i've always heard/read that the best way to lean out is to lift heavy and do a lot of walking. i definitely found this to be true for a while but recently switched ships and started doing a lot more metabolic conditioning (crossfit wods, basketball games, trail running etc.) and i have started to get leaner than i've ever been. i was really surprised when this happened because i always see people talking on here about how hard it is to lean out while doing crossfit style workouts and such. i still hike all the time and lift heavy when i can squeeze it in but its definitely on the back burner and more for maintenance at the moment. i was always hesitant to try crossfit because of people talking about how its hard for you to get or stay lean while working out like that but i've found the exact opposite to be true. has anyone else had really good luck leaning out with crossfit style workouts? if not, what style of exercise do you go to when your trying to get those last few pounds and really lean out?
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on June 24, 2012
at 03:30 AM
Some people run well on crossfit and lean out quickly. Otherwise why would you see so many of them? The issue here is that a lot of metcons with a low calorie input and poor recovery can lead a lot of people to bounce back. High cortisol makes their body go out of wack and go back to a higher body fat percentage.
If you like crossfit and it works for you keep it up! Keep an eye on your recovery and foo and you shoul do alright.
on June 24, 2012
at 04:02 PM
It's all in the dose. A reasonable amount of crossfit-style working out is great. I can run really lean that way too. The trouble is that the competitive nature of crossfit often leads people (me included) to over train because you don't want to miss out on a workout that someone else does and you want to go super hard every time because you don't want someone working harder than you. That's what ends up undoing all the good stuff. Done in the right manner crossfit is great; overdone, it's bad. Crossfit gets a bad rap because it's very easy to overdo it. Just track your body comp and if you start to have problems, then start backing off the frequency and intensity and go back to heavy lifting.