I have had some people talk to me recently about what type of body type does Crossfit forge. Heres the short answer, the sexiest. We get a lot of questions from girls about ‘getting big’ because of weightlifting, when in reality the strength type of weightlifting that we do in Crossfit builds strength. Not size. We also get a lot of questions from guys about getting ‘ripped’. There is another beauty hidden in the programming and work capacity, which is that if we can do a large amount of work in a short period of time, we have increased our intensity. Intensity will make you lean, strong, and dense. RAWR!!!
Look around the gym, especially for people who are newer to the Crossfit realm. Our athletes are strong, lean, and firebreathers. Compare this to 24 Hour Fitness where I used to go, and I saw people relentlessly drive away on the eliptical, and get discouraged with their results. I saw guys (and girls) who were so big and muscular they had a problem holding their arms at their sides with their hands flat. I have no issues with people who continue this routine. But I believe we have found something better, something more efficient, and also more fun.
Here is my proof:
In my vanity. This is what I want to look like, and these are the things I want to be capable of.
Here’s a comparison of the positives and negatives
- Olympic Style Weightlifting: Creates a hormonal and physiological change which increases muscle strength, without unnecessary size.
- Bodybuilding Style Weightlifting: Creates large amounts of muscle hypertrophy which will increase muscle size, along with strength.
- Interval Training: Increases Lactic Acid Threshold, oxygen utilization, and optimizes multiple energy pathways.
- Long Distance Training: Decreases muscle mass and bone density, increases oxygen utilization and oxidative metabolic pathway.
Do you have any vanitys as motivation for doing Crossfit? If so what are they?
A. Push Press 4-4-4
B. AMRAP 10
10 Push Press
10 Medball Cleans
10 x 100M Sprints 60 Seconds Rest
Foul = + or – 5 second differential from fastest time
Penalty = 2 rounds of Cindy per foul