Weight training to compliment bodybuilding is a completely different concept to weight training to compliment boxing......the full body workout associated with bodybuilding would be a hindrance to a fighter.Gnasher what do you think of crossfit?
I think like everything else it has its place.......i dont think its something you could rely on or do too much of but for beating staleness and adding variation i think its great.....the plyometric exercises require explosiveness so the stability as well as flexibility of joints is massively important in avoiding injury not so much to the joints themself but to muscle tissue where the joints dont allow a full range of motion........i dont believe that crossfit will give you that joint strength either so its important to have it first,hence in my opinion Crossfit is not for beginners.....but certainly the short burst high intensity exercises will always boost testosterone and therefore have its place within any exercise program.I've been at it 6 months and have never been in better shape. I've had a few niggles which I can cope with but it's the possibility of long term damage that has me dubious??
Ant ,Ive lifted for 27 years and run as you know with my past and present work ,started cross-fit last year,dropped 20LBs and it totally freshened my fitness routine up and mind ,im pulling sleighs ,tossing tyres lol i loves it I'm hooked myself mate, never thought that feeling of you lungs bursting, heart beating out of your chest, feeling like your gonna spew could be so addictive!! Lol
The changes I've seen in 6 months are unreal.
Are there a lot of injuries associated?
I only know 2 people who've done it regularly,both ended up quite badly injured but have gone straight back to it when they could.
I think for newcomers having a good coach who can recognise peoples limits is essential. Too many people are allowed to do too much, too heavy, too quick and injure themselves.
Myself I've only had a few niggles in my feet and shins which I think have came from the running that's involved, I've never really ran much before and always tried to avoid it like the plague. Lol
Like Gnasher has said gradually strenghening ligaments and working on mobility are the key to staying injury free.