The Myth of Bulk: Why Women Should do Crossfit

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There is a particularly popular YouTube video series that comes to mind when you hear some women speak about why they don’t do Crossfit or any type of heavy Olympic lifting. The series is aptly titled “Sh*t (insert some sport or activity or group here) Say.” Some of the Sh*t I hear anti-crossfit women, and even some pro-crossfit women, say goes as follows: “I don’t want to get bulky arms/legs/back/etc.” “I don’t want to get too BIG.” “I don’t want my thighs to get bigger.” “I don’t want to look like a body builder.” “Is that Jason Khalipa?!?” I think you’ll have noticed a theme by now. Without dancing around the issue let me make a proclamation: Doing Crossfit with [relatively] heavy weights will NOT make you look like a body builder.  Moreover, the advantages of doing crossfit-type training far outweigh any perceived disadvantages. Disclaimer I don’t really need to remind any readers of this blog that I’m not a doctor. However, I have researched the topic thoroughly and gotten feedback from an actual physician. The information is yours to absorb or not, hopefully (if nothing else) it inspires some enlightening debate in the gym. I realize that claiming you … Read More

Ain’t nuttin’ but a peanut.

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Since we’ve implemented the Wendler 5-3-1 system as our strength program, it’s become evident, really quickly, that that last set is the “oh shit” set. Five reps at 65%, no big deal.   75%?  hard but doable.   But max reps at 85, 90 and 95%?  If you push yourself  on that last set, as you should, then you’ll come away  feeling just as exhausted as when you finish any other workout, where you end up sprawled out on the floor wondering, what the hell just happened. How you mentally prepare for that last set will drastically effect how well you do. Even though we all may not strive to be as freakishly huge as Ronnie Coleman (we couldn’t even if we tried), that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn a thing or two from one of the giants of the bodybuilding scene. Namely, how to approach a heavy lift. If you’ve never seen the larger than life Ronnie lift some serious weight then check out the clip below to see how it’s done.  No, you really need to watch it.  I’ll wait. http://youtu.be/pM7uyP6cXgY As amusing as that was it’s more important to note what he doesn‘t do, than what he … Read More