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Old 11-04-2007, 07:10 PM   #1
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Strength vs Conditioning

Would someone comment on the progress you've made as far as strength vs conditioning since you've been on Crossfit. Obviously your conditioning should improve after doing WODs for a while. I'm interested in how many guys who've turned away from "weightlifting" and started CF have continued to see gains in strength, as well as in their conditioning.
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Old 11-04-2007, 07:13 PM   #2
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Re: Strength vs Conditioning

In terms of total strength I'd definately say I've lost a little. But on the main lifts I still maintain or have gotten better. At the same time though I'm also conditioned for once. In college I was in my best condition. Up to a couple of years ago I was my strongest. Right now I'm not the strongest I've ever been or in the best condition but put together I have never been better.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:45 AM   #3
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Re: Strength vs Conditioning

Anthony and I both are stronger and better conditioned since we started following CrossFit's principles. We've been CrossFitting for two years and feel we've only just hit the tip of the iceburg!!

I'm not sure what you mean by "turn away from weightlifting" since weightlifting is a huge part of the CrossFit methodology...
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Re: Strength vs Conditioning

Front squat 225 to 286
Back squat 343 to 374
Deadlift 437 to 462
Muscle up - 0 to 5
OHS 165 to 215x5
Clean and jerk 210 to 231
Snatch 115 to 183
HSPU 0 to 7-10

That's just a few things.
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:19 PM   #5
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Re: Strength vs Conditioning

You can include strength.. with CF. Just do a search on Max Effort black box (ME black box, MEBB).

They're not really mutually exclusive or anything..
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Old 11-05-2007, 12:22 PM   #6
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Re: Strength vs Conditioning

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I'm not sure what you mean by "turn away from weightlifting" since weightlifting is a huge part of the CrossFit methodology...
What she said ... last time I checked we still lift heavy things.
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:14 PM   #7
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Re: Strength vs Conditioning

I know I am stronger.
I had never done olympic lifts prior to CrossFit.
When we did our first CFT my total was 745. A little less than two months later it went up by 90 lbs without me ever doing 1RM training in between - just doing the WODs as Rx'd.

I also got a PR in a half-marathon in October without doing any distance training or regular runs. Granted, it was my 4th half-marathon of the year, but I had not done any running, other than running as Rx'd in WODs, for six weeks prior to that race. My previous PR was in January of this year after a full winter of training.

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Old 11-05-2007, 02:32 PM   #8
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I'm not sure what you mean by "turn away from weightlifting" since weightlifting is a huge part of the CrossFit methodology...

Thanks for the replies. I guess I should have said "bodybuilding" and the more traditional lirting routines where your doing 5 or 6 body parts, in a 5x5, 3x8, or 3x10 set/rep split.
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I should have said "bodybuilding" and the more traditional lirting routines where your doing 5 or 6 body parts, in a 5x5, 3x8, or 3x10 set/rep split.
Traditional used to be full body for those BBers in the 60s and earlier. Unfortunately, as steroids got more prevalent they went to splits. And splits are horrible for anyone not on steroids.

But yeah.. heavy lifting and CF go well together.
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