On Being Strong: How CrossFit Ended My War With My Body

CrossFit is a fitness program developed by Greg Glassman, which combines strength training and gymnastics into one workout. I’ve been doing it since 2009 and have seen its effects on my body. A few years ago, I was struggling with chronic pain from a back injury and had tried every other type of exercise there was to try, including yoga, Pilates, Zumba…you get the picture. But nothing worked. Then I discovered CrossFit.

I was skeptical at first, but after just a couple weeks of CrossFitting, I noticed immediate results. Not only did my pain go away completely, but so too did the aches and pains in my joints. After a year or two of CrossFitting regularly (and working out with other CrossFitters), I started seeing improvements in everything from my flexibility to my endurance and even some muscle gains!

At first, I thought maybe I was just getting lucky and that something like CrossFit would never work for me again. But then I realized that what really helped me was not doing any kind of exercise at all. Just sitting around my house watching TV and eating junk food.

And guess what?

That’s exactly how I got fat! So if you want to lose weight naturally without exercising, don’t worry—it’s possible!

What Is Cellulite?

First, let’s start with what causes cellulite. Cellulite is caused by a build-up of fat inside your connective tissues. These tissues are inside your thighs, butt, and stomach and wrap around your muscles. When you have excess fat in these areas, the fat can create a lumpy or bumpy appearance under the skin, which is what we know as cellulite.

However, having cellulite doesn’t just happen to females. Even men can have cellulite, although it’s fairly uncommon. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle are the main contributing factors to having cellulite. (Although genetics can also play a factor in how much you’ll get).

The long and short of it is: if you’re not moving around and exercising on a regular basis, you’re probably going to have some lumpy areas where there is a higher concentration of fat. Even men can get cellulite in these areas as well.

Why Do I Have Cellulite When I Work Out?

You might be asking yourself, “If working out helps reduce cellulite, why do I still have it when I work out so often?”

Well, this is a question many people ask themselves, and there are a few reasons why this might be happening to you. The first two reasons are: the type of work out that you’re doing and your diet.

Not All Work Out Types Are Created Equal

The first reason why you might be getting cellulite is due to the type of work out that you’re doing. Although many people think that any exercise is good, that’s not entirely true. Especially when it comes to getting rid of cellulite!

Several studies have shown that cardiovascular exercises are great for your overall health, but aren’t great at targeting specific problem areas like cellulite. Although some cardiovascular exercises can help increase your endurance and strength, most of them don’t do much for tightening up problem areas. So if you’re trying to lose weight by doing a lot of running, biking, or swimming, you’re probably not going to see much of an improvement with your cellulite issues.

Weight Training Is The Key

The best way to target the specific areas that have cellulite in them is to do weight training. The more you build muscle, the harder your body has to work and maintain that muscle. And if your body has to work harder to maintain the muscle, it’ll also have to work harder to burn off any fat around that area. In addition to burning fat, you’ll also be tightening up the surrounding area of the muscles where there is cellulite.

It takes a bit of research and know-how to start targeting problem areas by doing the right exercises, but it’s well worth it to finally get rid of that unwanted cellulite.

Eat Right For Your Workouts

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The second reason you might not be seeing much of an improvement with your cellulite is because of your diet. Although a lot of cardiovascular exercises don’t really require a lot of muscle work, they can still be pretty taxing on your body. If you’re putting your body through rigorous activity, it’s going to need more energy and endurance to get through it.

Eating the right foods before and after your workouts is going to give your body the fuel that it needs to get through it. Foods that are high in sugar and low in nutrients aren’t going to help you at all.

Choose foods that are rich in complex carbohydrates and not too heavy on the fats and sugars. Some good examples would be bananas, bagels, and oatmeal. These types of foods give your body much-needed energy without weighing you down with unnecessary fats and sugars that your body would otherwise have to try to process.

By eating the right foods before and after your workout routines, you’re giving your body the best chance at losing weight and burning off fat, including the stubborn fat in those problem areas.

Try A Combination Of Exercises To Get The Best Results

Although the best way to lose weight is going to be through a combination of eating right and doing weight training, you might want to incorporate some cardiovascular exercises into your routine as well. Not only are these good for your overall health, but they can help give your muscles a way to burn off energy that they build up from the weight training.

Some good examples of cardiovascular exercises would be jogging, running, biking, swimming, and going on an elliptical machine or treadmill. These exercises work a lot of different muscles in your body and will give you a lot more endurance when it comes to working out.

If you can, try to incorporate some of these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week to give your muscles an extra cardio boost that they might need. You can also increase the intensity of the exercises by running up hills, adding more weight to your squats and lunges, or doing bicycle kicks while you’re swimming.

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Using these tips in combination with each other are the best way to lose weight and burn off those stubborn areas of fat for good. Be patient and keep at it. Good things take time and the results will definitely be worth it.

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Sources & references used in this article:

Inside the Box: How CrossFit® Shredded the Rules, Stripped Down the Gym, and Rebuilt My Body by TJ Murphy – 2012 – books.google.com

‘Strange Borrowing’: Affective Neuroscience, Neoliberalism and the ‘Cruelly Optimistic’Gendered Bodies of CrossFit by JC Herz – 2015 – Harmony

Neoliberalism and the communicative labor of CrossFit by L Heywood – Twenty-first century feminism, 2015 – Springer

This is My Body: From Obesity to Ironman, My Journey Into the True Meaning of Flesh, Spirit, and Deeper Faith by EP James, R Gill – Communication & Sport, 2018 – journals.sagepub.com

Disciplining the Female Body Through Fitness:” Women Participating in CrossFit and Perceptions of the Body” by R Sutterfield – 2015 – books.google.com