Post # 1
Hi Everyone – I am getting married on June 21st 2014. My fiance and I have been pretty lazy about going to the gym this past year and both have gains 15-20 lbs. We both want to shape up for the big day. He really wants us to do CrossFit together. I am just really worried it will make me look bulky and not slim down. Our diet needs improvement so we’ll be changing that as well. I am looking to drop the 20 lbs before we get married (11 months to go).
He insists that I won’t get big arms, legs and butt but I also know he really wants me to do it with him and I worry he is just saying that to calm me down. Can anyone out there give me advice?
I’m a size 12 right now and my goal is to drop a couple sizes by June. I am dress shopping in Septemeber and would like to get down to a 10 or even an 8 by then. Will crossfit help me drop the weight and tone up or will I end up looking like a more muscular version of what I am now??
This has caused some tension at home between us so I am desperate to find information.
Post # 3
@FutureMrsOliver: Whether you bulk up or slim down depends on your genetics, your specific routine, and your diet. CrossFit (or any other strength-oriented training regimen) will help you build muscle. Having more muscle, while it revs up your metabolism so you burn more calories, can make you look bigger if you are not also focusing on fat-burning cardio and a healthy diet to ‘lean out’ from your current weight (as my trainer once pointed out, most reasonably fit people have enough abdominal muscle definition for a four- or six-pack – it’s just covered under a layer of fat!). That said, you will certainly FEEL better with a more active and muscular physique, so I would make that your goal rather than a specific ‘look’ that may or may not be attainable for your body type.
RE: CF: There are excellent CrossFit boxes and less-than-excellent ones; do your research and make sure you are TRULY COMFORTABLE with the instructors and staff and approach (including diet plans and competitions) at the box you select. Unfortunately the training & certification process to become a CF instructor is not nearly as rigorous as (IMHO) it should be, and many people who are not coming to CF from an active lifestyle are at serious risk for injury if not properly instructed and supervised.
Finally: CF is REALLY expensive compared to most normal gyms. Do a sanity check on how often you think you’ll go and whether you’ll stick with it before committing (obviously this goes for any gym). It’d be a shame to throw a bunch of money at something that may or may not work for you.
Good luck making changes for a healthier lifestyle! No matter what you decide, if you stick with it I’m sure you’ll feel like the best version of ‘you’ on your wedding day 🙂
Post # 4
I recently quit crossfit after about 8 months. Crossfit helped me gain a lot of muscle but I’m wanting to cut now so I’m heading back to the gym and dropping to cutting calories. I want to take control of my own programming which I couldn’t do while doing crossfit. Plus the cutting diet would not sustain the required energy of crossfit.
It was great fun though, learned a lot, made a lot of friends and definitely gained a shit ton of strength.
Your body shape will most likely change though, but as the PP said, it depends on your genetics, and other factors, how your body will react to the training of crossfit.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House
Basically everything. All of the above. I couldn’t have said it better.
Post # 6
My fiance has been doing crossfit for over a year now and I just joined a box. I love that cardio is built into WODs (workouts of the day) but I do plan on running on my own. I just need to tone up a little and love a competitive, structured type environment.
Definitely do research on the box and trainers before you join. Make sure they are CrossFit affiliated and have certified trainers before you sign up. I got screwed out of $350 by a gym that claimed they were crossfit but really weren’t.
Let us know what you decide to do!
Post # 7
I think it’s a cult! 🙂
LOL – my friends do it and sometimes it’s ALL THEY TALK ABOUT!
I do think it works though – they’ve both lost considerable weight! Like other posters have said, it’s much more expensive than a regular gym.
Post # 8
@FutureMrsOliver: You’re a chick. You’d have to spend like 8 hours a day in the gym lifting stuff in order to really “bulk up”. I have a fairly muscular body type to begin with, lift weights a fair bit, and my arms are getting nicely toned.. but not bulky by any means.
Crossfit isn’t just lifting weights. I think it makes most people quite lean and fit.
Of course diet is the most important thing.
I’d give it a go. Don’t expect amazing results right away.. but I know it can help you lose those inches. My friend does it and she isn’t the most fit person to begin with, and she definitely hasn’t bulked up at all.
Post # 9
My FH is addicted to crossfit- we even travel for him to compete in crossfit competitions! It intimidates me, but I’ve seen some AMAZING results in people, physically and emotionally. When we return from our honeymoon after life calms down, I told him I’d join!
Post # 10
@FutureMrsOliver: you will tone up for sure but not bulk up. women cannot naturally have big muscles without taking something.
i lift weights, while you can see a lot of muscle definition, even more when i flex, i certainly would not call myself bulky.
crossfit also adds an element of cardio into the mix, instead of pure weight lifting.
just make sure you keep a good balance of weight training and cardio and you will be in great shape in no time.
Post # 11
@lizzieb: Thank you! I feel like a lot of times most responses to questions like this are ‘ZOMG CROSSFIT and/or PALEO IS THE BEST THING EVER’ and while they’re great for a lot of people, I don’t think they’re the be-all and end-all of fitness, you know?
Post # 12
@loveandapitbull: I’m pretty sure I just said the exact same thing to one of my friends the other day, it’s not the be-all end-all of fitness. She posted on FB that she was debating whether to stick with crossfit or go back to the gym she started at (she loves the les mills classes) and she had some responses from one of the guys doing crossfit saying “gym is lame-o”. I sent her a PM saying that it’s those type of guys who paint a bad picture of the crossfit community. I’m a former Les Mills instructor and would give up crossfit in a split second to teach again (another story).
There’s more than one way to get fit.