The Myth of Relative Strength (from

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A very interesting article which raises a lot of important questions. The fear of being ‘muscle-bound’ is very real to a lot of CrossFit athletes and might actually be holding them back from achieving full athletic potential. Personally, this article made me think a lot about my own training approach. I have focused a lot on gaining strength without gaining bodyweight, for fear that it might make me slow and heavy. Reading this article, I started to reflect on the fact that gaining ‘functional’ muscle mass might be the x-factor that could lead to progression for at lot of CrossFitters (my self included). – Ditte

Make sure that you check out the article here– below are some appetizers:

In an effort to keep bodyweight gains at bay while focusing on relative strength, or strength per pound of bodyweight, people are afraid of gaining weight or muscle fearing that it will make them slower. People are chronically worried about becoming too heavy fearing any extra weight will make them slower so they end up eating like pigeons. Their focus on being as light as possible destroys their strength gains and they reach plateaus much sooner then they should.(…)

In my experience nobody ever got slower getting more muscular unless they got fat in the process. As far as strength goes I’ve never seen anybody get relatively weaker gaining muscle unless it was accompanied by a lot of fat. Typically a few pound gain in muscle will come with a disproportionately larger strength increase as well.

Does that mean everyone needs to go on a bodybuilding protocol and eat theirself up to 220? No, but most people are a long ways off from the point where they need to be concerned with getting overly muscular and actively pursuing muscle at times would in fact speed up their rate of progression by a substantial margin.


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