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Old 01-06-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
Neal Winkler
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Who here has a body that was by and large forged by CrossFit?

For example, you went from fat to muscular/skinny, or skinny to muscular using CrossFit, not somebody who was already muscular before they came to CrossFit.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:39 AM   #2
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Great question Neal!

And CF ladies, please give us some inspiration here! Don't let this be a guys only thread.

(I've lost 9 pounds so far, but I'm not putting up a me-in-a-bikini avatar yet!)
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Old 01-06-2006, 12:24 PM   #3
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OK, as a former Olympian, maybe Eva doesn't count here (pre-forged)!

Check the archives.
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:32 PM   #4
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Mine is a work in progress.. If only they made an anti-beer and anti-barbeque-pork-and-ribs-and-chicken-combo pill I would be set.
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Old 01-06-2006, 01:41 PM   #5
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I suspect the folks who came to CF already muscular have experienced changes...I know I have. I'm still lean, but weight has shifted around a little bit as I've worked on things I'd never done before.
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:11 PM   #6
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I went from 190 to 210 (at 6'4")in about 3 months due to CF (no change in diet). Previously I was doing bodyweight exercises almost exclusively (a couple hundred air squats, push ups, and sit ups spread out over a 20 - 30 min period).

After going to the Zone, I dropped back down to 190 - 195 and I am still gaining strength (I leaned out the BF more than I thought I could).

I can honestly say that I was the skinny guy, now I am pretty ripped.
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Old 01-06-2006, 03:55 PM   #7
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Anyone who has been here long enough and been consistently working hard enough (and eating smart) has a body forged by Crossfit.

I didn't take a before/after photo, but I have gained approx. 20 pounds, by my recollection of my weight 2 years ago (135 to 155 at 5'9"). I can count all my serratus muscles, but what I value much more is the ability to muscleup, do HSPUs, run and jump, the functional abilities. As is often said, it's good to look like you are strong, but better still to be stronger than you look.
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Old 01-06-2006, 04:15 PM   #8
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What a noble reply Ben!

However, I am motivated by the vanity of it all. I am healthy. I am strong. But if I can look even better I'm all for it! (I have sisters who are models. I was debate team captain.)
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Old 01-06-2006, 08:39 PM   #9
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Neal and Jamila,
Much of how I look today is forged by crossfit. I am still carrying too much fat (below the waist mostly) but my upper body was remade by doing pulling, pushing and lifting exercises over the last year and a half, progressing from ALL modifed movements to the real movements in recent months.

Before CF, I was only doing one exercise class(kickboxing) a week and running a couple of times a week when I started and I was a short pudgy computer geek on Weight Watchers (on which I did lose 30 pounds before that!) Now I am a short slightly chunky crossfit goober! LOL.

My goal this year is to take care of that lower body because it doesn't match! That means zoning and getting back to regular workouts after missing too many since summer.

I am not sure I can come up with good before and after pics but I'll search around. :-)

(Message edited by Laurar on January 06, 2006)
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Old 01-06-2006, 09:07 PM   #10
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The first one's not really me, but it's close enough. I had bigger glasses and an uglier haircut. I started working out at 4'11 and 95 lbs. and now I'm 5'11 and 170. Going from 13 to 19 years old might have helped too. I am a believer with regards to Crossfit building great physiques, but I think that their are other quicker and easier ways to get "buff" for those who are only aesthetically concerned. For example, a typical weight training routine with back squats, bench presses, deadlifts, curls, military presses, and weighted pullups and dips would build a lot of hypertrophy without having to worry so much about hardcore metabolic conditioning. Obviously that wouldn't be the best way to achieve fitness though.
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