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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 04 May 2011, 18:55
My fitness goal is to get back into my HS athletic shape which means dropping some lbs, and gaining some muscle tone. Anyone ever try Cross Fit?
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 04 May 2011, 19:09
Heard it was even more intense than a P90X routine... which means I will probably vomit/faint if I tried CrossFit. But fitness fanatics seem to like it (from what I hear)

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My fitness goal is to get back into my HS athletic shape which means dropping some lbs, and gaining some muscle tone. Anyone ever try Cross Fit?
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 04 May 2011, 19:15
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My fitness goal is to get back into my HS athletic shape which means dropping some lbs, and gaining some muscle tone. Anyone ever try Cross Fit?

I work with a guy that does Crossfit 3-4 times a week. It's definitely one of the most effective workouts for cutting fat, toning muscles, and increasing endurance. Crossfit doesn't require a lot of equipment, but most gyms charge a monthly membership fee of $100. If you can find a Crossfit gym nearby, you should be able to sample a class for $10-15 per session (if not for free).
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 16:09
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My fitness goal is to get back into my HS athletic shape which means dropping some lbs, and gaining some muscle tone. Anyone ever try Cross Fit?

I work with a guy that does Crossfit 3-4 times a week. It's definitely one of the most effective workouts for cutting fat, toning muscles, and increasing endurance. Crossfit doesn't require a lot of equipment, but most gyms charge a monthly membership fee of $100. If you can find a Crossfit gym nearby, you should be able to sample a class for $10-15 per session (if not for free).


I just checked a local Cross Fit gym and it's about $150/month, which is pricey (compared to 24 HR fitness at $30/month) but you are getting personalized attention. It's still on par with Equinox NYC pricing.

How in shape is your co-worker who does this 3-4 times a week?
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 06 May 2011, 17:16
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I just checked a local Cross Fit gym and it's about $150/month, which is pricey (compared to 24 HR fitness at $30/month) but you are getting personalized attention. It's still on par with Equinox NYC pricing.

How in shape is your co-worker who does this 3-4 times a week?

My co-worker was a pole vaulter in college, so he was in pretty good shape before he started Crossfit. One thing to consider when you're evaulating the cost of a Crossfit membership is that it's most comparable to having a personal trainer at a regular gym. If you decide to go the regular gym route, I'd recommend finding a gym that specializes in group exercises, such as circuit training, heavy bag boxing, TRX, etc. 24hr Fitness does offer group exercise classes, but I feel like the smaller gyms have better programs (personal preference).

Edit: I forgot to specifically answer the question about the shape my co-worker is currently in. I believe his body fat is hovering around 8% right now, which feels unattainable for most people. He works really hard, but he has insanely active metabolism too.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 15:52
Almost hit my 40 miles in 2:15 goal today. Finished in 2:17.

I've been trying to mix in some high intensity workouts in addition to my endurance workouts, I think it pays a lot of dividends in terms of increasing speed.

On Friday I biked out to the longest steepest hill on my normal route, and biked up/down it 15 times. I think I felt a lot stronger today because of it.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 16:30
Love the meticulous goal setters on GMAT club! Would love to see quite goal achievers as well.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 18:27
After 4 weeks in my new routine, I've added 10 lbs. of muscle mass and increased my 5-rep flat bench by 30 lbs.

Over the next 4 weeks, I'm hoping to add another 5-10 lbs. of muscle mass and increase my 5-rep flat bench by another 20 lbs. May is going to be a busy month, so I might miss a couple days of training :(

It looks like we've got a lot of people making great progress on their goals. Cheers to that! :good
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 20:27
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After 4 weeks in my new routine, I've added 10 lbs. of muscle mass and increased my 5-rep flat bench by 30 lbs.

Over the next 4 weeks, I'm hoping to add another 5-10 lbs. of muscle mass and increase my 5-rep flat bench by another 20 lbs. May is going to be a busy month, so I might miss a couple days of training :(

It looks like we've got a lot of people making great progress on their goals. Cheers to that! :good


If you get big enough, you may be able to play for Michigan's woeful defense as a walk on. Think Clay Matthews :wink:
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 20:34
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If you get big enough, you may be able to play for Michigan's woeful defense as a walk on. Think Clay Matthews :wink:
I like where your head's at!
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 09 May 2011, 20:46
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If you get big enough, you may be able to play for Michigan's woeful defense as a walk on. Think Clay Matthews :wink:
I like where your head's at!


Make a couple sacks a game, a pick 6 here and there, and then clean out the eye candy at Rick's 8-)
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 20 May 2011, 08:54
How's everyone doing?

I've managed to achieve another injury (I fail). The symptoms are most similar to tennis elbow, but the pain only occurs on pushing exercises (push ups, benches, etc.). Hopefully with joint support, fish oil, massage, and adequate rest I'll recover soon. I'll be replacing bench press with flyes throughout the rest period.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 20 May 2011, 09:09
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How's everyone doing?

I've managed to achieve another injury (I fail). The symptoms are most similar to tennis elbow, but the pain only occurs on pushing exercises (push ups, benches, etc.). Hopefully with joint support, fish oil, massage, and adequate rest I'll recover soon. I'll be replacing bench press with flyes throughout the rest period.


Ah, sorry to hear Av.

I think I've had similar injury, and after talking to a few people, I was able to alleviate the pain.

People suggested it might have been caused by fully locking my elbows at the top of my bench press, so after that whenever I was benching, I stopped locking my elbows at the top, and the symptoms went away pretty quickly.

That worked for me, might not be the same thing you were dealing with though.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 23 May 2011, 20:33
It is a great job and also it is a good work out but i have noticed that it is somehow expensive and that's why it feels difficult for me to do gym but i do at home and i have purchased my own home gym equipments and that is beneficial for me.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 May 2011, 00:51
But at home you do not have nice ladies doing the workout together with you :P
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 May 2011, 12:56
Anyone set any personal records recently?

My suspected tendinitis is feeling better each week, but I'm probably still a few weeks away from full recovery. Hopefully my appointment with the sports medicine specialist this week gives me some tips for recovery and prevention.

Leg development is still progressing quickly. I'm getting anxious to attempt a 300 lb. squat, but I'll wait a few more weeks while my core catches up.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 May 2011, 13:08
I set a personal record:
"Most Consecutive Days Without Working Out"
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 May 2011, 13:15
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I set a personal record:
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You were so close to breaking 2:15! We're cheering for you to get back out there and ride (whenever the GMAT allows you to) 8-)
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 30 May 2011, 13:18
haha yep, i take the GMAT this saturday, so after that ill be able to get back on the bike and back out climbing.
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Re: GMAT Club's Health & Fitness Thread [#permalink] New post 31 May 2011, 16:04
Av wrote:
Anyone set any personal records recently?

My suspected tendinitis is feeling better each week, but I'm probably still a few weeks away from full recovery. Hopefully my appointment with the sports medicine specialist this week gives me some tips for recovery and prevention.


That's the problem with pushing yourself because if you push too hard you end up losing it all. I did that in April running and got tendinitis on my foot for two weeks. Hope it gets better for you.

On another note, the Crossfit close to me had a two week free trial and is giving me a student rate of $129 a month.
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