|Don't be fooled. It takes significant effort to realize significant results.|
Against that background it may be worth bookmarking (hit "ctrl + d") this article for later reference. I mean, results like 10% reduction in body fat, 5% increased lean mass and significant strength gains in 12 weeks" or a 50% reduction in body from 16% to 8% body fat that's something you may want to go back to in 6 months, right?
- The HMB-Powered Overreaching Regimen from Wilson's 2014 study is quite extreme and will stretch any of you to his / her personal limits, but it's going to yield results... with and without free acid HMB supplementation, by the way.
Since you can read all the details about the results in my previous article I am going to focus solely on the training regimen in today's SuppVersity article. So let's see: You will go through three training phases over the course of 12 weeks:
Table 1: Overview of Phase 1-3 (Wilson. 2014)
- Phase 2 (red), after you've laid the groundwork you will go through an intense 2-week overreaching phase in weeks 9 and 10, with five intense workouts per week
- Phase 3 (green), now that you are totally fatigued you will be tapering the volume during weeks 11 and 12 to reap the benefits from the two weeks overreaching without running the risk of overtraining (=chronic overreaching with all the negative side effects described in the Athlete's Triad Series)
- The crossfit-esque 10-week workout from a 2013 study by Smith et al. (2014), which did shed an extra 8% of body fat of the already lean frames of the 16% body fat participants of the respective study (read more about the results).
If you want to try it, you'd have to follow a crossfit-based high intensity power training (HIPT) program using basic gymnastic skills (handstands, ring, and bar exercises) and traditional multiple-joint, functional, resistance exercises (squat, press, deadlift, Olympic lifts) performed as quickly as possible at a high intensity (low repetition, high percentage of 1-RM).
Table 2: Two representative weeks of the training program, click here to see the rest (Smith. 2014).
In contrast to the strength/skill portion of the exercise session, where you won't have a prescribed recovery time, the WOD sessions require you to complete all the exercises as quickly as possible with no prescribed rest period (yes, this means you rest only so long to make sure you don't pass out). You can review the full workout program here, but I guess you would even see results if you simply did the workouts outlined in Table 2 in an A / B style for 10 weeks.
- Smith MM, Sommer AJ, Starkoff BE, Devor ST. Crossfit-based high intensity power training improves maximal aerobic fitness and body composition. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Feb 22.
- Weisenthal, Benjamin M., et al. "Injury rate and patterns among CrossFit athletes." Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine 2.4 (2014): 2325967114531177.
- Wilson, Gabriel J., et al. "The effects of 12 weeks of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate free acid supplementation on muscle mass, strength, and power in resistance-trained individuals: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study." European Journal of Applied Physiology (2014).