I'm a Bodybuilder

Okay, so schizophrenic Lindsay is back at it again. I can't make up my mind about what I want! I don't know when I got so confused about my training! I guess because I'm such a perfectionist and I want to make sure I am on the PERFECT plan(if there even IS one!).

As I stated in a previous post, I've decided to put on some weight this winter in order to build muscle, which means that I have to figure out the best program for me to ensure maximum muscle gain. 

BUT-I don't want to stop doing CrossFit stuff because I love it so much, and I don't want to lose my conditioning after I worked so hard all this year to get better at it!  :( 

I've been doing the Wendler powerlifting program for the past couple months, but don't really know if I'm getting stronger from it....or if it will help me to gain the most muscle possible.  I really like it a lot so far, though, and I don't like to flip flop back and forth between different programs, so I'm going to stick with it for a while unless I see no progress whatsoever.

What my mind keeps going back to is my comfort zone; to what I know best: bodybuilding. There's no denying that the way bodybuilders and fitness/figure competitors train results in tons of muscle mass. They know what they are doing, obviously, to achieve muscle and symmetry to shape their bodies in just the right way.

Bodybuilder: "A person who strengthens and enlarges the muscles of their body through strenuous exercise." Welp, I guess that's me!  I can't deny it, I'm a bodybuilder at heart. Bodybuilding is what started my journey long ago...and it's just in my blood!

There are some parts of bodybuilding that I just could never go back to. Going into the gym and lifting light weights just to get a "pump" is one of them. I also could not see myself doing lateral raises, leg extensions, or tricep kickbacks ever again! Blehhhh.

I'm going to continue trying to find a way to "mix" everything into one program-something that includes aspects of CrossFit, powerlifting, and bodybuilding. Just haven't quite figured it out  yet!  If anyone has any suggestions, feel free to let me know what you think! :)


  1. I had a hard time "leaving" crossfit a few years back, because I really liked the MetCons. Currently, I'm doing Madcow 5x5, with frequent walking, and for more intense cardio I'll do a short type metcon utilizing kettlebell swings, barbell complex, and bodyweight work. I, like you, don't like running more than a mile continuosly.

    I'm now outed as a stalker of your blog. A friend of mine were huge wrestling fans in High School, and Matt was making his way up at that point. It goes without saying that he has an inspirational story. I utilize your blog to keep my wife lifting weights, pushing aside the fear of getting "bulky". Glad to see you're lifting heavy again.

  2. Hi Derek!
    That's sort of what I'm doing now-4 days of heavy lifting with the main lifts + some accessory work, then 3 days a week I do a short high intensity conditioning workout with kbs, box jumps, jump rope, or sprints.
    I never really quit training heavy...a lot of my CrossFit WODS were heavy, but I just think I need a more structured plan and I want to focus on increasing my lifts. I'd like to get a little "bulky"-lol-it just hasn't happened yet!!:) Thanks for the comment!


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