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VETERINARIANESS
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9/6/13 10:34 P

Also,

"Since muscle is more compact and takes up less space, you would really have to be overshooting your calories to go up two sizes."

That is assuming the muscle was replacing fat. If you are building a lot of muscle without losing fat it is entirely possible to increase your size significantly. Hence, bodybuilders are HUGE.



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9/6/13 10:24 P

Why does everyone take everything so literally??? I know specific workouts aren't going to change your height. Sheesh.

I can tell you that when I was seriously long distance running, my body was a whole lot leaner. When I did Crossfit for a year and a half I bulked up (for a girl) and didn't lose any of the weight I had put on while recovering from an injury. All I was saying, without getting too technical, was that certain workouts will enhance certain body types. If you lift heavy weights, if you run a ton of sprints, your body is going to be a lot different looking than if you run marathons. While you personally may not be able to change your body shape from that of an olympic weightlifter all the way to that of an elite distance runner, you will be able to change your muscle mass and your body shape by virtue of the different job required by it.

Basically, I would rather sacrifice muscle, have lower body fat and thus be smaller overall, than be the higher body fat, bulky muscle, larger pants size that I was after doing Crossfit.



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9/6/13 9:02 P

Specific workouts don't change your height or body type. Rather, people are attracted to training that fits their genetic makeup.At birth,your muscle fiber type, number of muscle fibers and muscle lengths are all set.Unless you take steroids, the most you can do is maximize your unique form.

Exercise can't lengthen or elongate muscles. They have fixed attachment sites on your bones and this can vary. Long-distance runners tend to be lean and lanky because they have predominantly Type 1 muscle fibers. This type burns oxygen efficiently and is excellent for endurance. Running comes more easily for this body type, so they gravitate toward it.Of course, such training will make them leaner, but the foundation already was set. Conversely, this body type has difficultly gaining muscle mass.

Those who excel at lifting, like crossfitters, have primarily Type II muscle fibers, They can sprint well, but certainly would struggle through a marathon. They are built for power, not endurance, and put on muscle mass quite easily.

"Most Crossfitters tend to be short and stocky and have bulky muscles (yes, even the women. I'm sorry.) Most distance runners tend to be tall and lean. I know which one I'm going to do." While your observation is correct, the reason why is not. Running will not make you tall or change your muscle fiber type, which is fixed by genetics.

And if you are gaining fat while doing crossfit, it is a result of diet, not the type of exercise. To put on weight, even just muscle mass, you have to be eating excess calories. If you are consuming more than what is needed, it will be stored as fat. Since muscle is more compact and takes up less space, you would really have to be overshooting your calories to go up two sizes.

And, no, you don't have to do paleo for crossfit to work. Carbs and grains are not the enemy. Cut the restaurant meals, fast food and processed foods and focus on clean eating with veggies and protein making up the majority of your plate.




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9/6/13 7:53 P

I heard of a lot of people gaining weight w/Crossfit..some of it may be water retention from muscle gain. Do you also follow a Paleo diet, which is touted among crossfitters?



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9/6/13 7:25 P

Right? So many of those guys and girls say that they don't care how they look, they just care that they are able to lift heavy. Well I don't care about lifting crazy weights, I just want to LOSE weight!

I finally decided that you have to look at the majority of the body types doing each sport. Most Crossfitters tend to be short and stocky and have bulky muscles (yes, even the women. I'm sorry.) Most distance runners tend to be tall and lean. I know which one I'm going to do.



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9/6/13 7:21 P

ha! How frustrating! I wish I could say I felt like it was "working" in other ways, but deep down I really don't care if I can pick up heavier weights if my clothes don't fit and I don't feel good about myself. ARGH!



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9/6/13 7:03 P

No advice, but just to let you know I also gained muscle and fat doing Crossfit. I went up 1-2 pants sizes as well :(



JOSMITH77
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9/6/13 6:53 P

During the past year, I've been slowly gaining weight. I feel guilty because to many I would be considered in shape, but I know my body is not where I would like it to be. I've been doing Crossfit training pretty consistently but have been frustrated because I haven't experienced any fat loss. Rather, I've gone up 2 sizes and gained 12 pounds. Yes, some of it is muscle, but I also feel "fatter". All of my pants feel tight and I don't feel confident in a bathing suit.

I've joined a gym with spinning classes to boost my cardio, and have tried to dial in my eating. I know that I need to crack down and focus towards my goals. However, it's so difficult not to feel frustrated and disappointed with myself. It is such a terrible feeling looking in the mirror and not liking what I see or sitting down and feeling the need to cover up my stomach rolling over my pants.

Argh. I need a boost today. :/



 
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