Post # 1
To give you a little background about myself – I’m the ultimate girly-girl (think yoga, zumba, Anthropogie-wearing, tea party hosting), that kind of girl. And I’ve been engaged now for a little over 8-months with 4-months to go for our wedding in September. I was getting very frustrated with my progress to weight-loss, I mean I worked out 5 times a week, ate a fairly ‘ok’ diet and my weight went nowhere (I guess better the same than have it go up…). I was getting really frustrated, especially after seeing my fiance (who has been in crossfit for over a year now) losing weight, getting lean and toned, and looking better by the minute. And even though I should share in his success with praise and happiness, I couldn’t help but feel a tad bitter about the whole situation. We got to talking and I decided to try it out!
It’s been a little over a month now, and I can’t say that CrossFit hasn’t helped my body, because it has – but at the same time, the results that I crave are not exactly the kind of results that I’m getting (think those fitness models you see in magazine, toned, lean and thin – however I don’t think I’ll ever get that ‘thin’ part down)… I’ve definitely became more ‘toned’, but not really ‘lean’ as my shoulders and back seem to have gotten bigger and bulkier (even my butt’s gotten bigger)! And I have gained about 8 lbs since I’ve joined. I would even consider myself second-hand Paleo, but will still have my occasional creamer in my coffee and grains here and there, but would say my diet is fairly decent.
I go to CF four times a week, and every WOD is killer for me (but I go at it full steam) and try to do my best – with the goal to look toned and ‘lean’ for the wedding! I just wish I could get the ‘lean’ part down. What am I doing wrong… should I be changing my diet fully? Paleo is just so hard to keep up…
Also, (side note): My CrossFitting SoCal Tribe and I are doing our best to raise money for St. Jude’s – to help fight ‘CHILDHOOD CANCER and other diseases’ (it really makes me sad to know that there are so many sick children out there) Please help us by MAKING A DONATION – Come on ladies (every little bit counts!).
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Post # 3
Honestly, I don’t think you are doing anything wrong. From what I’ve seen, women who do crossfit tend to bulk up more than other exercises, especially in the butt and thighs. It isn’t the greatest for fat loss since the routines are so short.
Post # 4
I have done Crossfit for almost 3 years! I enjoy it because it allows me to enjoy all my hobbies (mountain biking, backcountry skiing, backpacking) so much more.
You can always try eliminating the grains/dairy. I’ve added protien shakes after my workout.
Your CrossFit trainers should also be there to help you go over your diet, but you need to at least provide a daily/weekly sample of what you are eating. That’s part of the reasons why it is the price it is – you have accesses to trainers for your own needs!
You will not get bulky though. You don’t have enough testosterone. You may build more muscle which is probably the 8 pounds. But those really really fit CrossFit women they usually go like 6 days a week for a couple years!
I noticed my pants fit better after one month, and no diet change. After 3 months and diet change I was down from an 8 to a size 4/6.
Post # 5
@sienna – Oh – that’s such inspiring news. Yeah, maybe I’ll try to cut the grains and dairy out cold turkey. Did you do paleo or some other sort of diet? If so, which diet? Thanks for your response 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t personally do CrossFit but I do lift heavy weights. If you are eating a surplus of calories and doing CrossFit, you are going to add muscle. Now personally, I would not mind this at all haha. In my book, more muscle is a good thing. However, if you don’t like the look, I would get a good estimate of how many calories you use on average per day and keep close track of how much you eat per day. I think if you keep them around equal, or eat slightly below (say 200-300 calories per day deficit) you will see a slow decrease of body fat while your muscle mass stays around the same. I wouldn’t go too low on the calories because CrossFit is so intense – you need your food to keep up with those workouts!
Also keep in mind that someone totally new to weights, which you seem to be, will experience some muscle gain in the first few months of a weight lifting program, even on a calorie deficit. So it’s possible that you’ve experienced what is referred to as “newbie gains” and you won’t really gain any more muscle if you are in fact already doing a calorie deficit. I agree with @sienna76: as females we simply don’t possess the hormones to grow muscle the same way men do.
Post # 7
@TiffanyJen: For months 2-3, I was doing the Zone diet by Barry Spears. 30-30-40 protein-fats-carbs (carbs being fruits and veggies, no grains).
However, that proved to be too much math and it was time consuming to figure the blocks when I wanted to try new meals. I didn’t like all his recipes.
Now, I do mostly Paleo at year 3. I do drink kefir once in a while for the protein (I get major gas though!). I use about 1/4 cup of rice when I make Indian dishes, I do have a weakness with gin & tonics and chocolate covered almonds. Other than those few things, I am kind of Paleo. Not sure how much improvement I’d get if I cut all those. 5%? Not quite willing to find that out because I enjoy a drink and chocolate.
Post # 8
@phillygirl629: Ahaha, i really hope that it’s just the “newbie gains” never heard of that one. I definitely think most of the girls in CrossFit are happy with the built on muscles and really don’t mind the bigger booty and what-not. I’ll admit – it’s better than the ‘jiggles’! However, I have naturally large calves and a wide back, so it’s upsetting to see them getting bigger… I’ll definitely try cutting calories and see how it goes. Thanks for your insight!
@sienna76: Eeeks, I’ve heard of the Zone diet, definitely sounds restrictive and I’m not good with doing the math… I think I’ll try to cut out the grains altogether and see how it goes, oh and I’m glad to hear that you allow yourself a little gin & tonic and chocolate – mmm! Thanks again!
Post # 9
My boyfriend has been doing CF for over a year now, and he has seen some amazing changes. The high impact work out doesn’t appeal to me, however I have been to some free classes that they offer. Mostly because of the things you mentioned as well. I have found Pure Barre, which is a compliation of ballet, yoga, & pilates. It is all about targeting women’s areas. (thighs, arms, back, & abs) I have found this routine to be quite life changing. You may have tried this before since it is almost just as much of a craze as CF is, however they do have a bridal workout special. I encourage you to try out a class if you haven’t and possibly work it into your workout routine. Maybe 3 cf classes a week and 2 Pure Barre classes…
I would also suggest doing a “whole30” you probably are familiar with this since you are familiar with paleo..if not there is a lot of information on it…i know it’s hard, but it’s SO worth it…You will definitely get the results you are craving for your special day!
Post # 10
@karenlinebarger: No, I’ve actually never heard of “whole30” but I’ll look more into it. I know that Purre Barre is suppose to be phenomenal, but with CrossFit alone, the fees are already putting a damper on wallet… but I’m glad to hear that your outlook on workout appeal is similar to mine and that your achieving the results you want. I might try it out for the last two months before the wedding (as I was planning to stop crossfitting during that time, in fear of gaining a bunch of bruises or having an accident right before the wedding). Thanks for all your suggestions!
Post # 11
I have been doing Crossfit for about 6 weeks now and my pants are falling off! I was losing weight at first, but now I am gaining( I hope it is muscle.) My diet is Paleo, with the exception of a daily whey protein isolate shake. I had been going 4 days a week, but now I am going to increase it to 5. I love the intensity and I think it will get me into excellent shape for the wedding next year. Good Luck!
Post # 12
@nickie362: That’s the kind of results that a lot of the other people have been seeing (pants falling off, etc.), but not me… all my fellow CrossFitters have been telling me it’s all muscle weight, but it’s really frustrating to see people lose so much weight where their pants are falling off and mine just keep getting tighter 🙁
At least I know it’s working for some people! Congratulations on your engagement – hope CF work out for you in the long run.
Post # 13
@TiffanyJen: Thank you ! I think it will work for you! I have other Crossfitters who say they saw results when doing Paleo. I think that is the secret to success. Not necessarily Paleo, but eating clean. As soon as I started Crossfit, I started Paleo. I think you should stick with it and you will see amazing results. Everybody is different, but I believe in the program. And this is from the perons who finishes last at every class! You will be fine. Stick with it! Just think of how FAB you will look and feel on wedding day. That is what keeps me motivated. Have you looked into Whey Protein Isolate shakes? If you bulk up quickly, maybe talk to your Crossfit coach about lighter weight and also your frustration. They give good feedback and insight, as they see people at different levels and and different levels of progression. LOL at your comment about the bigger butt! It does sound like you are gaining muscle, which is the ultimate fat burner! Stick with it!
Post # 14
Question: Are most of the people in your Crossft groups already fairly fit? I was kind of interested in joining, but I haven’t really exercised much since I got married a year ago. Used to do P90X and I did like the hardcore stuff…but now I’m a good 20lbs heavier (post-wedding happy lbs). I know I’d work hard, just don’t want to look stupid while doing it.
Post # 15
do zumba, full body workout..or take up swimming. I do both and for lean arms, I do 100 “girly” pushups every night..
Post # 16
If you want long and lean, you need to stop with the Cross Fit. Sorry, but that’s just not how you build long and lean muscles. You will get bulky, rounder muscles because of the type of exercises you are doing. It’s really more of a sport than a workout.
If you want long and lean, try Pure Barre, or pilates. Try lots of repetitions with light weights- it’s what all the celebrity trainers recommend and say it’s what they do with their clients, and you never see a bulky A list Hollywood actress. A dance based workout will lengthen and tone, instead of just bulk you up. Yes, there is some weight gain that happens with increased muscle tone, but you have to remember that when you are lifting weights, you are doing so to shape your muscles as much as tone, and the process and technique of how you are lifting has the most impact on the eventual look of your body.
If you want to continue with the Cross Fit, I would do it for the fun of it, or for the sport of it. All of the girlfriends that I have that have done crossfit all now look like football players because they all have big, bulky quad muscles from their WOD. Or they’re at home nursing their pulled muscles, ripped tendons, and blown out knees from trying to “beat” the others in the class.