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Old 02-10-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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Starting strength - some questions

Hi

I've been doing crossfit for a few months now, a couple of interuptions due to sickness and a new baby and am reasonably happy. Whilst I am making progress, I am coming to the conclusion that my food intake isn't optimising my gains and needs to be sorted.

That said, a goal I have is to get stronger. Any additional weight gain would be welcome, assuming it's of the muscle variety... I haven't gained any weight on crossfit but I have lost a little body fat.

I recently bought Starting Strength and really like it, going to give it a good shot. I love the simplicity and effectiveness of it. I like milk too.

Will I lose the non-strength gains I have made over the last few months? What do others do on the four "off" days? Cardio? Bodyweight rounds for cardio? Nothing? When going back to WODs will the pure strength from SS be maintained or diminish?

I'm a bit stuck and would really appreciate any advice! Thank you. JFYI male 5'11" 156 lbs tall and skinny!
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:00 AM   #2
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Re: Starting strength - some questions

Just found a few threads that start to answer my questions

Any input would be greatly appreciated though, especially from those with a "lighter" frame like myself.
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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Re: Starting strength - some questions

Your cardio and muscular endurance will not be severely diminished. You will gain a lot of strength if you adhere to it precisely, including taking those 4 rest days. It is a very taxing program and you need plenty of rest, sleep, and good quality food. After SS, you will see that a lot of CF will be easier for you because you are stronger (like doing Fran's 95lb thrusters). You will not lose your strength gained from SS when you get back to CF.
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Re: Starting strength - some questions

speaking from personal exp...my over all strength gains have stayed with me over the past two years. my 1rm for squat and DL went down by maybe 25lbs...but I can still pull and push close to double my body weight and since adding in the WOD's back into my training with grappling and muay thai...i'd say i'm overall a MUCH better athlete then i EVER was. Starting strength is DEFF. worth putting some hard time into. Mark really knows his stuff.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:16 PM   #5
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Re: Starting strength - some questions

Thanks for the feedback so far; it is confirming my intentions...

I need to buy some squat stands that work for bench workouts too, power cage/rack not going to happen due to (very) low WAF! I'll get there though!
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:48 PM   #6
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Re: Starting strength - some questions

Simon that was exactly my body type, i was doing CF for almost 6 months before switching to SS. I switched because i wasnt strong enough for some of the workouts.

Ive been doing SS for maybe 4 weeks or so, i went from 156ish to 167 and still climbing. Obviously some of it is fat, however i have yet to plateau with the workouts.
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