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    Feb 28, 2012 3:53 AM GMT
    Been packing on quite a bit of muscle since October, nearly a good 10kg, (22lbs), and I was wondering whether taking a hiatus from the muscle gym and doing crossfit would be beneficial to my muscle growth. This would be just for a month. Have any of you boys tried crossfit as a substitute for the traditional weighlifting? If you have, was it a waste of time, or was the change in training good for shocking your muscles into further growth?
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    Feb 28, 2012 1:51 PM GMT
    Once you go CROSSFIT, you WILL stay with CROSSFIT. Sensible smart eating habits key to any success. Yes, doing multiple sports and getting variety of workout skills will make you a fitter individual ... hence, stronger.

    Good luck. Cheers
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:31 PM GMT
    For many years all i did was weight lift and use supplements. I had more bulk but i had little endurance. I now do a combination of things, weight lift, crossfit, and jog. I did loose bulk (but am getting older also) but I definately have more endurance. For me, i would rather have endurance than bulk. I do not get short of breath lifting weights, can do circuit training much more easily, and have lost a few pounds.
    In a typical week, i weight lift Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday, crossfit Monday, Wednesday, and jog on Friday. I alternate between one and two days off per week.
    None of this "shocked" my muscles in growth.
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    Feb 28, 2012 2:47 PM GMT
    Cheers lads, looks like corssfit might be fun to try out for a month, to see where it takes me, I could do with increasing my endurance actually. Im lifting pretty heavy now for a small guy and am getting very out of breath quickly coz of it, so I'm sure it'll help me overall get fitter and would be a good supplement for my usual heavy lifting workouts.
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:06 PM GMT
    Crossfit is great. With good programming you shouldn't see too much muscle loss. It might shift around a bit though. Guys who just lift at the gym tend to focus on chest and arms. Crossfitters tend to have really strong shoulders, backs and legs. I've been crossfitting for about two years now and my weight has stayed the same but my waist is about 2" smaller and my shoulders and legs/ass are bigger.

    All that being said, I'm definitely more functionally fit. Stronger, faster, leaner....much better all around fitness.
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    Feb 28, 2012 4:09 PM GMT
    I was amazed at how much stronger my lower back muscles were after only 3 weeks of crossfit.

    Crossfit is more about strength, flexibility and stamina/endurance than it is about muscle size. You'll be more satisfied with the former than the latter.
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    Feb 28, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
    I think cross-fit is great. The concept of doing many different activities is a much better way to get and stay fit than just lifting heavy stuff.

    My only caution would be to make sure to be with a good coach. I've seen a lot of cross-fit trainers who don't have good training themselves. Lots of bad form, bad technique. Even with good coaches, you have to be careful not to injure yourself. There is a tendency to go to extreme levels of activity, which doesn't always make it right.
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    Feb 29, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    I agree with speedobuff's comment. Make sure you are working with a good trainer. A friend who is a physical therapist says that Crossfit is the best thing to ever happen to his business; it proves a steady supply of injured guys.

    I've only done Crossfit a few times but I wasn't wild about the focus on speed. Yes, I know they say over and over again that the focus is on form but that's not what I saw once the session got started. It's really fun though.