Why I Transitioned from CrossFit to Bodybuilding


I’ve had a handful of people ask why I switched from CrossFit to bodybuilding. The answer is simple, but long. Here goes…

I live by the “why not” theory. We only live once (that I KNOW of, although I do believe and hope for more). Why spend it doing the same thing over and over, only to wish at the end of the day we had checked more off of our bucket lists? Why not try things that will mold us into better, stronger, more experienced human beings? Why not try things the scare us? Why not try to achieve as much as possible while we can by nurturing existing talents and creating new ones? Why not explore every modality of fitness that excites us? No one ever said I had to marry one and be faithful to it. In fact, we encourage our peeps and clients to “date around” until they find a kind of fitness they love. Enjoy it for a while and grow as a person, then when you’re sick of that, go try out another. Varied fitness goals make it much more exciting and fresh, as well as keep us motivated to work our buns off toward those new goals!

I love CrossFit, don’t get me wrong, and I will keep CrossFit in my life FOREVER in some way. It’s incredibly sound and makes me feel like a bad ass. I’ve done it for 7 years now, and I still incorporate it at least 1x week into my current regimen. Over the last 6 months my goals have shifted. What started as a dare (to get outside of my own comfort zone) by one of our EWL peeps quickly turned into a real ambition when I met a pretty great group of people who showed me the ropes of this bodybuilding world, and who continue to guide & inspire me daily. I realized I could transform my body however I wanted simply by eating right (more for me) and working the proper muscle groups, and that I could take my natural (and arguably too-thin) frame and TRANSFORM it into a strong and muscular (but still feminine) build. I learned I could add 15 lbs, NOT freak, and feel more comfortable than ever. Definitely THE most eye-opening body experiment of my life. With these new goals, I am catering my training to achieve optimal bikini physique in hopes of earning my pro card. Checking one more thing off the bucket list!!

Up next? Who knows?maybe CrossFit for a bit, then onto MMA or something?



8 Responses

  1. I have been following you (and your family) for some time now and I Love what you all stand for! This post really hit home with me because I have wanted to try bikini competitions for a few months now. Even though this has grown into a goal of mine, a few members of my support system feel that it would be a “waste” or that I shouldn’t “dance” all over a stage to earn respect. How would you describe your overall experience? Thank you for your time!

    1. Hi Olivia: I’m not Heidi, but I do know that she’s loving what she’s doing and making and achieving new goals!

  2. I’m at a point of giving up because I can’t loose weight. What is a girl to do. I’m never happy or pretend that I am. It seems that I’m living for my husband and not for myself. I surround myself around positive people, but it’s not enough. I would love for my body to look like your.

    1. Hi Lisa: I’m so sorry you’re having a tough time. ? One key to achieving your transformation goals (and it’s discussed in the new book – “Extreme Transformation”) is figuring out your “why.” Once you know this, then it gives you something to focus on and can be very motivating. What is your “why”? Then the next step, and it’s Chris and Heidi’s #1 transformation tool, is to make and keep small, simple promises to yourself every day related to your goals and your “why.” You can learn about this process here: https://heidipowell.net/8679. These promises work – you can do this!

  3. Reading this particular post really spoke to me. I too have a naturally smaller frame and throughout my life have been told that it’s arguably “too thin”, although I sure can eat like a linebacker even if it may not show (thanks high BMR) 😛 That being said, the past two years I have figured out what macros work for me and fine tuned my workouts, but I have seemed to lose my drive and motivation. Reading the “why not” theory really opened my eyes. I have read it over and over asking myself those very questions and will continue to keep asking myself each and every one whenever I need a friendly reminder to step it up! So for that, I THANK YOU!! 🙂

  4. I love your booty transformation and this blog on your crossfit to body building transition! I appreciate you putting all of the booty workouts on your blog as well, however I would LOVE to hear about the nutrition and your increase in calories for this transformation to happen! Is there anywhere where you list your meals (what you are eating) and the amount you are consuming per day? Do you do online training/online nutrition coaching? I would love to work with you or at the very least absorb some knowledge from you. 🙂

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