I am an avid crossfitter 22 y/o, 6 foot 4 inches and 200 lbs. I recently started using cronometer to moniter my food intake and just to maintain bodyweight it reccomends 2700 kcals a day and 600 more if i work out. But thats just to maintain body weight. My ratio is set at 20 20 60 for protein carbs and fat.
The question i have is, is gaining weight equivilent to gaining mass. And is mass equivilent to strength. I plan on supplementing my wods with some power lifting to build strength.
asked byHurricane (454)
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on September 14, 2011
at 03:02 AM
I'm not a Crossfit guy, but I understand those workouts are fairly brutal. It will likely tax your recovery ability to then add more workouts on top of the WODs. On the one hand, you're 22 and can probably get away with almost anything. On the other hand, if you really want to gain muscle, I think you'd be better served with a "Starting Strength" style routine, plus lots of food and recovery time. Go back to Crossfit when you are the size you want to be.
One thing I've learned in my 52 years is that you don't get stronger/faster/better in your workouts, you get stronger/faster/better between them.
on September 14, 2011
at 05:10 PM
Amen, Mike. It has taken me quite some time to get the same insight. Funny, how the phrase "power naps" (get rested fast! Back on your feet in no time) reflects our culture's normalization of manic. I have friends who run 4-6 ultra marathons per year. Overweight, carb-bloated, no doubt chronic inflammation - and not seeming to have much fun. I say this as a former distance runner. Loved it in my 20s; no regrets. At 57 I spend much less time with workouts of all kinds, and am decidedly more fit than ever. Sleep? Get as much as I can, love it...
on October 23, 2011
at 08:33 PM
From my experience doing crazy metabolic conditioning or the WODs will make you super fit at first but in the end you will loose muscle mass and a little overall strength as well.
If you're looking to get jacked, and gain crazy muscle mass lift heavy and lift often. Squat, deadlift and Olylifts have helped me significantly. I try to limit my "conditioning" to sprints on Sundays, other than that I pretty much stick to progressive weight training.
The Crossfit WODs thing does decrease my overall muscle mass and strength to a certain degreee. Basically if you want to get big, anything that increases your heartrate will cut your muscle and strength to a certain degree i.e., Nigeran marathon runner vs Jamaican sprinter.