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Thursday, April 7, 2011

30 Days of CrossFit

I've just concluded a month of CrossFit (well, four weeks to be exact), and well, I'm sold on the whole concept - CrossFit workouts and a Paleo (well... Paleo-ish) diet.  You may have seen my earlier post on CrossFit.  It kind of goes hand in hand with The Paleo Diet concept.

At the end of three weeks, I put on 2.1kg of muscle.  I  went from 63.5kg to 65.6kg while my body fat stayed the same.  That's pretty impressive results for me, as I'm a pretty hard gainer/loser.

Even more impressive is this other guy who started out at about the same time as me.  He started out weighing 130kg, and he's lost 10 kg after three weeks.  So the CrossFit/Paleo concept seems to work the body towards a caveman hunter/gatherer ideal: lean, strong, and durable.

Like all intense workouts, it's strong medicine, and I'm glad to be taking a break and heading off to climb Mt. Everest in just a couple of days.  This will be my last post for a couple of months as I won't be able to update the blog from China.  Sorry about that.  But if you'd like to follow the progress of the climb, I should be able to make updates via Twitter.


Derek said...

interesting read about the CrossFit - i'd like to learn more about the biking aspect to put on some lean muscle.

Unknown said...

Hi Derek,

Keep in mind that I'm still relatively new to CrossFit, and my opinions are my own.

The strength of CrossFit (ie, its general, all-encompassing nature) is also its weakness - if you participate in a specialized sport, like biking, you need to do specialized training for it.

Having said that, CrossFit has changed the way I approach training. I don't go to the gym anymore, but go to the 'box' or CrossFit on my own. I used CrossFit to 'taper' for my climb up Mt. Everest with much success. Now, I'm using it to whip me back into very good, overall condition, so I can be ready to start mountain bike training for the 2012 Cape Epic in South Africa.

There are those that CrossFit year round, and it is like a lifestyle for them. For me, CrossFit is strong medicine, and like strong medicine, I use it carefully.