I've heard the line, "CrossFit will make me bulky," three times in the last week. Given the obvious prevalence of the statement among my friends, I thought a post about it would make sense. Here's the truth: if YOU want to get bigger, CrossFit can and will do this for you. Here's the second truth: if YOU want to lean out and lose body fat, CrossFit can and will do this for you as well. Your approach is extremely important. Here's how to get what YOU are looking for out of the program.
1. Tell your coach your goals.
I cannot stress this point enough. We are coaches, not mind readers. When you first start at the box, and we ask you what your goals are, you should be telling your coaches what specific goals you want to accomplish. We can ensure the coaches know what you're looking for in OUR program. Remember, it's you're body. Be honest and let your coaches know what you're looking for from CrossFit from the start.
2. You are what you eat.
Food really is the basis of what your results are going to be. If you want to increase muscle mass and get bigger, you're going to have to eat more QUALITY clean foods. Similarly, if you want to either stay the same size or get smaller, you're going to have to eat accordingly to this goal. Don't know how to eat the correct way for the goal you're after? Ask your coach. We will sit down with you to design the right program for your goals, especially when you walk through the door.
3. Hold yourself and your coach accountable.
Have you really put effort into your nutrition? Are you showing up to class 4 or more times every week? Have you told your coach your goals? If you can answer yes, truthfully, to all three of those questions and you still aren't seeing results, you should sit down with your coach and ask for help. Let him or her know you aren't seeing what you're looking for out of CrossFit. A challenge cannot be solved without first knowing it exists! We're here to serve you and help you reach your goals, please help us make sure this happens!