No, I'm not talking about the scale you use in workouts for your pull ups. I mean, the scale you probably have in your bathroom or bedroom that plays a big role in our body image. Unless you are competing in a sport that involves weight classes or you have medical reasons, the scale should not be a factor in how you view your body or perceive your body. The old saying, "muscle weighs more than fat" isn't necessarily true in that a pound is still a pound. But, the meaning of that saying is that fat takes up more volume or space than muscle, therefore making it seem like muscle "weighs more" because it's compact and dense. Being that we lift weights regularly and train the way we do, CrossFitters in general have more muscle than the average person making our number on the scale sometimes jump up a little and that's not a bad thing. Also, the scale can lie. Your weight fluctuates throughout the day based on how much you've eaten, what you've eaten, how much water you've had, diuretic consumption (coffee, tea, alcohol), if you've worked out, if you've used the restroom, ladies: time of the month, etc. The best time to weigh yourself is first thing in the morning before any food and liquid consumption, but even then the day before can have a big impact on your weight and can skew your results for the worse.
A more positive way to check in with our aesthetic goals is by seeing if our clothes are fitting differently and where they're fitting differently. Are your pants looser in the waist? Thumbs up! You've lost some belly fat. Are your tops a bit baggier than they used to be? That would be from some lost fat in your upper body such as, your back, arms, and midsection. You need to get jeans with stretch? Your legs have developed some muscle tone which isn't going to be as forgiving as fat (that's good!).
The point is folks, there's a better way to check in with your body image than hopping on the scale and seeing what it says. By eating clean and working out regularly, you're leaps and bounds ahead of thousands of other people out there. Keep up the hard work!
Marty and Myles working on their summer abs
Every 10 minutes for 4 rounds:
500m row/400m run
30 kb swings (53/35, USSR)
20 push ups
10 pull ups
Posted by Megan