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    Mar 06, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I began crossfit today and it totally kicked my butt, however, my goal is to get ripped and gain some mass. Crossfit is a high paced workout, which turns out to be more cardio than anything else. Considering my goal, do you think I should keep on with this workout regime, or do you think I should keep on with the gym lifting low reps and high weight??

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    Mar 06, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Huge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:44 AM GMT
    looks like u are lean enough. maybe u should lay off excessive cardio and focus on weight training.

    i've been thinking about trying crossfit because i'm drawn to the high-endurance aspect of it. however, it does seem very cult-like. my gym buddies gave me so much crap for even bringing the thought up.
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    DAVID_HALL saidHuge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall


    old-school method is working for me. 1.5 years working out and i've put on 30 lbs.
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    Mar 06, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidHey guys, I began crossfit today and it totally kicked my butt, however, my goal is to get ripped and gain some mass. Crossfit is a high paced workout, which turns out to be more cardio than anything else. Considering my goal, do you think I should keep on with this workout regime, or do you think I should keep on with the gym lifting low reps and high weight??

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    Hmmm - judging by some of the guys who do crossfit consistently, I think you'd find that your characterization doesn't quite fit. I did a bootcamp for a month and it was great for both adding muscle and getting definition. Am looking to do it again with a buddy of mine. Above all I found it's practical strength/endurance because of the crosstraining - and the high intensity training lets you get the best of both worlds - muscle gain and definition. I'd give it more of a chance - though it's not cheap.

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    Mar 06, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Aggieboy saidHey guys, I began crossfit today and it totally kicked my butt, however, my goal is to get ripped and gain some mass. Crossfit is a high paced workout, which turns out to be more cardio than anything else. Considering my goal, do you think I should keep on with this workout regime, or do you think I should keep on with the gym lifting low reps and high weight??

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    CrossFitter here since April 2011.

    CrossFit actually targets ten aspects of athleticism and cardiovascular endurance is only one of them. You will rarely run more than 400m at a time and movements can be very heavy. CrossFit workouts can range from a 5 minute full effort heavy deadlift/press combo to Murph, one of the toughest workouts in CrossFit (1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run).

    I've gotten bigger since doing CrossFit, but if your only goal is to get big and lean, CrossFit isn't for you. You're better off doing weight training with 8-12 rep sets supplemented by a diet that focuses on consumption of lots of carbs close to your workout time.

    Besides, diet is 80% of weight loss/gain. So start there.
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    Mar 06, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
    Talk to guys who've tried CrossFit and most swear by the program. It's structured more for strength and toning than adding muscle mass but you're probably gonna be pretty happy with how you look if you stick with it for a few weeks.

    Just one word of caution: lots has been written lately about the injury risks associated with the program. Some of the exercises that are done, and the intensity and repititions they are done at, leave you vulnerable to injury.

    Make sure you know your limits, check out the instructor's credentials and background and see if any reviews have been posted online about the particular location you're considering.
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    Mar 06, 2012 5:56 AM GMT
    DAVID_HALL saidHuge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall
    i agree with you about the 1st part of your statement is very true. however, i will have to disagree that crossfit is a fad. i think it is around for a while. one of the reasons i think it will be around for a while is that allows for people to workout together in a team oriented atmosphere. i always tell people that you are not going to build muscle or get that ripped look if you are going to do cross fit but you will lose weight and get in really good shape. i also tell them that need to be aware of the person who is teaching it because if they are not watching and explaining exercises properly you could get injured really easily
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    Mar 06, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    To the OP:
    I did CrossFit for a few months, and I absolutely loved every (painful) minute of it. However, considering your goals, I would say CrossFit may not be the best choice for specifically gaining mass. When I was doing CrossFit, I was physically fit as hell (talking about athletic ability here, not physique), but I wasn't really getting any bigger. So I switched to a purely low rep/heavy weight routine, which has been working well for me.

    I do plan on supplementing my workouts with a CF WOD or two every week as squats, bench presses, and deadlifts are starting to bore me to tears.

    tuffguyndc said i agree with you about the 1st part of your statement is very true. however, i will have to disagree that crossfit is a fad. i think it is around for a while. one of the reasons i think it will be around for a while is that allows for people to workout together in a team oriented atmosphere. i always tell people that you are not going to build muscle or get that ripped look if you are going to do cross fit but you will lose weight and get in really good shape. i also tell them that need to be aware of the person who is teaching it because if they are not watching and explaining exercises properly you could get injured really easily


    I dunno, these dudes and chicks looked pretty ripped to me...


    CrossFit has been around for a few years, but as I understand it, the general training methods pre-date CrossFit itself. I've heard some supposedly experienced trainers and coaches criticize CrossFit as not being anything particularly new.
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    Mar 06, 2012 7:53 PM GMT
    DAVID_HALL saidHuge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall


    Crossfit is anything but a fad. For one, it is gaining in popularity because of it's proven ability to strengthen the body and drop the pounds. It's a perfect alternative to crowded gyms and the mundane weights/machines/cardio. Crossfit is a culmination of numerous exercises that have been done for many, many years. And it's hardcore. There's no gimmicks.

    To the OP's goals, Crossfit won't help you accomplish all you want to accomplish. You can do Crossfit, but you've got to balance that with weight workouts and the right diet. This is mainly for your desire to gain mass.
  • neosyllogy

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    Mar 06, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    Really depends on who's running the program. Cross fit is more philosophy than a set of exercises as I understand (I don't do it, but have friends that do).

    It could be good. Chances are if you want to put on mass you'll also have to do some lifting in addition to crossfit though. I believe that's what most of the bigger crossfitters do. Other's please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Crossfit does seem to, in general, be a good way to gain a balanced athleticism (which just regular weight lifting won't give you) and for many people an excellent motivational tool (again the social environment and atmosphere varies from gym to gym/class/instructor). Personally, I get that through combat sports, but some people really like crossfit. If you think you might come like it then I'd seriously think about sticking to it.

    BUT if you're starting out, try a lot of things. You probably won't know what kind of exercise will speak to you until you've done it for a bit. (e.g. lifting, running, rock climbing, boxing, crossfit, submission grappling, etc.)
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    Mar 06, 2012 8:23 PM GMT
    Different crossfit gyms have different philosophies on programming. Mine has a bias toward strength first and endurance second. We'll program heavy lifts fairly regularly. Other gyms really focus on longer workouts with low weights. So really look at the programming of whatever gym you're joining and see if it matches your goals. Crossfit is incredibly varied and can be made to work for a wide set of fitness goals. The key is finding good coaches who will listen to your needs and give you programming/workouts to get you there.

    As far as what David Hall said, you can do everything he mentioned as part of a crossfit programmed workout program. It'd be a question of just varying the lifts and rep schemes. However, it wouldn't make you a very functional athlete, just a bulky one.
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    Mar 07, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
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    DAVID_HALL saidHuge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall


    Crossfit is anything but a fad. For one, it is gaining in popularity because of it's proven ability to strengthen the body and drop the pounds. It's a perfect alternative to crowded gyms and the mundane weights/machines/cardio. Crossfit is a culmination of numerous exercises that have been done for many, many years. And it's hardcore. There's no gimmicks.

    To the OP's goals, Crossfit won't help you accomplish all you want to accomplish. You can do Crossfit, but you've got to balance that with weight workouts and the right diet. This is mainly for your desire to gain mass.


    That's the thing mate. I am not trying to lose any more pounds, haha hell if I lose any more pounds I will vanish from this earth, haha...

    As I read the posts, It seems like there is an overwhelming consensus that XFIT is more to lose pounds and become an overall athletic individual...
    Per my fitness Goal this might not be the thing for me although I must admit this shit is hardcore. I was worn out after trying it
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    Mar 07, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    Aggieboy said
    EastCoastNAZ said
    DAVID_HALL saidHuge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall


    Crossfit is anything but a fad. For one, it is gaining in popularity because of it's proven ability to strengthen the body and drop the pounds. It's a perfect alternative to crowded gyms and the mundane weights/machines/cardio. Crossfit is a culmination of numerous exercises that have been done for many, many years. And it's hardcore. There's no gimmicks.

    To the OP's goals, Crossfit won't help you accomplish all you want to accomplish. You can do Crossfit, but you've got to balance that with weight workouts and the right diet. This is mainly for your desire to gain mass.


    That's the thing mate. I am not trying to lose any more pounds, haha hell if I lose any more pounds I will vanish from this earth, haha...

    As I read the posts, It seems like there is an overwhelming consensus that XFIT is more to lose pounds and become an overall athletic individual...
    Per my fitness Goal this might not be the thing for me although I must admit this shit is hardcore. I was worn out after trying it


    XFit is also to build strength, explosive strength. As others have said, there are different philosophies at different XFit gyms. The best thing to do is consult with one of the certified trainers and let them know your goals. If they can taylor your XFit workout, then you don't need a separate gym-specific weight/machine workout. Just look at this guy, Rich Froning the winner of the 2011 Crossfit Games. He is not small by any means. He's not a roid-filled bodybuilder, but he's strong. There are definitely exercises that can help you gain mass, but, again, it may depend on the gym.



    And these others guys competing in the same event. They have really good size on them.
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    May 13, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Aggieboy said
    EastCoastNAZ said
    DAVID_HALL saidHuge proponent of old-school low rep/high weight, high protein/calorie diet, cutting bulking phases etc... Crossfit is nice, but its a fad.

    david hall


    Crossfit is anything but a fad. For one, it is gaining in popularity because of it's proven ability to strengthen the body and drop the pounds. It's a perfect alternative to crowded gyms and the mundane weights/machines/cardio. Crossfit is a culmination of numerous exercises that have been done for many, many years. And it's hardcore. There's no gimmicks.

    To the OP's goals, Crossfit won't help you accomplish all you want to accomplish. You can do Crossfit, but you've got to balance that with weight workouts and the right diet. This is mainly for your desire to gain mass.


    That's the thing mate. I am not trying to lose any more pounds, haha hell if I lose any more pounds I will vanish from this earth, haha...

    As I read the posts, It seems like there is an overwhelming consensus that XFIT is more to lose pounds and become an overall athletic individual...
    Per my fitness Goal this might not be the thing for me although I must admit this shit is hardcore. I was worn out after trying it


    If you are losing weight then your are not eating correctly. Crossfit will bulk you up. Love it and it is NOT a fad.

    Cheers
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    May 13, 2012 8:22 PM GMT
    "..get ripped and gain some mass."

    That's a pretty vague description. You can gain mass and get ripped from either cross fit or through traditional strength training. How much mass are you looking to gain?
  • Scott7031

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    May 14, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    Interesting responses... I'm starting up Xfit on Tuesday which I'm pretty excited about but I'm pretty surprised by all of the variety of responses.

    My gut always told me that xfit was one of the most intense workouts you could do and should be great for all around fitness and strength.

    I guess I'll have to wait and see...