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Old 02-18-2009, 06:34 PM   #1
Jason Brooks
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Powerlifting and CF

Hello. I've been doing some serious strength training for the past 9 months having done SS and PPST Texas Method. I've made some great gains, but I'm a little bored with just barbell training and am thinking about doing some CF for maybe 8-12 weeks. It may sound silly but I'm concerned about losing some of my mass and strength gains. I know, I know: I've seen Greg Amundson and he's huge, but he's probably a genetic freak! It's just that I made some PR during my time lifting and I don't want to lose that power. But I'm a firefighter and the broad spectrum fitness CF provides will make me better at my job. By the way: I did CF for about 6 months prior to SS and I loved it. Any advice will be appreciated.

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Old 02-18-2009, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: Powerlifting and CF

See the article CFSB
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:55 AM   #3
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Re: Powerlifting and CF

What is issue exactly is CFSB?
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:17 AM   #4
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Re: Powerlifting and CF

CFSB = CrossFit Strength Bias. It's a CrossFit program with an emphasis on developing strength using powerlifting and olympic lifting. There are several on-going threads in the forums on CFSB. Do a search for it. Two other programs to consider are MEBB (Maximum Effort Black Box) and the Gant Grimes Hybrid.
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Old 02-19-2009, 09:38 AM   #5
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Re: Powerlifting and CF

I would say that it's unlikely that you'll make significant drops in strength by switching over to CF. Unless you have a CFT (Squat/Press/Dead) of over 1200, I don't think that your strength levels are advanced enough to take a major hit from doing the .com WODs. There's really only one way to know though...just give it a try. It's not like you'll drop from a 1000 CFT to like 800 or anything that drastic...maybe 10 lbs per lift, tops. There's always the options listed above, but those are really for developing more strength while the .com WODs have enough variety in the Max Effort days to allow you to take advantage of your strength base and set a bunch of new PRs in alot of exercises that you haven't done in awhile (i.e.: clean/snatch) and provide plenty of stimulus to allow you to maintain your current level of strength.

Plus, as a firefighter, there's something to be said for the "unknown and unknowable" part of following the .com WODs.

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