If you have been puzzling over whether to sign up for regular, traditional gym training, or whether to register yourself in for CrossFit training, this article will give you the relevant information that you have been looking for to help you make the best decision! On one side you will be presented with all the particulars of the gym and its workouts, which will be directly compared to CrossFit training and all that it has to offer. The aim of this comparison is not to put one workout method down and glorify the other. The goal is to present the particulars of both workout methods so that can decide which one resonates with you more, and whether the gym or CrossFit training is the one for you!
Everybody has their own workout style. Some people like to exercise in the privacy and comfort of their homes, some don’t mind working out with other people around but prefer to be left to their own devices, and others enjoy socializing and building a strong bond with other fitness enthusiasts. If you are the sort of person who likes to workout with your headphones on and your favorite music turned up, then the gym is the perfect place for you. However, if you relish the experience of having a fitness family that thrives on motivating each other and providing support to its members then CrossFit training is the workout that you should be signing up for!
CrossFit training is always presided over by a CrossFit trainer or coach. The initial CrossFit training sessions are taught personally by a professional trainer, and the CrossFit training group sessions that follow are also monitored by CrossFit coaches. The gym usually does not offer such constant and regular supervision by a trainer or coach. Yes personal trainers and coaches are available, and they will provide guidance when you join the gym or whenever you need assistance, but any additional gym workouts will require you to pay an additional fee.
Do you like to design your own workouts? If yes, then the gym is the place to go! At the gym you will have the flexibility to make your own workouts and plan your own sessions. However, if you feel that you would be better off by getting professional guidance, then CrossFit training will be a more suitable option for you. CrossFit training workouts follow a WOD i.e. a ‘Workout of the Day’ video which is accessible to all affiliate CrossFit training gyms. The workout videos follow different exercise combinations so do not expect a rigid routine!
The gym is generally characterized by full length mirrors, huge workout equipment such as treadmills and rowing machines and a strength training section which contains barbells and other appropriate equipment. CrossFit training gyms have a more ‘hands-on’ feel to them. There are no mirrors or big, fancy equipment. CrossFit training relies on basic equipment such as pull up bars, climbing ropes, tractor tires and kettlebells.
So now that you know what CrossFit training and gym workouts are all about, the final decision rests on your shoulders! Simply pay attention to your personal preferences and sign up for the workout method that floats your boat.