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Old 10-08-2013, 05:52 PM   #1
Brian Reck
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Getting too big

I've always worked out and had muscle tone, this past year I started crossfit and I love it, however, I am 5'8" and don't want to get bigger, just leaner. My shoulders, arms, glutes, and thighs are growing. I love a challenge and always do the RX wods, not sure what I should do from here. Should I lower the weight when doing lifting excercizes?.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: Getting too big

Don't worry about it.
Just keep getting better.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: Getting too big

As long as you are able to be flexible then I don't see an issue. I am 5'7" and 230lbs and continue to get better all the time, plus the extra size gives me a big help in strength... I guess its all relative but I doubt CF will make you too big, I don't even see that issue with the top guys like Rich and Bailey, they are muscular but nowhere near being big.
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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Re: Getting too big

While I don't agree with the above comments....define "bigger?"
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Old 10-08-2013, 06:56 PM   #5
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Re: Getting too big

Let us know your weight.
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Old 10-08-2013, 07:48 PM   #6
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Re: Getting too big

Stop eating. You'll get leaner.

You may experience negative side effects though.

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Old 10-08-2013, 08:15 PM   #7
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Re: Getting too big

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Old 10-08-2013, 09:25 PM   #8
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I guess its all relative but I doubt CF will make you too big, I don't even see that issue with the top guys like Rich and Bailey, they are muscular but nowhere near being big.
And Rich and Dan Bailey don't JUST do Crossfit WOD's, they're both on regimented strength programs along with their Crossfit training.

I guess the simple question is this: if you don't want to get stronger, then why are you doing Crossfit? Getting bigger comes with the territory of getting stronger.
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Old 10-08-2013, 10:17 PM   #9
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I've always worked out and had muscle tone, this past year I started crossfit and I love it, however, I am 5'8" and don't want to get bigger, just leaner. My shoulders, arms, glutes, and thighs are growing. I love a challenge and always do the RX wods, not sure what I should do from here. Should I lower the weight when doing lifting excercizes?.
age, weight, bodyfat %? measurements of neck, chest, waist, arms, thighs? strength / lift numbers on squat, bench, deadlift, press? number of pullups you can do?

what does your diet look like?
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Old 10-09-2013, 08:51 AM   #10
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I've always worked out and had muscle tone, this past year I started crossfit and I love it, however, I am 5'8" and don't want to get bigger, just leaner. My shoulders, arms, glutes, and thighs are growing. I love a challenge and always do the RX wods, not sure what I should do from here. Should I lower the weight when doing lifting exorcizes?.
If you are not trying to gain then you will not continue to increase muscle mass for long.

What you are describing we see, particularly in men, who come into CrossFit with low muscle mass for you frame and generics. The increases you are experiencing is simply your body adjusting to where nature intended it to be in the first place if you have been exposed to lifting heavy objects your whole life.

I have myself and 6 coaches. 1 coach came from a body building back ground and wouldn't mind losing some muscle mass if he can keep his strength. The other 6 of us would all like to add more muscle mass while staying lean and preserving our metabolic conditioning and can't.

My target weight is 195, I weighed 189 this morning. I eat clean and as much as I can.

CrossFit will not support muscle growth for long.
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