Nowadays the trend of being healthy and fit is getting more and more popular. A lot people go to the gym, buy membership cards, or pay personal trainers to teach them how to build muscle. Following that healthy tendency, there are a lot of new ways of fitness, which have emerged in the past several years, so people who decide to start now, have a wide variety of choices.
Gym Training (bodybuilding) or CrossFit?
Which is better? What sports should I be engaged with? Those are the most popular questions, which are asked by people who are about to start their fitness journey. Well, there is no specific answer to these questions. It depends. The decision about which sports to take part in is supposed to be made according to one’s goals and priorities. With that being said, I’ll try to make it clear, what the is difference between training at the gym and doing CrossFit, and explain to you what CrossFit is and why I’ve chosen it.
CROSSFIT is a strength, conditioning, and overall fitness program, which incorporates elements from high-intensity interval training, bodyweight training (calisthenics), gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting etc. Those are actions that you perform in your day-to-day life, like squatting, pushing, pulling etc. While bodybuilders focus on growing their muscles and specifically training each part of the body, CrossFit aims to develop ten main sides of fitness: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
CrossFit gyms usually have different equipment from multiple disciplines, including barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, pull-up and dip bars, gymnastic rings, jump ropes, medicine balls, plyo boxes, resistance bands, rowing machines, treadmills, air-bikes etc. CrossFit is focused on constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement, including exercises from calisthenics, Olympic-style weightlifting, powerlifting, Strong-man events, plyometrics, indoor rowing, aerobic exercises, running and swimming.
To sum it up, when you do CrossFit, your goal is overall fitness. You’re becoming an all-round athlete, who is ready for all physical tasks, in which lie ahead of you. The main goal of CrossFit is physical performance in different sports disciplines. Without a doubt, you can build a good-looking body training CrossFit, but it will be more like a good bonus to physical abilities, rather than an end goal. Bodybuilding, on contrary, is chasing muscle growing, where sportsmen train each piece of a muscle separately.
As I wrote before, there’s no any specific answer, what fitness you exactly should be doing. It depends only on you and your own preferences. I chose CrossFit, because I like to be on the move constantly, challenge myself with different tasks and try different kinds of activities. It makes me feel more fit all around.
There is no right or wrong. Choose what suits you the most! In the end, it’s all about a healthy lifestyle!