I went to a friendly gym and battled the lowest player and won multiple times, enough to up the gym level and leave my Ratticate there. However his CP is still 313. I thought the purpose of friendly fighting was to increase CP for your pokemon. What am I missing?

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    Friendly matches increase arena prestige/level, that's the sole purpose of them. This helps keeping the arena defended against enemies.
    – dly
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 13:01

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Pokemon don't gain CP at a gym. Successfully training at a gym raises only that gym's "prestige," and consequentially, the gym's level.

The only way to increase the CP of your Pokemon is by using Stardust to power them up or evolve them.

The purpose of a gym is to put a Pokemon on it to defend it which can earn you 10 gold coins each (max 100) per 21 hours. You can collect them in the shop at the right top. This can be done straight after or you can wait.

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    not only the leader gets the reward, everyone with a Pokémon in the gym gets it
    – Gigala
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 21:54
  • Do you have to hold the Gym for 21hours to get the reward? or will you get a cut for how long you've hold it?
    – Taacoo
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 10:14
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    @Taacoo You can claim the reward immediately after capturing a gym.(you do not have to hold it more than a few seconds). However, that will disable defender bonus claiming for 21 hours, so if you manage capture a second gym, you have to wait 21 hours to claim defender bonus. Hence, if you think you'll be able to control multiple gyms, you should capture as many as possible before you claim the bonus. But don't get too greedy, or you may lose control of the gyms you already captured.
    – Alderath
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 18:41
  • Not only the gym gets xp, the player gets some as well.
    – freekvd
    Commented Jul 14, 2016 at 19:29
  • You say "you can collect them in the shop at the right top", but I don't see it. I have some Gym that nobody cares about being defended for 14 days in a row. So I go to shop hoping to claim coins you mentioned and there's nothing at the right top. At the top there's amount of coins I currently have. If I scroll down for this to get hidden, then at the right top appears a line with the same number. Both of them are unclickable. Overall, there are various sections with goods to buy and at the bottom an entry for promo codes. But nothing like you describe.
    – Hi-Angel
    Commented Jul 11, 2020 at 11:36

One point to clarify from Bluerex, is that you can get the Defenders reward (10 gold coins and 500 stardust) whether you are the gym leader or not. So far there are no extra benefits from being the gym leader except for showing off your high level Pokemon (compared to others in that gym). I guess your Pokemon in the gym has a little more security as the lower level Pokemon need to be removed before your's does.

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    500 stardust for the defenders reward
    – Guildias
    Commented Jul 13, 2016 at 13:16

When you win a gym place and hold it, you get coins and star dust. You then use the star dust with your candy to "upgrade" your pokemon.

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    This answer adds nothing not covered in far more detail by the other answers. Duplicate answers are of no use to anyone and may be deleted. Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 15:43

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