Crossfit: The answer to fat loss?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 15, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Nine months paleo, started right after I began going to a martial arts gym; muay thai. I love the sport, LOVE the gym (especially since they've recently introduced kettlebells) - though I feel like my fat loss hasn't been as great as it CAN be. You see, my gym is price-y, but I feel it's worth it, for the team atmosphere and the training. However, even the owner of the gym agrees that "lifting heavy" maximizes results. They have options for personal training, though I wouldn't be able to afford that along with the membership.

My routine is usually 2 days muay thai/2 days kettlebells every week, and I'll be honest, I've seem to seen results "quicker" with KB.

What I'm asking is; do you believe cross-fit is a huge enough contribution to your fat loss and muscle building that you would suggest for me to make the switch?

I love my gym and everyone in it, but if I'm paying this much, I want to be seeing the best of results that I can. Keep in mind, I haven't even tried crossfit before lol and it kind of intimidates me

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on October 16, 2012
at 01:42 AM

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I pay $25 a month for a gym membership with weights, pool, suana, hot tub, classes etc...

I can workout when I want, how I want and most people are cool and laid back.

My local crossfit requires you to go 3-5x a week and charges $325 a month plus extra for the On Ramp and extra if you want to do Oly-Lifting. If I wanted to train Oly 3x a week it would be $500 a month. This isn't private training either, or small group, this is classes of 15+ and it is unlikely I'd ever even talk to a trainer. I can't think of a single reason this would be worth while.


on October 16, 2012
at 12:36 AM

I used to run about 10-14 miles per week. I changed from that to strength-based HIIT type workouts. The effect was immediate, i lost about 10 pounds and felt way better.

I was doing kettlebells, calisthenics, and some pseudo-crossfit stuff at home. I finally got the nerve up to try crossfit, got hooked, and my body composition has completely changed. I have lost about 3-4 inches off of my waist, dropped my body fat from 27% to 22%, am so much leaner that i have had to buy new clothes once and soon will have to do so again. I cut a new hole in one of my belts every few weeks. Clearly i am burning fat and gaining a little muscle like never before.

What amazes me is i was in decent shape when i started crossfit, i had been paleo for a year and had been working out 3-4x per week. Even so the first few crossfit workouts totally kicked my ass. Being at the gym, with a trainer, and being asked to do all kinds of things that i would never do at home was a huge motivator and brought me to new levels of fitness. Also i have been completely injury free except for some sore muscles. So yeah, crossfit was definitely the secret formula for me transforming my body and burning fat, even after having tried many similar exercises myself.

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on October 15, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I think any form of whole body workouts using weights, is the answer to fat loss, that is, if you exercise regularly. What you're doing is great, mixing things up.


on October 16, 2012
at 04:05 AM

Yes! I think CrossFit has definitely contributed to my fat loss. I am entering my 6th week paleo/CrossFit & I am down 6% my body fat and about 10 lbs lighter. I have tried many other sports in the past, but have never experienced the results I have with CrossFit.


on October 16, 2012
at 12:16 AM

I love my gym too! I think its important to go somewhere you feel comfortable and have lots of options. Crossfit is a bit too intense for me and I already have adrenal fatigue issues so its not a good fit for me. Personally, I find doing 30min high intensity burst/interval training works best for fat loss. I also include weight lifting, kettlebells (they rock!), power ropes, and yoga. I like to mix it up. Everyone is different so experiment and do what works best for you.


on October 15, 2012
at 10:21 PM

Yes. Go CrossFit + IF (intermittent fasting). I've seen great results eating just 2 meals in a 5 hour window. Obviously you're going to need some protein after CF (1-2 servings of whey sourced from grass-fed cows) but this should not be counted as one of your meals. For example, you could fast the entire morning, do CF followed by protein around 11am, then consume your meals between 2pm-7pm (assuming your schedule allows such a regimen).

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