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Old 03-01-2008, 08:36 PM   #1
Jerry Blackwell
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What am I doing wrong?

Ok, I have been doing CF since mid-Jan and I would say that I am in poor shape, although I feel that I am improving I guess. This is the reason why I am unsure. This evening I was doing the push ups and felt as though I was pretty weak(I scaled the WOD) and it felt hard to do. I cranked out the 25reps but it felt like I did not have many more left Hmmmm.
In my profession,every once in awhile I have to chase someone, well I had to do just that and man I was winded in less than 100 feet. Now mind you I struggled for about 1.5 minutes or so prior to our jaunt.

So what's up? What else can I do?
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Old 03-01-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Just stick with it. You're barely scraping a month, which isn't a whole ton of time for your body to completely redefine how it performs. You said so yourself that you're already seeing performance increases. More will come, provided that you stick with the workouts, rest, and eat right.

No shame in scaling. If you're getting wrecked by a scaled workout, then you can either scale some more to where you can comfortably do it (note: I don't really mean "comfortably") or tough it out if you can manage it.

The workouts are designed to wreck you, and everyone at some point will run into one of their weaknesses, be it pull-ups, push-ups, running, sit-ups, etc. If the push-ups are really a concern for you, then there are dedicated routines you can do over the course of several weeks to improve specific areas. You can search "GTG" or "Grease the Groove" if you're interested.

For someone so new to CrossFit though, I would either advise you to continue doing the scaled workouts, or to visit an affiliate and get some pro coaching,

Change is something that comes with work. You get out of it what you put into it. You sound like you're putting a lot into it, so just give it some time.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:40 PM   #3
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Is your performance decreasing?

If so, take a couple days break and then scale back into it. You may be overreaching.
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Old 03-01-2008, 11:55 PM   #4
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Elliot gave a good response, but I would also ask the say question Steven asked. Since you are so new, it just may be time to take a few days off.
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Old 03-02-2008, 03:10 AM   #5
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Sleep quality, amount?
DIET??
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:06 AM   #6
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

In any new endeavor, there will be a period of decreased performance capacity;

http://blog.multoforte.com/uploads/S...mpensation.JPG

this curve is accurate acutely and chronically. Good luck. Stick with it.
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Old 03-02-2008, 12:06 PM   #7
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Good replies you have had so far. I have been at it since the beginning of the year. Some days I am knackered, and some days I feel I could climb walls. Stick at it, check your diet maybe. Keep it up and it will pay up
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Old 03-02-2008, 06:23 PM   #8
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

Thanks for all of your posts it will help me a lot. I do take an extra day of rest every once and awhile. Maybe I just need to rest some more and work on my diet some more.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:23 PM   #9
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Re: What am I doing wrong?

You probably are not doing anything wrong except expecting too much of your self too quick.

Scale down your workouts.. be sure to take rest days. If you still feel like the scaled down workouts are too much look up the beginners article and start with coach's recommendation for a beginner workout.

Start crossfit and work on the foundations of form and functionality, and when your form is perfected start adding the intensity. Learn each new movement and excersize slowly. Trust me it will save you a lot of problems down the road in the long run.

When in doubt, always go back to the foundations.
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