Friday, December 3, 2010
Can you gain while you loose?
I am finally loosing weight! Must be these running and rowing metcons adding up. I"ve gone from 227lbs in this spring to 210lbs. Obviously diet plays a big role, but the biggest thing I have changed is demanding my body move for longer durations of time. The big fear most athletes have with loosing weight is loosing strength. This is a tricky subject and one that a lot of crossfitters ask me about. I have a couple strategies, the simplest being: lift heavy things... a lot! Your body will assume the needs you place upon it. So if you demand it to bear heavy loads daily, it will adapt to that. Secondly, separate your metcon from your strength. Studies done by William Kreamer and the University of Connecticut show that without a separation of a minimum of 4 hours strength gains will be hindered by aerobic work. This week was a retest week for me, kind of a comparison of where I am now versus when I started squatting. The highlight being a straight set of 10 reps at 455lbs unbroken, something I could not do weighing 17lbs more in June.
21 kb swing
455 x 3
7 Atlas stones to the shoulder (175)
7 thrusters 135lbs
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