The majority of the people who follow or read my blog are either Crossfitters, weight lifters OR do some sort of resistance exercise. So I’m sure all of you have run into this person..
PLS, NO! NOT THE WEIGHTS!!
Today’s WOD called for pull ups. After I finished, I watched one of the other girls in class do her last set-and she was flying. She had a band (with the 3rd highest resistance, or 3rd lowest..the middle. half empty? full?), and she was just flying through these pull ups. Her last set. after the rest of the work out. Seems odd-everyone was else was struggling ,doing sets of 1-3 and here she was doing her last 15 unbroken.
After the WOD, I went up to her and said (thinking how encouraging I was being) “You know, I think you’re stronger than that. You were really flying through those pull ups! Have you tried them without the band or a smaller band?”. and she replied
“I know. I don’t want my lats to get any bigger”
Gross. who wants to look like this (I love you Camielle. In a strictly Crossfit way)
What? You don’t want to get bigger FROM KIPPING PULL UPS? Can you even get any sort of muscle development from those? It’s like swinging from a tree. Monkeys must have huge lats
Too much kipping, not enough running.
So I said “well, you know the kip actually takes away a lot of that initial lat engagement from a pull up….” and she interrupted me and said that her kickboxing instructor could “really notice she’d been doing more weights, and she didn’t want her chest size to get any bigger”.
You guys, this girl is probably 5’0″, and maybe 110-115. I mean, she’s small. Smaller than me, and I’m considered small. And she’s naturally athletic and pretty strong…but she’s purposely scaling weights and workouts in order to avoid bulk.
I bit my tongue after that. I could have gotten on the soapbox. I could have preached about women, hypertrophy, bulkiness, strength, and what not. But you know what?
It’s not my place, and her goals are her goals.
Obviously she has other fitness interests than Crossfit. If she isn’t into the more competitive edge of Crossfit, and she’s willing to shell out the $$ for a Crossfit membership and not try and improve her strength or skills…that’s her choice. I made it a mental point at some crossroads in my Crossfit journey I was going to stop judging people on what they chose to do as far as their goals. If someone isn’t into lifting heavy, whatever. If someone isn’t into learning how to do pull ups, ring dips or gymnastics-more power to them. Most people, when their paying that much for a specialized program, USUALLY want to improve in all aspects. But some don’t . AND THAT’S FINE.
However, I still think it’s funny her main worry is the size of her lats from kipping pull ups. For realz?
emom 10 min-progressively higher weight until failure
I got to 75# and stopped. my form sucked and I was sad
200 M Run
25 KBS (35#)
200 M Run
20 Wall balls (#14/9′)
200 M Run
15 pull ups
i got 11:22 RX’d. all movements except pull ups unbroken-pull ups were 10/5 and 11/4. almost to 15 unbroken!
Post WOD (at home)
half flight simulator
some clean work (pulls and deadlifts)
Breakfast was 2 eggs, 3 egg whites and a piece of bacon. I had this with some coffee and water. Lunch was a Cobb salad with some extra chicken added from Trader Joes due to laziness. Snacks were almond clusters, some avocado chocolate “mousse” and grapes. Dinner was Dover sole with macadamia crust over a salad with garlic mustard vinaigrette.
no pictures because my kitchen is a mess
Little miss is quite the erratic napper as of late. Some days it’s 2 wonderful naps of 1.5-2 hours, and other days it’s 2 sad naps of 30 minutes, with a quick cat nap caught in the car or stroller. Whatever…as long as she keeps sleeping all night I can’t complain!
Still nervous about our cruise. And my hip is sore, so i’ll probably stick to body weight workouts while on the ship And i need to stop lounging around in workout clothes. and shower. at least once a day, Cassie. at least one a day.
What is your usual response to “weights make women bulky”? or to women who are afraid to lift because they are afraid they will get “too big”?