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Remember if you make a Crossfit box, you have to have certified coaches and you have to pay to use the Crossfit brand.
The case is:
My boyfriend and I are travelling around Asia for 5 month, and we have bumped into some people doing Crossfit inspired training, but they are really eager for new inspiration.
We were in Pakse where 8-10 people meet up to exercise. They dont have any equipment to start out with. They have been working out for some month, but now they have lost interest after doing only bodyweight exercises.
That is were we show up 🙂
They have great outdoor facilities which they havent used, and great weather most time of the year.
First we teach them how to use the facilities they have the best way possible. Then we talk to them about what they could do, to make cheap equipment out of stuff they can get cheap or free.
Below is the list they were given with both a list of exercises they could do, and examples of how it could be put together in a WOD.
List of exercises where you don’t require that much equipment:
Exercises with equipment:
Windmill (important that you do both sides)
Exercises with no equipment:
Pistols (important that you do both legs, use a wall to support)
Handstand (with support)
Handstand pushup (with support)
Pushups (on the knee if it is too hard)
Burpee broad jump
Bearcrawl back and forward
Fireman run (run with another person on the back)
Lifting: (practice can be done with bamboo sticks at around 2 meters in length)
Clean and jerk
Weighted front squat
Team workouts, just examples, you can mix the exercises as you like to.
When you do team workout, there has to be a way to switch between the exercises, either one exercise (could be bearcrawl) or a specific number of reps in one exercise or time (i.e. switch every 30 seconds or one minute)
Turkish getup (TGU)
Teams of 2 persons, one is doing 5 burpees, when she is finish the next person do 5 burpees, then the first person do 10 boxjumps, and the 2. Person do 10 boxjumps etc. for a set time 5 minutes i.e.
These team workouts are just examples, and they require that the numbers of exercises are the same as the number of persons at the team. So if there are 5 people at a team there has to be 5 different exercises in that workout.
It is a very good idea to make the workouts varied, so that one day you do a very long workout, and the next day you do a very shot but intense workout. If you do a short intense workout you can use some time to practice technique in some of the other exercises.
Think about which muscles you are using, and try not to use the same muscles two days in a row. You can do that, when you do a lot of exercises without weight on, but when you start doing weighted exercises it gets more important.
Examples of how to put different workouts together:
One exercise for time (i.e. 3 minutes burpees, total number of reps counts, make a scoreboard and try to beat your number in two month)
As many reps or rounds as possible for time (i.e. 5 burpees, 10 boxjumps, 15 airsquat and repeat as many rounds as possible for a certain time)
Increased number of reps for time (i.e. 1 burpee, 1 boxjump, 1 airsquat, 2 burpees, 2 boxjumps, 2 airsquat continue to increase the numbers for 5 minutes)
Tabata (20 second workout, 10 seconds rest for 8 rounds, good for exercises such as situps, pushups, burpees)
Circuit traning (i.e. as many different exercises as there are people, and switch place every 45 second, rest for 15 second)
On the minute every minute (i.e. do one TGU with each hand every minute, good for practicing technique in difficult exercises)
Increased reps every minute (i.e. do one pushup and one boxjump, rest for the rest of the first minute, the next minute do 2 pushup and 2 boxjumps, rest for the rest of the 2.minute, etc. as many minutes as possible, until you cannot do it within the minute)
Sometimes it is good to do something complete different, an example could be to run 5K or swim for 30 minutes. It is good because if you do the same things over and over again your body will adapt and you won’t see any progress.
They also got the following list of cheap or free equipment:
Scooter tubes, cut up, filled with sand and closed
Lines on the pavement
A long heavy rope
Some good webpages with how to build a lot off stuff:
How to make bulgarian bag:
How to build a box:
How to make a wallball:
They use salt pellets in that example, but I think it will be more easy to get sand out here.
After leaving Pakse:
Then we keep in touch, an send dem pictures and decriptions and videos how to do the different movement. But best of all would be, if they could get a good instructor to teach them, or one of them to become instructor themself.
If you have any experience starting your own Crossfit inspired gym, I would really like to know what you think of the way Im doing it.