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    change your mind yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkneifel View Post
    Hello!

    I'm new to the crossfit world, but not new to primal eating or the fitness industry. I just finished Mark's book and had a question about your 'lifting heavy things' section. I will admit, I am a chronic cardio gal but I maintain a lean physique and fluctuate between 11-15% body fat. I have studied crossfitting and tried it here and there but just do not like the bulky muscles it tends to build in women from the explosive movements. I have all the muscle I want and I DO NOT want to add any more muscle to my body. Is there a way for me to live the primal fitness lifestyle without adding muscle, yet staying lean? My current workout program: cardio (kickboxing or running) for 60 minutes 5x/wk, and I walk my dog 3 miles every day. Thanks so much!
    Decrease your protein intake if you're gaining too much muscle. Can't build muscle without protein.
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    Are you planning on supplementing with testosterone? If not, you won't get bulky muscles without trying.

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    Just to clarify...you are a woman and maintain 11-15% body fat year-round? That is competition-lean (dry and cut) for figure athletes. Just out of curiousity...are you a figure competitor? What is your motivation for going primal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaman View Post
    Just to clarify...you are a woman and maintain 11-15% body fat year-round? That is competition-lean (dry and cut) for figure athletes. Just out of curiousity...are you a figure competitor? What is your motivation for going primal?

    Woah, can't believe I missed that. That can't be healthy.

    By "bulky" do you mean any muscle mass?

    Did you just eyeball those numbers or are they real goal? Are you there now?

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    Thank you very much to those with helpful comments rather than unhelpful (and somewhat rude) remarks. I am a personal trainer and maintain a body fat typically around 13-15%, but sometimes drop to 11, which I don't sustain for long and don't try to. My BMI is healthy (though at the lower end), because I already have a good muscle base. I don't want to look like a man, which I personally feel a lot of crossfit advertises for women. I want a feminine physique which I feel I have being a chronic cardio girl. Thus, I am a bit fearful of changing my routine since it works for me and I have the body I want. Mark's book was intriguing and I learned a lot in his fitness insights, I guess I'm just afraid of giving up what I know works (at least from outward appearances). There are a lot of cultures sustained for generations on distance running and as a trainer, I know what happens from experience when my clients and myself use explosive movements with heavy weights. I was just looking for more insight into the topic as it has my wheels turning! I guess I will keep on reading and learning. Thank you again!

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    No I'm not a figure competitor. I went paleo about 2 years ago when I became really sick on the raw food diet. I took a food allergy test and realized I was allergic to a lot of what I was eating! My doctor (a naturopath) turned me to Robb Wolf's book which launched me into a whole new field of research. I used to be at 20% bf, but just wasn't comfortable in my own skin. After tweaking my diet, the extra weight came off and I am able to maintain 13-15% rather easily (staying in paleo bounds) and feel a lot better about where I am.

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    Thank you. I used to follow Rusty Moore's s Visual Impact for Women (5 sets of 5 reps) but found my arms getting bulky so I scaled back, and just focused on his cardio recommendations which have worked well for me. However, after now finishing Mark's book on the toll a lot of cardio can have on a body, I am confused on the best thing to do for my body. I have the body I want, but at what expense, you know?

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    Any woman who can maintain their bf in a 13-15% range has no worry of looking too bulky from weight training; you'd have to bulk up to get bulky. Long-term, you're wearing yourself out with chronic cardio, so you have to decide where your priorities are.

    Aesthetics are a very personal decision. Most in-shape men will disagree with you that crossfit women are too manly looking. IMHO, the chronic-cardio bunnies do not look as healthy nor as attractive as a crossfit woman.

    I'm concerned that there may be something deeper going on here. Unless you've done the 5x5 workout over a sustained period and increased your protein intake, your arms would not get bulky...I'm just saying, in a totally non-judgemental way...

    Good luck with your quest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkneifel View Post
    Thank you. I used to follow Rusty Moore's s Visual Impact for Women (5 sets of 5 reps) but found my arms getting bulky so I scaled back, and just focused on his cardio recommendations which have worked well for me. However, after now finishing Mark's book on the toll a lot of cardio can have on a body, I am confused on the best thing to do for my body. I have the body I want, but at what expense, you know?
    You can always replace cardio with Fasting and Carb Re-feeds, women have success on LeanGains type programs without getting bulky. A 3-day split Reverse Pyramid program would probably be enough for you if you're not looking for mass and strength gains.

    ‘Three Day Split RPT’ Routine | RippedBody.jp

    Ignore Martin's picture at the top, he eats as much protein as I do and weighs a third less.
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