So I've noticed an interesting common thread that I see when I look at Crossfit Women and I certainly know that this isn't always the case, and this is not intended to be critical - just entirely curious.
Why is it that I see most photos of super strong Crossfit type women who lift heavy - with tons of muscle and a very high bodyfat % ?
Again, not being critical - just wondering what the hormonal relationship is with heavy lifting women and bodyfat. IF these women have so much muscle and are incredibly strong, why aren't their bodies leaner?
Again just curious. Mostly because I have recently started lifting and had my bodyfat % shoot up out of nowhere, whereas a more endurance based training for me keeps me super lean.
Any clarification would be great!
All depends on your goals. If your goals are to win lifting competitions, you have to eat A LOT to build that kind of muscle/frame --> http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/sport=weightlifting/index.html.
If your goals are to be stronger/ healthier/ etc then you can lift and not put on a ton of weight.
First off, CrossFit is all about personal improvement and empowerment. Everyone starts somewhere - strong, weak, old, young, skinny, fat.
Depends on the person. I have an underlying hormonal disturbance (PCOS) that makes it really easy to build muscle, but very difficult to lose body fat. I suspect many power lifting women, and perhaps some crossfitters who excel at heavy lifting have the same issue because the extra androgens offer a "natural" advantage to build muscle.
If a woman doesn't have a hormone imbalance, putting on a lot of muscle is going to take a lot of work, perhaps to the point of overtraining, where cortisol issues might account for an increase in body fat.
If the women that are lifting heavy aren't wanting to be lean, then they're not going to be. Honestly, you lift a lot less if you lose weight. Even though women can bulk up, I'm telling you that you're not going to see a very muscular, lean woman anywhere above 150 pounds.
A lot of women simply want to lift heavy and they will even put on weight to do so.
As far as your own situation goes, we would have to know about your diet, water intake, and how heavy/often you are lifting.
i think a good question to ask is how heavy is heavy? your post that you did last week about gaining bodyfat on lifting sounded like a beginner's lifting program... these women have been lifting a long time and VERY heavy weights. they cater their diet to their TRAINING. are you doing that? if not, you probably can't blame the weights/hormones, you know? especially when there is a whole community of very lean weightlifting women out there.