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William Yundt 10-29-2008 10:17 AM

What about muscle loss
I don't know where exactly this question belongs, but this sub-forum seemed most appropriate. If I am wrong, please feel free to move it.

Anyways, I have a female friend who used to do a bodybuilder split routine for a few years and gained some mass/bulkiness while training this way. She has since switched over to CrossFit for the past 4 months. However, she wants to lose some of the muscle she previously attained. She feels that her arms and shoulders are too masculine at this point.

What advice would you guys have for her? Could she continue to follow CrossFit and simply restrict her food intake? I'm not sure that is the right way to go because I know that with eating clean you can still build and/or maintain muscle mass on a calorie restricted diet.

What do you guys think?

Emily Mattes 10-29-2008 12:47 PM

There is a reason Crossfit's detractors will call its devotees "anorexic." It doesn't lend itself to bulkiness unless the practitioner has the genetics for it, and most women don't.

Sufficient calorie restriction, a la Zone, plus tons of metcon and very little strength work and/or heavy weights will strip the muscle away, though it's going to take time. She realizes her lifts are going to go down though, right? I bet an even better method would be some form of long, slow cardio, like lots of running and bike riding.

Hopefully someone with more expertise in this replies--I don't know how one would strip the "bigness" while maintaining strength, or even if it's possible.

Mike ODonnell 10-29-2008 01:09 PM

Like said above, skip the heavy stuff and do more metcon type workouts. Full body training 3x a week. Keep calories and carbs low, that will strip some size off her.

Steven Low 10-29-2008 07:38 PM

From my experience met with mostly bodyweight work tends to strip off excess muscle the fastest. Keep in the barbell stuff if you want though.

Most people I know that have done gymnastics or something similar with mostly bodyweight work on a regular basis tend to strip off any excess muscle mass that they don't need.

Otherwise, it's mostly diet like the above have said. Avoid the heavy lifting and metcon it up.

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