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Old 07-30-2008, 11:44 AM   #1
Brett Cassel
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Need Help Seeing Results

All,

Iím seeking help. Iím a 26-year-old male, 168 pounds, and Iíve been practicing CrossFit now for about six months. I love the variety and the theory behind CrossFit, as well as, that it fits into my schedule due to the fact that the workouts are typically quicker than the ones Iíve done in the past.

Iím extremely regimented and follow the CrossFit WOD, that is, unless my work schedule within the world of commercial/film/television production doesnít allow it. I practice CrossFit at a regular gym due mainly to the fact that the local CrossFit gyms are out of my price range. I havenít taken up a new sport as the CrossFit website suggests, but will begin to play racquetball on a regular basis once I switch to a new gym starting in September.
From a dietary standpoint, I havenít ever taken up the Zone, but Iím still very healthy Ė cereal, oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast; peanut-butter-and-jelly, tuna, chicken or red meat for lunch; and chicken, fish or red meat for dinner. I also fit in snacks during the day consisting of fruits and nuts (mainly almonds.) The one caveat is that, since Iím young, I still do a fair bit of partying, which means drinking a fair amount of alcohol on the weekends. With that said, I donít drink as much alcohol as I once did Ė maybe, 10-15 drinks in a given weekend, max. Before I started CrossFit, I took a protein supplement several times a day, but I have stopped due to affordability.

The point: the main differences in my physique since starting CrossFit are that my chest has shrunk and that Iíve lost about ten pounds. I still carry a little pudge around my lower midsection, although my upper abdominals are well-defined. What am I doing wrong? I want to take my body from good to great. Iíve worked out with guys before that have the same lifestyle as me, eat much worse than I do, party much more, but still look better. Any advice? I simply feel like the effort I put towards working out and staying healthy isnít eliciting the results I want.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:56 AM   #2
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Re: Need Help Seeing Results

don't give up, now. You are almost there. I may take years to change the shape you have had for ...what...26 years? genetics may play a big part in your physique. we all have different shapes, tones, levels of hairyness. you will lose some body fat, you will strengthen and tone those muscles, you will develop abs, your legs will change their look, their level of muscularity, and you may even find some discomforts along the way, from the good changes.

I found that my pits became deeper, my skin got rub-rashed under my arms, down by my lats as they changed shape. My shorts began to rub me wrong, when they began to hang a little lower, etc.

It is all good, and it WILL happen. It sounds like you have a healthy approach to your nutrition, your workout regimen, and your party ethics.

Keep it up. It will happen.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:59 AM   #3
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Re: Need Help Seeing Results

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All,

Iím seeking help. Iím a 26-year-old male, 168 pounds, and Iíve been practicing CrossFit now for about six months. I love the variety and the theory behind CrossFit, as well as, that it fits into my schedule due to the fact that the workouts are typically quicker than the ones Iíve done in the past.

Iím extremely regimented and follow the CrossFit WOD, that is, unless my work schedule within the world of commercial/film/television production doesnít allow it. I practice CrossFit at a regular gym due mainly to the fact that the local CrossFit gyms are out of my price range. I havenít taken up a new sport as the CrossFit website suggests, but will begin to play racquetball on a regular basis once I switch to a new gym starting in September.
From a dietary standpoint, I havenít ever taken up the Zone, but Iím still very healthy Ė cereal, oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast; peanut-butter-and-jelly, tuna, chicken or red meat for lunch; and chicken, fish or red meat for dinner. I also fit in snacks during the day consisting of fruits and nuts (mainly almonds.) The one caveat is that, since Iím young, I still do a fair bit of partying, which means drinking a fair amount of alcohol on the weekends. With that said, I donít drink as much alcohol as I once did Ė maybe, 10-15 drinks in a given weekend, max. Before I started CrossFit, I took a protein supplement several times a day, but I have stopped due to affordability.

The point: the main differences in my physique since starting CrossFit are that my chest has shrunk and that Iíve lost about ten pounds. I still carry a little pudge around my lower midsection, although my upper abdominals are well-defined. What am I doing wrong? I want to take my body from good to great. Iíve worked out with guys before that have the same lifestyle as me, eat much worse than I do, party much more, but still look better. Any advice? I simply feel like the effort I put towards working out and staying healthy isnít eliciting the results I want.

Thanks for any help.
The people who party a lot and look better likely have a genetic advantage as you. If they are eating worse and working out less then that's probably the case.
Some suggestions:

Get REAL strict on your diet M-F so that when you party it up on the weekends you aren't going to destroy all of your hard work.

Add in some extra sprint work (which is what works best for me) a couple days. I'm a big proponent of HIIT. I've seen a great amount of success running 10x40yd sprints and 4x100yd sprints a couple times per week along with the WOD.

OR you can cut way back on the alcohol consumption.

Are you supplementing with fish oil? If not I definitely recommend that as well..
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:01 PM   #4
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All,

Iím seeking help. Iím a 26-year-old male, 168 pounds, and Iíve been practicing CrossFit now for about six months. I love the variety and the theory behind CrossFit, as well as, that it fits into my schedule due to the fact that the workouts are typically quicker than the ones Iíve done in the past.

Iím extremely regimented and follow the CrossFit WOD, that is, unless my work schedule within the world of commercial/film/television production doesnít allow it. I practice CrossFit at a regular gym due mainly to the fact that the local CrossFit gyms are out of my price range. I havenít taken up a new sport as the CrossFit website suggests, but will begin to play racquetball on a regular basis once I switch to a new gym starting in September.
From a dietary standpoint, I havenít ever taken up the Zone, but Iím still very healthy Ė cereal, oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast; peanut-butter-and-jelly, tuna, chicken or red meat for lunch; and chicken, fish or red meat for dinner. I also fit in snacks during the day consisting of fruits and nuts (mainly almonds.) The one caveat is that, since Iím young, I still do a fair bit of partying, which means drinking a fair amount of alcohol on the weekends. With that said, I donít drink as much alcohol as I once did Ė maybe, 10-15 drinks in a given weekend, max. Before I started CrossFit, I took a protein supplement several times a day, but I have stopped due to affordability.

The point: the main differences in my physique since starting CrossFit are that my chest has shrunk and that Iíve lost about ten pounds. I still carry a little pudge around my lower midsection, although my upper abdominals are well-defined. What am I doing wrong? I want to take my body from good to great. Iíve worked out with guys before that have the same lifestyle as me, eat much worse than I do, party much more, but still look better. Any advice? I simply feel like the effort I put towards working out and staying healthy isnít eliciting the results I want.

Thanks for any help.

Head over to the nutrition section and then rethink the quote I highlighted.

Food is almost always what's holding you back.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:12 PM   #5
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Re: Need Help Seeing Results

Aye, the foods the "Specialists" say are good for you...Really aren't...Like Derek said, the Nutrition section and then to Crossfit Journal 21...Bon appetite!~
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:25 PM   #6
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You've lost your moobs and ten pounds of fat, so you're off to a good start. You have problems with insulin (from your sugary diet) and cortisol (from your lifestyle), and those things will keep your middle chubby.

As the others have said, get your eating squared away.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:37 PM   #7
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Speaking from my own experience I would say the food and drinking is the issue for your abs. I started playing soccer about 3 years ago and lost about 25 pounds in 2 years (220 to 195). I couldn't seem to get more definition in my abs though and my pant size stayed at a 34. In January I decided to really try and tighten up my diet and cut back on my beer consumption. Since then I've dropped another 10 pounds and two pant sizes. I always thought I was eating fairly healthy since I was eating better than the people around me, but I finally realized I can't gauge it on other people and I just had to sack up and eat right.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:40 PM   #8
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i may get flamed by the party crowd for saying this, but -- man, 10-15 drinks in a weekend?!

you know that a 12-oz. can of beer contains 150 calories, right? and an ounce of vodka contains more than 60 calories?

imagine how much your physique would improve if you cut that drinking in half!

i say this as someone who drinks too much coke -- fortunately for me, i don't like the taste of almost any alcoholic beverage, so i drink very little -- so i'm taking this rebuke on myself as well, considering that coke also has 150 calories in a can, and it's crap.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:27 AM   #9
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All,

Thanks for the advice. The thing that I have trouble getting around is that 4-5 years ago, I drank much, much more, and ate very poorly - fast food all the time, milkshakes and cheesesteaks at 2:00 in the morning.

I don't detect that big of a difference in my physique from then to now. I haven't had fast food in five years. I eat healthy and I work out. And, I drink far less. What's holding me back? Because I feel like I've made some definite adjustments nutritionally.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:11 AM   #10
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I'm in a similar boat as you. I've always been called the "long tall, skinny drink of water" ...... but no abs! I used to eat the milkshakes, fries, fastfood, crap all day every day, and lots of it. Luckily, I've never drank alcohol...so I;m free from that burden. Now I've been eating healthy for a long time and although I feel better, I still don't have abs. As of recently, I have started eating ZONE with paleo type foods. I am currently reading up on intermittent fasting. It may be genetics. It may be bad diet. But if you just set your goals high, and go after them, I believe full-heartedly you'll get to where you want to be.
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