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Old 02-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #1
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Which Program Is Right For Me?

Hello All,

So here we go. At my gym, we follow more of the outlaw way, that is a Strength/Skill followed by a Met-Con. It works very well for my mostly agency based athletes and they very much enjoy the style of programming.

For me, I am a 25 y/o, 5'10 and 165 lbs. I eat strict Paleo and have for over a year. I try an keep my intake levels high and constant. My own training looks like this. I lift something heavy in the a.m. (I usually have "extra" lifting on the whiteboard for my member who participate in open gym). then in the afternoon I do our WOD. My problem is, well I'm just light. My CrossFit skills are all there, I just can't seem to push past the fact that more me would move more weight and I haven't gained weight in over a year.

So would I personally be benefiting from a change in programming? I know there are similar post like this out there. Most of which either refer to GOMAD (Dairy and I aren't friends), CrossFit Football, or reducing met-cons. I want to keep my conditioning as much as I can, but frankly I need some size.

Thanks in advance CrossFit Community,

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Re: Which Program Is Right For Me?

If you want to gain weight you should eat more and do less metcon. CFFB, GSLP, or 5/3/1 with 2-3 short metcons per week plus a lot more food will get you bigger and stronger.
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Re: Which Program Is Right For Me?

With an Outlaw style program you should absolutely gain weight as long as you're eating enough.

At least that's what I've been told many times.

Honestly I've taken drastic steps including cutting all metcons and following strength/mass programs like Texas method and getting a low intensity office job while slightly increasing my food intake. Still not gaining weight. If you figure it out let me know. I've gone through a few gaining cycles but it seems random and it never correlates to increased food. Usually it's happened when introducing a new stressor like when I started crossfit, when I started a strength bias, when I started Oly lifting. Haven't been able to replicate it recently though.
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If you want to gain weight you should eat more and do less metcon. CFFB, GSLP, or 5/3/1 with 2-3 short metcons per week plus a lot more food will get you bigger and stronger.
I was thinking of the 5/3/1 on MWFS and Met-Con on T,T and we have a team WOD on Sat.
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Ok, after re-reading this... I'm sold again.

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Old 02-17-2013, 08:14 PM   #6
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Re: Which Program Is Right For Me?

Eat more. If you want to gain, just eat. Try a weight gainer instead of a protein shake.
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Re: Which Program Is Right For Me?

What everyone else said. Assuming your are stimulating hypertrophy with your training and your conditioning work is not excessive you certainly should be able to add some lean muscle mass based on your height and weight.
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Andrew, would you suggest weight gainer over GOMAD?

Chris being in the supplement biz what's your take on cycling a weight gainer for a bit?
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Andrew, would you suggest weight gainer over GOMAD?

Chris being in the supplement biz what's your take on cycling a weight gainer for a bit?
Well, weight gainers are just large serving size protein and carb (and usually some fats) shakes. They are no better than food for growth in the sense they are just macronutrient foodstuffs unless they have added creatine or the like. With that said, for a lot of people who feel like they cannot eat enough it is easier to get their extra cals in liquid form, so they can be convenient in that sense.
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Andrew, would you suggest weight gainer over GOMAD?

Chris being in the supplement biz what's your take on cycling a weight gainer for a bit?
Jordan,

He said that he cant drink milk. If thats the case then i would. If he just doesnt want to jump off the paleo band wagon (which if you want to gain muscle mass you should do anyways) then GOMAD all the way.
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