Howdy! How’s everyone doing?
I just wanted to quick catch you guys up on a few changes I’m making in my life and why.
This is me right now. I like my body. I love my body. But I’d like to build more muscle (a lot more) and cut down on my body fat. I haven’t done any measurements for body fat percentage, but I know from previous years that I can build a heck of a lot more muscle. And I’d like to do that. I’m hovering at a healthy body weight right now, which I want to keep (or raise…. who knows), but I know that some of my body fat can be changed into pure, unadulterated muscle. I’d like to be stronger. The ultimate goal.
So, how do you get stronger? Eating well and lifting heavy.
I’ve been focusing more on getting plenty of healthy fats in my diet to lower my body fat (sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? let’s talk more about that), and adequate protein to maintain muscle and hopefully build more. These are what I focus on.
I’m also focusing on lifting heavy. Not only lifting heavy often, but doing fast, intense, metabolic conditioning, usually less than 20 minutes long.
Why so short? Because the shorter, more intense the workout, the more conditioned my nervous system and muscle fibers will become. In this short time frame, my body is trained to burn fat, not muscle. Additionally, with shorter intervals, my body becomes more conditioned without losing strength. Longer, less intense workouts would deplete muscle, and therefore, strength.
Like this guy. He’s got serious balls.
I want to stay strong. This cycle/season of CrossFit is the time that we start to focus less on strength training and more on metabolic conditioning and gymnastics. Until the beginning of December and the new year, we focus on lifting heavy and building strength, not necessarily on being fast. At the end of the cycle, we begin a new one where metabolic conditioning and gymnastics take precedence. That strength is maintained by lifting regularly, but we cut down on body fat and improve speed by performing fast cycles of gymnastics and barbell movements.
Some parts of BroScience have it right. Build build build, then cut down before competition season. By the CrossFit Open, we want to be strong and fast. As Clare once said to me, “You have to build a mountain before you can break it down.”
Fact. I’ve been building strength and hitting PR’s regularly, and it’s almost time to start winding down and performing more workouts and more conditioning. The CrossFit Open begins at the end of February. I’m stinkin’ excited and just ready to be part of something worldwide.
With that being said, I’m getting my CrossFit Level 1 Certification this weekend and I couldn’t be more happy and excited to finally get the knowledge I’ve been waiting for. Not only because I want to be a coach, but because I want to be a better athlete. It’s all about keeping the end goal in mind.
This book and my diet — we’ll talk about more in depth next time. I figured breaking some of this into multiple posts would help a little bit! Goodnight all! xoxo
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