If you’ve decided to finally get in shape, you may be wondering which route you should take. With so many debates, included the most heated one concerning weight training and CrossFit, it’s enough to make your head spin. But we have you covered. We’ll look at the plus’s and minuses of each, and you can decide which one works best for your own goals.
Before we get started, let’s first define what CrossFit is for those who don’t know. It’s an exercise program that combines resistance, cardiovascular, and functional training in the most intense manner possible, and it’s good for any fitness level.
CrossFit does have its own workout of the day, or WOD. This will include an exercise such as squats, running push-ups, and more. Each exercise is specially tailored to help you lose fat, gain muscle, and keep you going.
The Advantages of CrossFit
The first advantage is variety. Each class you go to will excite you, because they hate repetition. Some workouts will be hard, some more chill, but they’ll all be challenging. No planning whatsoever around these coaches.Plus, variety will keep your body guessing, maximizing your results.
It’s in a group. Every class can have up to 20 people depending on when you go. If you exercise in a group, it can improve how much effort you put into the exercise and increase your motivation. Of course, some people want to be alone, so it all depends.
An offshoot of the variety advantage, it will teach you new exercises. Don’t know what a Good Morning, Snatch and Clean, and Jerk are? They’re all Olympian lifts that you’ll soon learn if you go. Don’t think you’ll learn on your own, either. Every coach will help you out to perform it in the best form possible.
The Disadvantages of CrossFit
Despite all these pros, there are a few cons that you should look at before deciding.
The location. This one will all depend on where you are. Some gyms don’t offer CrossFit, and if you’re not the type who wants to go out of their way for a good gym, then this may be a problem. Exercising at a far away gym can decrease your chances of sticking to your workout. If your gym is near your home or workplace, you’ll be more consistent.
The cost. Your average gym costs $20 a month, if that. Bu tCrossFit can charge you a monthly fee that averages $75-$100 for unlimited classes, with some gyms charging even more. Consult your gym beforehand to see how much it will cost you. Also, see if you can try out a class for just $20 without a membership, and that can let you see if it’s worth it or not.
Weight training is one of the most important parts of any exercise regimen. Besides making you stronger, it boosts your metabolism and burns fat. While cardio can shed calories, so can weight training, and adding both can boost your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate, by over 15%. BMR is how many calories your body burns when you’re resting. If you have a high BMR, you can stay skinny with less effort. Every pound of muscle you gain, you can burn about 50 calories every day.
The Advantages of Weight Training
Weight training targets specific muscles. This is great if you’re injured and need only certain muscles worked out.
It’s also less expensive. As we said, it doesn’t cost too much for a normal gym membership, and there’s a gym for every budget.
The Disadvantages of Weight Training
Many people find weight training boring, mostly those who are just starting out. They think that it’s just the same thing over and over without results. Little do they know, you’ll see growth if you keep going at it.
Weight training requires basic knowledge. Before you work out, you should do your research to see what the form you need to get the most results and lower your chances of injury. You need to know what muscles you need to train, how you move, and the basics of sets or repetitions. Many gyms do offer personal trainers to help you out, so if you are too lost, try hiring one of those.
As you can see, each one has their own pros and cons. CrossFit can deliver more results and has variety, but is more expensive and can be in an inconvenient location. Weight training is cheap and targets specific muscles, but can be intimidating for newbies. Our advice would be to try out both and see which one you prefer, and which one conforms with your budget. Good luck!