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Old 09-03-2009, 12:13 PM   #1
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What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

Hey guys quick question, so i'm trying to gain about 15lbs right now and i usually do the 3 day on and 1 day off program. Usually 2 days out of the 3 i do metcons and the other day i do a strength. So my question is, should i do short metcons where its like 5-15mins long or does it matter? or is there a better way to go at it instead of the 2 day metcon and 1 day strength. i also don't want to get sluggish on the metcons.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:20 PM   #2
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

stick to short heavy intense metcons, crossfit football is the way to go if you want to gain weight while doing WODs. if you do longer metcons, theywill burn more calories and therefore keep you at the same weight.

BUT the real trick is not the WOD its how much you eat, eat more=gain more
eat the same as you do now=not much gain
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:24 PM   #3
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

15lbs of muscle will take at least a few months. your training doesnt matter as much as your caloric intake (obviously don't do excessive endurance training) the key is to have a caloric surplus. this is especially true if you have a fast metabolism.

eat non-stop, lift heavy and you will gain weight. this is basically the premise of Starting Strength - gallon of milk a day + squats, deads, presses, &c.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:30 PM   #4
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

This aritcle details how they integrate strength work and metcon at Rip's gym.

http://crossfitwichitafalls.com/Cont...WF_Program.pdf (wfs)
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:39 PM   #5
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

GOMAD and SS.

Add some short metcons from crossfit to suffer less from endurance loss. Thats like fran, helen, all those thigns under 10-12 minutes.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:43 PM   #6
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

In the absence of any other goals, I would stop doing metcons, eat a lot (take what you eat now and double it) and a a strength program. Starting strength if you are a novice strength athlete, if you are beyond novice, 20 rep squats, texas method, starr etc.
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Old 09-03-2009, 12:45 PM   #7
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

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This aritcle details how they integrate strength work and metcon at Rip's gym.

http://crossfitwichitafalls.com/Cont...WF_Program.pdf (wfs)
It's interesting how little work that is overall**. Back when I used to just weightlift I did a lot more crud than that with lesser results. Heck, even now I probably do a lot more "stuff" than that. Looks like a fun program.

**Not to discount it, but more the opposite. Everyone who thinks working out has to be so terrible when really they can just lift really heavy crap a few times a week.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:52 PM   #8
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

looks easy on paper, doesn't it...

...until you get to the 'add 5lbs per workout' bit
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:01 PM   #9
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

Definitely not easy but simple. If you compare one of those workouts to an old workout where I might do squats, stiff leg deads, calf raises, leg extensions, etc. 3-5 sets of each.
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Old 09-03-2009, 05:13 PM   #10
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Re: What kind of WODS to do when trying to gain weight

We tell women all the time that lifting heavy weights doesn't make you big. So, why when a man asks "how do i get bigger" we tell him to lift heavy weights? Isn't that a little bit confusing?

The truth: the wod doesn't matter. A few years back, my wife and I trained for a half marathon running 20-35 miles a week. We lost a bunch of weight right? Wrong. I gained three pounds b/c I couldn't control my hunger with all that calorie burning.

I have been Crossfitting for almost 2 years now. I started relatively strong and haven't gotten much stronger. I lift heavy weights at least 2 times a week in addition to metcons. I started at 197, I now weigh 178.

I think that I could be gaining if I wanted to, but I would not change a thing about my workouts. I would change my diet.
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