 12 on a good day
14. 250# Squat
15. 285# Squat The last 8 weeks I have been doing Bill Starrs program.
16. 325#
17. 360#
18. 115# / 225# bench
19. 155# / 240# bench
20. I never ran a 10K - Running the 5K in 25 min.
21. ??
22. Variation - It tought me what intensity means. All these years, I never worked out intense!
23. It still kicks my a@@. I have to scale the WOD (Thanks to BrandX Martial Arts)

Comment #149 - Posted by: John at December 30, 2006 7:19 AM

1. 5' 7"
2. M
3. 54
4. 158 lb.
5. 158 lbs.
6. 5 X week
7. Lfting, cycling, yoga, pilates
8. 7 (age scaled)
9. 8 (age scaled)
10. 25 mins (used 95 lbs)
11. 25 mins (40kg x 21, 50kg x 15 and 60kg x 9)
12. 20
13. 24
14. 310 lbs
15 335 lbs
16. 305 lbs
17. 317 lbs
18. 110 lbs
19. 125 lbs
20. no 10ks in 2006
21. probably ~ 40 mins
22. variety, continuously challenging, open exchange of ideas, coaches different fitnes paradigm.
23. political discussions

Comment #150 - Posted by: Peter Nathan at December 30, 2006 7:26 AM

1. 5'10
2. male
3. 33
4. 215
5. 215
6. 2-3 per week
7. run, bike, swim, cals
8. 9
9. 9
11. n/a
12. 14 dead hang
13. 14 dead hang
14. n/a
15. n/a
16. n/a
17. n/a
18. n/a
19. n/a
20. 46 min
21. 46 min
22. variety and challenge...I can do crossfit and not have to do regular PT as much...makes you tougher under a ruck and in crappy environments.

I believed it saved me from injury in a parachuting accident I had a few weeks ago.

This is all that matters to me right now...though I am a wee-bit "fluffy" which I am addressing.


23. whinny posters who claim to not want politics with their fitness...then slam the POTUS or the military and OGAs while our fellow Crossfitters are fighting Jihadist in the same comments section.

Comment #151 - Posted by: CCTJOEY at December 30, 2006 7:38 AM

1. 5'11"
2. male
3. 27
4. 175lbs
5. 170lbs
6. 4 to 5 a week
7. weight training/cardio
8. 5
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 20
13. 40
14. 25lbs
15. 95lbs
16. did not
17. 45lbs
18. 95lbs
19. 175lbs
20. n/a (i'm a paraplegic)
21. n/a
22. I love the intense feeling I get while working out. Helps me achieve more in a shorter amount of time. Everyone at Crossfit is incredibly nice and inspiring.
23. More information on training with a disability.

Comment #152 - Posted by: TREBOR at December 30, 2006 7:44 AM

1. 5'2
2. m
3. 39
4. 165
5. 158
6. average 3 wod/wk
7. standard bodybuilding w/ wkly sprinting
8. 3
9. 7
10. 12/26/06 12 min
11. 12/26/06 12 min
12. 10
13. 25
14. 275
15. 385
16. 185
17. 285
18. 95
19. 145
20. do not run run anything with a (k) behind it.
21. see above
22. i like crossfit w.o.ds because of their intenstity, creativity, and the sense of joy once a w.o.d is completed, and based off of that, a sense of accomplishment when looking back at one's time, say for fran or barbara and seeing how one has improved. it is true in anything, but when one pushes beyond one's limit, good things happen and Crossfit is no different. It works.
23.

Comment #153 - Posted by: mark at December 30, 2006 7:49 AM

Bored and lonely, healthy enough for the masses but not really healthy, laboring under crushing tension and stress, I found Crossfit in the December Men's Journal. After lurking for 2 months I briefly introduced myself here in my first post, and more completely introduced myself on the Board (a pattern I will repeat). With tomorrow's WOD I will complete one full year of Crossfit.

I am, in all respects, measureably better for having done so. I am certainly much, much healthier physically. Stronger, faster, leaner, and with a lower cholesterol to boot. The tension and stress have remained the same, but my ability to function despite these challenges has soared in part due to the effects from and respite granted during CF work-outs. I have learned more about fitness in one year than in all of my prior years as a competitive athlete. CF has worked for me because Coach has designed a CF that I can make my own.

I have become a small part of a new community, one filled with hundreds of people who I will never meet but who I feel I know. I have seen generosity in many forms, from the core generosity of Greg and Lauren Glassman and their free program, through the unpaid service of Lynne, David, and the other moderators, to the advice and support given here and on the Board from the experienced to the novice. Despite occasional squabbles this community leads by example, always returning to its base of goodwill and grace, and I have learned from this as well.

In short I am a better man as I approach 2007 than I was at this time last year. I offer humble and heartfelt thanks to Coach and each of you here for saving a place for me at the Crossfit table.

Happy New year to each of you.

Darrell

Comment #154 - Posted by: bingo at December 30, 2006 7:50 AM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 51
4. 206
5. 202.5
6. 70. Started August 2006
7. 2x week weightlifting, 3x week running or cycling, 1-2x week added various activities.
8. 4
9. 6
10. 10-18-06, didn't time it.
11. Haven't done again.
12. 2
13. 8
14. 180
15. 230
16. 185
17. 230
18. 100
19. 130
20. 63:34 9-7-06
21. Have not repeated it but I expect it will be faster.
22. The variety, I get to learn new exercises and skills. The commments section of the website allows me to see how I compare to others - it helps to motivate me and to see what it is possible to achieve. After more than 30 years of running I had developed knee and hip problems that prevented me from running. With CrossFit I started doing intervals and now I can again go the distance doing intervals.
23. Nothing worth mentioning.

Comment #155 - Posted by: MikeC at December 30, 2006 7:52 AM

1.1,84 m
2.Male
3.35
4.87kg
5.84kg
6.213
7.weighttraining programs from T-Nation site mostly 8.5
9.8
10.19:43 on Jan18th - 55kg power cleans/bar dips x3
11.11:39 on Dec21st - 55kg mixed cleans+Powercleans
Rings Dips as rx'd
12.13 kipping
13.27 kipping
14.95kg deep
15.110kg deep
16.140kg
17.152,5kg
18.50kg
19.65kg
20.63min Jul 26th
21.58min Sep 7th
22.CrossFit is the first program that got me hooked and the fun trying to beat my previous WOD times and the pride after doing so
23.Nothing

Comment #156 - Posted by: Klaus at December 30, 2006 7:53 AM

1. 5'4"
2. M
3. 36
4. 143lbs
5. always between 140-145lbs.
6. average 4 crossfit workouts/ week.
7. run and m ilitary style PT
8. 6 (is this crossfit measure of compared to the rest of the population?)
9. 7 to 8
10. don't recall but well into the 40's.
11. 38 min with 125lbs clean.
13. 27 kip 18 dead hang
14. 150lbs
15. 170lbs
16. 135lbs
17. 185
18. 75lbs
19. 115lbs
20. 37 min
21. ran 39 and change a week ago. Less running and more crossfit kills my 10K, but I can still compete (age group) in a 5K last (and proudly) done in 18:48 a few months ago....
22. It's a thinking persons work-out, and it's free. There's a menu on crossfit for anyone to follow which is completely out of the norm and will totally educate you on several aspects of work-out training. Even if I don't religiously follow the scripted WOD, I always do something crossfit related.
23. It can be equipment intensive. And some of this stuff is just plain f****** hard! This is good, but I never really know where I stand fitness wise. I fell good and more well rounded than ever bfore. But every time I feel like the man, I have only to go to comments and see how below average I fare.

Comment #157 - Posted by: Tommy_boy at December 30, 2006 7:54 AM

Started on 01-03-06

1. 5'09"
2. M
3. 41
4. 183 lbs
5. 178 lbs
6. All except for two 3-day rest periods since January
7. Lifting three times a week, cardio 2 to 3 times a week.
8. 4
9. 7
10. Used 85lb cleans 15:30
11. Used 50kg cleans 12:00
12. 6 strict
13. 20 strict
14. Poor form - 150lbs
15. AtoA - 185lbs
16. 225
17. 320
18. 95
19. 145
20. 48:00 (by memory)
21. 46:00 (by memory)
22. Challenging - Always trying to improve my performance. Documented improvement in "O" course and "run and gun" times (work related).
23. No access to row machine

Thank you Coach and Lauren!

Darin

Comment #158 - Posted by: df404 at December 30, 2006 8:03 AM

1 5'8"
2 male
3 45
4 160 lbs
5 160 lbs
6 4-5/ week
7 weghts/cardio/pilates/stretch
8 6
9 7
10 28 mins scaled to: 100 lb clean/55,45,27 dips
11 21:34 scaled to 115 lb clean/63,45,27 dips
12 19
13 ?
14-21: At 45, both shoulders have serious limitations therefore I never "max" out on presses; I also have arthritic hips and back, in addition to herniated discs. I don't max on squats, or deads. running these distances is out of the question- I sub rowing ( I have increased the speed in which I can row)
22. I love the challenge of bettering my last times and increasing my level of fitness
23 BURPEES

Comment #159 - Posted by: PhilC at December 30, 2006 8:08 AM

1. 5'5"
2. F
3. 37
4. not sure
5. pretty sure 30 lbs less, threw out scale a while ago, still have more to lose though
6. Average 3 on, 1 off every 4 days, every now and then missed one or two due to time constraits
7. Weight lifting 5 days, elliptical 4 days, walking 3 days, swimming 2 days, a week, longer hikes on the weekends
8. 4
9. 6
10. first scaled Elizabeth 4-5-06 45 lb cleans, 24-16-16 bench dips. time: 27 min
11. 12-21-06 scaled- 55 lb cleans, 45-45-30 bench dips. time: 21:50
12. 0
13. 15 jumping/ negatives, but no "real" pullups yet
14. 85 lb
15. 165 lb
16. 65 lb
17. 195 lb
18. 45 lb
19. 80 lb
20. never ran a 10k
21. not completed
22. variety, the fact that I don't have to think about what to do each day, the community, my kids being turned on to the program and seeing the strength in them build (they previously swam for PT), the amazing knowledge that Coach and Coach Rip has, the knowledge about fitness from the regular posters, the koolaid, never thought that I would become this dedicated to working out that I would be motivated to do it any time of the day, the rehab of my knee, the strength that I have gained.
23. The people that question some of the times posted by the veterans and want proof, the diet advice, sometimes not having enough energy leftover to go on long hikes with the dogs.

Kate

Comment #160 - Posted by: jknl at December 30, 2006 8:13 AM

1. 6 ft
2. Male
3. 28
4. 210
5. 205
6. Average 4 WOD's per week
7. Mostly body building type workouts 3-4 days per week
8. 5-6 (thought it was much higher until I started CF.
9. 8.5
10. 20+ minutes
11. 11 minutes (Using 135 both times: these time are doing the 3:1 conversion for ring dips
12. 20
13. 32
14. 350
15. 350
16. 500
17. 500
18. 185
19. 185
20. Run? We run in CF? That's just another rest day for me. 2 mile run is 14:30.
21. How fast can you run 10km today? ( please include the most recent date )
22. Every workout challenges me. I'll never say "that workout looks easy" again before doing it.

Comment #161 - Posted by: j. rose at December 30, 2006 8:21 AM

When you answer, PLEASE simply number 1-23, and fill in the reply, one line per answer, as follows. Do not repeat the question.
1. 6'0
2.male
3.24
4.168 (5.5 bf)
5.177 (7.5 bf)
6.all of them
7.every exercise was 3 sets of 10
8.6
9.8
10.22 min-not scaled
11.11 min not scaled
12.18
13.24 (NO KIP)
14.225 (not deep)
15.285 (deep)
16.265
17.315 (with proper form)
18.135
19.185 (perfect form)
20.58
21.51
22.challenge- feeling i get after i finish WOD
23.kippling pullups- unless you are a beginner, i feel everyone should do strict. this is proven everytime we have a workout that involves strict pullups, most people cant do them, but they can do numerous kips.

Comment #162 - Posted by: bleedcf at December 30, 2006 8:26 AM

started on 060415

1. 6'1"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 240#
5. 225#
6. started doing one per week worked up to only missing one wod every 4 or 5 weeks.
7. trail running and minimal lifting.
8. 3
9. 6
10. never done elizabeth
11. ditto
12. 2
13. 13
14. ?
15. 225#, until form breaks down.
16. ?
17. 315#
18. 75#
19. 155#
20. 50 min, january 06
21. 50 min, Oct. 15
22. I love the fact that every day is different. I am always looking forward to the next WOD. Never before have I been so interested in exercise. I also really enjoy learning the oly lifts and working on form. This keeps the student in me learning during every WOD.
23. I wish there was a affiliate in Salt Lake City. I could use some coaching on my lifts. Plus I dislike the fact that commercial gyms don't have the right equipment for CF. Luckily my home gym is almost complete.

Thank you!!

Comment #163 - Posted by: ut steve at December 30, 2006 8:26 AM

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 35
4. 176
5. 178
6. average of 3x weekly
7. Bodybuilding and running
8. 6-7
9. 7-8
10. Scaled to 115#
11. no improvement
12. no real improvement
13.
14. 255
15. 265
16. 325
17. 365
18. 135
19. 135
20. UNK
21. UNK
22. The constantly varied training stimulus, and the fact that I can simultaneously improve cardiovascular fitness and strength/power. I also enjoy the articles. There are very few alternative forums to the general liberal viewpoint of modern media, especially in California. It's nice to see a counterpoint. I can't understand why people who post want alternative views posted. All they have to do is turn on NBC, or pick up the paper.
23. PLEASE READ!(I'm at the point of giving up on regular crossfit):The main problem I have with Crossfit is that I can't recover on the 3/1 split. I've been crossfiting for over a year, but have seen my progress steadily decline. The problem with decreasing the workout frequency is that I fail to get adequate stimulus in all the different modalities. I'll miss a pressing variation, or squatting variation, etc. Therefore, by training less, I'm defeating any kind of progressive conditioning because of the infrequency of the training stimulus, but if I train more frequently I am unable to recover. I've done all the things listed in the recovery suggestions. There are times I get inadequate sleep as a father of 3 and Deputy District Attorney. Currently, I've started lifting more based on Rippetoe's and Kilgore's Practical programming, and crossfiting less. I'm hoping to see more progress and less fatigue. Any suggestions appreciated. 2 on 1 off? etc.

Comment #164 - Posted by: Delaney at December 30, 2006 8:27 AM

1.5'8"
2.M
3.32
4.205 pounds
5.178 pounds
6.105
7.Run - 20-30 miles a week
8.5
9.7.5
10.N/A
11.?
12.0
13.14
14.?
15.205
16.?
17.275
18.?
19.145
20.60 minutes
21.42 minutes
22.Variety, challenges, feel great, concept of virtuosity is applied
23.?

Comment #165 - Posted by: Eric Nichols at December 30, 2006 8:29 AM

J:
1. 5 ft 9 in
2. M
3. 31
4. 163 lbs
5. 165 lbs
6. Appx 300 WODs (3 on, 1 off + a few missed days)
7. Training for Ironman triathlons
8. 7
9. 9
10. More than 15 minutes, no rings, 3 dips per ring dip substitute (Appx April '06)
11. 8:51 As Rx'd (21 Dec '06)
12. 25 kip
13. 40 kip
14. 260 lbs
15. 285 lbs
16. 310 lbs
17. 385 lbs
18. 140 lbs
19. 155 lbs
20. Appx 46 min
21. Row 10K - 42:07 (November 2006)
22. The variety, the intensity, the quickness of workouts, knowing i can come home to my own garage gym rather then trudging to a packed/annoying "professional" gym, the overwhelming exhileration i feel just prior to each workout and the mind-numbingly satisfying exhaustion i feel after...the extreme excitement i feel from each gain, the frustration and dedication to work harder at each failure...the tangible and intangible, yet totally postitive changes that Crossfit and the Zone diet have made for me and my wife
23. Nothing

N:
J:
1. 5 ft 2 in
2. F
3. 27
4. 122 lbs
5. 113 lbs
6. Appx 300 WODs (3 on, 1 off + a few missed days)
7. Just had a baby, very light eliptical work and weightlifting (shoulder presses, curls)
8. 3
9. 9
10. More than 20 minutes, 45 # cleans/ reclined dips on bench substitute (Appx Mar '06)
11. 11:49, 80 # cleans, ring dips (21 Dec '06)
12. 0 unassisted (used band assists)
13. 28 kip
14. 85 lbs
15. 165 lbs
16. 100 lbs
17. 195 lbs
18. < 45 lbs
19. 70 lbs
20. 59:00 min on elliptical (appx Jun 06)
21. Row 10K - 47:37 (November 2006)
22. Same as J
23. Nothing

Comment #166 - Posted by: jeremy and nicole at December 30, 2006 8:30 AM

1.5'5"
2.male
3.40
4.205
5.190
6.6
7.basic body groups & 20 min treadmill
8.4
9.8
10.12:30
11.9:40
12.15
13.27
14.275
15.315
16.300
17.365
18.155
19.185
20.59 min Feb 06
21.52 min Nov 06
22. variety,intensity,functionality,results
23. N/A

Comment #167 - Posted by: TomO at December 30, 2006 8:32 AM

I forgot to add that I started CrossFit in early February of 2006.

Kate

Comment #168 - Posted by: jknl at December 30, 2006 8:48 AM

Folks:
I'm surprised some of you & Coach responded to comment #106//another ph.d
Looking at the email address left: nothanks@nowhere.com I would think Crossfit was visited by one of those horrible internet creatures commonly referred to as Trolls.
Now where did I put that Troll insecticide?

Comment #169 - Posted by: Mike M in Ottawa at December 30, 2006 8:49 AM

Started Crossfit March 24, 2006

1. 5’10”
2. Male
3. 28
4. 170 lbs
5. 170 lbs
6. 139 since March 24, 2006 when I started
7. Standard 3 day weight training split - chest/back, legs, arms/shoulders
8. 3
9. 6
10. April 4th 2006 scaled to 55lbs time 27:02
11. December 21, 2006 scaled to 95lbs 27:32
12. 10
13. 16
14. 95lbs estimated
15. 170lbs
16. 80lbs estimated
17. 175lbs
18. 65lbs estimated
19. 105lbs
20. April 11, 2006 60:10
21. December 1, 2006 1:05:32 (32degrees F), September 7, 2006 57:45
22. Variety, knowledge, community, scientific basis
23. No complaints, phenomenal program!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment #170 - Posted by: Sesoku at December 30, 2006 8:51 AM

1. 6'6"

2. Male

3. 23

4. 235lbs

5. 240lbs

6. on and off depending on rugby season so I am
not too sure.

7. 5 days a week of weight training for specific muscle groups and 3-4 days of cardio on either bike or treadmill for long distances

8. 5

9. 7-8

10. havnt done elizabeth

11. havnt done elizabeth

12. 8-10

13. 12-15

14. 450lbs but I wasnt even going to parallel.. First time I went ass to heals squat I did it with 95lbs that was last June

15. Today I can do ass to heals 390lbs

16. DL 400lbs

17. DL 465LBS

18. Probably 155lbs

19. 190lbs

20. around 90 minutes

21. around 80 minutes

22. Variety... I love that I never get bored and there is always a huge variety. I can do heavy stuff one day and light fast stuff one day. I have gotten more fit, stronger, and faster than ever and I am not doing the same boring routine every week

23. nothing really

Comment #171 - Posted by: Andrew Lederman at December 30, 2006 8:55 AM

1. 6'3"
2. Male
3. 30
4. 205 lb
5. 213 lb
6. 4-5/wk on and off
7. Lifted weights, cals, running and swimming
8. 5
9. 8
10. 18Jan06: 21::19
11. 21Dec06: 11::47
12. 22
13. 28
14. 345 below parallel
15. 310 below parallel
16. 355
17. 410
18. around 195
19. 215
20. 23Jan06: 43::31
21. Haven't run a 10k recently. Achilles injury.
22. The intensity, and the functionality.
23. Maybe include a long, slow distance effort every few weeks. Some of us, due to work, need to train those pathways.

Comment #172 - Posted by: Dan at December 30, 2006 8:57 AM

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 26
4. 174 pounds
5. 165 pounds
6. Avg. 4/wk plus two compound lift/O-lift days
7. Standard bb-style lifting/cardio 5 times a week.
8. 5
9. 10
10. Never performed
11. Never performed
12. 22
13. 31
14. Unknown
15. 265 pounds
16. 365 pounds
17. 445 pounds
18. Unknown
19. 145 pounds
20. Unknown. Estimate: 42 minutes
21. Unknown. Who the heck runs 10ks? Doesn't that mean "rest day" in Coach-speak?
22. The local Crossfit community
23. Perceived (by me) lack of emphasis on absolute strength, although that is being remedied w/Crossfit Total.

Comment #173 - Posted by: Jon Gilson at December 30, 2006 9:04 AM

1. 6'0"
2. M
3. 26
4. 200 lb
5. 205 lb
6. Started second week June 2006 since then I have pretty much kept the 3 three on 1 off rotation.
7. Followed the set rep routine of Bigger, Faster, Stronger benching and squatting (in college I also power cleaned and deadlifted using their set rep rotation) with other auxilary lifts 2x10.
8. 5
9. 7
10. ~40 minutes (sub'd power cleans and 45 lb weighted bar dips 1:1)
11. as rx'd 18:43
12. 5
13. 16
14. ~315 lb (cover your ears... on a Smith machine)
15. 335 lb x 3 (again on a Smith machine) estimate 275 normal squat - finally at a gym with a real squat rack
16. 365 lb
17. 395 lb
18. unknown (close reference bench started at 275 lb)
19. estimate 185 lb (now on the cusp of benching 300 lb)
20. 1:06:??
21. 56:45 - 061201
22. The varied workouts that develop the different metabolic pathways. The sense of accomplishment you feel when you complete a WOD that doesn't seem possible during its performance (i.e. I feared "Murph" the first time I read it). The sense of dread I feel all day when the WOD reads "Elizabeth". The challenge of the gymnastic skills.
23. I would like to see short sprints added to the workouts (sets of 50m to 200m) along with lateral agility workouts. Since I am a short timer, these may or may not be worked, but I haven't seen them so far.

Overall I want to say thank you to the Glassmans for the tremendous FREE program. The kool-aid is great and I am doing my best to win converts. I am thankful for a program that will push my fitness levels past what they were when I played lacrosse competitively.

Comment #174 - Posted by: dbones at December 30, 2006 9:09 AM

1- 6'1"
2- Male
3- 58
4- 185 lbs.
5- 185(?) lbs. haven't weighed in some time
6- started Feb. with many breaks- 172 CF wods
7- self trained-wts; runs; plyos
8- 8 or 9 for my age I guess
9- 8 or 9 (about the same but feeling better)
10- 13:20 on 2/8- 115# clns & sim. dips w/heavy rubber bands x3 (bad shoulder)
11- 10:30 on 12/21- 135# clns & bands again
12- about 14 or 15 dead hang (B4 shoulder injury)
13- 14 dead hang 21 kipping
14- unk
15- 250# or so
16- unk
17- 300#
18- 225# (B4 shoulder injury)
19- about 170# due to shoulder
20- 60 min 4/11
21- 62 min 7/25
22- the varied training interests me and keeps me from overstressing injury prone parts of my body. At my age injuries hang on so I take great care now to avoid these setbacks. I don't post but do log on my own and see improvement. Thanks.
23- sometimes there seems to be a little more of a cult-like atmosphere here than I'm interested in but whatever floats your boat- right?

Comment #175 - Posted by: bambi at December 30, 2006 9:09 AM

1. 6'5"
2. M
3. 35
4. 220#
5. 235#
6. I do them all except for when I am hurt. That probably equals about three months off this year.
7. Infrequent bodybuilding-style workouts and limited cardio.
8. 3
9. 5
10. 20:04 - 95# hang power cleans and 3/1 dips
11. 27:30 - 65# squat cleans
12. 10. Couldn't do a single kipping pull-up.
13. 20 kippers.
14. 175
15. 200
16. Couldn't deadlift at all.
17. 250# - had a high of 300# during the year.
18. 225
19. 255
20. 1:02 on treadmill in January.
21. Last 10K we did was 1:12 outside. Ran a 28:14 for our last 5K so I am looking to beat that 1:02 next 10K.
22. The variety of the workouts and the expert instruction.
23. The fact that I keep injuring my back. I'm convinced that is due to my own stupidity rather than the programming though.

Comment #176 - Posted by: Redding Mark S at December 30, 2006 9:13 AM

1.5'11"
2.Male
3.34
4.165 lb.
5.172 lb.
6.about 240-250
7.did circuits on weight machines (3xweek), martial arts (4xweek), bike riding (stationary and real)(every day), and calisthenics (most days)
8.5
9.8
10.18Jan06: 18:04 with 95# squat cleans
11.21Dec06: 10:34 with 125# power cleans
12.20
13.25
14.205
15.245
16.345
17.365
18.85
19.95
20.23Jan06: 56:48
21.15Apr06: 55:14 (don't know how I've dodged it since)
22.The variety - I never get bored with my workouts, though there is an element of fear.
23. The politics - it's a great fitness site, why make it a lousy political site?

Comment #177 - Posted by: Sam L at December 30, 2006 9:14 AM

I lurked and cherry picked WOD's starting back in April/May and then fully converted in August of 2006. Converted to The Zone in November 2006 as well.

1. 5'10"
2. M
3. 39
4. 195 lbs.
5. 185 lbs.
6. 3 on/1 off since August
7. 3 & 5 miles jogs. Occasional 30 minute stair climbs.
8. Clearly, it was a 1 or 2.
9. 3 or 4.
10. 13:10 95#'s, 4:1 Bench dips.
11. NA/Missed 12/21 due to travel.
12. 60 would have been typical.
21. 12/1/06 51:13 + 20 Burpees. I lost a bet.
22. CFJ, unflinching support of the Armed Services/First Responder community, the fact that it is non-routine.
23. Getting caught under the bleachers with Kelly. Study Hall.

Comment #178 - Posted by: tjo at December 30, 2006 9:27 AM

LOL! OPT lists himself as "9/10" in comparison the general population. I almost choked on my eggs. Humility is very endearing; well done!

Comment #179 - Posted by: John Seiler at December 30, 2006 9:30 AM

1 5'10"
2 Male
3 47
4 191
5 196
6 100
7 Wrestling in winter, Highland throwing events in summer, 3 d/w
8 6
9 7
10 24:00
11 18:00
12 6
13 15
14 265
15 325
16 350
17 425
18 175
19 210
20 55:00
21 55:00
22 Foundations, programming and instruction/education
23 None

Comment #180 - Posted by: Kevin Rogers at December 30, 2006 9:32 AM

1. 6’2”
2. M
3. 42
4. 190 lbs
5 190 lbs
6. ~320 wods/gym jones workouts, 6/wk
7. basic isolation weight lifting: bench/tris/bis, some leg work
8. 4
9. 7
10. ~ 30 minutes 1st time, 95lbs
11. ~12 minutes as rx’d a few weeks ago
12. 5
13. 15
14. 225
15. 285
16. ?
17. 315
18. 95
19. 135
20. ?
21. ?
22. efficiency/challenge, being in best shape of my life, keeps me young, and hopefully I inspire my teenage boys
23. arguments in the ‘comments’

Comment #181 - Posted by: jdm at December 30, 2006 9:43 AM

if a person considers himself a 10, i would expect to see them tossing someone around the mat every four years at the olympics or finishing the nyc marathon in 2:10.

Comment #182 - Posted by: joe at December 30, 2006 9:52 AM

1. 6'
2. Male
3. 43
4. 180#'s
5. 187#'s
6. Some (I do my own usually)
7. Weightlifting
8. 7
8. 8.5-9
9. My crucible: PCJ w/bdw.1x30- 16:20
10. 15:00
11. ?
12. 25
13. >30
14. 340
15. 375
16. 400
17. 460
18. 135#'s
19. 155#'s
20. I use 2 mile run with 50# pack: 22:00
21. 20:40 (eight months separating performances)
22. Dedication and zeal of participants
23. Kvetchers

Comment #183 - Posted by: Jonathan Jensen at December 30, 2006 9:53 AM

Started November 23, 2006. (Have done leg workouts since October while recovering from a shoulder injury)

1. 6 ft., 6 in.
2. Male
3. 26
4. 175 lb
5. 181 lb
6. 28
7. On and off weight training, basketball, and softball
8. 6
9. 7
10. 19:45 on Dec. 21, 2006 (scaled to 95 lb cleans; first time doing ring dips)
11. only done Elizabeth once
12. 1
13. 6
14. 255 lb (est.)
15. 275 lb.
16. unknown
17. 285 lb.
18. 105 lb (est.)
19. 120 lb
20. 51:27 (Dec. 2, 2006)
21. only ran 1 - 10k (in my life)
22. being excited about working out again which comes from variety and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the workout
23. comments that aren't related to the workout

Comment #184 - Posted by: Woody at December 30, 2006 9:54 AM

1. 5'4.5"
2. F
3. 51
4. 115
5. 115
6. Inconsistent - about 2x week average
7. Swimming, weight lifting, yoga, bike riding, hiking
8. 8
9. 8.5
10. Don't register WOD names. FYI Rarely use weight - only the bar/lite dumbells
11. na
12. 1
13. 2
14. 50
15. 75
16. 100
17. 150
18. 65
19. 80
20. don't run 10k - 5k 35 min (polio as a child-not a fast runner)
21. not
22. improvement in balance, range of motion, practical strengthening. Enjoy very much the political & philosophical chat & appreciate the patriotism
23. can never figure out the single item work out

Comment #185 - Posted by: meta at December 30, 2006 9:54 AM

Started Crossfit at beginning of Sept. 06
All Previous loads are for Sept. 06

1. 5' 11''
2. Male
3. 22
4. 158# (In Sept. 06)
5. 168#
6. I do 4 or 5 WODs a week
7. Standard U.S. Army PT, distance runs, track workouts, Weightlifting.
8. 5
9. 7
10. Only done Elizabeth once... 16:25
11.
12. 17
13. 24
14. 235#
15. 275#
16. 250#
17. 335#
18. 95#
19. 115#
20. Never Timed 10k. 2-mile 12:45 in Jan 06
21. 2-mile 11:55 in Dec 06
22. I am a soon to be Infantry officer. Crossfit is perfect for military people. I love the intensity and that I now have a great, free workout plan to follow.
23. I would like a standard video for all the lifts and exercises. Some are better than others and when posting to comments for advice you get mixed answers sometimes.

Comment #186 - Posted by: Jamison Pereira at December 30, 2006 9:54 AM

# 106, Another Ph.D.,

What is the "good reason to believe that the survey respondents are significantly different from the general population of Crossfit participants?"

Comment #187 - Posted by: Hari at December 30, 2006 9:56 AM

1. 5'7"
2. M
3. 40
4. about 175
5. 175
6. 6 per week - started in Nov
7. 3 or 4 per week - mix of weight lifting, running, body weight exercises, sandbag exercises
8. 5
9. 7
10. not done yet
11. not done yet
12. about 10
13. 16
14. about 185 below parrallel
15. 235 below parrallel
16. na
17. 295
18. OH: na
19. OH: 135
20. na
21. na
22. I enjoy the variety of exercises and routines as well as the expert knowledge base. I am constantly humbled by the WOD and the posted performance of others, but gives me a great goal to stretch for. I am in the best shape since my twenties and getting better. I feel better too.
23. While I enjoy the debates regarding GPP and fitness methodologies, I don't understand why a non-fitness related subjects are sometimes brought up (incl politics). However, I don't mind hearing other views. I just don't read them when I've reached my limit.


Comment #188 - Posted by: Andrew Wong at December 30, 2006 9:57 AM

1-5'11"ft
2-M
3-33
4-227lbs
5-214lbs
6- 4-5 X Week
7-Cardo/light weights
8-4
9-7
10-45lb bar/all jumping dips(6:30)Unk date
11-12/06--95lb cleans/ring dips (11:01)
12-5
13-21 kipping
14-185
15-245
16-200
17-295
18-95
19-145
20-N/A
21-Nov.06 1:12
22-RESULTS in every aspect of fitness/learning about TRUE fitness!
23-N/A

Comment #189 - Posted by: Matt P(crossfit fairfax) at December 30, 2006 10:00 AM

I discovered crossit late in 2005 and have incorporated some of the work-outs and principals into my training since that time. Because of a shoulder injury last April I avoided some of the work-outs. and have not worked as trained as hard. Max represent peak at after about 4 months of using crossfit work-outs.

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 58
4. 175 lb approx 15% bf
5. 156 lb approx 7% bf
6. est. 110 2-3 per week
7. regular weight lifting 1 -2 per week, cardio 3-5 per week, climb 2 per week.
8. 6
9. 8 stronger more flexible and much more explosive
10. do not know, have not done Elizabeth
11.
12. 7 dead hang
13. 25 dead hang
14. 135
15. 225
16. 205
17. 315
18. bench 135 oh 60
19. bench 185 oh 115 prior to shoulder injury
20. 1h 10m
21. est. 54 min
22. My failure to complete the workout as well as I think I should. Good on line advice and info especially in the boards. Learning new movements and exercises that add variation to the workout.
23. My failure to complete the workout as well as I think I should. would like to see more people in the over 50 age group.

Comment #190 - Posted by: Ted Rupp at December 30, 2006 10:03 AM

1. 6' 0"
2. Male
3. 45
4. 228#
5. 240#
6. 236
7. Conventional "cardio" and nothing else, 3x/week
8. 2-3
9. 7-8
10. 24:36 as rx'd
11. 13:18 as rx'd
12. 11
13. 26
14. 325#
15. 365#
16. 335#
17. 395#
18. 115#
19. 160#
20. 65 min
21. 62 min
22. Intuitive truth concerning the definition of fitness, Structure of providing daily WODs, scalability, community, free service, elite athletes and ordinary citizens united by shared experience. Civil discourse and tolerance of other view points contrary to the Crossfit norm when those points are supported by rationality, intellect, and fact. Integrity of AUPs. Swift and firm treatment of trolls.
23. The lack of respect Crossfit receives in spite of the measurable results.

Comment #191 - Posted by: Alex McClung at December 30, 2006 10:07 AM

1-5'10"
2-male
3-27
4-210
5-200
6-almost all of them
7-mix of power lifting, body building, no cardio
8-5
9-8 (at least i feel like an elite athlete)
10-30mins+ (had to sub bar dips, no rings)
11-11mins
12-not many
13-20+ consecutive, but always finish the wod
14-405
15-365
16-365
17-455
18-135
19-185
20-hour+
21-hour or less
22-the ever-changing workouts, never boring
23-not having access to some equipment

Comment #192 - Posted by: Greg at December 30, 2006 10:11 AM

1. 5' 8"
2. Female
3. 39
4. Approx 145 pounds
5. same
6. I started in mid-August 2006. Average 3 CF sessions a week but travel can get in the way. Total number of workouts is probably ~50.
7. I was the typical chick - lift a bit, do some cardio. Probably 3-4 times a week. I thought I was in pretty good shape. Then I went to my first real Cross Fit workout...
8. Looking back, I was a 5.
9. I'll give myself a 7 when comparing myself to the athletes I train with. Compared to the general population, I'd rate myself higher
10. N/A.
11. N/A for now
12. Why would I care about pull-ups before I started Cross Fit? :-)
13. 0, but I'm so, so close. My goal is to get my first in before Valentine's Day.
14. Pre-Cross Fit - why would a chick care about squats? :-)
15. I honestly don't know, but Michael & Carrie at Cross Fit Eastside have us do 5x5 front squats each Monday, building on our load. I'm up to 50 kilos.
16. January, 2006 - deadlifts sound hard. I don't know what good they would do me. Where's the elliptical machine?
17. I'm not sure, but I sure like doing them.
18. Maybe 50 pounds.
19. A month ago, I repped 75 pounds several times. Definitely more than I've ever done before.
20. Unknown
21. Unknown, but the times I run my favorite course around my house are dramatically faster now than they were before I started Cross Fit.
22. My husband and I do the workouts together at Cross Fit Eastside in Redmond, Wash. It's nice to have the time together and I like the very few times when I complete a workout faster than him. :-) Carrie & Michael who run the gym are awesome, and the entire group of fellow Cross Fitters there are the best. Everyone is supportive and there's great energy. The workouts are varied, and I work waaaaaay harder than I ever did on my own. I get loads of great info and am stronger now than I was less than 6 months ago. I wish I had started this 10 years ago!
23. The only thing I would put down as a negative (and this is so minor) is that I have to go out of my way to run now. My CF workouts often leave me too trashed to even think about using my legs for running. That being said, despite the fact that my cario is down probably 80%, I haven't gained any weight. Amazing. That's completely contradictory to my "fitness" thinking for the past 20 years.

Comment #193 - Posted by: Kim at December 30, 2006 10:22 AM

1. 5'11"
2. Male
3. 40
4. 230lb
5. 212lb
6. 160 or so
7. run 1-2x/wk, Kettlebell snatches 2-3x/wk, Matt Furey "royal court" 2-3x/wk
8. 6
9. 8
10. Don't know
11. 7:43 as rxed
12. 26
13. 26
14. 365 bad form
15. 400 good form as rxed in Xfit max
16. 465
17. 465
18. 145
19. 185 (standing press)
20. ? 14:00 2 mile
21. ? 13:34 2 mile 6 Dec
22. Challenge & brevity of WODs; political discussions on rest days - exercising the mind
23. N/A

Oh yeah - muscle ups: 0 on 1/1/2006, can now do 30 in 12:57 although broken set.

Comment #194 - Posted by: MurphIZ at December 30, 2006 10:27 AM

1. 6 feet
2. M
3. 27
4. Not sure, around 185
5. 190, but much leaner
6. Started 3-25-06. Averaged 4 WODs a week and 2 b-ball games a week. Took 2 rest weeks. So, have done somewhere around 130-140 WODs.
7. Dr. Ellington Darden's HIT. 2-3x/wk. Seems stupid now.
8. 6 or 7
9. 7 or 8. I am more fit than anyone I know except my crossfit buddy.
10. 11:07 but did not do squat cleans and only did regular dips without the sub. 95 lbs. in April
11. 12:59 with 115 lbs and ring dips with feet on bench in October
12. strict - 3, kipping - had never heard of it
13. strict - 12, kipping - 15
14. 225, but poor ROM
15. 250 but with a full squat
16. 225
17. 350
18. don't know
19. 115
20. 59 min in April
21. 48 min in November
22. Gosh, I don't have enough room! It's the hardest thing I've ever done. It is challenging, never dull, keeps me motivated. I like that the WODs are no more than 30 min usually. I like the stares I get in the gym and people asking me what the hell I'm doing and what am I training for? I like that it makes me all around fit, and not at all 1 dimensional. Basically, it is fun, keeps me engaged, and it just flat our works. I will NEVER do anything else. Thanks Coach!
23. I would like to see some swimming worked in. I am not a swimmer, but I know what a good workout it is, and it would be neat to see some swimming incorporated into the WODs. Also, In looking at the WODs, FAQs, msg board, etc, it looks like there are ALOT of WODs I have never done, because they haven't been posted. I would like to see all of the WODs rotated through more. It seems that we repeat a few of them several times. For example, I have done the 3 bars of death 5 or more times but have never done the farmer's walk, waiter's walk, Karen or Chelsea. I am nit-picking here. I am sure there is a method to the WODs and the order they are posted.

Comment #195 - Posted by: Brandon C at December 30, 2006 10:36 AM

1. 5'09"
2. M
3. 33
4. 175#?
5. 179#
6. 102 + 3 wk. program in June to build up to a muscle up-which I still can't do!
7. 1 long run weekly, 2-3 days of your standard 24 Hour Fitness center type upper/lower body split
8. 4-Acceptable strength and distance cardio ability, but 20 minutes of all out activity (Cindy) killed me.
9. 9 compared to the general population
10. 18 as Rx'd on 060405
11. 17:26 as Rx'd on 060731
12. About 10
13. About 15
14. 265, not even to parallel
15. 300 to proper depth
16. 300 w/ wraps
17. 345 w/o wraps
18. 120
19. 170
20. 060114 First 10k of an outdoor 16mi race was 56 min
21. 061201 51:13
22. The focus on functional strength. Prior to CrossFit I was probably stronger in a few lifts, but I couldn't put that strenght to work very well. As a cop, being able to control my body and apply my strenght in a variety of situations is vitally important. Also, my ability to push myself through perceived exhaustion gained through trying to improve on the named workouts has proved beneficial at work in foot chases and fights. Lastly, the instruction from the Coaches and community has enabled me to greatly improve my fitness alone in my basement gym. Thanks!
23. I would like to see three WODs posted in advance to enable better planning ahead on weeks when I'm too busy to get them all in.

Comment #196 - Posted by: Denver Sheepdog at December 30, 2006 10:38 AM

1. 5’7” ft.
2. Male
3. 28
4. 170
5. 175
6. Rx’d WOD 4-6 weeks w/ 1week breaks – total 8 months
7. Basic resistance training, BW training, gymnastics, basketball
8. 3 – Trainer w/ poor cardiovascular endurance
9. 2- moving toward 1
10. no specific data – still working for perfect form before I push time goals
11. “
12. “
13. “ – many more w/ kipping
14. “
15. “ – weight is similar, but depth is much better
16. “
17. “ – weight is similar, but form is better
18. “
19. “ – standing press is new for me
20. Did 5 miler on Thanksgiving in 48 min, but no other specific times b/c I’m a horrible runner. Ex-gymnast
21. “
22. As an ex-gymnast these workouts answered my need for diversity and introduced a new philosophy for how I train myself and my clients. It keeps me learning and provides great examples of people who have achieved similar goals in the training industry. Globo-gyms do not need to dominate the industry.
23. I believe there needs to be a specific text written by the expert individuals of the Crossfit community that explains specific progressions for the CF exercises. The journal is great, but if there were a specific text I believe anybody interested enough would pay any amount to have that information in a single collection.

Comment #197 - Posted by: Mark H at December 30, 2006 10:43 AM

1. How tall are you? 6'0"
2. What sex are you? Male
3. How old are you? 30
4. How much did you weigh on January 1, 2006? 195lbs
5. How much do you weigh today? 195lbs
6. How many CrossFit workouts have you completed since January 1, 2006? avg of 4-5 a week, but took summer off
7. In the year immediately prior to beginning CrossFit, what type of exercise did you do and how frequently did you do it? usually weight training within a circuit approach w/ limited rest and heavy weights.
8. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness on the day you started CrossFit. 7 or 8
9. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness today. 8 or 9
10. What was your time on "Elizabeth" in January, 2006? don't remember
11. What was your time on your most recent completion of "Elizabeth"? don't remember
12. How many pull-ups could you do in January, 2006? 12
13. How many pull-ups can you do today? 15-17
14. How much could you squat for a single repetition in January, 2006? 400
15. How much can you squat today? 420
16. How much could you deadlift for a single repetition in January, 2006? 350
17. How much can you deadlift today? no idea.
18. How much could you press for a single repetition on January 1, 2006 ? no idea
19. How much can you press today? no idea
20. How fast was your first 10km run of 2006? did not do 10k; bad knees and bad shin splints
21. How fast can you run 10km today? do not do long distance runs; will start subbing bike, stairmaster or C2 rower.
22. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the most? it keeps my body guessing and keeps me pushing myself to do things that i've never done before; i also have no idea if i can finish a lot of the workouts.
23. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the least? Lots of pullups have caused a muscle tear on the inside of my left elbow and now i cannot do them nearly as much as you require in your workouts.

Comment #198 - Posted by: Matt in Boston at December 30, 2006 10:47 AM

1. 6'1"
2. Male
3. 25
4. 195
5. 212
6. Average 4 per week
7. I did high intensity, low frequency weightraining. It was very effective for about six months with regards to gains in strength, but it was unpractical and too monotonous.
8. 6
9. 7.75
10. N/A
11. Do not know
12. 2
13. 4-5
14. Do not know
15. Do not know
16. Do not know
17. Do not know
18. 225 ?
19. 250
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. The focus on core strength, practicality, and adaptability. My second favorite thing is the different workouts every day.
23. Having read others' comments before posting, I would have to use this space to say that I love that the owners of this site also use it as a forum to express their political viewpoints, and I do not think it should be more "diplomatic", "balanced", or have any regard to dissenting view points. There are very few pro-free market, pro-individualism, pro-personal responsibility people left these days, and there are plenty of the opposite kind of people. To the owners of CrossFit, please do not apologize for using your own property to voice opinions on political matters that you believe in. I think it makes perfect sense that a website dedicated to personal physical well-being and growth should also be concerned with personal well-being as affected by ethics and politics. To those that do not like CrossFit's politics, go see if dailykos.com will begin posting WOD's.

Comment #199 - Posted by: Jason Head at December 30, 2006 10:48 AM

1. 178cm
2. male
3. 35
4. 87kg
5. 85kg
6. CF for 5 months, missed total about 10 WODs
7. 'standard' weight training and running, split program, 3 days on, 1 day off, would run 3 times a week
8. 6
9. 8
10. 30JUL06, 10m50s, replaced ring dips with 3:1 bar dips
11. as above
12. 12
13. 20
14. 100kg
15. 125kg
16. dont know
17. 130kg
18. didnt do military press, did ridiculous seated DB press
19. 80kg
20. wasnt running that far
21. 51m07s, 20NOV06
22. the variety keeps me interested, i was so bored of just doing chest/tris, back/bis and legs...this is different every time and the fact that someone smarter than me has designed it to work takes all the guess work out of it...i do the WOD as hard as i can and know i will benefit...also enjoying learning the gymnastics side of things, a real challenge to learn a totally new skill, and sense of achievement to pull off handstands and handwalking...
23. i dislike nothing....i am a fan!

Comment #200 - Posted by: charlie from aus at December 30, 2006 10:52 AM

1.5 ft 8 in
2. male
3. 31
4. ~165
5. 171
6. 145
7. Military pt 3 x a week, mostly 30-45 minutes of cardio, sometimes with a second weight traing workout, specific body part split routine.
8. 5/6
9. 7ish on a good self esteem day, 4 after most CF WODs
10. Subbed 95# clean and 3 to 1 dips for ring dips (63,45,21)on cybex machine assisted by 60#, BW 170
14:58
11. Haven't done it since... shameful yet again...
12. 16 deadhangs done during USMC PFT in Jan '06
13. 20 deadhangs done in most recent PFT
14. 185 lbs
15. I haven't had a gym with a bar in 3 months shame on me!
16. 285 lbs
17. I haven't had a gym with a bar in 3 months shame on me again!
18. No idea
19. Had no problem doing a set of 5 50lb dumbbells the other day
20. 50:46
21. I've had a broken toe for a month (BJJ incident)
22. The philosophy of the workouts, and the community as a whole.
23. There's not a CrossFit gym in every strip mall, as there seems to be a Bally's of soemthing similar, frivolous and useless. Any gym is better than no gyms, but the inconvenience of adhereing to rules that make no sense has me doing CF on my own.

Such incomplete data, I hope it helps anyway!
Happy New Year's all, my resolution is to stop getting injured and get in to CFDC! Wish me luck!

Comment #201 - Posted by: John H at December 30, 2006 10:57 AM

1. 5’11”
2. Male
3. 32
4. 182 lbs
5. 173 lbs
6. Started in late September 2006, approximately 55-60 WODs
7. Weight Training/Lifting; Army PT 5 days a week for last 14 years
8. 6
9. 7.5
10. 7:17 – 18OCT06 (85 lbs Clean) (horrible form on Cleans)
11. 11:57 – 21DEC06 (95 lbs Clean) (strict form on Cleans)
12. 5 (Sep06)
13. 24
14. Back Squat – 245 lbs (Sep06)
15. Back squat - 265 lbs
16. Deadlift – 255 lbs (Sep06)
17. Deadlift - 275 lbs
18. Press – 120 lbs (Sep06)
19. Press - 125 lbs
20. How fast was your first 10km run of 2006? ( please include the date )
21. How fast can you run 10km today? ( please include the most recent date )
22. Variety – Crossfit keeps you guessing, you can never get comfortable
Intensity – Very few programs match the intensity of Crossfit
Efficiency – I love doing a workout that smokes me in 10 minutes
Also, you have to give credit to everyone that runs Crossfit for the amount of time they put into this program. Just to be able to post a WOD every day without missing a beat is remarkable – and they are doing it at no cost, which is another plus.
23. The learning curve for beginners can be pretty steep with some of the Oly lifting. Might be a better idea to make a separate page for beginners or scaled workouts – or always link to Brand-X. The website and forums need an overhaul; the forums lack functionality that is available via freeware on the internet. Exercises page could include simple written instructions to go with videos (If you need help with this, let me know). Maybe even throw in some photos of the start position, in motion, and the finish. You could then compile that information into a book and sell it. Some people like hard copies.

Comment #202 - Posted by: Adam at December 30, 2006 10:59 AM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 36
4. 255lbs
5. 235lbs
6. I rarely do the WOD
7. heavy weight lifting/Army style PT - 3-5 days/week
8. 6
9. 8
10. n/a (guess I'll do this one for next year)
11. n/a
12. 6 chins, deadhang
13. 13 pull ups, deadhang
14. 225lbs (?)
15. 350lbs
16. 250lbs (?)
17. 445lbs
18. 185lbs
19. 245lbs
20. never timed it
21. n/a
22. effectiveness, intensity, and randomness
23. whining people (but this is not unique to crossfit, huh?)

Comment #203 - Posted by: Al at December 30, 2006 11:03 AM

Another aspect I like the most is the politics. I enjoy the healthy debate and the recognition by most in the CF community that our military here and overseas are the ones that enable us to be free everyday.

Comment #204 - Posted by: Matt in Boston at December 30, 2006 11:03 AM

1. 6ft
2. male
3. 33
4. 200# with lots of body fat
5. 198# with much less body fat
6. 2 x week in the beginning-4 x week now
7. Total body, high rep, free weights and a little cardio-Men's Health type stuff
8. 4
9. 7
10. 9:40 was 1st Elizabeth back in August
11. Haven't managed to repeat it yet
12. 2 deadhang pullups and maybe 5 kipping once I learned about the technique
13. About 15 kipping pullups
14. 225#-but never squated below parallel
15. 245#-but now all squats below parallel
16. 300#
17. 335#
18. Bench Press 185#-Shoulder Press 105#
19. Bench Press 225#-Shoulder Press 135#
20. Never done 10k
21. Never done 10k
22. Competition with self and others, variety, difficulty, community esprit de corps, intensity, great feeling of pain, most people don't want to or can't hack it, character building, knowledge shared by Coach and others,
23. Biggest complaint is so many none users trolling and posting. Wise asses like "Another PhD" get in the way of a strong and vibrant community. Crossfit started for me around Dec. 2005 after reading about it in Mens Journal. I read the site and message boards daily and practiced the exercises and tried the wods for 3 months before bothering to post on the boards. I never once had to ask for a sub or what 3-3-3-3 meant because I read every single page on this site. I didn't want to waste anyone's time when the info was all available already.

Coach,

Thanks for asking for our input. It's the least we can do to help you after all that you have done for this community. I love this site and all that comes with it. I'm getting my wife involved and I've never been in better health. Physically and mentally I'm at my best ever. Keep up the outstanding work!

MC

Comment #205 - Posted by: MCORRY at December 30, 2006 11:03 AM

Thanks again Coach and CF community. See responses below. Eric

1. 6' 1/2"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 236
5. 228
6. Completed all WOD's since Jan 06 with a week here and there for rest.
7. Used to mix standard weight training and cardio(running/biking). Also tried Matt Furey's Combat Conditioning program.
8. 5
9. 7
10. 21:13 (can't remember date, sub'd regular dips)
11. 13:26 (can't remember date, sub'd regular dips)
12. 5 strict DH, 8 kip
13. 11 strict DH, 13
14. 275 lbs
15. 370 lbs
16. 315 lbs
17. 455 lbs
18. 215 lbs
19. 260 lbs
20. 56 mins
21. 45:40 mins
22. The variety of the workouts...I don't get bored. Also the functional fitness aspects are great.
23. I don't mind the free speech (our country was founded on it), however, there are a few blow-hards on here who just don't know when to let it go. Frankly, it is rare that you can change someone's mind on an issue unless they want to change, and people tend to gravitate toward that which makes them feel comfortable.


Comment #206 - Posted by: Eric at December 30, 2006 11:07 AM

Thanks again Coach and CF community. See responses below. Eric

1. 6' 1/2"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 236
5. 228
6. Completed all WOD's since Jan 06 with a week here and there for rest.
7. Used to mix standard weight training and cardio(running/biking). Also tried Matt Furey's Combat Conditioning program.
8. 5
9. 7
10. 21:13 (can't remember date, sub'd regular dips)
11. 13:26 (can't remember date, sub'd regular dips)
12. 5 strict DH, 8 kip
13. 11 strict DH, 13
14. 275 lbs
15. 370 lbs
16. 315 lbs
17. 455 lbs
18. 215 lbs
19. 260 lbs
20. 56 mins
21. 45:40 mins
22. The variety of the workouts...I don't get bored. Also the functional fitness aspects are great.
23. I don't mind the free speech (our country was founded on it), however, there are a few blow-hards on here who just don't know when to let it go. Frankly, it is rare that you can change someone's mind on an issue unless they want to change, and people tend to gravitate toward that which makes them feel comfortable.


Comment #207 - Posted by: Eric at December 30, 2006 11:07 AM

1. 72.5"
2. Male
3. 30
4. 192
5. 195
6. I do nearly every WOD, but took 2 full weeks off and 2 cycles off (3 days each time). Probably missed a few other workouts, but no more than one a month.
7. Running 3-4 times per week (4-6 miles), lifting 2x/week (full-body bodybuilding style).
8. 5 - better than the average person, but just average fitness
9. 7 - much better, with lots more room to improve (within my genetic limits)
10. Was not recording time in Jan.
11. What was your time on your most recent completion of "Elizabeth"? (please include the date AND if it2
12. 10
13. 25
14. About 250#
15. 315#
16. 315#
17. 446#
18. 115#
19. 155#
20. ?
21. ?
22. Variety of workouts, challenge of lifts and getting through tough workouts, intense/brief workouts that get me in and out of the gym, opportunity to improve across many aspects of fitness, the suprise of each WOD (like Christmas 6 days a week!), unique/crazy stuff that gets the weird looks and questions.
23. The Kool-Aid stains won't wash out of my workout gear.

Looking forward to a great 2007- THANK YOU!

Comment #208 - Posted by: davej at December 30, 2006 11:10 AM

1. 6' 4"
2. Male
3. 49
4. 255 lbs
5. 245 lbs
6. 100
7. None
8. 2
9. 7 (This reflects 3 years of Crossfit. I only wish I had made this much progress in one year. Note to self: must work harder and eat better.)
10. 24 min 17 sec as Rx
11. 21 min 5 sec as Rx
12. 4 unbroken
13. 7 unbroken
14. 225
15. 315
16. 370
17. 405
18. 135
19. 185
20. 68 min 15 sec 060115
21. 57 min 1 sec 06119
22. Variation; the introduction of new skills, such as slacklining and gymnastics and new sports like Parkour; the emphasis on core development; the respectful disregard for outside criticism.
23. I wish the discussions were less political and more philosophical. Note that I didn't say the subject matter should change, merely that people not take those subjects so personally.

Comment #209 - Posted by: Gary J at December 30, 2006 11:12 AM

1. 5" 9"
2. M
3. 50
4.205
5. 185
6.156
7. traditional gym weightlifting and cardio workouts, martial arts
8. 5
9. 7
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 0
13. 10
14. 135
15. 205
16. 135
17. 185
18. 65
19. 85
20. N/A
21.N/A
22. The variety and knowledge I am accumulating.
23.The political discussions have no iterest for me in the postings.

Comment #210 - Posted by: Ray Rosales at December 30, 2006 11:14 AM

1.6'0"
2.Male
3.37
4.205 lbs
5 207 lbs
6. Avg. 3 WOD's per week since Feb.
7. Weightlifting (powerlift/oly lifts) 3-4 days week, cardio 2-3x week
8. 17
9. 30
10. 12:53 as rx'd
11. 7:33 as rx'd
12. 375
13. 405
14. 415
15. 445
16. 170
17. 185
18. Unknown
19. Unknown
20. variety, functional conditioning aspects
21. Overuse injuries (knees & hips)

Comment #211 - Posted by: crs at December 30, 2006 11:21 AM

After reading a few of the posts, I wanted to say that I also agree with several of you that stated it would be great to have more searchablility for your results per WOD. Maybe a login feature would allow that.

Comment #212 - Posted by: Brandon C at December 30, 2006 11:22 AM

OOps!
missed 8 &9
8. 6
9. 9

Sorry!

Comment #213 - Posted by: crs at December 30, 2006 11:23 AM

Delaney, #164,

Regarding #23, at 39y.o. and working a relatively stressful job, I ran into the same problem. I went on a 2/1 ME split that I liked. The only problem I experienced with it was that if a day is missed, I end up getting too little work. The program is listed as "JS 1" below. Day 1, I alternate conventional deadlift with RDL every other week.

There is also five day "Trainer" split on there with a track day on Saturday. The idea is prevent the trainee from having to come to the gym on the weekends. You can do any sort of workout: sustained effort, differing intervals, intervals with agility or jumping mixed, etc.

Hope that gives you some ideas.

JS 1 (2 on/1 off):
Day 1. Oly + DL
Day 2. XFIT
Day 3. off
Day 4. UB
Day 5. XFIT
Day 6. off
Day 7. LB
Day 8. XFIT
Day 9. off

Trainer 1:
Monday: XFIT
Tuesday: LB/dead
Wednesday: off
Thursday: XFIT
Friday: Oly/Press
Saturday: Track
Sunday: off

Coach,

Regarding my response to qestion #23 (post #82), discussions like this one are kind of what I was getting at. Of course, I don't know how many people are going to want to spend their time creating theoretical Crossfit templates. (Uh, people other than me, that is.)

Pierre and Yael,

You two are in serious danger of losing your titles of "Crossfitter With Too Much Time On Their Hands." :-)

Comment #214 - Posted by: John Seiler at December 30, 2006 11:30 AM

UK crossfitter
Started crossfitting April 06

1. 5'11"
2. Male
3. 29
4. 81kg
5. 85kg
6. Average 4/5 a week since april '06
7. MMA 2 times a week. Run/cycle 5 times a week. V little weights
8. 4
9. 6 (numbers would have been higher if not in comparison to some of the animals on this site)
10. N/A
11. 10.40 with bar dips
12. 6
13. 18
14. 60kg
15. 120 kg
16. 90kg
17. 175kg
18. 30kg
19. 55kg
20. 46.30 Jan 06
21. 47.45 Nov 06
22. Competition and community, plus it never gets boring. The fact that my cardio's just as good whilst i got twice as strong.
23. A little of the politics I find not to my taste. Of course we all have the right to say what we think but when it all descends into insults it does no-one any favours

Comment #215 - Posted by: Pete J at December 30, 2006 11:35 AM

Jonathan- The Chucks, I find are good to lift in. Not as good as actual Lifting shoes, but better then the high end running shoes. Plus, their Old-School! There's more then a few of us who wear them when doing the lifts.

Get some, Go again!

Comment #216 - Posted by: DJ at December 30, 2006 11:40 AM

1. 6'
2. M
3. 25
4. 165#
5. 167#
6. 3-4 times a week since October
7. Pushups/pullups/situps/running/swimming
8. 6
9. 8.5
10. unk
11. unk
12. 15
13. 25
14. UNK
15. UNK
16. UNK
17. UNK
18-21.UNK
22. Always varied, always difficult, knowledgable developmental processes
23. -

Comment #217 - Posted by: Worm Stoker at December 30, 2006 11:47 AM

1.5'9"
2.M
3.31
4.140 LBS
5.155 LBS
6.I've done on avg 5 WOD since Aug 28, 2006
7.I didn't exercise much the last half of the year before, I mostly abused alcohol and drugs. When I did exercise I worked out 4 x week, body building type exercises.
8.4
9.6
10.
11.
12.13
13.17
14.185
15.255
16.225
17.325
18.
19.130 shoulder press/standing
20.
21.
22.The variety, the exhaustion, pushing my body, and mind to the limit with exercise and not drugs or alcohol, the community and since of pride.
23.Running I used to hate it, but now I have come to tolerate it.

Comment #218 - Posted by: JAY M at December 30, 2006 11:50 AM

1. 5'9
2. M
3. 26
4. ~195 lbs
5. ~188 lbs
6. 3-4 each week
7. bodybuilding workouts hypertrophy 3-4 days a wk
8. 4
9. 7
10. 12:50 mins on 1/20/06
11. 9:24 mins on 7/31
12. How many pull-ups could you do in January, 2006?
13. over 50 non-stop
14. 475
15. 435
16. not sure but did 315 x 12 (according to my workout log)
17. 420
18. 165 (standing)
19. How much can you press today?
20. 205 (standing)
21. not sure
22. variation of workouts which are challenging yet enjoyable; and the family atmosphere on the boards and offline
23. Politics; Not sure how or why politics fit into the Crossfit model. It's the 70 thousand dollar question.

Comment #219 - Posted by: Steve Liberati at December 30, 2006 11:52 AM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 53
4. 200 lbs(27%BF)
5. 175 lbs(18%BF)
6. 6 days @ wk (started CF 4-20-06)
7. slow jogging, light wts, stretching 3 days @ wk
8. 5 (for my age)
9. 8 (for my age)
10. don't keep time, just tryed to complete, very broken, only 1 r/d @ a time (unk date)
11. don't keep time, not as broken, 7 r/d's @ a time, (unk date)
12. 5
13. 16
14. I don't currently do max's on squats
15. I don't currently do max's on squats
16. 150
17. 210
18. 140
19. 170
20. couldn't initally do muh more than a slow 5k
21. 71 min (difficult due to past orthopedic leg injuries) unk date
22. variety, intensity, journal, message board, scaleability, community, results, I keep CF PR history and can look at the progress I've made, healthier (went from high risk cholesterol to normal in 7 mos doing CF and zone). Plus so much more.
23. nothing worth mentioning

Comment #220 - Posted by: Frankb at December 30, 2006 11:53 AM

1. 6'1"
2. M
3. 38
4. 172#
5. 180#
6. 5
7. Bike riding 5 days per week. General lifting 3 days per week.
8. 7
9. 10
10. Not scaled, 13:30, early 2006
11. Not scaled, 12:20, December 2006
12. 48
13. 50
14. 405
15. 405
16. 405
17. 405
18. 105
19. 155
20. NA
21. NA
22. The variablility, the fun, and the gains in strength, size, and fitness. It emphasizes what I thought I was ready for prior to finding CrossFit: be ready for any adventure, anytime.
23. The uneducated naysayers knocking what they know nothing, or not enough about.

Comment #221 - Posted by: A Cook at December 30, 2006 12:15 PM

1. 5’ 9”
2. Male
3. 34 Years Old
4. 155#
5. 145#
6. 189
7. Ran 4-6 miles 3x per week, 35-40 minutes of Nautilus type weightlifting 1-2x per week.
8. 5
9. 8
10. 7/30/06 in 12:52 Weight scaled to 115#’s on the cleans.
11. 12/21/06 in 14:40 as Rx’d (no scaling).
12. 10
13. 32
14. 155#
15. 210#
16. 210#
17. 290#
18. 115#
19. 140#
20. 7/26/06 45:05
21. 9/7/06 43:44
22. Results.
23. I’d like to see more exercise/fitness type articles posted on rest days.

Comment #222 - Posted by: Shawn B. at December 30, 2006 12:30 PM

1. 5'8"
2. Male
3. 29
4. 166.8 lbs (6% BF)
5. 180.4 lbs (8.4% BF)
6. 125
7. Endurance running, bodyweight exercises, ruck marching
8. 8
9. 9
10. No Data
11. No Data
12. 12 Dead hang
13. 13 Dead hang
14. 215
15. 255
16. 315
17. 345
18. ~125
19. 145
20. No Data
21. No Data
22. Variety
23. Rest day articles; "party line" attitude that seems to be creeping into message boards

My results are somewhat skewed because in January I was peaking after a 5-month train up for Special Forces selection, and I have spent a good portion of 2006 unable to do Crossfit due to Army schools and a rib fracture.

Comment #223 - Posted by: chrisg at December 30, 2006 12:43 PM

1. 72"
2. M
3. 40
4. 200
5. 189lbs- Zone Diet for past 6 months.
6. 4 per week on average
7. Body Building type on an infrequent basis.
8. 4
9. 7
10. 19:00 scaled 10-18-2006
11. 35:30 as RXed 12-19-2006
12. 05
13. 40
14. 315 lbs
15. 300 lbs
16. 300 lbs
17. 385 lbs
18. 95 lbs
19. 115 lbs
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. Its a complete package, with access to a level of expertise not commonly found.
23. The lack of other Crossfiters in my neighborhood.

Comment #224 - Posted by: T Birt at December 30, 2006 12:46 PM

1. 6'2
2. Male
3. 36
4. 218 pounds, 24% bf
5. 225 pounds, 18% bf
6. Started Feb 20, 2006. I average 5-6 WOD's/week
7. Trained up for an Ironman triathlon. LSD swimming, biking and running. About 10-15 hours/week which translated into about swimming 4-5km, biking about 150 miles, and running about 25 miles per week. No weights at all. These workouts were done over the course of 6 days per week.
8. 6-7
9. 7-8
10. April 5, 2006. 16:57, 75# HSC, Bar dips w/ 52# assist for all.
11. December 21, 2006. 15:24, 75# HSC, Ring dips.
12. 1 unbroken (kipping or deadhang)
13. 13 unbroken kipping, 7 deadhang
14. 75#
15. 165#
16. 135#
17. 245#
18. 75#
19. 130#
20. No 10k's this year.
21. No 10k's this year.
22. Variety, intensity, challenge, results.
23. The fact that I'm so damn weak! I'd love to be able to do more WOD's as Rx'd.

Comment #225 - Posted by: Nicholas Burgett at December 30, 2006 12:59 PM

1. 6' 1 8/17"
2. M
3. 31 (unless your single, then I'm 27)
4. 200 lbs
5. 195 lbs
6. 5 WOD's/week (3 on,1 off), unless traveling
7. 300-500 Push-ups, 3x10 PU's, 3x20 Dips, 3x 50 Flutter kicks, 3 mile run a day- Broken in to 2 days on, 1 day off w/500-1000m swims 3x's a week in between.
8. 3 or 4
9. 6 or 7
10. :18::33 (First time doing the Rx'd weight)
11. :08::12 18Oct06
12. 17
13. Haven't tried to see. Atleast 30.
14. 320
15. 355 (Had some set backs w/my knee, not due to CF)
16. 325
17. 405
18. 135 PP, 255 BP???
19. 185 PP, 300 BP
20. :53::07
21. :48-:50ish ?
22. S&M... Being around like minded poeple. People who for the most part want to improve themselves everyday. The opportunity to push myself everyday to a point most don't very often. I've met some of the best poeple I've ever met, in this community.
Not to mention that CF has brought me to a level of fitness I had never known. IT'S LIKE A STREET FIGHT IN THE GYM! It forces you to hit your week points, even though human nature is to gravitate towards your strengths and focus on them. Basicly to improve my life in general, and all aspects of it.
23. J-HOLES that hide behind a computer screen and run their suck pumps. People who take for granted all the hard work that this communtiy puts out to make this the best it can be. The one's who talk trash about other people they don't even know. Not too mention those who post their thoughts on Rest days w/out posting their WOD scores during the workout days. Basicly, I can appreciate if you dissagree w/someone, but do it in a way that doesn't put someone down for disagreeing. Basicly J-HOLES who don't bring to the table something that improves the site/communtiy. Other then that, It's great and I'm thankful to the Lord for being introduced to the Exercise Vixen that is CrossFit.

Also, the amount work people have done on this site is amazing. Pretty much every need I can think of has been addressed. But there is always room to grow and improve.

Get some, Go again!

Comment #226 - Posted by: DJ at December 30, 2006 1:06 PM

Also, I can't stand it when poeple write huge Essays like I just did.

God Bless all and have a Happy New Year!

Comment #227 - Posted by: DJ at December 30, 2006 1:09 PM

1. 6'3"
2. male
3. 36 years
4. 200 lbs january '06, started crossfit april '06
5. 205 lbs
6. since april '06, 4-5 wod's per week
7. running at least 20 km per week, distances ranged from 200m interval training to 20 km runs, lots of cycling, weights maybe twice per week, variety of exercises but rarely went heavy. Hardly ever benched, never deadlifted, occaisional squats with light weights
8.7/10
9.8/10
10.I've only done Elizabeth once, I think it was July or August '06. Cleans with 95 lbs, ring dips, for 21-15-9 reps. Around 25 minutes
11. See 10
12. 7 deadhang
13. 10 deadhang
14. 210lbs
15. 245 lbs
16. 245 lbs
17. 285 lbs
18. 210 lbs
19. 225 lbs
20. 45-46 minutes, January '06
21. 48:38 2006 Dec 01
22. Challenge - to learn new skills while getting an incredible, efficient workout
23. Haven't converted my wife, yet. But she may be ready for the Koolaid!

Comment #228 - Posted by: LMD_matt at December 30, 2006 1:24 PM

1. 6'2"
2. Male
3. 22
4. 190+/- lbs
5. 182 lbs
6. 5-6 per week for the last 4 months
7. weights 4 times a week
8. 6
9. 8
10. n/a
11. 14:00 12/21 as rx'd
12. 20
13. 30
14. 225
15. 295
16. 245
17. 295
18. 115
19. 135
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. It's not easy. Makes me want to quit.
23. Not enough people I know are willing to take the beatings with me haha. Happy New Year!

Comment #229 - Posted by: ml at December 30, 2006 1:26 PM

Hi all,
Work
{Ride (Airdyne) 2 miles-5:34; Then, PCJ 50x3x2, 70x2x2, (85x2x16-15:00); and ride 2 miles-5:28}.
Bdw. 85kgs.
Duration 37:28...fun workout!

Comment #230 - Posted by: Jonathan Jensen at December 30, 2006 1:27 PM

1. 5 feet 7 inches
2. Male
3. 28 years old
4. 181 pounds
5. 180 pounds
6. Strength / Metcon / Metcon / Off / Repeat ... you do the math!
7. Powerlifting, GPP-type stuff (sleds, sledgehammers, sandbags, etc), and combat sports (grappling, judo, hapkido, etc).
8. 8+
9. 9+
10. Elizabeth as rx'd, 9:40, August 11, 2006
11. Elizabeth as rx'd, 8:29, October 18, 2006
12. Chinups, 27-30 consecutive
13. Chinups, 40 consecutive
14. Squat 375x2
15. Squat 405
16. Deadlift 525
17. Deadlift 560
18. Push Jerk 235
19. Push Press 255
20. NA
21. NA
22. I stick around because it works! But I also enjoy the camaraderie, the wide variety of personal backgrounds & knowledge, and the fact that Crossfit is constantly evolving to incorporate new ideas.
23. Any talk of religion or politics. We all have our opinions, but these two topics have the power to make enemies out of friends.

Comment #231 - Posted by: Anthony B at December 30, 2006 1:30 PM

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 47
4. 165#
5. 170#
6. 5 per week
7. Been doing Crossfit for three years. Before that mostly bodyweight exercises.
8. 4
9. 7
10. Jan. 2006 Rx'd weight, Power cleans 12:00
11. Sept 2006 Rx'd weight, Power cleans 6:42
Dec 2006 Rx'd weight, Full cleans 17:00 (off my game here though so I think I could drop a couple minutes)
12. 55
13. 64
14. 225
15. 270
16. 345
17. 355
18. shoulder press 120, push press 160
19. shoulder press 160, push press 200
20. ?
21. ?
22. The community
23. ?

Comment #232 - Posted by: Jeff at December 30, 2006 1:36 PM

1. 5'9"
2. Male
3. 34
4. 175
5. 180
6. I averaged about 4 workout in a week. I hurt my back in 1/06 and had to take a month off. I have gotten more consistent in the last several months and have missed only a few workouts.
7. Prior to CF I ran, biked, swam, along w/ body wieght exercises. I was never very consistent and kept getting hurt.
8. 4
9. 6
10. I don't remember and I don't think I posted
11. 12/21/06 10:05 w/ 95# cleans and the ring dips were assisted.
12. 3
13. 17
14. I don't know my guess is under 200lbs.
15. 235 lbs
16. My guess is around 200lbs.
17. 255 lbs
18. My guess is about 95lbs.
19. 125lbs.
20. Only did one but one of the reasons I started CF was because I kept hurting my knees when running.
21. 49:08
22. I love CF's intesity, constant variation, "cult like culture", conservative politics, and support for warriors the world over.
23. I wish that it was less expensive to get certified and attend classes, but I understand one has to make a living.

Comment #233 - Posted by: lawman698 at December 30, 2006 1:40 PM

"Coach" wrote:

"The validity of data collection is best determined in analysis not gathering."

My response:

I don't know what you mean by "validity of data collection." I've never heard anyone refer to a data collection as "valid" or "invalid." *Inferences* are valid or invalid, not data sets.

If the purpose of gathering a sample of data is to make *valid* inferences about the *population* from which the sample was drawn, then the sample must be unbiased. Typically, that means randomly drawn.

"Coach" wrote:

"Dr. Kilgore could make more or less meaningful conclusions from the survey. That remains to be seen. (What kind of Ph.D. misses that?)"

My response:

An educated Ph.D. apparently. Dr. Kilgore cannot draw "meaningful" (viz, "valid") inferences about the effectiveness of Crossfit if his sample of respondents is biased. What kind of thinker, Ph.D. or otherwise, misses that?

"Coach" wrote:

"I’d love to hear your characterization of the 'highly biased sample' and from where you draw your conclusions. Biased how?"

My response:

Biased in that only those who had success with the program are likely to respond. What of those who dropped out of the program because they didn't find it effective? Do you think they're still checking your website and answering your surveys?

Biased in that the "data" gathered is all self-reported and hence not objective. Duh.

"Coach" wrote:

"I’m in an advantageous position to assess that bias and find your contention that you share this vantage point entertaining. I’m willing to be that your assessment of the bias and mine are at odds."

Good luck with that.

Comment #234 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 30, 2006 1:41 PM

1. 5'9
2. M
3. 45
4. 190
5. 186
6. total newbie - 8 completed
7. if the surf is up, i surf and surf hard, shortboards and i am in hawaii so there are challenging waves to be had almost everyday/// typical week is surf for four days, gym weight training 2 days with a 45 min run, hot yoga one day/ also cycle/run/swimm/ some days double up a sport / rare to have a day off- been on this program for about 6 years- before that no gym no yoga just surf and run/
8. 8 - yea thats so subjective i know, especially being 45, mmm, well i've been surfing since i was 10 and last year i cycled a loop 600 miles through the Sierras in 8 days (one rest day) and two years before that cycled down the length of Sumatra - that took 10 days-
9. 8+
10 through 21 - n/a
22. awesome site - thank you for providing this for FREE, its challenging, total body (core) fitness, i was really in a rut with my gym work, this literally woke my body up, results were immediate in a way that improved my other sports and overall mmm, whats the word, kineses-
23. i don't know the proper form of certain lifts, the videos help most the time, not all the time so i need to find a trainer/ finding quiet time in my gym so i can cycle through the equipment - such a different method than "owning" the apparatus through your sets and moving on, a little variety in the music accompanying the videos would be nice (seems its from the same satanic worship death rock metal band - not bad, but variety is good so is diversity, ah ha, on that note, i got quickly flamed out of the comments section- when people are quoting Rush Limbah to me, well, thats it, i am gone - being new to this i wonder if the discussion/topic posts will discuss other topics- science, literature, nutrition, arts, philosophy or is it just topics that feed the hate machine??? If not, maybe this is YOUR challenge coach!

Comment #235 - Posted by: oopu at December 30, 2006 1:41 PM

1. 5 feet 2 inches
2. Female
3. 28 years old
4. 115 pounds
5. 102 pounds
6. Strength / Metcon / Metcon / Off / Repeat ... you do the math!
7. Went to GoodLife - strength training on machines, step classes, jogging - 5 times per week
8. 7
9. 9
10. Elizabeth with 72 pound cleans, 24:01, October 18, 2006
11. Elizabeth with 72 pound cleans, 15:23, December 21, 2006
12. Chinups, 4 consecutive
13. Chinups, 30 consecutive
14. Squat 95x5
15. Squat 160
16. Deadlift 135x5
17. Deadlift 235
18. Push Press 70x5
19. Push Press 95
20. 68:04
21. NA
22. Because I get results and find the forums a useful and respectful place to gain and share information.
23. Politics!

Comment #236 - Posted by: Jodi A at December 30, 2006 1:45 PM

When you answer, PLEASE simply number 1-23, and fill in the reply, one line per answer, as follows. *Do not repeat the question.* Easiest thing will be to cut and paste the following:

1.5ft. 10 in

2.male
3.58
4.198 #
5.188 #
6.6 most weeks-started March 2006
7.jog 3-5 miles 2-3 days per week.weights body building style 3 days per week
8.6
9.8 for age
10.did not record
11.did not record
12.12 dead hang strict
13.20 dead hang strict
14.225#
15.235 #
16.225 #
17.235 #
18.75#
19.105 #
20.68 min.
21.60 min
22.everything .the motivation to make you work this intensely.A coach you trust telling what to do-no other way would I try 120 pullups in one session.The posts & trying to measure progress are very motivating.Also variety & seeing results-it works better than anything else.The CFWU X 3 is sneaky effective-most people don't do that much work in a 45 min workout.I love it all. I am addicted and extremely grateful.
23.love everything including politics.I wish there was a certifed CF trainer in S.C. I need some hands on training on form.I am afraid to go too heavy-not sure form is good enough.
SEMPER FI.
Dan

Comment #237 - Posted by: Dan at December 30, 2006 2:07 PM

1. 6 feet
2. M
3. 50
4. 185 lbs
5. 182 lbs
6. 6 – just started
7. followed plan similar to Body-for-Life, alternate days of lifting and cardio, 1 rest day per week
8.7.5
9.7.5
10. no meaningful “Elizabeth" time – yet!
11. no meaningful “Elizabeth" time.
12. 3
13. 6
14. no max lifts done (no safety equipment)
15. n/a
16. n/a
17. n/a
18. n/a
19. n/a
20. no 10km time recorded (25:09 5k in 2005, bet I can knock it down to 24 flat now)
21. no 10km time recorded
22. just started CrossFit for the variety of WOD and the focus on functional fitness
23. haven’t found anything not to like yet

Comment #238 - Posted by: deadeye at December 30, 2006 2:09 PM

AMTT
Monkey Boy

1. 5'11"
2. Male
3. 34
4. 201 lbs
5. 195 lbs
6. a few first half of year and steady WOD last half of year
7. jogging 3-6 miles/pull ups/situps 3 times a week
8. 4.5
9. 7
10. unknown
11. 9:38 as Rxed December 21
12. 17 dead hangs
13. 22 dead hangs
14. back squat 135 lbs
15. back squat 225 lbs
16. deadlift 150 lbs
17. deadlift 235 lbs
18. unknown
19. press 95 lbs
20. 55 mins
21. 45 mins November 06
22. Never knowing what the next workout is. How crossfit is able to push you even as you getter better/stronger/faster. Knowing Pukie is always around the corner.
23. More videos on technique espically for "A" level muscle ups.

Comment #239 - Posted by: Steve at December 30, 2006 2:23 PM

To start, I love the program. Thanks to Coach and all who make this site available to us.

1. 5'11"
2. M
3. 35
4. 186
5. 177
6. 5 to 6 per week. 3 on 1 off
7. Basic wt. training
8. Rating of 4
9. Rating of 7
10. Time on Elizabeth hard to determine, started with 3 to 1 ratio dips for ring dips. Time 28.17 on 03/14/06

11. Most recent Elizabeth was 12.40 doing ring dips for the first time. 11/24/06.

12. 8 pullups. Strict
13. 15 pullups. Strict
14. 295# Squats.
15. 255#, but now squats are full squats, butt to ankle.

16. Deadlift 295
17. Deadlift 315
18. Military press 120
19. Military press 130
20. 5K on 2/26/06 40 plus minutes
21. 5K on 12/22/06 22.35
22. I love everything about the site. Personal compitition is great. Don't change anything.
23. Don't change anything.

Coach and those who put this site together, again, thankyou.
Marcus in Prescott Valley, Az.

Comment #240 - Posted by: Marcus at December 30, 2006 2:25 PM

1. 5 ft 8 in
2. male
3. 31
4. 185 lbs
5. 170
6. I don't miss WOD's
7. 5-6 days a week of working out with weights, and 3-4 cardio days mixed in there
8. 4 or 5 (i thought i was an 8....wrong!)
9. 9
10. 11:59 (jan 2006, as rx'd)
11. 8:47 (dec 2006, as rx'd)
12. 55 pull-ups
13. 55-60 pull-ups
14. 285 lbs
15. 315 lbs
16. 325 lbs
17. 455 lbs
18. 115 lbs
19. 135 lbs
20. 48 minutes....more or less
21. 43 minutes more or less (within 2 months)
22. I most like not knowing what the challenge will be the next day. I love the variety. I love the Pain & how much it sucks.
23. I HATE seeing people post random workouts they did, not the wod. I hate people posting novels about how they did the CF warm-up 3 times, or finished off with some heavy shoulder press & some GHD situps......no one cares!!! Shut the hell up!!! I hate the fact that there is no way to monitor form....it is the honor system. Some people think they are bad asses & post killer times.....then they show up at the seminar when some one is watching their form & their precious 3:30 fran time is suddenly 5:30. But, it is unavoidable. I have NO COMPLAINTS about the workouts. Keep them coming!

Teams.

Comment #241 - Posted by: Pat Sherwood at December 30, 2006 2:41 PM

1. 5'10 ft
2. Male
3. 28
4. 188
5. 178
6. 3-4/week (began in September)
7. Bodybuilding/powerlifitng, basketball, running
8. 4/10
9. 7/10
10. Cannot do cleans (wrist injury)
11. Cannot do cleans (wrist injury)
12. 6-8
13. 16-17
14. 235
15. 295
16. 280
17. 350
18. 120
19. 150
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. Learning new exercises, intensity
23. Not being good enough at it yet

Comment #242 - Posted by: bret kleefuss at December 30, 2006 2:41 PM

Started 15 jan 06
1. 1,75 mtr
2. male
3. 43
4. 95 kg
5. 90 kg
6. 5/6 day's a week wod's, 7 day'sa week skill training
7. strenght 4/6 day's a week,some running, martial arts and power yoga, just started doing Furey kind of workouts when I discovered crossfit. this is the program I've been searching for. have not done anything else since.
8. then I thought 7/8, now I know 4/5
9. 6 going to 7
10. did elizabeth only with sub weights, so did not register time for myself
11. N/A
12. ca 10/12
13. 25 kipping, 16 strict
14. 140 kg back squat
15. 165 kg back suat
16. 155 kg deadlift
17. 185kg deadlift regular style, 195 kg sumo style
18. ?
19. 3x 70 kg this morning
20. 70 min
21. I do not run long distance anymore. I feel my shins hurting.
22. I like the variety, the intensity, the friendly feeling, the passion, the completeness (100 words). I could go on and on
23. the way life gets in the way of doing the posted wod's. the politics (being european, I mis most of the references people make) other rest day items stretch my mind. I like it.

Because of circonstances I do not always follow the 3-1 program. Today's training:
7x3 power clean and shoulder press, 1 min rest between sets. 1 set p-cl, rest 1 min, 1 set sh-p, rest 1 min, add 5 kg, p-cl etc.
40-45-50-55-60-65-70 kg
extra: ladder burpees, add 1 rep every min
score: 11 min

Love crossfit, the wicked humor of coach and this great community.
Happy new year!!
Have fun, Johan

Comment #243 - Posted by: JohanNederhof at December 30, 2006 2:42 PM

forgot to add to q 22: the great results!!
Johan

Comment #244 - Posted by: JohanNederhof at December 30, 2006 2:43 PM

1. 5’6 inches
2. Male
3. 22
4. Somewhere around 195 pounds. Before that I weighed 240 pounds.
5. Fluctuating wildly between 175 and 185 pounds
6. Since April 2006 I would guess I have averaged 4 a week
7. I used weight resistance machines for 6 months, then Stew Smith SEAL workouts. 3-5 times a week
8. 4
9. Hard to say because Crossfit exposes so many weaknesses. I would guess a 7
10. Stupidly, I JUST started to record EVERYTHING. Could not say with any accuracy.
11. 9:06. Subbed 115lbs for 135lbs.
12. 3
13. 17-20
14. Again, no record
15. 215lbs Back Squat without a racker
16. No record
17. 245lbs which is all the weight we have right now.
18. No record
19. 125
20. Couldn’t run a 10k
21. No record. I am breaking this bad habit
22. I want to stand with the best. Crossfit is the best.
23. The website would be easier for new people if it was more streamlined.

Comment #245 - Posted by: Crossfit at Lombardy (Richmond, Va) at December 30, 2006 2:55 PM

I forgot to add:

We had our first Byrd Park WOD today. Check out www.crossfitlombardy.blogspot.com for details and pictures We’d love for more people to come out. If you want a Crossfit affiliate in Richmond, Virginia this is the first step. Do your part.

Every Saturday at 10 am in Byrd Park by the ropes. E-mail me or comment on the blog if you want to join.

Matt

Comment #246 - Posted by: Crossfit at Lombardy (Richmond, Va) at December 30, 2006 2:56 PM

All measurements a/o 4 September... my 1st x-fit day

1. 5'51/2" (feet)
2. super girley girlish
3. 41
4. 123lbs
5. 125lbs (but have dropped a dress size to a 2!)
6. 84... about 5 a week
7. Distance Run, Swim, Ride Mountain Bike
8. 6 or 7, or so I thought...
9. 9. I'm invincible and indefatigable now. Will be a 10 when I can do a muscle up.
10. NEVER did Elizabeth. :(
12. None
13. Unassisted... about 3. Assisted (with 2 bands) I finished a whole Murphy.
14. back squat? 45lbs in September.
15. No idea as of today. By Oct I was up to 75lbs, but I'm so far ahead of that by today that 75# is now an insignificant weight.
16. 60
17. here's some X-Fit numbers for you: The day I started, I first deadlifted 45, but was up to 60 as soon as I got the feel of the lift. A/O 29 Dec., I deadlifted 145lbs. Yep. That's the day I quit being a human and became an Ant. I am now fully capable of lifting more than my own body weight, and enjoy walking in single file behind all the other ants. Hot Damn!
18. ?
19. ?
20. Usually about an hour, but there was no limit to my long distance endurance. I could run for the whole day long.
21. Just cranked one out just for this post. Still breathing and sweating. 54:34. Not too bad, since there was no race and no competition to get my blood boiling.
22. Seriously? When I get out of the shower and actually see myself in the mirror, I'm spooked and fascinated. I've become a science fair project. Dig the washboard abs. Not one single bit of girl fat anywhere, even if I squish my skin together and poke around looking for it.
23. LONELY!! I'm a rabid Kool-Aid drinker, but isolated in the midwest. I'm stark-raving, cabin-fever, talking-to-myself, alone in this grossly overweight part of the world. I long for a super fit group of people to stuggle with. CrossFit has really separated me from everyone: they're all out of shape, fat and boring. Jazzercise? You've got to be kidding!?! I'm trying to grow my own playmates for now, one sip of Kool-Aid at a time. If it weren't for the X-Fit web community, I'd cry my lonesome self to sleep every night.

Comment #247 - Posted by: Ant-Woman at December 30, 2006 2:57 PM

1. 5’9”
2. F
3. 24
4. 140 lb
5. 140 lb
6. Only missed a week here and there due to travel or injury since Jan 1, 2006
7. Weightlifting 5 days/week; ran ~25 miles/week; swam 2x/week; soccer 1x/week; basketball 2x/week; hiked with 50-60 lbs of gear (10-25 miles) 2x/month. The last 3 months of the year just did weightlifting/biking/some running.
8. 5
9. 7
10. 12:50 (subbed 65 lb hang power cleans and bar dips 1:1 for ring dips)
11. 20:30 (subbed 75 lb for regular cleans and did ring dips)
12. 10
13. 15
14. Did not max out. Could do 95 lb for 10 sets of 2.
15. 125 lb
16. Did not max out. Could do 145 lb two times.
17. 205 lb
18. Did not max out. Could press 30 lb dumbbells.
19. 70 lb
20. Did not time any 10k runs. Ran 5k in under 25 min.
21. 58:18 (12/02/06)
22. Variety and intensity of the workouts.
23. Waiting for the WOD to be posted.

Comment #248 - Posted by: Mary Ann at December 30, 2006 3:05 PM

1. 5'9"
2. m
3. 55
4. 174#
5. 174# (but 1" less waist size)
6. 5-6/wk
7. weight lifting and cardio
8. 6
9. 8
10. 16 mins with 115#
11. 12.00 mins with 115#
12. 10
13. 21
14. 225
15. 245
16. 245
17. 295
18. 135
19. 145
20. 60 mins
21. 53.1 mins
22. the results, especially the increase in core strength
23. that I didn't find it 5 years ago

Comment #249 - Posted by: BobM at December 30, 2006 3:08 PM

#234 Another PHD

I agree with you that the sample will in fact not be truly representative but samples in the social and medical sciences often are not. This is not a problem unique to this survey. All surveys of humans have biases but there are methods to correct or at least mitigate the biases. One of the biggest 'problems' is that we don't know what the population is. Coach can define the population as any group he desires. How well this sample fits the defined population is questionable but that doesn't mean that meaningful conclusions cannot be reached. Where he may run into trouble (and I am not saying he will) is if he tries to extract meaningful information where there is none. Humans are difficult to measure but that doesn't mean it is impossible or worthless to try.

Comment #250 - Posted by: epicurius at December 30, 2006 3:11 PM

#234, Another Ph.D.,

You initially wrote, “[the] empirical/statistical value of [the responses to this survey] is nil . . ..” It seems reasonable to interpret that statement to mean that you find that the data being collected are worthless. Coach responded that the value is in the analysis of the data, not in the manner in which it is gathered. You are disingenuous to now claim that it is only the inferences that are valid or invalid, given that you asserted that the processes was of no value before you even knew what inferences would be.

It is not true that to make valid inferences the sample must be unbiased. Clearly, if one wants to measure the success of a program, one must sample people who actually participate in the program. If I want to measure the effectiveness of a drug, a good starting point is to measure the results of the people who actually take the drug. Yes, ideally, we might want a double blind sample, but even in the absence of such a sample, it may be possible to reach conclusions and/or hypotheses that can be further tested.

Your argument seems to be that in the absence of a perfectly conducted experiment, there is absolutely no point in making inquiry. Your belief that only those who have had success with the program are likely to respond, even if true, does not support the conclusion that there is nothing to be learned.

My car manufacturer sent me a survey to measure my satisfaction. That survey wasn’t sent to people who don’t own my brand of car, only to the highly biased sample of people who do. Does this make the survey useless, or is it possible that the manufacturer may still learn something from what customers have to say?

Comment #251 - Posted by: Hari at December 30, 2006 3:26 PM

1. 6'4"
2. M
3. 34
4. ~190
5. ~195
6. I began trying CF in Jan and it fell by the wayside during firefighting training but since mid-April I've pretty much been following religiously.
7. I usually just did the basics of weightlifting 4-5X/weekprimarily under OPT's guidance.
8. 7.5/10
9. 8.5/10
10. "Liz" time of 13:58 but I know I did power cleans instead of full squat.
11. Latest Elizabeth was around 10 min (not my best score) with the full squat cleans.
12. I could only guess I could do 10-12 strict chins as I didn't/couldn't kip.
13. Today? Very few but I've done 30 consecutive in the past few months. 28 recently on the OPT callus-ripper bar.
14. 275 with poor form.
15. 274 ass-to-ankles.
16. No clue about the DL, maybe 325?
17. 343 is my best DL.
18. Maybe 150?
19. About the same, my hands are too far away from my shoulders!!
20. No clue about the 10K, I still haven't done it but I did a 23+min 5K.
21. I've done ~21:30 5K.
22. I love the challenge, the variety, it's breathed new life into fitness for me, it brings me together with my friends and new people plus the sense of the online community is great.
23. Little things bug me like the connection with the military/war, some of the non-WOD rants in the comments (especially on the WOD days) are unneccesary and I get really irritated when newbies comment about WOD's when they could try harder to figure out the details on their own. I basically 'studied' Crossfit a month or more before I tried anything and I absorbed the website daily so I don't get why people just want to jump head first into CF without educating themselves first (and ask the popular, 'What does 1,1,1,1,1,1 mean??").

Comment #252 - Posted by: gaucoin at December 30, 2006 3:32 PM

#251 Hari

Well said.

Comment #253 - Posted by: epicurius at December 30, 2006 3:37 PM

1. 5’ 4”
2. M
3. 61
4. 140
5. 140
6. 100 – I started CF in June and eased into the workouts. The first 25 workouts were easing into CF. I scale most of the exercises.
7. Jogged 1 mile and did one round of 10 – 15 pushup, sit up and pull ups
8. 4
9. 6 – if this question was age weighted, I would put me at 8 to 9
10. None - Did not know about CF
11. Have not done Elizabeth
12. 7
13. 13
14. Unknown because I never did squats – estimate 40
15. 90 estimated – still increasing
16. Unknown because I never did deadlifts – estimate 70
17. 120 estimated – still increasing
18. Unknown because I never did press – estimate 40
19. 75 estimated – still increasing
20. Unknown
21. Unknown
22. It gives me a program that results in all around fitness. It makes me do a variety of exercises with different numbers of reps. Also, one that I can do mostly at home and minimizes the time involved.
23. The exercises are so hard (especially the timed ones) that they make me feel old and decrepit. But I do know that it build me up and I love the results.

Comment #254 - Posted by: Jack K at December 30, 2006 3:39 PM

1. 5'3"
2. F
3. 27
4. 150#
5. 125#
6. started 05/06, average 5 per week
7. cycling, running, hiking, climbing usually 3-4 x per week, but not much intensity or strength work
8. 4
9. 7
10. 17:11 060730, with 65# cleans and assisted bar dips 1:1 sub
11. 17:15 061221, with 65# cleans and assisted ring dips
12. 3
13. 7 dead hang, 20 kipping
14. probably 65#
15. 165#
16. probably 65#
17. 185#
18. probably 45#
19. 80#
20. 64:06 in 9/06
21. got lost 12/06, but got same time despite various running across cow pastures and canals. most recent 5K 12/06 was 24:08
22. I love the variety, the incentive to push myself incredibly hard, the gains I have made with my fitness and how it positively impacts every aspect of my life, the community, and the feeling I get at the end of a workout.
23. I hate that I live 4 hours from the nearest crossfit gym, and that there is not a single C2 rower in town. I love rowing and wish I could do it more, especially when faced with sdhps.

Comment #255 - Posted by: Sarah at December 30, 2006 3:50 PM

1. 6 feet 4 inches
2. Male
3. 25
4. 235
5. 220
6. 5/week I started ~July 3
7. I ran about 6 miles/day, about 4 days a week and I did the typical Navy fitness regimen of push-ups and sit-ups and various calisthenics.
8. 6
9. 8
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 7
13. 15
14. N/A
15. 250 lbs
16. 275
17. 350
18. N/A
19. N/A
20. ?
21. ?
22. I like the metabolic conditioning the most and I think the mix of max effort and metabolic conditioning is the most challenging to me. The gymnastics aspect is especially challenging, which I also like, since I'm a big guy and I like the functional aspect and the challenge.
23. I think the somewhat slanted choosing of articles for the rest days. As for the exercises, I think they are great.

Comment #256 - Posted by: LucienNicholson at December 30, 2006 3:53 PM

1. 5 ft. 4in.
2. F
3. 38
4. 122 lbs.
5. 120lbs
6. 5-6 per week
7. basic weight lifting/ Juan Carlos type training
8. 4
9. 8-9
10. sub 13 min. 65#
11. 14 min. 85#
12. 20
13. 35
14. 155
15. 175
16. 215
17. 230
18. 110
19. 115
20. 55 min. in the Spring
21. ?
22. It's addictive!! It's fun!! The comraderie!I look forward to finding out how much I can take or what my body is capable of.
23. Occasionally, I don't look forward to the pain...

Comment #257 - Posted by: Sue Ady at December 30, 2006 4:00 PM

John 213: I wish I had too much time on my hands between my full-time job, part-time jobs, school, volunteer work and martial arts training. Too much time working in front of a computer screen is probably more like it. :-p

WOD today, worked clinch with a couple MMA studs (who just so happen to be crossfitters). Fun times.

Comment #258 - Posted by: treelizard at December 30, 2006 4:14 PM

Started March 1st 2006
1. 6’ 1”
2. Male
3. 50 years
4. 172 lbs
5. 175 lbs
6. 3 to 4 workouts per week.
7. Soccer (coaching 4 sessions [some activity] plus playing one game per week). Some running (6 miles twice per week). Tennis (March – August 4 to 5 x per week). Regular weight training 10 RM on 8 exercises plus extra core work (2-3 x per week)
8. 7 (for my age)
9. 9
10. Never done (only just got rings at home and never did it at the CrossFit gym)
11. N/A
12. 12
13. 20
14. 165lbs
15. 205 lbs
16. Never used to deadlift (first effort September 265 lbs)
17. 310 lbs
18. 80 lbs
19. 105 lbs
20. 38 min 49 sec
21. I would say aerobic running ability is the same (I only ran one competitive 10K run in 2006)
22. Variety (a close second is the inclusion of all components of fitness and finding your weaknesses – so you can do something about them!).
23. Distance the Vancouver CrossFit gym is from my house! Maybe more help with scalability…..it is there but may need a bit more research than some newbies appear to put in (I say this from noticing the number of posts asking for help).

Seriously, I love the program and the community is great (disagreement and discussion are the lifeblood of people thinking about issues). I think the community respect comes from the intensity and hence the effort you need to put in….it earns respect from fellow CrossFitters. Rugby is a good example from my background; you try to kill your opponent for 80 minutes but when you leave the field you respect the effort and join the opposition for a beer. Happy New Year to all.

Comment #259 - Posted by: Tony L at December 30, 2006 4:17 PM

1. 5 feet 1 inch
2. F
3. 34
4. Not sure - a good guess is 112 lbs.
5. 105 lbs.
6. approx. 20
7. Cardio and weightlifting, separately (usually isolating muscle groups), but on a mix of days - from 5 to 6 days per week (except while injured - knee surgery); flag football; softball
8. 5
9. 6
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 0
13. 3-4
14. n/a
15. n/a
16. n/a
17. n/a (haven't done the single max reps yet)
18.
19.
20. no 10K
21. Still can't run long distances due to injury
22. Variety; response of my body (conditioning and weight/fat/muscle change); fun; learning new things all the time; challenging myself, etc.
23. If you are new, you can feel like an outsider - so many new things and some people are so advanced and know very much about things like olympic lifts, etc. (But the workouts are always there.)

Comment #260 - Posted by: AT22 at December 30, 2006 4:47 PM

1. 5'10"
2. male
3. 26 years
4. 190lbs
5. 205lbs
6. 4-5 wods per week
7. SEAL ramp up program, running, pullups pushups, situps. 5 days week
8. 6
9. 8
10. not sure
11. not sure
12. 14 deadhang
13. 15 deadhang
14. never went above 225lbs, could do 5 reps
15. 305lbs max
16. never went over 225, could do 3 reps
17. 355lbs
18. 115lbs
19. 185lbs
20. 57min
21. 52min
22. I really love the variety and constantly changing wods. Love getting big pr gains. I get bigger and stronger pretty fast. I've made huge gains. Need to work on the 5k's and 10k's though.
23. The organization of the website could be a little cleaner. I wish the Certs were less expensive. 1000$ is a lot regardless of how much I learn.

GET SOME!

Comment #261 - Posted by: Brett_nyc at December 30, 2006 4:48 PM

1. 5'9''
2. female
3. 31
4. 175lbs
5. 160lbs
6. Since May 2006 I have followed all WODs. about 2per week prior to that beginning December 2005.
7. I went to the gym everyday with rest days every fourth or fifth day depending on the week.
8. 2
9. 6
10. 25min @45lbs cleans, and assisted dips
11. 18min @95lbs cleans and regular dips with no rings.
12. none that were unassisted.
13. 5
14. 135lbs
15. 225lbs
16. 135lbs
17. 225lbs
18. 45lbs
19. 95lbs
20. I am not a fan of running. run 400m=4min
21. I am now able to run 800m in 4min
22. The constant change in exercises, and quick results.
23. running

Comment #262 - Posted by: Kat at December 30, 2006 5:00 PM

1. 5'6"
2. M
3. 24
4. ~165#
5. ~165#
6. ~2/week
7. Crossfit about 3-4 times per week
8. 8
9. 10
10. can't remember
11. can't remember
12. 37 kipping
13. 30 kipping
14. 315#
15. 340#
16. 200kg
17. 215kg
18. 150#
19. 150#
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. workouts that kick my behind
23. politics and the new beauracracy

Comment #263 - Posted by: Taha at December 30, 2006 5:08 PM

1.5 feet 10 inches
2.Male
3.30
4.230
5.220
6.Average 4
7.About 6 months of Bodyweight exercise. Nothing at all for 6 years before that.
8.2
9.5
10.I did 21-15 reps of Clean 30 Pound DB's Bar Dips in 14:00 on 20060801
11.I did 21-15-9 reps of Clean 60 Pound Bar Dips in 14:16
12.0
13.0, but I am closer.
14.Could not do 1 Body weight Squat
15.Have not done singles, but can do 50 bodyweight.
16.Unknown
17.Unknown
18.Unknown
19.Unknown
20.Hadn't
21.Can't
22.Comradere
23.Getting beat by girls

Comment #264 - Posted by: Jerimiah at December 30, 2006 5:14 PM

1. 5'5"
2. male
3. 25
4. 140
5. 140
6. from feb until jul 4 times a week-jul-now 2 times a week
7. not anything set
8. 4
9. 5
10.-11.?
12. 7
13. 22
14.-21. ?
22. The challenge, variety, effectiveness, free programming, wealth of available information
23. That there is no crossfit in baltimore and its going to be hard to the wods as prescribed until one opens up, or I find away to buy all the equipment again.

Comment #265 - Posted by: dcyn at December 30, 2006 5:19 PM

1. 6'3"
2. M
3. 32
4. 213 lbs
5. 198-203 lbs
6. 5-6 a week, 1/2 week every 4 or 5 weeks
7. Body building style weights 4 times a week and averaged 15-30 miles a week running
8. 6
9. 7
10. Feb 06 11:07 as rqd
11. Dec 06 6:57 subbed 45 lb thruster for cleans
12. 22 strict, didn't do kipping
13. 33 kipping, 26 strict
14. 300
15. 325 at least
16. Probably 300, usually just did 225 for reps
17. 415
18. 135
19. 155
20. 10K? 3 miles in 20:55 Jan 2006
21. 6 miles in 48:34 Dec 27 2006
22. Challenge, variety, unlimited progression of certain exercises, website use, the outside the box mentality
23. Why was "Elizabeth" used as the single WOD representative? This might be a good thing but there is always a progression, both physically and mentally.

Comment #266 - Posted by: Chris at December 30, 2006 5:25 PM

1. 5'1"
2. Female
3. 40
4. 161#
5. 152.5#
6. 5 per week
7. Running, 3 days per week, Martial arts 1 day a week.
8. 2
9. 6
10. Modified on 4/5/06 Did not finish. 55# cleans, bar dips 2:1 21:09 for first two rounds
11.Modified on 8/02/06 65# cleans/push ups for ring dips 13:32
12. 10
13. 25
14. 65#
15. 95#
16. 165#
17. 200#
18. 55#
19. 75#
20. n/a 5k run 33:00 (4/2003)
21. n/a 5k run 31:14 (4/2006)
22. Variety, Comeraderie, Effectiveness
23. I can't really think of anything. The political stuff... eh. I don't really read those days mostly. The articles are not usually a problem...It's like certain radio talk show hosts...their commentary does not irk me, it's the back and forth between the listeners that gets irritating. So, if I read the articles, I usually don't read the comments. :)

Everyone should bookmark the community blog. Great stuff on those entries.

Comment #267 - Posted by: Laurar at December 30, 2006 5:33 PM

1. 5'8"
2. M
3. 28
4. 165#
5. 175#
6. 60-70 (3-on, 1-off since 10/10/06)
7. 3x/week, full-body workouts (olympic lifts, deadlifts, squats, presses), minimal cardio (occasional runs)
8. 6
9. 8
10. First time was on 10/18/06 but did not record time
11. 12/21/06: 10:50 (cleans 50# dbs, plyo pushups)
12. 10 dead hang, did not know how to kip
13. 18 dead hang, 35 kipping
14. 300#
15. 340#
16. 405#
17. 430#
18. 165#
19. 195#
20. 5/30/06: 56 min
21. Haven't run it since
22. The inclusion and blending together of various training methodologies, being forced to work on my weaknesses, the constant variety from day-to-day, the personal competition I face each workout, the pain I endure during many of the workouts, the sense of accomplishment I feel afterwards, the changes the program has made both physically and mentally, being excited again about my own fitness level after several years of going through the motions, knowing that I can utilize this program for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it or stop seeing results, the generosity of coach and this community for providing such a valuable service and sharing so much knowledge free of charge and simply to genuinely benefit others
23. The rest day political discussions seem to be getting more and more divisive in terms of left vs. right - one thing this nation does not need more of. I would like to see a wider variety of topics on rest days for discussion.

Comment #268 - Posted by: dmarsh at December 30, 2006 5:35 PM

6 months at crossfit and boxing


1 5'11"
2 m
3. 38
4. 193
5. 178
6. 6 I take few rest days (boxing wo/crossfit is a rest day)
7. some cardio, jiujitsu and some vanity lifting
8. 6
9. 8-9
10. did not time
11. did not time
12. 6
13. 15-18 wo/stopping
14. didn't squat a year ago
15. 275+-
16. didn't D.L. a year ago
17. 235
18. 145
19. body weight x 7
20. Didn't run a year ago
21. 68 min
22. the science of it all
23. regurgitation ofthe Right wing party line every rest day.

Thanks coach we all owe you!!

Ricky
Richmond

Comment #269 - Posted by: Ricky at December 30, 2006 5:37 PM

Lombardy....

Sorry I missed you guys. Had a family emergency today.

Ricky
Richmond

Comment #270 - Posted by: Ricky at December 30, 2006 5:42 PM

When you answer, PLEASE simply number 1-23, and fill in the reply, one line per answer, as follows. Do not repeat the question.
1. 5'9"
2. M
3. 31
4. 207 lbs
5. 191 lbs
6. Everyone since 061101 - with some scaling.
7. Squash w/ some weight training. 3-4 times/wk
8. 3
9. 6
10. I've only done this once. 45 min. broken.
11. See above.
12. 2
13. 10
14. ?
15. 220 lbs
16. ?
17. 245 lbs
18. 75 lbs
19. 115 lbs
20. Only done one 10k-77:15. 5k-061115-36:41.
21. 5k-061224-33:48.
22. The variety and results.
23. The fact that there isnt a Crossfit in my city

Comment #271 - Posted by: puma at December 30, 2006 5:43 PM

1. 6 feet even
2. male
3. 44
4. 205
5. 200
6. 80 (estimate); 3 per week (started in late Feb and had two long injury breaks this year)
7. running / cycling / lifting
8. 4
9. 6
10. 19:11, 85-pound cleans, 80 pounds of assistance on regular dips
11. Only time I completed Elizabeth.
12. don't know, but you could put zero.
13. I've done 53 half-weight pullups on the minute-by-minute drill.
14. don't know
15. don't know
16. 135 pounds
17. did 235 a couple of months ago
18. 75 pounds (estimate)
19. 120 pounds (est.)
20. 72 minutes (est.)
21. 60 minutes (est.)
22. getting stronger, intensity
23. double-unders? I've learned to skip rest days. I'd read rest-day articles about fitness.


Comment #272 - Posted by: rfs at December 30, 2006 5:47 PM

1. 5'7"
2. M
3. 62
4. 162 lbs.
5. 168 lbs.
6. 3-4 per week
7. General weight lifting and some running.
8. 4
9. 6
10. Unknown
11. Unknown--have not be recording times.
12. 6
13. 16
14. Don't record single heavy lifts
15. See 14
16. See 14
17. See 14
18. I benched 45 lb dbs for 20 reps
19. I bench 55 lb dbs for 20 reps
20. Do not record
21. See 20
22. I love the variety and scalability. I no longer get as sore and stiff as before. I wish there was a site for the over 60's to chat/post.
23. This is a FREE site. How can anyone truly complain about anything with all this free information??

Comment #273 - Posted by: Dave Winter at December 30, 2006 5:53 PM

1. 5'11"
2. M
3. 29
4. ~180
5. ~195
6. 47 since 061014
7. last year I barely worked out at all
8. 4
9. ~7-8
10. 20 minutes, no rings did regular dips 1:1 on 061018
11. 17 minutes, no rings did regular dips w/ #45 in backpack on 061221
12. ~8
13. 15
14. 275
15. 350
16. 350
17. 455
18. 130
19. 165
20. no 10k, 5k in 29minutes on 061115
21. no 10k, 5k in 29minutes on 061224
22. variety, ingenious workout combinations, it's all FREE
23. no crossfit gym in my area

Comment #274 - Posted by: Rob Sheldon at December 30, 2006 5:53 PM

1. 5'10"
2. Male
3. 36
4. 185 lbs
5. 180 lbs
6. Started around Aug '06; ave of about 3 per week.
7. triathlon - running 4x per week, swimming 2-3x, biking once per week.
8. 5
9. 6.5
10. no record
11. no record
12. 1
13. 6 (dead-hang, still can't kip)
14. no idea, never tested myself
15. no squat rack, so no max test
16. unknown
17. still unknown
18. 205
19. more
20. 55:40 (last leg of tri)
21. faster, I hope
22. The variety and intensity of the WODs; sense of community and willingess for others to share knowledge, tips and encouragement--special thanks to Brand X and their scaled WODs, which without I surely would have quit long ago!; just the feeling of a high-powered workout that pushes me hard. And I like the political discussions on the off days.
23. Lack of east coast seminars. And nothing else.

Comment #275 - Posted by: Matt_M at December 30, 2006 5:54 PM

1.5'6"
2.M
3.43
4.217 lbs
5.185 lbs
6.6 stared mid nov06 with some scaling
7.weights,martial arts and running/cardio
8.5
9.6
10.N/A
11.N/A
12.5
13.12 strict
14.unknown
15.175 lbs
16. unknown
17. unknown still working on form
18. unknown
19. unknown
20. unknown
21. unknown
22. I like the variety of workouts and the assitance from other members of the CF community. It's also fun to do the workout even if I am sore the next day. My wife says I am crazy, but it works.
23. I don't like the politics, or insults on the on the message board

Comment #276 - Posted by: Rod at December 30, 2006 6:04 PM

1.5'7"
2.M
3.62
4.205 pounds
5.197 pounds
6.175
7.body weight resistance,pushups, pullups, dips,ran 12 miles/week
8.5
9.6.5
10.N/A
11.?
12.10
13.12
14.?
15.200
16.?
17.205
18.?
19.135
20.72 minutes
21.66 minutes
22.virtuosity. slow lifts, kbs. since of community.
23.I have to scale everything!

Comment #277 - Posted by: doug smith at December 30, 2006 6:04 PM

1. 5'11"
2. Male
3. 25
4. 160 lbs
5. 162 lbs
6. Usually 5 a week.
7. Boring magazine workouts. Usually four or five days a week.
8. 5
9. 7-8
10. NA
11. Did on 12/21/06 used 80lbs and finished in 12:07.
12. 8
13. 20 strict
14. 185 lb
15. 235 lb
16. 200 lb
17. 315 lb
18. 100 lb
19. 130 lb
20. na
21. na
22. The fact that i get excited everyday when crossfit pops up on my computer and there is a new wod. I like the variety. I wish I would of found crossfit a little sooner. I enjoy the confidence it enstows in me for everyday activities.
23. Nothing.

Comment #278 - Posted by: George at December 30, 2006 6:16 PM

1. 6' 1"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 210
5. 203
6. Started last Jan: ave 5-6/wk
7. typical weight routine: back/bi's, chest/tri's etc...ran a lot more.
8. 5
9. 8.5
10. I believe it was 30+ min in April ?? (Used bars because I couldn’t do ring dips)
11. 8:35 22 Dec 06
12. 18-20
13. 30 (kipping now)
14. 275 with improper form (didn’t go deep enough then)
15. 275 with proper form
16. maybe 315
17. 405
18. 135 with improper form (arch in back)
19. 170 with proper form
20. approx. 50min and couldn’t hardly walk the next day. (Jan ??)
21. approx. 40min and feeling great
22. The challenge, the results I've witnessed, it plain makes sense, it's practical, it's functional, EVERYTHING. Thanks.
23. zero. I don't read the rest day opinions.

Comment #279 - Posted by: von paul at December 30, 2006 6:30 PM

1. 5' 10"
2. male
3. 32
4. 218 lbs
5. 205 lbs
6. 150 to date from 4/12/2006
7. none, I had cancer the year previous to starting Crossfit. Before that, traditional bodybuilding and jiu-jitsu.
8. 2 (cancer is a bitch on the whole system)
9. 8 or 8.5
10. 16:22 Elizabeth as rx'd on 7/30/2006
11. 13.45 Elizabeth as rx'd on 12/21/06 (sick with bronchitis)
12. 3 or 4
13. 22
14. 315 lbs squat
15. 395 lbs squat
16. 330 lbs deadlift (with lifting straps)
17. 445 lbs deadlift (no straps)
18. 115 lbs press
19. 165 lbs press
20. 64:03 10k on 7/26/2006 (first 10k ever)
21. 59:00 10k on 12/1/2006
22. effectiveness, variety, challenge, fun
23. The politics, in fact this may be the first non wod post I have made. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying change the system, but you asked my dislikes. I come for the best fitness system I have encountered, I tune out for the rest.

Comment #280 - Posted by: a noble at December 30, 2006 6:33 PM

Observation of our environment and what goes on in it is always valid. Statistics are a tool, not an end.
Statistical analyses must be interpreted cautiously
as incorrect statistical test selection can provide
erroneus results, how much you can deadlift is not so
easily affected by math.

We are not performing a controlled laboratory study,
that is not the current intent of the questionnaire.
We are assessing some very simple and valuable
measures. Pilot data or observing the gorillas from
the bushes if you will.

I may be incorrectly informed but cannot any CrossFit
trainee post to the website so we are in fact getting
the data the poster suggests? Even if this is an
incomplete sample, it is large and remains valuable in
a practical and scientific manner. We are interested
in what happened to those who trained CrossFit over
the past year and not in making inappropriate
generalizations. The simple observations here will
hopefully lead to a better understanding of what
CrossFit does to fitness parameters. In fact if the
subject pool is biased towards the more fit/expert
end, I would suggest the data would actually be more
valuable and informative. Beginners respond to any
training stimulus positively, well trained individuals
do not. Changes we see in the advanced trainee will
likely be more informative regarding the effects of a
training program.

As far as questionnaires are concerned, should we sit
idle until granting agencies pony up the cash to fund
controlled laboratory studies (which isn't in the
cards for the near future)? Isn't it better to ask
questions in an approachable format than to ask no
questions at all? Self-report is always the least
desirable method of data collection but many an NIH
grant uses it in assessment of exercise behaviors.

It's also just fun to find out stuff we don't know.

Comment #281 - Posted by: Dr. Kilgore at December 30, 2006 6:36 PM

Note: I started crossfit on September 30.
1. 6 ft.
2. Female
3. 46
4. 250 lb.
5. 260 lb.
6. 67 workouts.
7. Physical therapy, 2-3 times a week. Some weight training.
8. 2
9. 1 (Health problems got worse)
10. n/a
11. Buttercup version, 15-12-9 of dumbbell cleans and bench dips. I used 2 15 lb. dumbbells. About 8 minutes. October 18.
12. 0
13. 0
14. 40 lb.
15. Probably the same – I’ve been working on form first.
16. 0
17. 40 lb.
18. 30 lb.
19. 40 lb.
20. Couldn’t run.
21. Can’t run.
22. The challenge. The variety. Improvement in my strength, even if miniscule. The support from others (especially on the message board and at BrandX).
23. The assumption that anybody who disagrees with any part of crossfit must be wrong. Some exercises are hard to scale and learn.

Comment #282 - Posted by: Mary at December 30, 2006 6:38 PM

1. 5'8"
2. Male
3. 41
4. 165 lbs
5. 165 lbs
6. I do the WOD everyday but miss on occasion.
7. jumprope, running, some weight training.
8. 5
9. 9
10. 13:26 as written
11. 12:01 as written
12. 20+
13. 30+
14. 255 lbs
15. 270 lbs
16. 315 lbs
17. 345 lbs
18. unknown
19. 155 lbs
20. 53:20
21. 50:32
22. variety, intensity, all inclusive, results.
23. At times there is a bit too much whining and complaining in the comments, especially on rest days with political topics. If you don't appreciate open debate, don't visit the site on rest days( it's not too hard to figure out where they'll fall). Personally I wish I had the time to participate in some of those discussions but crime fighting and family matters have a lock on most of my free time(except for the WOD). Look at it as a way to exercise your brain on the days you rest your body. I cannot begin to express my gratitude for what this site has done for me and cannot thank Coach, Lauren, and the rest of the communty enough.

Comment #283 - Posted by: Mel Jenkins at December 30, 2006 6:39 PM

1. 6'3"
2. M
3. 58
4. 175
5. 175
6. Started about 7/1/06 Completed about 130 (6 month period)
7. 3 times week did bodybuilding stuff for about 4 months. Previous 6 months did workouts from ski magazine that was sort of CF Lite.
8. 7 for my age group
9. 9-10 for my age group
10. Only done once. See #11.
11. 37 minutes--slow, but cleans were all the way down!

Clean 135 pounds (Subbed 95# cleans).
Ring dips (Subbed dips on 3-1 basis).

12. 3
13. 16! Kipping chins.
14. N/A Didn't know how to properly get down low enough.
15. 175
16. Didn't know how to do a deadlift
17. 265.
18. 110 (estimated)
19. 125
20. N/A Cut out running due to bad hip.
21. N/A Cut out running due to bad hip.
22. Many things:

Variety, O-lifts, posting, not knowing what will be the next day's WOD, doing lots of pullups, pushups, dips, squats!, strenth training, metabolic training, the strength of the community, the implicit demand to do your abosolute best, the connection to the Armed Forces.
23. Nothing! What other fitness community discusses intellectual ideas, especially at the pretty high level that we do! I have an advanced degree in economics; where but on CF would I learn about a Bastiat site!

One thing I would like to see CF do: On rest days, please post the WOD for the following day to allow a little more flexibility in scheduling.

24. Additional comments:

a. Since starting CF, nagging neck/left shoulder stiffness is gone! I think because of pullups.

b. Since starting CF, nagging back issue on left side is gone! I think because of deadlifts.

c. I've been introduced to great resources like Coach Rippetoe's "Starting Strength" and Elite rings.

d. My body looks better than I ever thought it would (which is fun), but that's not my main focus. I'm so thankful that CF focuses on fitness, power and strength, as opposed to a narcistic bodybuilding focus like the men's "fitness" mags.

Your valentine,

Blades!

Comment #284 - Posted by: blades at December 30, 2006 6:43 PM

Thanks J. Seiler. I appreciate the time you took to respond.

Comment #285 - Posted by: Delaney at December 30, 2006 6:49 PM

1. 5'4"
2. M
3. 40
4. 139 lbs
5. 137 lbs
6. 127 (Started June 10th, 2006)
7. Rock Climb / Boulder 3 times/week, lift for upper body only 1.5 times/week
8. 6
9. 7
10. First Elizabeth 8/11/06 22:45
11. Most recent Elizabeth 10/18/06 15:57
12. 20
13. 10 (reduction is due to shoulder injury which I sustained in April and which remains a problem)
14. First day of back squats 6/27/06, did 5 reps at 105 lbs
15. 12/23/06 did 3 squats at 185 lbs.
16. First day of deadlifts 6/16/06 did about 85 lbs
17. 12/16/06 did 4 deadlifts at 225 lbs
18. 105 lbs
19. 95 lbs (shoulder injury, see above)
20. 1:04:34 7/26/06
21. 0:55:28 12/3/06
22. I enjoy the whole crossfit approach, but if I had to single out one feature it would be the alternating between novel and benchmark workouts -- this keeps the workouts fresh, enables me to learn new skills, yet still provides me a mechanism by which to monitor my overall progress.
23. I have no meaningful criticisms of the program (which is quite unusual for me ;-))

Comment #286 - Posted by: Amit Ghate at December 30, 2006 6:49 PM

1. 5' 2"
2. female
3. 16 (3/30/90)
4. 122
5. 127
6. no idea ... in off seasons I go 3-5 times/wk
7. gymnastics (non competitive), soccer
8. 6 (for my age)
9. 7-8 (for my age)
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 23
13. hopefully more than 23
14. not sure
15. not sure
16. not sure
17. not sure
18. not sure
19. not sure
20. haven't done one yet
21. n/a
22. THE PEOPLE/community, intensity, pushing myself, makes me stronger in all of my sports
23. not being able to do a workout because I'm injured; ripping

Comment #287 - Posted by: Rachel at December 30, 2006 6:52 PM

1. 5'5.5
2. female
3. 29
4. 150 lbs (3 months pregnant at that time)
5. 142
6. started mid-sept, have missed 3 in total since then
7. cardio, light weights, core, workouts prescribed by my husband (note: i definately did not work at the intensity i do now, i think it was more of a social outing!!)
8. 4
9. 7 (compared to other females similar to me)
10. n/a didn't do crossfit in jan 06
11. had to modify it b/c of shoulder injury
12. 0 (and 0 jumping pull ups)
13. 0 (4 jumping pull ups, my goal was to do a pull up by the end of this year... very close but held back by a strain in my teres minor)
14. not sure
15. 125 lbs
16. 115 lbs
17. 187 lbs
18. not sure, estimate 50 lbs
19. 67.5 lbs
20. have never ran 10 km
21. n/a (did 5 km in 26:31)
22. accountability to myself (to post and compare to previous scores), the structure of 3 days on, 1 rest day (i feel good energy wise), the short/intensisty of the workouts (works well with being a new mom... lack of time is no excuse as the WOD's are usually under 30 minutes), the support from fellow crossfitters, being able to compare to past WOD's to see how much i have improved and most of all i am getting really good body compostion and strength results!!!
23. i don't like how i have to modify majority of the exercises (i.e. pull ups, weights prescribed, etc). I know i am getting stronger, but will hopefully one day be able to do most WOD's as rx'ed.... It would be interesting to have a beginner, intermediate and advanced category of rx'd weights (but everyone does the same WOD) - i.e. beginners would do 30 lbs db thruster, intermediate do 45 lbs and advance 65 lbs (just a thought) as i would like to compare to others in the same "category". I try to get other females involved, but i think some are discouraged by the weights prescribed (and don't know how to choose an appropriate weight - i am lucky to have assistance from my husband and the other great trainers at our facility to help me)

side note: This is the most consistent i have been with working out in my whole life, something i am very proud of!

Comment #288 - Posted by: OPT Mommy at December 30, 2006 7:01 PM

1. 73 inches
2. Male
3. 40
4. 212
5. 209
6. 4-5 times weekly
7. Ran 3-5 times weekly, calisthentics
8. 7
9. 8
10. Approx. 20 minutes with 95 lbs for cleans.
11. 13:38 w/ 95 lbs Dec 06.
12. 10
13. 16
14. Unknown. Approx. 225.
15. 285 lbs, Dec 06.
16. Approx. 250 lbs.
17. 315 lbs.
18. Approx. 145 lbs.
19. 185 lbs., December 06.
20. Jan 06, 50:15
21. Last 5km, 23:48 Dec 06 (injury to hamstring kept me from running long distance May-Nov.
22. Variety, functionality, intensity.
23. Strain on both shoulders and elbows. Comment: I note considerable improvement in every specific exercise that I have executed since starting Crossfit. Only in my running, due largely to an upper hamstring pull, have I not made noticeable progress. Concerning my "criticism" in line 23, I have developed chronice (not intense) tendonitis in my left elbow. I attribute this largely to kipping pullups, or perhaps my poor form while doing them. I have an old injury to my right shoulder which can flare after heavy presses or the handstand push up. I normally transition to another exercise or cut weight to prevent injury here. Otherwise, I've no complaints.

Comment #289 - Posted by: clementhe at December 30, 2006 7:07 PM

Started in July this year.
1. 5'7
2. M
3. 36
4. 194
5. 202
6. 75-80 four times a week on avg.
7. Weightlifting: Oly, Power and Bodybuilding, jogging. yoga and pilates, some wrestling.
8. 6
9. 7
10. Not sure of time. Did dips x 3 on rx due to no ring access. 21 and 15 clean sets were cut into two sets. Same with 63 dips.
11. Able to storm through most of it. Must of shaved two minutes easy. Got much easier.
12. 14
13. 21
14. 350-375 low back issues (poor technique too)
15. 350-375 same excuses.
16. 350
17. 405
18. never attempted probably 150 ish
19. 185
20. Never attempted. Ran a 78 minute 15k last time I tried. 2002
21. 50:41
22. Intensity, variety, challenge. Like the whole vibe of it all. Like the posts and discussions. I like hearing real people of varied backgrounds who work and raise families offer their ideas. Oh and it is FREE.
23. A little hostile to non crossfitters. All the coolaid stuff was a bit much.

Comment #290 - Posted by: AkronPowderhorn at December 30, 2006 7:29 PM

Just noticed the picture. I know what DJ is looking at. He, being no fool, will deny this.

Rip

Comment #291 - Posted by: Rippetoe at December 30, 2006 7:31 PM

Have been attempting to follow WOD religiously but have no improvements to note as 3 months of mono whiped everything out. But wanted to put my 2 cents in to represent the females!! This website is the greatest. Workouts are incredible and instructional videos are great. Olympics lifts are the key - I got some help from a trainer on form and love them now. keep it up. and thank you!!!

Comment #292 - Posted by: Christy Warren at December 30, 2006 7:50 PM

1. 6' 2"
2. M
3. 51
4. 205
5.195
6. 4-5
7. 2-3 x 1 hr LSD. 3 x 30-45" bodybuilding/type weight-training.
8. 4
9. 6
10. not completed
11. still working on it -
12. 2
13. 8 dead-hang, 12+ kipping
14. 95 strict, 250+ bodybuilder-style partials
15. 155?
16. 225 estimate
17. 315
18. 80
19. 115
20. 90 minutes
21. dont know
22. Vasriety, results, motivation.
23. It would be nice to have a Crossfit affiliate or coaching in SugarLand area for Olympic lifts.

Comment #293 - Posted by: Keith at December 30, 2006 8:23 PM

1. 5' 9"
2. M
3. 35
4. 185 lbs
5. 188lbs
6. Average 6 per week (started CF 9/2/2006)
7. Weight Training 3 days per week Mountain Biking or running 3-4 days per week
8. 5
9. 6
10. 25:08, Subbed 3/1 bar dips for ring dips, 135lb cleans, (10/18/2006)
11. 11:56, ring dips, 95lb cleans (lower on cleans do to over-use forearm injury caused by poor clean form)
12. 9 (9/2/2006)
13. 15 (current) limited by forearm overuse injury
14. unkown
15. have not maxed
16. unkown
17. have not maxed
18. unkown
19. have not maxed
20. 54:17 9/7/2006
21. have not run a 10k since
22. Variation, challenge, the information sharing community
23. The lack of a CF facility in my area, I would put one in my garage but lack the overhead space required.

Comment #294 - Posted by: Carl at December 30, 2006 8:37 PM

1. 5 foot/11 inches
2. Male
3. 51
4. 255#
5. 244.5#
6. Started CrossFit on 2/8/06. CrossFit has been part of my workout regime since approx. 5 workouts/week.
7. A variety of workouts (mainly focused on power lifting with some cardio mixed in and calisthenics on off days.
8. 5 plus for age group.
9. 7.5 plus for age group.
10. First "Elizabeth" on 2/8/06 using 15# DBs for cleans and Nautilus Dips 15 minutes.
11. Last "Elizabeth" used 115# for cleans and Bench dips (16:25)
12. 4-5 dead hangs.
13. 8-10 kipped.
14. Kept squats light (focused on leg press) 135# max.
15. Squatted 255# for CrossFit Total on 12/3/06.
16. Hated deadlifts, hardly ever performed, when done stayed light 135# max.
17. Still hate deadlifts, deadlifted 325# for CrossFit Total on 12/3/06.
18. Bench press for 275#, shoulder press @ 45# or single arms with DBs @ 35#.
19. Still can Bench for 275#, shoulder press for 125# for CrossFit Total on 12/3/06.
20. Rowed 1:05:12 on 4/28/06 (running days are over).
21. Rowed 53:54 on 9/8/06.
22. The varity and challenge (not knowing what the next WOD will be).
23. None, I stay out of the politics, but still enjoy the mental gymnastics of the rest days.

Comment #295 - Posted by: stan k at December 30, 2006 8:50 PM

1. 5' 11"
2. Male
3. 35
4. Approx 200-205 lb
5. Approx 170-175 lb
6. Started CF 3/06; Avg 3 WOD/week mixed with Power/O-lifting 1-2/week
7. "Traditional" freeweight/machine exercise and standard cardio infrequently
8. 4
9. 8
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 2-3 at most
13. 12-13
14. 185
15. 275
16. 225
17. 345
18. Overhead Press approx 95
19. Overhead Press approx 125
20. 5K - 30 min
21. 5K - 25 min
22. The variety, scalability, and focus on functional fitness are the things I enjoy most about CF. At 35, I am in the best shape of my life. I have about 3-4 of my partners and a few of my residents hooked on CF now as a result.
23. No CF in my area; Recovering with 3/1 split has been hard for me, as I work on a rotating shift schedule; Having to go to other sites (Brand X) to scale the workout.

Comment #296 - Posted by: CWood at December 30, 2006 9:30 PM

1. 5' 11"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 172 lbs. +/- 3lbs
5. 172 lbs. +/- 3lbs
6. Average 2.5/week
7. 4-5 days per week: 30 min "cardio" and 30 min of fairly typical, body-building oriented weight training, + ~3 karate/martial arts classes per week
8. 6
9. 7
10. No Elizabeth recorded (probably due to lack of rings for most of 2006)
11. Same as #10
12. ~12-15
13. ~12-15. Note: Shoulder injuries in recent months have prevented me from doing pullups, but personal best was ~18 kippied, neutral grip, single set.
14. Guessing maybe 1x bodyweight
15. Haven't re-tested 1rm. Stands at 195lb presently, although it's likely a little higher (I'm on Week 6 of the "hatch squat" program)
16. ~295 LB
17. PR 350LB
18. Guessing maybe 75lb
19. At least 95lb
20. No 10k recorded, but ~55 min.
21. Probably 50-55 min. None recorded recently
22. Variety, efficiency of exercises
23. Politics; nutty fringe elements. :)

Comment #297 - Posted by: Bryan at December 30, 2006 9:36 PM

1. 6 feet 3.5 inches
2. Male
3. 34
4. 180 lbs
5. 192 lbs
6. I started in May, and since have done about 4 workouts per week.
7. Run 2.5 miles 2 or 3 times per week
8. 3
9. 5
10. #95 cleans; regular dips subbed 1 for 1. 33 minutes.
11. I don't remember my most recent score, but I can clean 135 now and would probably sub 2 regular dips for ring dips. My time would likely be 35-45 minutes.
12. 2
13. 7 consecutive; 50 in a workout
14. 160
15. 240
16. 130
17. 220
18. 95
19. 135
20. 52 minutes (first 6 miles of a 10 mile run); 4/15/06
21. 65 minutes (estimate) I seem to have avoided any 10 km runs since then.
22. It's a different workout every day.
23. When I tell people about Crossfit, I don't like that I have to warn people about the political content. It's not the right wing viewpoints, though. It's the viciousness.

While we're talking about rest days, the forum software is adequate to post results, but it's terrible for holding discussions. Something with threads and nesting would be better.

Comment #298 - Posted by: Maurkov at December 30, 2006 9:41 PM

1. 6"0
2. male
3. 31 years old
4. @225 lbs.
5. @220 lbs.
6. 35 workouts
7. I would jog occasionally, and play basketball, and push ups/pull ups/sit ups
8. 3
9. 6
10. Thu 061221--12:55 scaled to 95 lbs. and regular ring dips
11. same as number 10
12. pull ups in october, when i started CF'ing=15
13. pull ups after about 3 months of CF'ing=17
14. 280 lbs.
15. 300 lbs.
16. 315 lbs.
17. 355 lbs
18. 135 lbs
19. 155 lbs.
20. have never run a 10K
21. have never run a 10K
22. the challenge of the workouts and the knowledge of the people who put the workouts together
23. no complaints from me, i think it's great

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Comment #300 - Posted by: Mr. White at December 30, 2006 10:24 PM

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Comment #301 - Posted by: Mr. White at December 30, 2006 10:24 PM

1. 6'0"
2. Male
3. 35
4. 220lbs
5. 208lbs
6. Average 5/wk. Usually do 6, with misses sprinkled in due to travel.
7. I lifted weights once a week and ran once or twice a week. The lifting weights was very "Body For Life" - no olympic lifts, little emphasis on legs or complex, whole-body movements.
8. Started at about a 3.
9. Tough call. 6 compared to the general population. About a 3 compared to the Crossfit population. My standards are higher now.
10. 19:39 on 060312 - (assisted ring dips 40 lbs) (I couldn't complete Elizabeth in January- my body just wouldn't do the dips)
11. 13:21 on 061018, bodyweight ring dips
12. 3.
13. 11.
14. 255 lbs.
15. 275 lbs.
16. 350 lbs.
17. 385 lbs.
18. 95 lbs.
19. 135 lbs.
20. 54:00, April 2006.
21. - N/A- didn't do another, always missed.
22. The effectiveness.
23. Some of the exercises require specialized equipment that is very difficult to get hold of. It will be difficult to convince my gym, with 8 foot ceilings in most of it, to convert one of their racquetball courts to a Crossfit-only area. My nearest CF affiliate is 6+ hours away. The exercises I have the most difficulty substituting: rope climb and wall ball shots.

I'd really like a decent online database where I could track my progress and compare to the general CF population. Kind of like the fitness tests that some of the affiliates have published that give you a "spider chart" of how you're doing and what you need to work on, but also would allow you to track your progress over time. Seems like we're all tracking the same numbers... that's a lot of duplicated effort. My system is paper-based right now, and not very searchable.

Comment #302 - Posted by: JaHo at December 30, 2006 10:25 PM

1. 6 feet 6 inches
2. Male
3. 33
4. 195 pounds
5. 204 pounds
6. Approximately 4 CF workouts/week.
7. General weight training, some powerlifting, sprint training.
8. 5 (Probably would have said I was an 8 until CF kicked my a$$.)
9. 9
10. 9:20 with power cleans subbed for squat cleans. (Had been CrossFit-ing for 18 months at that point, though.)
11. 8:45. Better depth on cleans....
12. ~25
13. ~20 (coming back from shoulder injury unrelated to CF).
14. BS = #245. FS = #185
15. BS = ?. FS = #210
16. #390
17. #415
18. #145
19. #135 (shoulder injury again)
20. 42 min. 2/1/06
21. about the same.
22. Greatest fitness program on the planet that I've found. Constant growth and change, both for program and for me. Too much is great about Crossfit for me to detail here.
23. Find some the bickering tedious. The Dan John situation made me sad.

Comment #303 - Posted by: John Chandler-Pepelnjak at December 30, 2006 10:37 PM

1.5ft2
2.female
3.32years
4.118lbs
5.114lbs
6.3-5 workouts a week
7.did endurance running, triathlons, weights at gym anywhere from 3-6days a week. Also played many sports.
8.5
9.7.5
10.never done it
11.never done it
12.5
13.15
14.can't remember
15. 170lbs
16. 115lbs
17. 215lbs
18.can't remember
19. 80lbs
20.46min
21.havent done one since
22. love the intensity, variety, overall fitness in all 10 areas, the amazing results, geez there is so much more. Love everything! and I don;t think I have enough room to share everything I love about it!
23. I guess if I had to pick something I least like, I would say the politics.

Comment #304 - Posted by: Jenika at December 30, 2006 10:46 PM

1. 5'9"
2. M
3. 45
4. 150 pounds
5. same
6. 25 (since mid nov)
7. Cycling 200km/week, running 25 km/week - including "fun runs" with push ups, sit ups etc, weighlifting 3-4 times/week(no oly lifts,light squats),
8. 9
9. 8 (a better grasp of reality)
10. 22 minutes - Dec 21, 2006. Load scaled to 84lbs on first set and 106lbs on 2nd and 117lbs on 3rd set.
11. first Elizabeth noted above.
12. 14
13. 16
14. 176lbs
15. 176lbs
16. 176lbs
17. 195lbs
18. 88lbs
19. 117lbs
20. 55 minutes approx (no record but once a week)
21. 56:22 Nov 23, 2006 but included push ups, pull ups along the way.
22. Variety, anticipation of not knowing the WOD until the evening before, learning Oly lifts, extending my preconceived limits, having a bunch of fitness freaks out there who like it too. It's free. Thanks.
23. Nothing CrossFit-wise. Trolls who post for no reason but to get a rise out of the rest. Those who say it can't be done getting in the way of those doing it.

Comment #305 - Posted by: Jon H at December 30, 2006 10:51 PM

Uhhhhh... administrator please erase the last two. My mouse is having click problems lately.
1.6'8"
2.Male
3.27 and 4 months
4.225lbs
5.240lbs
6.5/week or around 250-275 workouts
7.Typical weightlifting, or as I look at it now, finding new and inventive ways to do curls. 6 out of every seven days
8.5
9.8+
10.As prescribed; around 15 minutes (my Excel file of workouts was lost in August when my hard-drive crashed-- no specifics available)
11.12:21 Fri. 12.22.06 (9 minutes in May. My scores are worse now due to newly discovered food allergies and the resulting after effects of changing diet and no supplements, also a month long trip to China set me back considerably. Times and scores in May/June would have been much different)
12.12
13.23
14.315
15.355
16.285
17.395
18.270
19.280
20.50 min in 1.06
21.44:23 on 12.1.06
22.The dedication that the owners of the sight have, as well as the practitioners of the philosophies amaze me. Crossfit provides something new everyday rather than the same hum-drum exercises. Being as prideful as I am, I also like knowing that not one other person in the gym is working as hard as I am.
23.I am really wanting to take a Crossfit certification course but my teaching salary will never allow me to take one anytime soon.(The politics I like, but it is the most contentious part of the sight for liberals [like me] that feel attacked by the articles posted [unlike me].)

Comment #306 - Posted by: Mr. White at December 30, 2006 10:55 PM

1. 5'11''
2. Male
3. 28
4. 188 lbs.
5. 180; dropped as low as 175
6. i did 5 a week from April 06 to August 06. I have since stopped doing all WODs and only do Coach Burgener's WODs.
7. I started in April 06. Since Jan 06 I did Mark Versegen's Core Performance and Stew Smith's Navy Seal Workouts.
8. 7
9. I can't judge. My fitness is different now.
10. unknown
11. unknown
12. 3
13. 10
14. Unkown
15. 190
16. Unk
17. Unk
18. unk
19. PP about 160
20 Unk
21. Unk
22. The message boards and all of the great info i get on a daily basis. It started my interest in Oly lifting.
23. I stopped doing the WODs because I have really gotten into OLy lifting and there wasn't enough on the WODs. Too many HSPUs etc. i actually thought the WODs were too random and you couldn't actually improve enough on what i wanted to improve on.

Comment #307 - Posted by: Dave at December 30, 2006 11:09 PM

Started Jan 06.

1. 5' 11"
2. M
3. 41
4. 155
5. 160
6. 151, give or take
7. typical weight training 3x week with occasional cardio
8. 3
9. 5
10. Earliest was 3/11/06: 65# clean, regular dips in 15:40
11. 12/21: 95# clean, ring dips in 13:21
12. 5
13. 20+
14. Unknown
15. 170 lbs
16. Unknown
17. 300 lbs
18. Unknown
19. 120 lbs
20. 10k n/a, 5k time: 26:52
21. 10k n/a, 5k time: 24:55
22. The results, the challenge and the community. The fact that you have to read and search before asking. This is the most amazing mental and physical fitness program--and we don't have to pay money for it? That's unheard of. I also like how the program invites us to contribute in other ways, by supporting others, contributing knowledge, spreading the word, etc.

23. When a rest day discussion becomes an echo chamber.

Unsolicited idea: It might be helpful to put the beginner routines in the FAQ instead of just in the Journal archives--they'd be free and perhaps of more benefit to folks starting out that way.

Comment #308 - Posted by: Tim R at December 30, 2006 11:26 PM

My press from post #306 is bench press
Shoulder press:
18. 160
19. 160

Comment #309 - Posted by: Mr. White at December 30, 2006 11:36 PM

1. 5' 8"
2. m
3. 41
4. 169 pounds
5. 166 pounds
6. 260
7. primarily crossfit 5/6 x weekly
8. 7
9. 9.5 (maybe too high but who could disagree that an above-average crossfitter easily ranks 9 compared to the general population in this country?)
10. 13:00+ 1/06
11. 7:48 today
12. 31
13. 47
14. 305
15. 365
16. 255
17. 365
18. 165
19. 185
20. only 2 10k's ever, none in 2006
21. only 2 10k's ever, none in 2006
22. variety, community, challenge, comradery, results, competition, knowledge base, time- effectiveness, gpp, website
23. there are some troubling local affiliate issues

Comment #310 - Posted by: RandyG at December 30, 2006 11:54 PM

1.6'3"
2.M
3.45
4.246
5.241
6.average 5 a week
7.Standard bodybuilding workouts 4 a week
8.5
9.7
10.33:00-power clean-3 dips - June
11.21:34-power clean-2 dips - Dec (shoulder issue)
12.8
13.14
14.340
15.405
16.n/a
17.450
18.n/a
19.155
20.5K - 29:37 - Feb.
21.5K - 25:06 - Dec.
22.variety,challenge,results, time- effectiveness,website,endurance
23.BURPEE's

Comment #311 - Posted by: Jeff R at December 31, 2006 12:38 AM

1.5'7"
2.M
3.30
4.158 lbs
5.158 lbs Much leaner!
6.3 to 5 times per week
7.Played sports, lifted weights at the gym
8.6
9.8
10.na
11.na
12.around 20
13.over 40
14.110 kg
15.140 kg
16.105
17.130
18.na
19.na
20.na
21.na
22.there is always a new challenge. Even my strengths become a challenge!
23.The competition. I truely believe that it's the movements that need to take precedence over times. More oftern then not I encounter poor movements neglected for fast times and I fear the implications.

Comment #312 - Posted by: Jordan at December 31, 2006 1:27 AM

1 180cm
2 MAle
3 49
4 215
5 225
6 1-2 per week (Foot tendon injury)
7 Kettle bell swings ,chins on rings, sprinting and cycling 2-3 times per week
8 I would have said 5-10 at least but it turned out to be about a 2-10 I found I had a ton of cardio from cycling but no strength
9 if not injured 4-5 of 10
10 I haven't done it for a long time
11 ditto
12 5 assisted
13 8 full bw pu's
14 175#
15 205#
16 200#
17 255#
18 110#
19 135#
20 around 28mins
21 haven't run lately as have injuried foot
22 Variety, it works(best dam work out going I was in military and now police), use at home, max work out for least amount of time, benificial for my job as police officer
23 comments are more for message boards as people tend to chatter to much in posts,links to politics should be left out of posts and religated to message boards if a must have, politics should be eliminated as it gives Crossfit to much of a "Neo-Right wing Crazies" work out and not the worlds best work out period.

Comment #313 - Posted by: Hooger at December 31, 2006 2:16 AM

Dear Professor Kilgore,

I appreciate your response (#281) to my comments (#106, #234).

You wrote: “Observation of our environment and what goes on in it is always valid.” I agree. But in this case, you, the researcher, are not directly observing the data you’re collecting. That’s why, in my original post, I suggested that data be gathered by trainers at Crossfit affliates.

You also wrote: “How much you can deadlift is not so easily affected by math.” True. But you’re not gathering data on how much people can deadlift. You’re gathering responses from an open internet survey. You’re gathering data on what people who *claim* to have done Crossfit for x amount of time *claim* to be able to deadlift. Such data is riddled with honest errors and intentional deception.

Finally, you wrote: “Even if this is an incomplete sample, it is large and remains valuable in a practical and scientific manner.” The problems with your sample are (at least) three-fold: (i) the respondents are self-selected, (ii) the data is self-reported, (iii) there are no controls whatsoever on who can respond. The first leads to bias, the second to inaccurary, the third allows intentional corruption.

I should here note that Hari’s analogy (in #251) with a satisfaction survey from a car manufacturer fails. In his case, the company has sent a survey to a person who they know purchased their product. That are thus sampling from the proper population. In this Crossfit survey, you’re sampling from the entire universe of internet users. For all you know, the unkind folks at T-Nation are making multiple posts in this thread, laughing at your data collection.

To conclude, the simple fact is that you have no idea who’s typing at the keyboard and hitting “post.” This is a very different problem from self-selection and self-reporting. It is a fundamental flaw with open Internet surveys and I would be quite surprised to learn that the NIH or any other respected scientific community affords credibility to data from such sources.

Best regards,

Another Ph.D.

Comment #314 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 31, 2006 2:19 AM

additional info for # 23
when I started max # of post were around 80-90.
Now they are in the 300's
It's nice to look and see how you are doing and compaire with others but now the post are so large it makes it near impossible to look someone up.
To make the posts smaller it would be nice to split the post up and post by country ei Canada or US, or maybe break down the US by state and the the rest of the world by continent. I used to be able to follow how others were doing as I saw their posts but now that is gone as the posts are just way to big.

Comment #315 - Posted by: Hooger at December 31, 2006 2:25 AM

1.6ft 1in
2.M
3.25
4.97kg
5.90kg
6.3avg weekly
7.kettlebell training/Muay thai/mma
8.4
9.6
10.n/a
11.n/a
12.9
13.14
14.90kg
15.90kg
16.120kg
17.200kg
18.50kg
19.80kg
20.49min first week in feb
21.not sure
22.the results,the knowledge,the people the variation
23.no certifications outside of the US

Comment #316 - Posted by: Leon at December 31, 2006 2:45 AM

1. 6'2"
2. Male
3. 46
4. 219
5. 199.6
6. At least 5 per week
7. Similar to CrossFit training, but only at 50%.
8. 6
9. 9.5
10. Don't Know!
11. Don't Know Again!!
12. 8
13. 33
14. 315
15. 365
16. 355
17. 435
18. 145
19. 210
20. Don't run 6k's
21. Don't run 6k's
22. Workout of the Day. Brilliant idea to change it daily as one never gets bored with exercise. And I tell you this now...it is going to be the #1 reason for growth for our exercise franchise business.
23. I feel that I owe the Glassmans so much for learning about CrossFit. Not having direct access to both of the Glassmans...is very frustrating but with a growing business, I can understand why there is a proper "channel" to go through to get questions answered. I wish they would consider having more contact with business owners. Thanks for the ability to participate in this survey...Matt Hunt

Comment #317 - Posted by: Matt Hunt at December 31, 2006 4:47 AM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 36
4. 210
5. 210
6. ~4 WOD per week
7. Mostly Crossfit
8. 6
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 20
13. 20
14. 225
15. 300
16. 390
17. 465
18. 115
19. 140
20. 40min
21. about same, have not run recently
22. Good routine's and someone else picks them
23. None.

Comment #318 - Posted by: Erik Jilson at December 31, 2006 4:56 AM

1. 5'7"
2. M
3. 32
4. 175lb
5. 156
6. Started in June '06. Missed 1 month.
7. Military PT
8. 4
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 4-5
13. 12-15
14. ?
15. ?
16. ?
17. ?
18. ?
19. 55lb DB
20. 50min
21. OCT. 48min after swim 1500m and bike 40K in my 1st Triathlon.
22. The body weight exercises. A fast paced w/o. Free site (although I've bought a t-shirt) The comment board to see where I stand against other xfitters.
23. The Oly lifts scare me. Injured my neck even with scaled weight b/c of poor form. Waiting for a clinic in NC before I start doing them again.

Comment #319 - Posted by: Chris at December 31, 2006 5:31 AM

1. 6' 3"
2. m
3. 38
4. 228 lbs
5. 205 lbs
6. ~120
7. Mostly running (marathon training), some 'standard" weight lifting
8. 3
9. 6.5
10. July 06 34 minutes-(scaled KB swings-35lbs) curled up in a ball
11. 19 minutes as rx'd--curled up in a ball
12. 7
13. 23 on last max attempt
14. no idea..not much
15. 280 lbs...still not much
16. na
17. 400lbs
18. 200lbs
19. 270lbs
20. 42 min
21. 42 min
22. the vareity, the science, the training, the gains and the good sense. I also like the community aspect of crossfit, but that only matters because of the other stuff
23. I would like to see more acceptance of dissenting opinions on the rest day articles. The art of debate is dying.

Comment #320 - Posted by: JFD4 at December 31, 2006 6:07 AM

#314, Another Ph.D.,

Crossfit is an open source program, and it is not surprising that it adopts an open source approach to gathering feedback. (Which, allows the community get the benefit of your point of view.) It is true that people can post false and multiple results, but it is also true that the data can be combed (not perfectly, of course). For example, many (self-selected) users routinely post their daily results. It seems unlikely that too many unkind folks at T-nation or anywhere else have gone through the trouble of posting phony results all year long. It is also true that Coach has access to precisely the type of affiliate data you suggest he collect. Perhaps this is what he was referring to when he wrote:

“I’m in an advantageous position to assess that bias and find your contention that you share this vantage point entertaining. I’m willing to be that your assessment of the bias and mine are at odds.”

Comment #321 - Posted by: Hari at December 31, 2006 6:22 AM

1. 6 Foot
2. Male
3. 35
4. 175 lbs
5. 185 lbs
6. 1 a week
7. Running 2X week, weight lifting 2X week
8. 4
9. 6
10. 45Lb clean, bar dips - 24:30
11. 75lb clean, bar dips - 19:00
12. 4
13. 12
14. 180
15. 220
16. 200
17. 305
18. 65
19. 90
20. 56 min
21. 53 min (November 15th)
22. Variation, unique exercise mix, intensity
23. Very hard to complete for a long stretch of time

Comment #322 - Posted by: zred at December 31, 2006 7:25 AM

#314, Another Ph.D.,

Actually, now that I've reflected on the matter a bit more, I realize that you're right. There's no way for anyone to verify the identity of any of the posters here, let alone the veracity of their claims.

Comment #323 - Posted by: Hari at December 31, 2006 7:28 AM

1. 6ft 1inch
2. male
3. 33
4. 190lb
5. 185lb
6. I follow the WOD approx. 11 out of 12 weeks
7. swim/jog/weightlifting mix
8. 5-6
9. 8
10. I don't know - can't find it
11. Approx. 10 minutes subbing 2:1 dips
12. approx. 10
13. 30
14. unknown - estimate 250lb
15. 315lb
16. unknown - estimate 250lb
17. 325lb
18. unknown - estimate 125lb
19. 160lb
20. 48 minutes
21. 48 minutes
22. varied, quick workout that gets results
23. irrelevant posts to comments section

Comment #324 - Posted by: jpf at December 31, 2006 7:30 AM

1. 5' 5"
2.male
3.54
4.150 lbs
5.152lbs
6. 5 per week
7. running 3 times per week, inline skating free weights, swimming , in door climbing
8.8
9.9
10 dont know
11. 16 minutes, in October, as Rxed.
12.40
13.42
14. 215
15.245
16.275
17.310
18.125
19.140
20 dont know-non measured course
21. dont know - non measured course
22. The variety of WODS-even enhanced by some affiliate WOD postings that stimulate endurance under load and horsepower.
23. Could envision some being able to disagree without being so disagreeable.

Comment #325 - Posted by: edvelasco at December 31, 2006 7:30 AM

Hari,

Who authored #323? See my point?

Best regards.

Comment #326 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 31, 2006 7:31 AM

To all the fellow thinkers,

At base, I think it is a testament to character that "another PhD" has followed on with the debate against a growing number of kool aid drinkers. Some folks post a difference of opinion and fly away in the face of rebuttle.

I tend to agree with both sides on this matter. The survey is fatally flawed - as with most surveys. The flaws remain as have been discussed. The point however, IMO, is this:

What critical changes to the crossfit program will come out of a survey like this? Will it be discovered that the barbell biceps curl is far superior to the power clean in any application? More likely it will aid in how the same methodolgy's communication through the web can be improved upon, or possibly, it could be a "dry run" to an effective way of how to actually survey crossfitters through the affiliates, as suggested.

When you come right down to it, two things stand out to me:

1. most crossfitters who quit do not quit because crossfit is not effective. (that was a verbal "period" at the end of that statement)
2. if a methodology, such as crossfit, is effective on yourself, on your buddy, on a third, and on everyone who tries it and sticks to it in your small world, chances are those cats are not special enough to be super-human.

As an aside, I would think to a request of this sort, there would be more entries by now. Is everyone out for the Holidays?

Have a Happy, folks!

Al

Comment #327 - Posted by: Al at December 31, 2006 8:02 AM

Another Ph.D.

Post #326 was authored by 202.54.248.130, whereas #323 was authored by 202.54.248.130. Want finer granularity of ID?

This makes you the author of both.

Let's return to the analogy of the car manufacturer's survey: what you've demonstrated is that someone could pull the survey from the intended recipients mail box and answer fictitiously - while possible, the likelihood is sufficiently remote as not to invalidate the survey.

Interesting thing, your bringing up the NIH: “I would be quite surprised to learn that the NIH or any other respected scientific community affords credibility to data from such sources.”

Look at the NIH’s culpability in what is arguably the most unscientific, costly ($), and deadly experiment in the history of science: http://www.gunnarlindgren.com/nutritionx.pdf

While the NIH might not “afford credibility to data from such sources” as an internet survey, I would not have let the likes of George McGovern determine the path for CrossFit programming.

We might work with crude tools, yet we remain fully cognizant of their limitations, and more importantly hold our objectivity as sacrosanct. The NIH works with more precise tools to support an agenda that is often entirely political.

Comment #328 - Posted by: Coach at December 31, 2006 8:07 AM

Coach,

I find it amazing that you keep contesting my very simple, and very obvious criticisms of open-access web surveys. But since you do, here we go.

The fact that two posts originated from the same IP address does not mean the author is the same. The IP address you cite is not *my* IP address. It's the IP address of a Network Center in Australia. Only problem for you is that I'm not in Australia! Literally thousands of web surfers will appear to be the same to uneducated web guys like you. Do you know what a proxy is?

More importantly, are you suggesting that you can authenticate the identity of all of your survey respondents by using IP addresses? My point (to Hari) was that on an open internet forum, anyone can post anything they want. I could enter a bunch of data about being a 40-year-old female who deadlifts 250#s. That might or might not be true. It is literally impossible for you to know. Why this simple fact escapes you is beyond me.

Your analogy with the car satisfaction survey is still off the mark. You have not sent surveys anywhere. There's nothing for anyone to lift from anyone's mailbox, physical or electronic. Anyone at all can stumple upon your pages and respond to the survey.

Finally, *I* didn't bring up NIH. Dr. Kilgore did. (Are you even following the conversation?) So whatever dirt you want to throw on that organization flies onto him, not me.

Happy New Year.

Comment #329 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 31, 2006 8:39 AM

1. 5 feet 10 inches
2. male
3. 41 years old
4. 165 pounds
5. 167 pounds
6. 232 crossfit workouts in 2006.(Did about 10 non-crossfit workouts during the year.)
7. 4 mile run or 30-minute stairmaster twice a week, 30 minutes miscellaneous weights (chest/legs/arms/shoulders/crunches) twice a week.
8. 7
9. 8
10. 18 Jan 06 time was 17:30. Did hang power cleans instead of squat cleans from the floor. No rings, so did twice the specified number of dips on regular dip bar.
11. 19 Oct 06 time was 19:48. Did squat cleans from the floor, scaled to 115 pounds. No rings, but did 3 times specified number of dips on regular dip bar.
12. 15 dead hang.
13. 25 dead hang.
14. 225 pounds. (Was only doing half squats at the time, though.
15. 235 pounds, full squat.
16. 275 pounds.
17. 330 pounds.
18. 135 pounds.
19. 155 pounds.
20. 23 Jan 06, time was 46:22.
21. 4 Dec 06, time was 44:02.
22. I enjoy the external motivation of the WODs and the CFJs (like having my own coach directing my workout and providing tips. I enjoy the virtual camaraderie provided by posting WOD results and knowing others are sharing my pain. I enjoy the body shaping I've experienced (lost fat I didn't know I had, attained a V-shape). But what I like MOST is the overall improvement in my physical performance; speed, strength, stamina. I can ace my military PFT on any day of the week without even preparing for it.
23. What I like least, and what is causing me to drop out after doing CrossFit since October 2005, is my apparent need for more recovery time. 3 days of work and 1 day of rest leaves me almost constantly sore or injured on some part of my body (knees or back, usually). How I'm able to improve times and weights while experiencing this soreness is a mystery to me. But I'm tired of hurting all the time. I've decided to take my log of CrossFit workouts since Oct 2005 and work through them again, this time on a 1-day work/1-day rest schedule.

Comment #330 - Posted by: Shu at December 31, 2006 8:48 AM

1. 5 ft, 9 in
2. Male
3. 25
4. 147 lbs
5. 150lbs
6. 6 per week
7. Standard Bodybuilding type (3 sets of 10 reps, with a chest day, back day, arms, legs- 6 days a week.
8. 4
9. 8
10. 6:12
11. 2:56
12. 12
13. 41
14. 155lbs
15. 225lbs
16. 100lbs
17. 225lbs
18. 110lbs
19. 145lbs
20. 44:12
21. 37:04
22. Makes me feel fit for life, intensity, creativity, and the videos.
23. Lack of "crossfit" gear to purchase!

Comment #331 - Posted by: S. Mc at December 31, 2006 9:14 AM

1. 6, 1 and 3/4
2. M
3. 37
4. 230lb est.
5. 225lb somedays 220lb, go figure
6. 52 usually modified
7. Krav Maga, 4xWeek and lifting 1-2xWeekd
8. 7
9. 8 minus the arm injury
10. n/a- not doing CF
11. dunno
12. 4
13. 11
14. 225
15. 225
16. n/a not doing CF
17. 225
18. 225
19. 225
20. 58:38min
21. 58:38min(20 was firts one)
22. The cyberspace coaching...the WODs posted on line.
23. The techniques require some learned skill. One can't just muscle through some of the olympic lifts or else you're not doing them correctly. I don't like this becasue skill is hard for me...wahhh.

Comment #332 - Posted by: Hugo at December 31, 2006 9:16 AM

1. 5' 10.5"
2. M
3. 46
4. 200 lbs.
5. 203
6. 91 (Not much April & May due to injury. Oct & Nov due to Family/work stuff)
7. weights 5x5 mostly.
8. 4
9. 6 ( still coming back to crossfit. last Jan would have said a 8)
10. 19:00 w/ just bar and bar dips.
11. Haven't re-done Elizabeth
12. 3
13. 2 but was up to 7 before injury.
14. 225
15. 240
16. 180
17. 285
18. ?
19. 120 (standing press)
20. Haven't run 10K
21. Haven't run 10K
22. Community. Sharing of information. Accountability of post score but only competing with yourself.
23. The whole Dan John episode and fall out.

Comment #333 - Posted by: Jeff_Roddy at December 31, 2006 9:19 AM

Another Ph.D.,

No one has contested your "very simple, and very obvious criticisms of open-access web surveys." That is an entirely dishonest characterization of the debate. Your claim is that the survey was worthless (nil value). That was a foolish claim. It still is. You are no more aware of the survey's limitations than everyone here.

The bias in the sample manifests when, and only when, conclusion, summary, inference, or abstract step beyond the sample space. The aim of the study was stated as "an effort to continually advance the effectiveness and understanding of CrossFit training" not "extrapolate a new understanding of invertebrate stressor response".

Comment #334 - Posted by: Coach at December 31, 2006 9:35 AM

1.5'11"
2.m
3.44
4. Begin CF-10/12/04 bw193lb. Start Paleo diet 1/1/05. 9/16/05 bw184lb pulse 64. 9/06/06 bw184
pulse 48. 10/10/06 start paleo/zone. 10/19/06 bw177lb 8.3%bf.
5.179lb in morning 183lb evening
6.238 wod's
7.The standard m/w/f/ bodybuilding routine with some cardio.
8.4
9.7
10.1st Elizabeth 5/23/05 115lb power cleans 6:26. 1/18/06 115lb squat cleans 7:25:11
11.8/12/06 135lb Sq. clean 9:38:27
12.29
13.40
14.225lb
15.305lb
16.255lb
17.363lb
18.125lb
19.150lb
20.48:52:18 1/23/06
21.5 miles 38:05 5/29/06 I don't run much.
22.Variety and functional movements with straight forward answers. No more lower back problems. I'm in the best shape of my life!
23.Not close enough to a crossfit gym. I work out of my garage.

Comment #335 - Posted by: Troy Selph at December 31, 2006 9:48 AM

1. 5'10"
2. M
3. 47 (On Jan 7 07)
4. 180 lbs
5. 187 lbs
6. 3 (just started!)
7. Strictly bodyweight (pushups, hindu p-u's, squats, bridge, heavybag, dips, jump rope, etc.)
8. 4
9. 5
10. Have not yet attempted.
11. N/A
12. 4
13. 8 strict
14. N/A
15. 205 lbs (have not attempted ME - need spotter stands)
16. N/A
17. 285 lbs
18. N/A
19. 135 lbs
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. I was attracted to CrossFit by the simplicity and variety of exercises the "community" aspect, and the high level of talent associated with your site. At 46 years old, I'm looking for any way to be more competitive with the 30 year-olds in my
soccer league! Its also good to see the level of passion expressed by members, especially when there is disagreement. That's when learning can happen.
23. I've just started incorporating elements of Crossfit into my workout routine, so am grateful for the great variety of exercisess and knowledge base that are offered. Most of the WOSs are potentially lethal for me in their Rx'd form, but are very motivating nonetheless.

Comment #336 - Posted by: Bill Bean at December 31, 2006 9:49 AM

Coach,

Yes, my claim is that the survey is *empirically* and *statistically* worthless. (Check my original quote.) I was asked to defend that claim (among others). I explained the worthlessness of the survey by explaining the various problems with open-access web surveys. Thus, I'm not dishonestly characterizing the debate.

Earlier, you seemed to be suggesting that the data gathered here was NOT biased. Now, you suggest that bias in the data will manifest only if you use the sample to draw inferences about the population.

What you still don't seem to understand -- and this is the fundamental point I've made repeatedly -- is that you don't even know who your respondents are. You *think* you're gathering data from Crossfitters who have followed the program for at least a year. But you can't verify that your sample is legit.

So here's Dr. Kilgore's situation: At best, he's got a legitimate, but biased sample (because self-selected), full of potentially inaccurate data (because self-reported). At worst, his sample is corrupted by responses that aren't even in the population he wished to sample. That, in my opinion, is a worthless triple-mess.

If in spite of all that, you still believe the survey has value, good for you. Have fun with it. (I mean that sincerely.)

Anyway, if you have an interest in learning proper survey methods, I highly recommend the summer workshops at the The University of Michigan.

http://www.isr.umich.edu/src/si/

I'll let you have the last word.

Happy New Year.

Comment #337 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 31, 2006 10:12 AM

1. 6' 4"
2. Male
3. 40
4. 215
5. 215
6. 5 days a week
7. 2.5 years in the program, prior to that mostly
running with associated lower extremity
injuries.
8. 4
9. 7
10. Elizabeth scores not logged permanently
(sorry)
11.
12. 20
13. 36
14. Didn't really keep track
15. 275 pounds front squat as part of CrossFit
Total
16. 345 pounds
17. 385 pounds again as part of CF Total
18. shoulder press 120, push press 160
19. shoulder press 160, push press 200
20. Due to injury I do not run for extended
distances (beyond 3 miles).
21. In Oct. I ran 1.5 miles in 9:56 as part of
work related fitness challenge.
22. Coach, community, and variety of activities.
23. Difficulty of getting others to understand
its value!

Comment #338 - Posted by: Steve Toth at December 31, 2006 10:21 AM

1. 5 feet 7 inches
2. male
3. 33
4. 155 lbs
5. 166 lbs
6. skipped about 20 wods this past year
7. army physical fitness training, furey combat conditioning
8. 4
9. 7
10. 7:21, 95 lbs, squat cleans
11. around 7 minutes, same weight, power cleaned
12. 35 but not to full lock-out
13. 25 with full lock-out
14. ~225
15. 245 last cft, greater range of motion now
16. 285 w/bad form
17. 315 w/decent form
18. did not test
19. 125 last cft
20. 45:48
21. 55 or so min, most recent was late august
22. intensity of the workouts
23. seems there has been a trend toward greater power lifting emphasis with deemphasis on running, rowing etc as evidenced in the amount of wods in the mix incorporating running and the relative infrequency with which 5- and 10-Ks show up in the mix compared with this time last year

Comment #339 - Posted by: mfbunch at December 31, 2006 11:16 AM

1.5'3"
2.F
3.41
4.129
5.123
6.began 4/12/06. total CF is 135
7.bodybuilding wt routine 3-4/wk, running, cycling, stairmaster 3-5/wk, yoga & pilates 1-2/wk
8.5
9.7
10. ?
11. ?
12. 0
13. 7
14. 80
15. 125
16. 65
17. 120
18. 45
19. 70
20. ?
21. ?
22. intensity, challnege, cool body comp changes. most importantly, the fact that the results keep coming and I am stronger, leaner, faster than ever.
23. I have yet to figure out the right balance of work days and rest days. I feel like I can put out the work but just can't get the recovery. I will continue to tweek my diet and adjust the work/rest ratio.

Comment #340 - Posted by: Kelley Rakow at December 31, 2006 11:21 AM

1. 5'9.5"
2. Dude
3. 51
4. 223 lbs
5. 190 lbs
6. I averaged 5 per week
7. Inline skating 4-5x/week
8. 5.5
9. 7.5-8
10. N/A
11. Only time I did Elizabeth was 8/11 in 17:29 and scaled to 65#.
12. 0
13. 8, regular-style
14. Unknown
15. 250 lbs
16. Unknown
17. 320 lbs
18. 95 lbs.
19. 150 lbs.
20. Unknown
21. I haven't run a 10K in 2006
22. The variety and quality of the workouts.
23. The drive time to and from my affiliate due to traffic

Comment #341 - Posted by: Mark Konen at December 31, 2006 12:03 PM

Coach,Ed here. I posted #326 but I'm certainly not #323. FOUR YEAR big fan and avid user with not enough internet skills to disguise anything. Tj and I will see you in San Diego in a few weeks. Pet Athena and Fudgie for me.

Comment #342 - Posted by: edvelasco at December 31, 2006 12:29 PM

1. 5'8"
2. M
3. 43
4. 182lbs
5. 174lbs
6. 183 workouts
7. Traditional gym weight lifting 3 x week plus soccer and volleyball.
8. 4
9. 8, subjective, but that's how I feel.
10. April 5, 2006 was first time at 23:13, weight as rx'ed but dips were traditional x 3.
11. October 18, 2006 was 9:43 as rx'ed. Started Crossfit 3/18/06.
12. 15
13. 26
14. 220, but not below parallel.
15. 286, full depth.
16. First deadlift was on May 30, 2006, max of 363lbs.
17. 405lbs was last attempt.
18. About 160lbs, this was seated with 2 x 80lb dumbells.
19. The same, but standing and using a barbell.
20. Had never done a 10k.
21. Still unable to but getting closer.
22. I believe this is THE protocol for GPP. Crossfit lays the foundation for all other endeavors, we are left to add whatever we want to be more specific in, whether it be soccer, bending, strongman, ironman, etc. I have complete faith and confidence in the methodoloy used in the development and continued refinement of Crossfit. Additionally, I love the comradery and community.
23. My only complaint are the complainers who do not do so in a constructive way.

Comment #343 - Posted by: sailorcrew at December 31, 2006 1:47 PM

1. 6'3"
2. Male
3. 35
4. 228
5. 242
6. 5-6 days of Crossfit; often doubles (2 workouts).
7. Weights & conditioning, following the coreperformance.com regiment.
8. 8
9. 8
10. N/A; I don't track times beyond the gym.
11. Ditto.
12. 13
13. 22
14. Didn't test.
15. 385
16. 355
17. 395
18. 165
19. 175
20. around 47 minutes
21. around 48 minutes
22. Freshness: The variety of exercises & workouts keeps the mind and body from burning out.
23. How can you complain about something so useful and free? Thank you, Coach Glassman, for sharing your observations and energies and inspiring so many.

Comment #344 - Posted by: Steve T at December 31, 2006 2:30 PM

Perfect research designs do not exist in the field, especially if there have been no "observations" on which to base the research. It seems as though the poster trusts no one and believes that every other poster in the forum is less than trustworthy. It remains that questionnaires are valid and useful tools for gathering data. No amount of nay-saying can change that. Again we are making first wave observations here and not performing a large scale clinical trial. There is no reason to create a monster when a guinea pig will do. Hopefully he/she will volunteer for the next set of questioning and analysis or work with Coach Glassman to develop the perfect inquiry.

And its a holiday, why bicker about things we both like to do? I'm having a Guiness and a feast with the family in a few minutes. I hope everyone else follows suit.

Comment #345 - Posted by: Dr. Kilgore at December 31, 2006 2:41 PM

1. 6 ft., 4 in.
2. Male
3. 26
4. 190 lb.
5. 195 lb.
6. 150 +/-
7. Machine based weight training & jogging
8. 4
9. 6
10. 20 min.
11. 16 min.
12. 8
13. 23
14. 180 lb.
15. 215 lb.
16. 255 lb.
17. 325 lb.
18. unknown
19. 135 lb.
20. 53 min.
21. 47 min.
22. It's hard, free, simple, and full of people who inspire me to better performance.
23. Nada

Comment #346 - Posted by: mws at December 31, 2006 3:23 PM

I personally would like to thank everyone who posted
their results. The data will achieve its intended
purpose.

Comment #347 - Posted by: Dr. Kilgore at December 31, 2006 3:51 PM

Resorting to censorship. Nice.

Well, if you can't stand the heat of public debate...

Good luck with your pseudo-intellectual "research"!

Comment #348 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 31, 2006 4:02 PM

Another Ph.D.,

Between your penultimate post and your last one, eleven posts were caught by the MT SPAM filters. Three, including yours, were manually reviewed and published. One person accused us of censorship, you, and twice. You're painting a very revealing picture of yourself.

My position has remained unchanged and factually accurate: the bias occurs at the moment that inferences, conclusions, abstract, or summary logically extend beyond the sample space.

If I put a questionnaire in a corked bottle and float it out to sea with a return address, the returns are unbiased IF I report them as coming from a corked bottle sent adrift. If I report them as the opinions of left handed red-heads, I've biased the sample. That you can't work with this suggests to me that your Ph.D. is either not real or in a very soft science. Without revealing more, please, tell me, in what field have you received a doctorate?

Like your claim of censorship, your worry of claims of response outside of the intended population come with no supporting evidence. I would ask you, after 6 years of posting workouts how many record times for any of the benchmark workouts have we been unable to substantiate? On what do you base the probability of contamination? With what frequency are we trolled, SPAM'ed, or otherwise lead on? I propose that we are better informed of the likelihood of your concerns being real than you. In any case, nothing that you've offered was anything other than obvious except for the ridiculous assertion that the survey is worthless.


Comment #349 - Posted by: Coach at December 31, 2006 4:42 PM

1. 6’1”
2. Male
3. 36
4. 176 pounds
5. 176 pounds (never changes!)
6. I’ve only missed a few WOD since Aug. 1, 2006 when I started
7. Traditional lifting program for 2 years 6 days a week
8. 7
9. 9
10. Can’t remember
11. Can’t remember
12. 3
13. 15 without breaking form
14. 225 pounds
15. 295 pounds
16. 135 pounds
17. 235 pounds
18. 65 pounds
19. 125 pounds
20. Didn’t run then
21. Still don’t run 10K
22. Changes it up every day; seems to improve my OVERALL fitness, not just cardio or max weight I can push/pull
23. Can’t think of anything. I’ve scrapped my old workout completely, as have many of the firefighters on our department who have gotten into Crossfit and have stayed with it.

Comment #350 - Posted by: Blade at December 31, 2006 5:01 PM

Another PH.D. ...


If you are so smart, write a perspectus on how it should be done and why you should do it. Then ask Crossfit to pay you to do it. Then resubmit in 90 days for further disapproval. Rinse and repeat.

Otherwise, don't be a JACKASS and do as you're asked and fill out the infomation. Quit trying to be the smartest guy in the room.

COACH...

I thought this was a "Fitness" site not a "Science" site. We should not talk about "Science", so we can "UNITE" with our fellow Crossfitters. I don't like all this science talk it has no place here. All it does is serve to "Divide" us. I am going to take my ball and go home and not post on "Rest" day if all we are going to do is talk about "Science".

:(
:(

Comment #351 - Posted by: CCTJOEY at December 31, 2006 6:08 PM

1. 5 ft. 9 inches
2. male
3. 46 yo
4. 168 lb.
5. 170 lb.
6. average 4.5 per week
7. indoor rock climbing once per week
8. 4
9. 8
10. don't know for Elizabeth. I know that Fran one year ago was around 12 min.
11. don't know for Elizabeth, but Fran is now down to 6:30.
12. 12
13. 30 kipping pull-ups
14. 215 lbs
15. 265 lbs
16. 225 lbs
17. 285 lbs
18. don't know
19. don't know
20. don't run 10K
21. don't run 10k
22. constant variety, dramatic effect on fitness, strength, muscle development, cardiovascular endurance
23. rope burns on shins, frequent torn callouses on hands from pullups

Comment #352 - Posted by: Mark Rosen at December 31, 2006 6:19 PM

#352, CCTJOEY,

"I thought this was a 'Fitness' site not a 'Science' site."

For those interested in optimal results, this is a distinction without a difference.

Comment #353 - Posted by: Hari at December 31, 2006 6:22 PM

HARI...I guess you don't get my humor...there is an Irony I was addressing...Happy New Year.

Joey

Comment #354 - Posted by: CCTJOEY at December 31, 2006 6:31 PM

#355, CCTJOEY,

Sorry. Right after I hit enter, I began to suspect that I might have missed the point.

Happy New Year!

Comment #355 - Posted by: Hari at December 31, 2006 6:36 PM

1. 6" 00"
2. Male
3. 31
4. 195 lbs
5. 195 lbs
6. Roughly 3 - 4 a week
7. Running & Volleyball ~ daily
8. 7. I was in good shape. Just finished a marathon the week prior and still performing double digit pups/chinups..good pushups, situps, too.
9. Probably an 8. Much better shape than before I started
10. Don't know. I haven't recorded times yet.
11. Same
12. Roughly 15
13. Straight, dead-hang pullups = 25
14. Don't know
15. Whatever it is, it's easier and I can do more of them.
16. ?
17. Don't know...haven't tried to max it.
18. Same
19. Same
20. Roughly 48 minutes
21. probably 45 or just a little quicker
22. Community. Community. Community. for the first part. Second, daily variety of workout. Third, the absolute functionality of the fitness. Fourth, the willingness to share lessons learned w/o being greedy or stingy.
23. Cost & locations of the certifications. It's a lot and they are never near Omaha, Nebraska. I am in shape, but I am also cheap. Coach, you will be well remembered even by those who may never have the opportunity to meet you. God's Blessings on you!

Comment #356 - Posted by: Xfit in Omaha at December 31, 2006 6:46 PM

1. 5' 6"
2. M
3. 43
4. 148#
5. 147.5#
6. 4/Wk
7. BJJ/Boxing 4x/wk - Standard Bod Buld Wt WO 2x/Wk
8. 5
9. 7.5
10. Unknown
11. Unknown
12. 43
13. 12
14. 185 full
15. 185 full
16. 300
17. 300
18. Unknown
19. Unknown
20. Hours
21. Hours
22. Variation - Full Range of Motion - Functionality - Technique
23. Scope of Exercises makes dangerous for beginners - Lack of lasered information and options needed to properly scale exercises for appropriate ages, abilities, and levels of expertise - Lack of readily available support providing info on mixing Crossfit with active sport participation and subsequent possibility of overtraining.

Comment #357 - Posted by: Braxton Glass at December 31, 2006 7:01 PM

1. 6'-3"
2. M
3. 46
4.205
5.205
6.3-4/wk
7. basketball 2/wk, weights 3/wk
8. 7
9. "
10.I don't keep track
11. "
12 +- 20 strict
13+- 25 strict
14 275
15 275 but deeper
16 315 lb
17 385
18 135
19 185
20 +- 35 min
21 last one was about 38
22 variety, learning oly lifts.
23 some of the workouts are dificult to perform in my Gym


Comment #358 - Posted by: Alex at December 31, 2006 8:01 PM

1. 5'6"
2. M
3. 33
4. 149lbs
5. 148.5lbs
6. I started Crossfit at the beginning of the year but I did not do all of the workouts and did not begin posting consistently until a few months later. Committed to Crossfit sometime in the summer, so I am not sure.
7. Bodybuilding with some powerlifting style resistance 4-5X/week. Involved in various sports recreationally on an inconsistent basis (basketball, wake boarding, mountain biking, volleyball).
8. After having done Crossfit I would rate my fitness when I started at between 6-7. Crossfit has changed my idea of fitness however. Had you asked me before Crossfit I would have rated myself higher.
9. I would rate my fitness today as definately improved probably around 8-8.5. Again Crossfit has opened my eyes to so many new things that I feel like I have unlimited avenues to improve in.
10. My first Elizabeth when I had rings was Feb 8th - time = 6:14 however, this was with power cleans.
11. My most recent Elizabeth was on Dec.21 - time 7:07 with full sqaut cleans, best with full squat cleans is 6:51
12. Unsure exactly, but probably close to 40.
13. Last attempt 55 (at San Diego Cert.)
14. 324lbs
15. 364lbs
16. 365lbs
17. 390lbs
18. unsure
19. 145lbs.
20. Have not run the 10k's
21. Have not done.
22. What I like most about Crossfit is that after my first workout I knew immediately that I had been missing something in my training. What it made me realize is that I had structured my training to primarily revolve around those things I could do relatively well and it was easy for me to avoid the things I sucked at. Now I no longer accept this for myself. Crossfit made me do things and workouts I normally would not, and pointed out very obviously when and where I needed to improve. This has been the greatest gift I have received in all the years I have trained. Because Crossfit continues to evolve with it's methodology I know that there will always be something for me to strive towards. It is this that will keep me hooked on Crossfit indefinately. The great sense of community that Crossfit has developed is another aspect that I have come to appreciate and that keeps me coming back for more.
23. I tend to tune out to most of the discussions that are not fitness related. Although it does not bother me when the topics are posted by Lauren, I do not like it when these discussions spill over into the training days.

Comment #359 - Posted by: AFT at December 31, 2006 11:23 PM

Coach,

The censorship I referred to in post #349 regarded my post #338 -- which *at the time I wrote #349* -- had not been published. I assumed you were intentionally blocking my posts, but now I suspect that my inclusion of a URL may have been the culprit. My apologies.

My Ph.D. is in Philosophy. My B.A. is in Mathematics, and my M.A. -- earned after my Ph.D. in Philosophy -- is in Applied Statistics.

Post #338 is the clearest expression of my reasons for believing your survey results will be empirically and statistically worthless.

I said in #338 that I would give you the last word in this debate. Thus, I have only clarified (and apologized for) my charge of censorship, and answered your question about my Ph.D.

Comment #360 - Posted by: Another Ph.D. at December 31, 2006 11:43 PM

1. 6'5"
2. M
3. 33
4. 250
5. 238
6. 4x per week
7. Basketball 1-2x week, Flag Football 1-2x per week, irregular treadmill workouts
8. 3.5
9. 7.5
10. 7:15 (modified to regular dips instead of ring dips.)
11. N/A (only completed 1x so far)
12. 0
13. 6
14. 250
15. 315
16. 225
17. 345
18. 85
19. 135
20. Have not run a 10k.
21. See above.
22. Competition, first against your personal best, second against the people you train with.
23. The fact that almost everything is harder for tall, heavy body types.

Comment #361 - Posted by: JLewis at December 31, 2006 11:53 PM

1. 5' 11" 2. male 3. 58 4. 184# in 1/06 5. 176# now 6. I'm guessing I've done 250 CF workouts this year 7. In the year prior to CF, I ran swam, cycled and did Navy SEAL workouts from Special Ops workout book. 8.PreCF fitness level-7 9. CF fitness level-8 10. Elizabeth time: never did it 11. Elizabeth time now: have never done as rx'ed. 12.PU's preCF: 12-13 (strict) 13. CF pu's: probably 16 strict pullups, 27 kipped 14. PreCF squat: maybe 200 15. CF squat:225# 16. PreCF dl: hadn't done dl's in some time 17. CF dl max: 270# 18. PreCF press: I'm guessing 160# or so 19. CF press max: 205# 20. PreCF 10k: I hadn't run a timed 10k in some time before CF 21. CF 10k time: 52 min. in mid '06. 22. Best of CF: variety of workouts, cyber-coaching and the caring members of the CF community 23. Worst of CF: the occasional nastiness that creeps into the posts. This is a minor, minor complaint. John Wopat

Comment #362 - Posted by: john wopat at January 1, 2007 7:08 AM

1.6 ft
2.M
3.38
4.208
5.204
6.Been doing an average of four "Crossfit style" workouts per week since June. Most of them are not named Crossfit WODs as I put together my own WODs.
7.None
8.3
9.7
10.N/A, started xfit in May
11.15:47, ring dips assisted w/ heels on a 20" box
12.6
13.13, I don't do these on a regular basis due to elbow tendoitis
14.235, this is a guess
15.295
16.245, this is a guess
17.325
18.95, this is a guess
19.135
20.N/A
21.N/A
22.Open source, community feel, support for our troops, politics and the in-depth knowledge of fitness/exercise
23.Would like an audio or video Podcast

Comment #363 - Posted by: Don King at January 1, 2007 7:47 AM

1. 65 inches (5 ft, 5 in)
2. Male
3. 36.5 yrs
4. 147 lbs
5. 152 lbs
6. @5-6 WOD/Crossfit-type workouts per week since 27 OCT 06
7. From OCT 05 to JUN 06 it was running 2-20 miles/month, swimming 500-2000 m/month, mild weight lifting and calisthenics 3-10x/month. I was in a medical internship with limited time for exercise. In JUL 07 I began the Navy Undersea Medical Officer course and had structured PT of running, swimming, and calisthenics 4-5x/week.
8. 7
9. 8
10. N/A
11. What was your time on your most recent completion of "Elizabeth"? (please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used).
12. 6
13. 17 dead hang.
14. 175
15. 285
16. Unknown
17. 175
18. I don't benchpress (I don't have a right pectoralis major)
19. See 18.
20. @ 55-60 minutes. I was averaging 9 minute miles.
21. 47:54 18 DEC 06
22. The intense, dynamic, and functional nature of the workout regimen, as well as the great results.
23. The questionable application of physics to exercise physiology, i.e. the kipping pull-ups. Saying you are doing the same work because you are moving the same distance doesn't consider the bigger picture, such as muscle recruitment, momentum, mechanical advantage, etc.

Comment #364 - Posted by: Reconifer at January 1, 2007 7:57 AM

SELF-SELECTION BIAS

Comment #365 - Posted by: masterpayne at January 1, 2007 8:58 AM

1. 6 feet
2. male
3. 36
4. 196lbs
5. 187 lbs
6. Avg. 5 WOD a Week
7. Lifting, running sports, most every day
8.6
9. 8
10. around 15 min.
11. 9:30
12.10
13.17
14. 315
15. 340
16. 295
17. 350
18.145
19. 160
20. 1:05
21. 55:00
22. Challenge, scores, message boards, variety
23. political readings

Comment #366 - Posted by: Meyer at January 1, 2007 9:19 AM

1. 6ft
2. male
3. 40
4. 220#
5. 210#
6. ~166 since June 15th, 4-6 per week
7. very mild body weight 2-3 per week
8. 1
9. 2
10. 20:00 in July with 95# pc and bar dips
11. 14:45 in October with 95# pc and bar dips
12. 1 in January, 2 in June when I started Crossfit
13. 9
14. n/a
15. BS 225#
16. n/a
17. 275#
18. n/a
19. 121#
20. eliptical 78:00 in July
21. eliptical 66:49 in September - dislike LSD and running
22. varitety, community, vast resource or great health and fitness info, great people
23. I dislike restday politics discussions/bickering. Political opinions are like a-holes; everyone has one, most often stink, and not much comes out that is worth a good fertilizer. I doubt anyone ever came to Crossfit.com because they heard there were great political debates every fourth day. Crossfit should stick to what it does best and for every fourth day either have health and fitness debates or deliver insightful discoveries, chalenges, records, history or trials and tribulations regarding health and fitness.

Comment #367 - Posted by: James N at January 1, 2007 10:01 AM

1. 64 in
2. F
3. 38
4. 128 lbs
5. 118 lbs
6. 240
7. running 4-6x/wk
8. 7
9. 8
10. 1.18.06, 10:16 - 45#, 4x bench dips
11. 8.11.06, 10:54 - 73#, self asst ring dips
12. 10, 50% assist
13. 21, small jump
14. 145#, poor form
15. 133#, good form
16. 145#
17. 173#
18. 45#
19. 65#
20. 5.29.06, 43:12 (race)
21. 12.1.06, 47:02 - TM, 1% incline
22. intensity, unknown of the WOD from 1 day to the next, feeling of accomplishment when thru
23.

Jen

Comment #368 - Posted by: paulf at January 1, 2007 10:19 AM

1. 6'
2. Male
3. 49
4.187 lbs
5. 185 lbs
6. Average of three per week
7. Running 3x per week, some weight lifting (normal 3x per week routine, although I didn't lift that often).
8. 5
9. 8
10.?
11.? (I don't time my workouts.)
12. 3 (on a good day)
13. 12 on a good day, 10 otherwise!
14. I workout at home and don't have any type of squat rack or stand. Whatever I squat, I have to clean first. So, you're looking at 185 more of less.
15. see 14.
16. 245
17. 305+ !!
18. Bench press I assume. 155
19. 155
20. 10k July 4th 05, 72 minutes
21. 10k July 4th 06, 66 minutes (with an injured ankle)
22. Variation. It's real strength, not window dressing. I can get a superior workout done in 30 - 40 minutes. (I'm extremely busy, job, business, kids, wife, that sort of thing.) Xfit got me back into martial arts. My punches and kicks are harder than they were fifteen years ago when I was doing martial arts seriously. Most important thing is I can keep up with my son. (He's eight.) My commitment to exercise provides both my children with a very positive roll model. I don't know percentages, but I am far fitter than most people my age. Lead by example.
23. There is nothing I don't like about Xfit. I just thank God that coach Glassman has created this site and offers it for free to all of us. Reading the comments I notice that a few say the exercises are dangerous for beginners. That's bunk! Brushing your teeth is dangerous if you're an idiot. Because of my schedule, I don't get to exercise quite as often as I should, so I still have to scale back some of the workouts. I still get a great workout in, and I'm still progressing in my pursuit of fitness. I mean, going from 3 pull-ups to 12 is a 300% increase! Those are from a dead hang, too. Also, some people are still bent out of shape about the discussions on the off days. I often find the articles posted on off days stimulating. Even if I don't completely always agree with the content, most of the articles are very well thought out. To be upset with their conservative/libertarian bent is to completely misinterpret the situation. (Last time I checked, this was a privately owned site.) The desire to "sanitize" the off day posts and comments reminds me too much of what has occurred in Europe since WWII. Essentially, political correctness taken to such an extreme that thought and speech has been criminalized when it is found offensive to certain groups. (Except, of course, indigenous Europeans. You can apparently offend them all you want to.)That's all I have time for. To the people who run Crossfit, thank you so much! And have a very happy New Year! Lee

Comment #369 - Posted by: lee at January 1, 2007 10:27 AM

1. 6'6" feet
2.Male
3.36
4.240
5.230
6.3-4 times/week 2.5 months
7. light running, simple weight lifting
8. 2 at the start
9. 5.5
10. N/A
11.N/A
12.0
13.2
14.N/A
15.n/a
16.n/a
17.305lbs
18.n/a
19.n/a
20.n/a
21.n/a
22.variation and the differentiation from the trainers. Also they all seem to take a personal interest in you as you are working out. The encouragement factor and the sense of community, the comprehensive web site and the great trainers at Crossfit Santa Cruz
23. Throwing up!!!!

Comment #370 - Posted by: brian saxton at January 1, 2007 11:44 AM

Compared to the standard operating procedure in the Ex. Phys. world of testing untrained college students for weeks or months, Crossfit's testing includes a larger, more varied, and more relevant sample to draw conclusions from. However, there is also the problem of selection bias and the near impossibility of verifying the results. I do not think that Coach is going to use this to attempt something absurd like trying to scientifically prove that Crossfit is the superior exercise program in the world, as that would be impossible to prove from any data group given the fact that it would be based upon inductive and not deductive logic (as all science is.) He may use it to decide if he needs to include, for example, more deadlifts in the program, and whether he should keep posting the rest day political topics. For that use, this survey is far from worthless. Crossfit, besides being a philosohy and program of fitness, is a product and a service and it aims to keep its customers fit and satisfied, and this survey is useful towards that end as well.

For the more complicated business of investigating the why's and how's of Crossfit, that will involve causal induction, which is always complicated and messy in the real world, and it will require further, more precise, and more verifiable testing. This seems like a good start, however.

My question for the research, is about variances in timing on a Crossfit workout. For example, on a rower, many people begin around a 4 minute 1k. With Crossfit training they may eventually bring that down to around 3:10. The decrease in time is due to improved stamina, endurance, technique, and power. Compare that to someone's first Fran, which will begin at a lung bursting 12 minutes, and after years of training may end up around a lungbursting 3 minutes. The same volume of work is done each time. Fran and the 1k row are very similar in terms of the body parts used, intensity, and I would assume, quantity of work done. Yet in the row progress comes much slower. Brendan Gilliam and I talked about this at CFHQ. For him, a 3:30 1k row is easy, but a 3:20 1k row is very very difficult, just from a difference of 10 seconds. It would require him much dedicated training to take just 10 or 15 seconds off of his best time. Compare that to Fran, where a 3:55 or 4:05 Fran are nearly identically painful, intense, and lungbusting to the same athlete. Also, an athlete may go from a 3:55 to 2:55 Fran in the same time that it takes him to go from a 3:20 to 3:10 1k row. I am not able to fully articulate my question here, but there does seem to be a big difference in terms of timing of two fairly similar workouts, Fran and the 1k row. Why is that?

Comment #371 - Posted by: Russ Greene at January 1, 2007 1:17 PM

1. 180 cm
2. Male
3. 31
4. 92
5. 92
6. 3-4 a week on average since start Aug 2006
7. Thaiboxing, climbing some weightlifting. Average 3 training days a week
8. 3
9. 5
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 3 (strict did'nt know about kipping then)
13. 13 (kipping)
14. N/A (Squat??? That's not an upper body exercice)
15. 95 kg
16. N/A (Deadlift?? Dosen't make your biceps bigger)
17. 110 kg
18. N/A (Press?? I think there is a machin for that)
19. 55 kg
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. I't works
23. Politics.

Comment #372 - Posted by: J-RoC at January 1, 2007 1:26 PM

1. 6 feet
2. M
3. 44
4. 285
5. ~255
6. started in April 2006. 145 – ave 4 per week Q2, 4.5 per week Q3and Q4
7. 4-5 days a week of basic weightlifting and cardio
8. 5-6
9. 7-8
10. na
11. na
2. 7
13. 15
14. correctly?...300
15. 425
16. 365
17. 525
18. na
19. 225
20. na
21. na
22. Competitive, varied workouts, self accountability, the body as a whole aspect vs. the iso movements that became very boring.
23. Whining.

Comment #373 - Posted by: BBH at January 1, 2007 2:19 PM

1. 5'8"
2. Male
3. 34
4. 177
5. 184
6. 15
7. 3 days of bodyweight and freeweight training
8. 5-5.5
9. 6.5-7
10. n/a
11. n/a (yet!)
12. 4
13. 12
14. 255
15. 305
16. 265
17. 315
18. n/a
19. n/a
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. I love the challenge and incorporation of using full functional strength, as opposd to isolation exercises. plus, I like how proper form is emphasized and explain in easy to understand trms.
23. n/a

Comment #374 - Posted by: Sincere at January 1, 2007 3:21 PM

Here is what I have collected:

1. 5'7"
2. M
3. 39
4. 218
5. 205
6. 3x per week
7. minimul to none (walking only)
8. 3
9. 6
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 0
13. 0
14. n/a
15. ?
16. n/a
17. 185
18 n/a
19. 175
20. n/a
21. ?
22. never boring workouts. great bunch of people.
23. haven't found any yet

1.5'7"
2. female
3. 30
4. 158
5. 145
6. 3-4 per week
7. 3-4 days body building and surfing
8. 4
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 5
13. ?
14. 100
15. ?
16. ?
17. 190
18. 85
19. ?
20. ?
21. ?
22. no workout is the same, lots of positive support, quick and to the point classes.
23. $$

1. 5'10"
2. female
3. 138
5. 138
6. 3-5 per week (started in september)
7. swim, bike, run, surf 5 days a week
8. 7
9. 8
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 0
13. learning the kip
14. don't know
15. 120
16. don't know
17. 160
18. don't know
19. 60 lb
20. ?
21. ?
22. i like how strong I feel, the workouts are never boring, always varied, good feeling of comradery with peers and trainers (support from everyone)
23. nothing

1. 5'7"
2. Female
3. 31
4. 155
5. 145
6. 3-5 per week (started in october 1)
7. gym workouts and yoga 3-5 days a week
8. 5
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 0
13. learning to kip 0
14. don't know
15. don't know
16. don't know
17. 85 lb
18. don't know
19. don't know
20. ?
21. ?
22. vaired workouts, comradery, support of trainers and peers
23. nothing

1. 6'
2. female
3. 38
4. 156
5. 140
6. 3 per week
7. running, cycling 5 days a week
8. 4-5
9. 6
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 0
13. jumping pull ups only
14. don't know
15. don't know
16. 0
17. 65
18. 0
19. 0
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. commraderie, variety, challenging
23. no 5 am class

1. 6'
2. female
3. 42
4. 188
5. 159
6. 3-5 a week
7. nothing
8. 3
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 0
13 jumping
14. don't know
15. don't know
16. 0
17. 95
18. 0
19. 40
20. 59 min 7/04
21. n/a
22. variety, challenging, cammraderie
23. bad music

1. 5'0"
2. Female
3. 46
4. 100
5. 97
6. 4 per week
7. running, aerobics classes and weights at gym
8. 5
9. 8-9
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 6
13. 10
14. n/a
15. n/a
16. 65
17. 85
18. 20
19. 30
20. 60 min
21. 60 min
22. the trainers, the variety of routines, duration and effectiveness of workouts, the people that attend
23. it can be cold, parking, not enough stretching

1. 5'2"
2. Female
3. 35
4. ?
5. 114
6. 15 classes. started nov 1
7. triathlon, weightlifting
8. ?
9. just started
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 15
13. 8
14. n/a
15.
16. n/a
17. n/a
18. n/a
19. 50
20. 55 min
21. 55 min
22. variety of trainers and workouts. the people
23. parking, more stretchin

1. 5' 10
2. male
3. 36
4. 170
5. don't know
6. 4-5 per week
7. gym lifting 4-5 a week
8. 4
9. 7
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 3
13. 25
14.
15.
16.
17. 225
18. ?
19. ?
20. 45 minutes
21. 45 minutes
22. teams, competitive awesome atmosphere
23. sometimes not enough continuity day to day

1. 5'10
2. male
3. 37
4. 212
5. 193
6. 5 per week
7.
8. 4
9. 8
10. n/a
11. n/a
12. 1
13. 6
14.
15.
16.
17. 250
18.
19.
20. 45 min
21. ?
22. competitive
23. double up on excersices.

1.5'8"
2. female
3. 46
4. 155
5. 145
6. 3 per week
7. nothin
8. 4
9. 7
10.
11.
12. 0
13. 2
14. don't know
15. 95lb
16.don't know
17. 100
18
19.
20.
21.
22. variety, social
23. repetition

1. 6'
2. male
3. 52
4. 190
5. 190
6. 4 per week
7. running 1 a week
8. 5
9. 8
10.
11.
12. 5
13. 12
14.
15
16. 275
17. 325
18.
19.
20.
21.
22. Results
23.

1. 5' 3"
2. female
3. 26
4.
5.
6. 5 per week
7. weightlifting, dancing, aerobics, kickboxing
8. 5
9. 7
10
11
12. 0
13. 7
14.
15. 145 for 3 rep max
16. 135lb
17. 165lb
18.
19. 55lb
20.
21.
22. results, variety, function in the movements
23. rowing

Comment #375 - Posted by: hollis CrossFit Santa Cruz at January 1, 2007 3:31 PM

1. How tall are you? ( Make sure you specify feet or meters)
2. What sex are you?
3. How old are you?
4. How much did you weigh on January 1, 2006? ( Make sure you specify pounds or kilograms)
5. How much do you weigh today?
6. How many CrossFit workouts have you completed since January 1, 2006? (If you cannot give an exact number please provide the average number of CrossFit WODs you do each week)
7. In the year immediately prior to beginning CrossFit, what type of exercise did you do and how frequently did you do it?
8. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness on the day you started CrossFit (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
9. On a scale of 1-10 rate your fitness today (1 = I breath heavy while jumping to conclusions, 10 = I am in the top 1% in the country in fitness).
10. What was your time on "Elizabeth" in January, 2006? (or the earliest date on which you did this workout in 2006 – please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used ).
11. What was your time on your most recent completion of "Elizabeth"? (please include the date AND if it was scaled please specify the load used).
12. How many pull-ups could you do in January, 2006?
13. How many pull-ups can you do today?
14. How much could you squat for a single repetition in January, 2006?
15. How much can you squat today?
16. How much could you deadlift for a single repetition in January, 2006?
17. How much can you deadlift today?
18. How much could you press for a single repetition on January 1, 2006 ?
19. How much can you press today?
20. How fast was your first 10km run of 2006? ( please include the date )
21. How fast can you run 10km today? ( please include the most recent date )
22. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the most? ( What keeps you coming back for more? )
23. What aspect of CrossFit do you like the least? (Anything, politics, diplomacy, etc.)

Lon Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Kinesiology
College of Health Sciences and Human Services
Midwestern State University
3410 Taft
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
www.lonkilgore.com

When you answer, PLEASE simply number 1-23, and fill in the reply, one line per answer, as follows. Do not repeat the question.
1.5'7"
2.male
3.29
4.155lbs
5.150lbs
6.4 x week since started in august
7.weights, cardio each once or twice per week
8.6
9.8
10.
11.
12.7
13.17
14.195lbs
15.265;bs
16.200
17.270lbs
18.110
19.115
20.times vary greatly between seasons. I generally race 5-8 times a year and i have found that since cross fit my times for running have improved, however i have had no races since starting.
21.
22.I love the variance and the difficulty of the workouts. LOVE it.
23nothing

Comment #376 - Posted by: rob at January 1, 2007 4:08 PM

Started CrossFit on April 19, 2006 and kinda eased into it (still easing into to the lifting style)

1. 5'10''
2. M
3. 56
4. 205 lbs
5. 200 lbs
6. 117 since April 19
7. Cardio 3-4 days/wk., weight training (body building style) 3 days/wk., bike commuting 5 days/wk., long bike rides on weekends
8. 4
9. 5.5
10. n.a.
11. 22 min. 20 sec. 12/21/06
12. 16
13. 16
14. 175 lbs
15. 245 lbs.
16. 185 lbs.
17. 245 lbs.
18. n.a.
19. 125 lbs
20. No running as per doctor's orders due to hip injury. I use the eliptical machine for that part of the workouts. I will switch to rowing as soon as I have a rower.
21. See answer to #20
22. I really like the overall philosophy of a broad based fitness. I like the variety of workouts, I think my body is not gong through the cycle of change/plateau that it used to do. Progress is a straighter line. Althought this is my first time posting, I read the posts and enjoy the sense of community (perhaps I shall be more active posting in the year to come). I am highly appreciative of what Coach Glassman has put together and his sharing with the rest of us. I only hope you keep it coming Coach.
23. The only thing I can complain about is that my wife is making faster progress than I am! Not much of a complaint really, I love it. Keep it coming! Happy New Year to all you Crossfitters!

Comment #377 - Posted by: Dave Miltz at January 1, 2007 4:32 PM

1. 6'4"
2. Male
3. 47
4. 230
5. 220
6. 4/week
7. Lifted weights. Mtn Bike. Jiu Jitsu. Something every day.
8. 4
9. 7.5
10.
11.
12. 21
13. 28
14.
15.
16. 265
17. 340
18. 325
19. Shoulder injury last 3 months.
20.
21.
22. Anaerobic capacity increases. Crossfit is a means to an end. Not my only aspect of fitness
23. I could do without the political aspect. It's not horrible, but not necessary.

Comment #378 - Posted by: Mark S at January 1, 2007 6:03 PM

1. 6'4
2. Male
3. 32
4. 205
5. 230
6. 3-4 WODS per week
7. Reg calastinics 2-3 per week
8. 2-3
9. 6-7
10. Don't recall
11. Don't recall
12. 5
13. 22
14. 175
15. 267
16. 200
17. 332
18. 110
19. 165
20. 55+ mins
21. 46+ mins w/ steep hills Dec 15 06(?)
22. Results!
23. Ahmic Jones and his Sadist ass kicking mine. Just kidding Doc.

Comment #379 - Posted by: Joe at January 1, 2007 7:30 PM

1. 5'8"
2. male
3. 24
4. 175 lbs.
5. 168 lbs.
6. 5 days/week
7. (All separate) Olympic lifting - 3x/week, Power lifting - 3x/week, cardio/plyometrics - 2x/week
8. 6
9. 8.5
10. 10:25 as Rx'd
11. 6:12 as Rx'd
12. 20
13. 43
14. 280 lbs.
15. 315 lbs.
16. 385 lbs.
17. 465 lbs.
18. 125 lbs.
19. 155 lbs.
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. Philosophy of taking everything that works in fitness and combining it all; ability to easily tailor fitness needs and/or desires to individuals.
23. Some opinions on technique/style (e.g., technique 1 is better than technique 2 to perform exercise x) -- some people just do things more efficiently with different technique!

Comment #380 - Posted by: gimpy at January 1, 2007 10:47 PM

1. 5'11''
2. M
3. 25
4. Don't Know, but about 185
5. 182 lbs
6. 5 WOD's/week on average since August '06
7. Weightlifting 4 days/week free weights...basically my college football workouts minus the olympic lifts
8.6
9.7
10. Unknown
11. Unknown
12. 5
13. 12 pullups (none kipping) 16 kipping
14. Don't know (haven't 1 rep maxed since college) approximately 275lbs?
15. same
16. Had never deadlifted
17. 300? Still haven't 1rmaxed DL
18. Unknown
19. Unknown
20. Never ran
21. Never ran
22. Variety and challenge of workouts
23. Newbies asking questions that are answered in FAQ's

Comment #381 - Posted by: Kevin C at January 2, 2007 12:29 AM

1. 5’10”
2. M
3. 43
4. 219
5. 231
6. About 3-4 per week
7. Jogging, about 1-2x per week.
8. 3
9. 6
10. Elizabeth, January 17, 2006, Scaled: 15 KB Cleans, Left/Right, 16kg KB; 21 chair dips; 8 KB Cleans, Left/Right; 15 Chair dips; 5 KB Cleans, Left/Right; 10 Chair dips
8:12 minutes
11. August 11, 2006. 2* 25lb KB hang clean – 21 reps ; 45# Oly Bar hang cleans – 15 / 9 reps ; Assisted “walker” dips; 15:32 minutes
12. 1
13. 1/2
14. Don’t know
15. Don’t know
16. About 140
17. About 180
18. Overhead press, about 45
19. Overhead press, about 75
20. Don’t run 10k
21. Don’t run 10k
22. The open-source nature of the philosophy, the variety of exercises, the concept of GPP, the helpfulness of the community
23. the petty nature of some members who whine about wanting the Crossfit website to stop posting political thought, and the fact that Crossfit is hard.

Comment #382 - Posted by: TimW at January 2, 2007 12:32 AM

1.176cm
2.M
3.36
4.88kg on April 28, 2006 (when I started CF)
5.78kg
6.98 since April 28, 2006
7.Weights 1-2x/week + Mountainbiking 0-1x/week
8.4
9.7
10.Only Elisabeth on August 11 2006: 18:03
11.Only Elisabeth on August 11 2006: 18:03
12.4
13.14
14.110 kg
15.120 kg
16.105 kg
17.140 kg
18.50 kg
19.62,5 kg
20.59:30
21.49:20
22.The progress is very tangible due to comparable WOD's. The mix of cardio and weights give the variation needed to keep my interest and motivation up. I can do it at home, with no more equipment needed than the cost of attending a gym for 2 years. This is free! I like the thoroughness of the CFJournal. I depend on the videos and slideshows to know the exercises, as I've never done Olympic lifts before.
23.The (very unhealthy) patriotism and propaganda that come to the surface on some Rest Days...

Comment #383 - Posted by: ThomasG at January 2, 2007 5:09 AM

Started end of October
1. 5' 11"
2. M
3. 49
4. 225
5. 230
6. about 3/week
7. Bodybuilding type workouts with Olympic lifts
8. 4
9. 6
10. Have not done yet
11. see 10.
12. 4
13. 9
14. 300 - the following are estimates; haven't done 1RM's yet
15. 300
16. 285
17. 285
18. 135
19. 160
20. have not done yet
21. see 20.
22. variety of workouts
23. nothing yet

Comment #384 - Posted by: Geoff at January 2, 2007 8:06 AM

1. 5' 10"
2. M
3. 24
4. 175lbs
5. 165lbs
6. 5/wk since 6/1/06
7. 5x/wk running 30-60min, 3x/wk traditional strength training.
8. 6
9. 8
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 10
13. ~20
14. ~265lbs
15. ~275lbs
16. Unknown
17. ~80kg
18. Unknown
19. ~175lbs
20. Unknown
21. Unknown
22. Constant Variance
23. Lack of lateral/rotational movements

Comment #385 - Posted by: Craig at January 2, 2007 9:00 AM

1. 70”
2. m
3. 44
4. 165
5. 175
6. 3/wk
7. weightlift: 2-3X/wk
8. 2
9. 4
10. na
11. na
12. 8
13. 12
14. 135
15. 165
16. 185
17. 275
18. 85
19. 135
20. 58min
21. 51:20, 9/10/06
22. the community of like-minded individuals, the different exercises and routines.
23. the whiners

Comment #386 - Posted by: Josue at January 2, 2007 10:24 AM

1. 5' 10"
2. Male
3. 26
4. 155 lbs
5. 162 lbs
6. Avg WOD's a week = 2-3
7. Generic weight training 2-3x's/week
8. 4
9. 6
10. ???
11. ???
12. 3
13. 12
14. 190 lbs
15. 220 lbs
16. 225 lbs
17. 245 lbs
18. 150 lbs
19. 150 lbs
20. 60 min
21. 56 min
22. Variety, comraderey, trying to see how I compare with other commentors for the day
23. Nothing

Comment #387 - Posted by: Steve at January 2, 2007 10:47 AM

I've been CrossFitting for a couple of years. Spent the last year having an off and on private pity party, so my fitness suffered a bit. I like this idea, though, so I will commit to getting baseline scores within the next couple weeks, so I can give very specific answers next January 1.

Comment #388 - Posted by: Barry Cooper at January 2, 2007 12:18 PM

1. 5'11"
2. m
3. 39
4. 205lbs
5. 195lbs
6. 4-5 average (started in May 06)
7. bodybuilding-type workout 3-4 days/wk
8. 3
9. 5
10. 18:00 using regular dips (not ring) on a 1 to 1 scale (not 3 to 1)
11. 16:58 as rx'd with rings
12. 4
13. 15
14. previous squats were not as low as now so were in the 325 range (partials)
15. 300
16. approx 240
17. 325
18. approx 100
19. 145
20. 60" July 27
21. 58:22 Dec 5
22. variety, challenge, SEEING and feeling progress, ability to compare, TIME urgency, type of lifts and exercises
23. can't find all my posts with one search. Can't search by my name to keep records.

Comment #389 - Posted by: Kaala at January 2, 2007 12:25 PM

1. 5 feet 9 inches
2. Male
3. 32
4. 169
5. 165
6. 5 per week
7. Running periodically, liftng weights, roller blading, soccer
8. 5 -- Lets say I couldn't do most of Level 2 CFN standards
9. 7 -- I can do all of CFN Level 2 and some Level 3
10. July 25 minutes,
11. 21 m 17 s 12/24/06
12. 20 kipping
13. 30 kipping
14. 210
15. 245
16. 280
17. 315
18. 100
19. 135
20. 1 hour 5 min
21. 52 m 55s
22. It is effective and hard and fun
23. Time wasted on politics -- I think it could be beter put to use on educating in the details of fitness. There is so much to learn.

Comment #390 - Posted by: MCC at January 2, 2007 12:30 PM

1. 6 ft
2. male
3. 47
4. 205 lb
5. 195 lb
6. 250
7. weight/aerobics 5xweek
8. 4
9. 7
10. 16 min 13 sec 95 lb
11. 8 min 10 sec 135 lb
12. 8
13. 21
14. 185 lb
15. 215 lb
16. 165 lb
17. 235 lb
18. 225 lb
19. 195 lb
20. 50 min
21. 47 min
22. pushing (over) the edge, "systemic" workout feel, awesome general overview/vision, results!
23. politics/posted articles about politics etc (non work out related)

Comment #391 - Posted by: Mr. V at January 2, 2007 12:37 PM

1. 6 ft
2. male
3. 47
4. 205 lb
5. 195 lb
6. 250
7. weight/aerobics 5xweek
8. 4
9. 7
10. 16 min 13 sec 95 lb
11. 8 min 10 sec 135 lb
12. 8
13. 21
14. 185 lb
15. 215 lb
16. 165 lb
17. 235 lb
18. 225 lb
19. 195 lb
20. 50 min
21. 47 min
22. pushing (over) the edge, "systemic" workout feel, awesome general overview/vision, results!
23. politics/posted articles about politics etc (non work out related)

Comment #392 - Posted by: Mr. V at January 2, 2007 12:38 PM

1. 5’10”
2. M
3. 27
4. 180
5. 185
6. 75
7. Light weight training and running
8. 3
9. 6
10. n/a
11. 25min
12. 8
13. 25
14. 205
15. 255
16. 245
17. 315
18. 185
19. 235
20. 1hr20min
21. 56min
22. The results and how it makes the rest of my off time activities easier. I sleep and rest better
23. Other then not being able to do a muscle up yet…nothing

Comment #393 - Posted by: mike in rochester at January 2, 2007 1:23 PM

1. 6' 2"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 205 pounds
5. 195 pounds
6. average 4 per week
7. ran 3-4 miles twice per week; lifted weights 3 times per week.
8. 5
9. 8
10. ?
11. ?
12. 7
13. 15
14. ?
15. ?
16. ?
17. ?
18. ?
19. 135
20. ?
21. ?
22. The intense, short workouts and the functional fitness.
23. Ambiguity on the WODs as far as weights, rest periods, etc.

Comment #394 - Posted by: Daniel Sprenkle at January 2, 2007 1:38 PM

1. 6' 2"
2. Male
3. 38
4. 205 pounds
5. 195 pounds
6. average 4 per week
7. ran 3-4 miles twice per week; lifted weights 3 times per week.
8. 5
9. 8
10. ?
11. ?
12. 7
13. 15
14. ?
15. ?
16. ?
17. ?
18. ?
19. 135
20. ?
21. ?
22. The intense, short workouts and the functional fitness.
23. Ambiguity on the WODs as far as weights, rest periods, etc.

Comment #395 - Posted by: Daniel Sprenkle at January 2, 2007 1:39 PM

1.5'9"
2.M
3.41
4.187
5.185
6.about 3-4x/wk
7.marathon training, about 40 mi/week
8.3
9.5
10. no record
11. no record
12. 1
13. 10
14. 115#
15. 155#
16. 135#
17. 225#
18. 65#
19. 95#
20. 58 min
21. same
22. variety, brevity, it is there everyday. who needs a personal trainer
23. I had a shoulder injury about 3 months into the program. I had to rest pretty near six weeks. It is hard to do crossfit with a bad shoulder. I have done much better since doing the CFWU consistantly before each work out. I think this needs to be stressed to beginners. It might be a good idea to set up a 6 week boot camp program to get beginners started with some basic skills

Thanks to Coach Glassman. Can you believe it is free. Happy New Year Crossfit

Comment #396 - Posted by: fred stl at January 2, 2007 7:58 PM

1. 5'11
2. M
3. 46
4. 180
5. 172
6. 190-200
7. Self Defense Drill: Fatigue, stress, push ups and sit ups. 3-4 days a week.
8. 8 before knowing what fit was. 4 Now!
9. 8 Now, knowing that crossfit will take me past 10
10. Could not find
11. 10-18-06 Cleans #115 & Ring dips 12:10
12. 3-5
13. 37 kipping
14. N/A
15. #175
16. #195
17. #290
18. N/A
19. #160
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. The commradarie in the Crossfit community and the never ending progress. (what's next??)
23. This is hard to answer but, the attacks on Coach occasionally on the Crossfit forum.

Comment #397 - Posted by: Dan S at January 3, 2007 8:43 AM

1. 5’11”
2. Male
3. 32
4. 200
5. 192
6. Avge 3 a week
7. Bodyweight drills and running
8. 5
9. 8.5
10. 8:47 with 99lb and squat cleans
11. 11:36 with 135lb and hang power cleans
12. ~14
13. ~12 (extended break from pull-ups in last month)
14. Best Front squat ~ 75kg
15. Best Front Squat ~ 100kg
16. 135kg
17. 160kg
18. Strict Press 120lb Push Press 145lb
19. Strict Press 175lb Push Press 200lb
20. 44 min (feb 2006)
21. Haven’t run 10km since
22. Variety, skill level, interest, camaraderie, community, people, effectiveness, sick twisted fun, never ending learning curve
23. Occasional blow ups of personal relationships on the board

Cheers, kempie

Comment #398 - Posted by: kempie at January 3, 2007 9:29 AM

1. 5'8"
2. female
3. 43
4. 169 1bs.
5. 158 lbs.
6. 4-5 per week average
7. none
8. 1
9. 6 or 7
10. I've never done Elizabeth, just learned how to deadlift properly a few weeks ago & always have to sub 2x jumping ring dips when they show up in a workout.
11. ditto
12. 0
13. 7
14. 15-20, depending on the day
15. 35-40, depending on the day
16. 35#
17. 135#
18. 2-15# dumbbells, never pressed with a bar and anything overhead is one of my weakest areas
19. probably 20# dbs, been avoiding them due to shoulder pain
20. ran my 1st 5k on 10/10/06 34:51
21. haven't run one since
22. self respect, most of the people I work out with, helping others as a trainer, changes in the way I look, challenging myself and feeling inspired, achieving things I previously thought were impossible, using endorphins to work through some of the crazy shit in my past
23. people who feel the need to compare in a negative way, people who behave as though they are the ONLY one's who know anything, frustration because I don't think I'm progressing like I should and the internal fight to keep it from effecting my self esteem, negative attitudes and behavior-particularly those directed at the Martin's in recent months

Comment #399 - Posted by: Cyndi at January 3, 2007 11:36 AM

1. 6’0”
2. M
3. 58
4. 185 (I’m going from April, 2005, which is when I started CF regularly)
5. 173
6. About 200
7. Nothing for more than a year due to back injury from jogging. Before that running, jogging occasional machine wt circuit.
8. 3
9. for my age, about 7 or 8.
10. I don’t have benchmark times on that workout. For Fran doing unassisted pullups, 21:22 minutes with 55 lb
11. 8:32 with 70 lbs
12. April 05 I could do 3
13. 22
14. 55 kg
15. 75 kg
16. 50 kg
17. 115 kg
18. 35 kg
19. 55 kg
20. 4.1 mile run, hilly, 43:00
21. same course, 32:45
22. It works, no plateus in sight. Lot’s of fun. The people are fantastic. I also love the rest day politics
23. Ego wars.

Comment #400 - Posted by: Dan MacD at January 3, 2007 12:57 PM

1.6"3"
2. M
3. 49
4.195
5. 195
6. 5 per week- about 250/yr
7. Lifted weights 3 x week, occasional running and yoga
8. 6
9. 8
10. 10:45 with 135 lbs on 1/19/06
11. 9:59 with 135 on 12/22/06, but I was injured. Did 9:24 on
10/19/06 with 135
12.25
13.30
14.265
15.300
16.335
17.360
18. Don't know
19. 145
20. 50:20- half run, half run 1/23/06
21. 44:07 10 k row on 12/2/06
22.The variety and exposure to new movements and exercises. I've got 2 sets of rings, a C2 rower, D2 ball, parallettes and they're all great.
23- I think it is too intense for me, or I don't know when to back off. While I am fitter, I'm not sure that I'm healthier.The high rep squat clean workouts with 135 in particular are hard on me, and I usually pay the price for days to weeks afterwards. I've had to rest the last 10 days due to persistent glute and hamstring pain, and I'm still not ready to come back.

Comment #401 - Posted by: Paul Si at January 3, 2007 8:36 PM

1. 69.5"
2. male
3.51
4. 208lb
5.200 lb
6. 1-2 /wk
7. lift 2 x wk run 2x/wk
8. 8 for strength, 4 for cardio
9.9-10 for strength (age group) 6 for cardio
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 15
13. 23
14. I dont do heavy squats
15. sameo
16. self impose limit 25o lb
17. sameo
18. 240 lb (bench)
19. 275 lb (bench)
20. jan 06 about 60 min
21. jan 07 about 57:30
22. I love the brotherhood, the warrior mentality and hearing the lefties whine.
23. nothing, keep it up. When I get back to the world I'll focus 100% CF. have limited facilies here and cannot do many of the exercises and W/O's

Comment #402 - Posted by: kman at January 3, 2007 8:57 PM

1. 6'2
2. Male
3. 25
4. 208
5. 215
6. roughly 30, about 3 a week since Sept '06
7. Weight training 3 days a week, plyos 2x week, with Sport-based exercise on weekends.
8. 6
9. 7
10. Flexibility issues make cleans a problem.
11. ditto
12. 4
13. 12
14. can rep 225lb 10x, no max
15. ditto
16. can do 205lb 10x, no max
17. ditto
18. can do 100lb 11x
19. ditto, no max
20. dnc
21. dnc
22. Challenging, the attitude, variety, competing with MFT
23. Some equip is hard to come by, would like more instructions in promoting flexibility, the politics do get a bit over the top but I mostly ignore that. Also, $1000 bux for a seminar is a ton.

Comment #403 - Posted by: Syd O at January 4, 2007 12:43 PM

1 5'9"
2 F
3 49
4 138
5 138
6 30 5/wk,~6 weeks
7 weight machines, cardio at local gym
8 6
9 7
10 0
11 0
12 0, ~50% body weight
13 0, ~65% body weight, this year for sure!
14 235 medex machine
15 210 medex
16 -
17 -
18 90 medex
19 90 medex
20 -
21 -
22 variety,extream workouts,new exercises I hadn't seen before (overhead squats, pistols, C2 rower, lunge walk with single dumb bell,etc), general principles of cross training, admiring my 52 year old husband outdo most the young guys at the gym on pull ups and pushups(I showed him some of the stuff on the site).
23 I got tired of switching over to the puppies workout every day, and had to scale everything so much it no longer resembled the WOD. It got to be a joke with my husband-what was the WOD and what was I going to do. I train alone so machines are safer at my top load even though totaly scorned by the cross-fit crowd. Availability of coaching limits things I'm willing to try.

Comment #404 - Posted by: CLW at January 5, 2007 6:57 AM

1. 6'2"
2. M
3. 36
4. 225
5. 170
6. 4/WEEK
7. NONE
8. 2
9. 7
10. NA.
11. 10/18/06 18:53
12. 1
13. 23
14. 135
15. 230
16. 225
17. 330
18. 90
19. 125
20. 1:01
21. 48:00
22. Achieving new skills and lifting with more confidence.
23. Can't complain, it's free for cying out loud.

Comment #405 - Posted by: Jeff_D at January 5, 2007 9:08 AM

(All weights in lbs)

1. 6'4"
2. Male
3. 27
4. 205
5. 200
6. 4 per week average the first half of the year (either from the mainpage or from my own design, 3 per week the second half (mostly of my own design).
7. Martial Arts and body weight exercises
8. 4
9. 8
10. 22:18 1/31/06 (full squat cleans), prior performance w/o squat cleans: less than 6 min
11. 16:00 approx June 2006
12. 50
13. 35
14. 195 (back squat)
15. 215 (back squat)
16. 360
17. 360
18. 110
19. 125
20. n/a
21. n/a
22. The intensity, the variation, the functionality, the competition with myself and other crossfitters, and the community. I also love the quality and experience of the main contributing coaches (Coach G, Coach Burg, Coach Rip, etc).
23. How much people complain about the politics (not the polotics itself) and the separation of some past contributors (don't know why they left, it just sucks that they are gone and no longer contributing).

Comment #406 - Posted by: JJones at January 5, 2007 11:16 AM

1. 6'0"
2. M
3. 26
4. 165lb
5. 168lb
6. 9, just started
7. Army Physical Fitness, emphasis 2mi run, pushups, situps
8. 7
9. 7
10. N/A
11. N/A
12. 4
13. 6
14. 115 lb
15. 135 lb
16. 165 lb
17. 165 lb
18. 95 lb
19. 95 lb
20. N/A
21. N/A
22. Unpredictable Variety
23. How weak I realized I was (I guess that's a good thing I realized it)

Comment #407 - Posted by: Travis at January 5, 2007 12:46 PM

I started to fill this out and realized that my data is garbage. Much of it is missing, and the last 5 months have been terrible for me in terms of workouts...I promise to do better this year.

Thanks!

Comment #408 - Posted by: murph at January 5, 2007 5:47 PM

1.5'9 1/2"
2.m
3.35
4.174
5.170
6.started july 8 2006 and ave. 5 WOD a week
7.lifted weights 2 to 3 times a week and ran 1 or 2 times a week( probably ave. of 4 workouts total a week)
8.4
9.8
10.13:50 in august 2006(first time) with 115 pound POWER CLEANS and a 2:1 bar dip substition
11.14:02 in december 2006 with 115 pound FULL SQUAT CLEANS and a 2:1 bar dip substitution
12.21
13.35
14.205
15.255
16.had never done a deadlift exercise before i started crossfit in july
17.320
18.105
19.120
20.first time ever running 10k was sometime at the end of july as rxd by crossfit. time was 66:30.
21.ran 10k the last time it was rxd by crossfit around the end of nov or begining of december and ran sub 60 min. i think it was 58 min and change.
22.feel like it is truly giving me functional fitness. cardio and strength. speed and power. constantly changing. weeknesses are quickly identified and you have no choice but to improve them. intensity. best shape of my life after six months.
23.my only complaint is that there is not a crossfit gym near me.

Comment #409 - Posted by: mrader at January 5, 2007 8:15 PM

1. 6 feet
2. M
3. 26
4. 190 lbs
5. 182 lbs
6. 44 Started WOD's in November '06. CFWU for about a month before then.
7. Played Hockey, raced at velodrome (bicycle racing), 3-5 times/week combined
8. 6
9. 7
10. 11 minutes. Cleans on 45 lb bar (no weights yet). December 21, 2006
11. Only completed once
12. 7 in one set
13. 16 in one set
14. unknown
15. no squat racks, 180 lbs with clean/assistance
16. unknown, never DL'ed
17. 225 lbs for 5 reps, unknown single
18. 65 lbs
19. 95 lbs
20. December 1st, 2006 60 minuites rain and pain
21. unknown, haven't completed since Dec 1st 2006
22. Variety of workouts, results both aesthetic and physical, application to real life and sports in which I complete. The length of time required for workouts is short and intense.
23. I have no objections or complaints.

Comment #410 - Posted by: nickB at January 6, 2007 12:51 PM

I'm new to CF, so my data is limited. Posted with the hopes that something can be gleaned.

1. 6 foot tall
2. Male
3. 49
4. 195
5. 188
6. About 30 - roughly 3 times a week for about 3 months with breaks for injury and hunting trip
7. Jogging about 3 times a week, 30 minutes a run
8. 5
9. 6
10. Nov 3, 2006: Time is 10:13 with 40 kg on cleans and jumping dips with rings
11. Nov 3 is only Eliz. workout to date
12. 3
13. 7
14. unknown
15. 65 kg
16. unknown
17. 110 kg
18. unknown
19. unknown
20. unknown
21. unknown
22. Efficacy. The most productive routine I've ever done in terms of results vs. time spent in work. This is a routine I see myself doing until I'm old and more grey.
23. None, really.

I've known about CF for over a year, but dismissed it for months as not applicable to me because of my aerobic/anaerobic segregation understanding of training. An article on Brook's work at UC Berkeley on lactic acid utilization gave me a reason to test drive it, and I'm glad I did. While I understand some might be concerned that this survey and other research like this might be limited and less than optimal, it is important to collect this kind of data. There are others who are considering CF, but won't separate it from the crowd of other options without reasons and rationale that extend beyond ravings from the converted (like me). Self reported or not, it gives me a way to defend the seemingly insane intensity as a credible means to results. Thanks for putting this together.

Comment #411 - Posted by: John Tuitele at January 7, 2007 4:16 AM

1. 5' 9"
2. Male
3. 47
4. 140 lbs.
5. 140 lbs.
6. Approx 3x/ week
7. 5-mile runs 2-3x /week, weight training 2-3x/week (began crossfit in April/May 2006)
8. 5
9. 6
10. Don't remember exactly; probably 20 mins or so with a 60 lb. barbell
11. 15 - 20 mins aprx; 80 - 90 lb barbell.
12. 12
13. 15 - 16
14. Had never tried. Started w/ empty bar.
15. 150 lbs. (see #22(b) below)
16. Had never tried - started w/ empty bar.
17. 150 lbs.
18. 130 lbs.
19. 155 lbs.
20. 45 - 55 mins
21. 40 - 45 mins
22. (a) The variety, the challenge (highest heart rate I've ever had!), the demanding "explosive" nature of a number of the exercises, the emphasis on core muscles and balance.
(b) Herniated disk in lower spine Feb 06. Have gone carefully with deadlifts/squats. Much to my surprise, I have found the Crossfit exercises of this sort the best thing for my back: after a lifetime of poor posture and poor body mechanics, I am suddenly learning how to lift, move, and stand properly. Thank you!
23. N/A

Comment #412 - Posted by: Ken at January 7, 2007 10:46 AM

i am 96k.g and my age is 19 i know that this is too much please help me to lose the maximum k.g .
My problem that my lower part is so big than the upper part .I went to many doctors and i lose alot of k.g but when i stoppe diet i gain them and more

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