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Old 12-06-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
Christopher Kessler
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Crossfit + Gomad

Hi there, I have heard of people doing SS with a Gomad diet with great strength gains. Has anyone tried starting with Crossfit and Gomad? If so, I would love to hear of your results or opinions on the matter. I understand that both crossfit and SS have are based heavily around compound Olympic style lifting.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:03 PM   #2
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

SS and GOMAD are intended to add lots of strength in basic barbell movements--squat, deadlift, press, bench press, and power clean--and gain a lot of weight in the process. For those reasons GOMAD probably wouldn't be a good fit with doing CF, though if you're under-strength then a cycle of SS and GOMAD would be a good way to get your strength level up before starting CF. SS doesn't really include any Oly lifting unless you're counting the power clean--Oly lifting is the clean and jerk and the snatch. Max Effort Black Box is built around integrating Oly lifting with CF workouts, if that's what you're looking for.
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Old 12-06-2009, 03:22 PM   #3
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

Appreciate the response Eric, I agree I am under strength like crazy. Doing six-eight weeks of SS before crossfit would probably be very beneficial. I have to wonder if my future cross fit coach would also help coach me in SS until I felt I was strong enough for crossfit.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #4
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

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Appreciate the response Eric, I agree I am under strength like crazy. Doing six-eight weeks of SS before crossfit would probably be very beneficial. I have to wonder if my future cross fit coach would also help coach me in SS until I felt I was strong enough for crossfit.
That would depend on the coach, obviously.

Also, there's a bit of debate about whether Starting Strength is better than Crossfit workouts scaled to your ability. If you just want to get strong, SS is hard to beat. But if you want to bring up other components of fitness at the same time, the choice isn't nearly as clear. What are your goals?

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Old 12-06-2009, 04:47 PM   #5
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

Katherine,

My goals are relatively simple, I would like to be as strong as possible for September of next year as I will be beginning my degree in bachelor of applied science (paramedic). Must be used to lifting heavy loads as well as be in decent cardiovascular shape. I am not concerned with having a beach body, my desire for strength is purely practical in nature.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:16 PM   #6
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

It's fairly easy to get into "decent" cardiovascular shape. If you're looking to get good at CrossFit, strength is probably the most common limiting factor to being able to complete many of the workouts. While I don't agree with those who claim strength takes longer to develop than other dimensions of fitness, it is more of a limiting factor. If you can't move a certain load or support your body weight in a certain way, you can't do it. Anyone can run a mile, even though it might take eight years of practice to do it in 4:15.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:40 PM   #7
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

Why not try Crossfit Strength Bias? Seems to match what you're looking for.
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Old 12-06-2009, 05:50 PM   #8
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

Crossfit strength bias... I am not familiar with this however I will google + search on this forum and see what I come up with.

Thanks!
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:09 PM   #9
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

I did CrossFit + GOMAD for a couple of months. All it did was get me chubby.
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Old 12-06-2009, 06:26 PM   #10
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Re: Crossfit + Gomad

My affiliate is currently doing a Crossfit Strength Bias program, and on top of that I am doing 1/2 GOMAD to try and gain some weight and strength. We'll see how it goes.
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