One of the most common goals of new athletes that come to the gym is that they want to lose weight. While losing weight is an admiral goal to try and achieve, a more important goal is to be fit.
The first month at our gym is free. We want people to really make sure that CrossFit, and our gym, is a good fit for them. During that first month, it isn’t uncommon for someone to lose 10–15 lbs, which is awesome! If they stay with us, which I always hope they do, after their first month something else starts to happen. They stop losing weight. They may even start to gain weight. They are building muscle. This is an interesting experience for a lot of people. Especially the ladies. I can’t tell you how many times people complain that they aren’t losing weight anymore, yet they look better than they ever have. Their pants are fitting looser, they are wearing clothes that they haven’t been able to wear in years. Yet they still get irritated that they aren’t losing the ol’ LB’s. Talk about frustrating. I try an explain to them that they are getting fit, that muscle weights more than fat, but they can’t see past that number on the scale.
Why are we so obsessed with the amount we weigh? How much you weigh has no bearing on your overall level of fitness. I’m 6’2, 225 lbs. If you plug those numbers into the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutes BMI calculator, it says I’m nearly obese! Ridiculous! Now I’m not saying I am the fittest dude on the planet, but I would hope to think I wasn’t obese! Instead of focusing on trying get to a certain weight, pay more attention to the quality of food that you eat and how much you push when you are working out. Cut out the processed crap, and sugar that we have over saturated our diets with and replace it with lean meats, vegetables, nuts and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. Do that along with CrossFit for two months and I can guarantee you will see the results you are looking for. You may even gain a pound or two along the way.