5 Ways That CrossFit May Never Get Fixed:
1) You Can’t Break Muscle with Bodyweight Only Workouts
The body is made up of many different muscles. These are the main ones that you need to focus on if you want to build muscle mass. If you’re looking for ways to train your other muscles, then you’ll have to do it through weightlifting or some type of resistance training.
If you want to get stronger, then I recommend that you start doing weights first. However, if you don’t feel like working out at all, then I would suggest that you stick with bodyweight exercises such as pushups and sit ups. These are easy enough for anyone to learn how to do and will definitely help build muscle mass.
2) You Need To Do More Weight Training Than Bodyweight Exercises
In order to build muscle mass, you need to work out hard. So when you choose to do bodyweight exercises, you’re not really building muscle mass. When it comes down to it, there’s no point in focusing on one exercise over another if they aren’t going to actually help you build any kind of muscle mass.
You can only do so many pushups before your arms are going to get too tired to continue. If you’re just doing bodyweight exercises, then you’re not necessarily going to be gaining any muscle mass. Instead, you’ll be focusing on endurance and that’s not what you want if your goal is to build muscle.
3) You Need To Take Time Off From Training
It might be beneficial to take time off from working out every once in awhile. This is especially true if you’re trying to build muscle mass. Your muscles need time to recover in order to actually grow. If you keep training every single day for weeks on end then your body isn’t going to respond in a positive way.
It’s actually better to train your muscles less frequently but with more intensity. This will help you build muscle mass much quicker than if you were to do the exact opposite of this and that is train less frequently but with less intensity.
4) You Can’t Focus On Cardio And Muscular Strength Training At The Same Time
Some people might disagree with me on this one, but doing both cardio and muscular strength training at the same time will not help you build muscle mass. It’s really going to come down to what your body is most responsive to and what you actually enjoy more.
If you like doing cardio more, then you should focus more on that. If you like muscular strength training more, then you should focus on that. Your body is going to respond in a much better way if you actually enjoy the kind of exercise that you’re doing on a regular basis.
5) You Need To Eat Right
This is probably the most important aspect of building muscle mass and one that many people forget about. Building muscle mass is only half the battle and really the easy part. Maintaining that muscle mass is going to be a lot harder if you don’t pay attention to what you’re putting into your body on a daily basis.
What you eat is going to make or break your muscle building routine. You can have the best workout routine in the world and if you’re eating junk food all the time then your muscles are not going to grow and you’re going to stay weak and scrawny.
The Best Muscle Building Supplements
Creatine is one of the best and most popular muscle building supplements out there. It’s completely natural, it’s safe and it’s effective as hell. Many scientific studies have been done to test the effectiveness of creatine and they have proven that it works time and time again.
It’s really hard to argue against creatine. It’s cheap, it’s safe and it works. You can find creatine in a lot of food, but the amount that you’d need to eat in order to actually benefit your muscles would be pretty absurd. Which is why most people turn to creatine supplements and they’re a lot more effective because you don’t have to eat as much.
The only real negative side effect that has ever been linked to creatine is that it can sometimes cause you to gain weight, and not all of it is muscle. You may experience some water retention along with some weight gain, but this is only temporary and as soon as you stop taking creatine your weight should go back down to what it was.
The only other possible side effect is if you have pre-existing medical conditions you should consult a physician before taking creatine just to be safe. Other than that, creatine is one of the best muscle building supplements you can take and I highly recommend it.
2) Whey Protein
Whey protein is another popular and effective muscle building supplement. A lot of people like to take whey protein after they work out because it helps them build muscle quicker and it locks in the muscle that they’ve already built.
You might be wondering why you should take whey protein instead of food with plenty of protein in it. There are a few reasons.
First off, whey is digested very quickly, much quicker than food, so it’s going to get to your muscles a lot faster and quicker than food will.
Second, and related to the first reason, food takes longer to digest and if you’re trying to build muscle as quickly as possible, you don’t want to wait around for your food to be digested.
Third, food is a little bit more expensive and whey protein is cheap.
Fourth, your body can only process so much protein at one time and if you’re trying to eat a ton of meat to get enough protein, you’re not going to be able to eat as much food in general and you’re still not going to be able to process all of that meat as quickly as the whey.
This last one might seem a little bit strange since a lot of people think that in order to build muscle you need to take these expensive supplements, but food is actually more than enough to build muscle.
The three macronutrients that you need in order to gain the most muscle possible are protein, carbohydrates and fat. Each one of these nutrients plays an important role in gaining muscle.
Protein is important for obvious reasons.
Carbohydrates are also important because they give your body the energy that it needs in order to put all the protein to use in building muscle.
And finally, fat is also important because it helps your body produce hormones that also help you build muscle.
Sources & references used in this article:
5 Ways Your Diet Is Doomed To Fail by L Norton – People, 2017 – bodybuilding.com
5 Ways To Make Caffeine More Effective! by N Coker – bodybuilding.com
The culture of CrossFit: a lifestyle prescription for optimal health and fitness by S Kuhn – 2013 – ir.library.illinoisstate.edu