How CrossFit Has Influenced My Training

I'm taking a break from my training next week to do a week of CrossFit, just for fun! I'm excited...but also scared!

I'm so glad that I tried something different for a while with CrossFit, and that it got me out of my bodybuilding "bubble"! And I had a lot of fun doing it.

I have changed my style of training since doing CrossFit and have gotten more results in the last few months than I have in the last 10 years(partly due to the fact that I'm also eating much better!).

I don't use any machines or cables and very rarely do isolation exercises, if ever. I'm also not doing the one muscle group per day thing anymore, and it seems to be working well for me! I've had a few people tell me I look bigger, so that's good to hear! :)

Here are a few things I learned through CrossFit that will forever influence the way I train:

-Train more like an athlete.
-Deadlifts are a MUST in any strength training program.
-Include Olympic lifts such as power cleans and snatches, as they are great for explosive strength and power.
-Try new things, and do things you're scared of.
-Squat deep(hips below parallel)-no bodybuilder 1/2 squats!

-You don't have to do every exercise super slow.
-You don't have to do bodybuilding workouts to build muscle.
-Do more of the things you hate! (Umm...burpees, anyone?)
-You don't need to do a ton of ab exercises to strengthen your "core".
-Muscle-ups and handstands aren't just for gymnasts!
-Kettlebells are a great conditioning tool.
-Powerlifting for strength with low reps is fun :)
-You don't need machines.
-Bodyweight exercises can be just as effective as weights(ever tried pistols?).
-"Cardio" doesn't just have to mean 30 minutes on the elliptical.

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  1. My friend introduced me to Crossfit workouts a couple months ago--now I'm addicted! He and I are able to compete against each other and ourselves, which is great since we both have competitive personalities. It helps that I can do double unders while I watch him struggle ;)

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    1. CrossFit is definitely addicting! I loved the competition aspect of it. I always trained by myself, but it would've been fun to compete with someone else!

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