A person has many options when deciding to work on their health and fitness. CrossFit and weight training are 2 of these options. Weight training is a relatively old sport compared to CrossFit, which has only really been democratized in recent years.
Being a jack-of-all-trades and doing both CrossFit AND weight training will not allow you to make significant progress and reach your goals. By choosing a sport and sticking to it, you will get better results. Both CrossFit and bodybuilding can help you improve your health, fitness and figure, but which one is better and which one to choose? CrossFit or weight training?
Weight training: the sport that will sculpt your body
The goal of weight training is to lose as much fat as possible while maximizing your body’s muscle mass. This type of training, focused on strength, is the origin of terms like “leg day” or “back day”. It consists of a complete workout dedicated to a few muscles and aims to work them to exhaustion. When you do this type of training, your body undergoes hypertrophy of all muscle fibers.
Strength training focuses on maintaining a stable heart rate and performing low repetition, high weight exercises to slowly break down and rebuild muscle fiber. This method is only appropriate for those who are only interested in muscle size and growth.
So the main focus is on appearance, not fitness, although fitness is often improved through strength training because it involves a lot of exercise with high repetitions. The objective is to hypertrophy the muscles and make them swell.
I would also like to point out that there are different degrees of strength training. For example, few people want to look like a heavy bodybuilder like
or Phil Heath, many people aspire more to have an athletic physique like
CrossFit: the practice that will get you in optimal shape
CrossFit has grown tremendously in recent years and is now present in 142 countries around the world. But what is this mysterious new practice and does it really work?
The goal of CrossFit is to improve overall fitness without focusing specifically on the development of one body part. CrossFit aims to develop not only strength, but also endurance, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and precision.
According to the official CrossFit website, “CrossFit states that a person improves their fitness as they master each of the following ten physical attributes: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy.”
CrossFit coaches therefore set up sessions that combine several types of training into one, the “workout of the day”. These workouts involve elements of gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardiovascular exercises that are performed at high intensity with little rest between sets.
CrossFit is different from bodybuilding because it is less individual. In CrossFit, people train in groups and are therefore much more likely to encourage each other. CrossFit gyms differ from standard gyms in that they do not have a certain amount of sports equipment such as ellipticals, treadmills or weight machines.
CrossFit or weight training: which is better?
In short, the answer depends entirely on your objective. If aesthetics is your main goal, choose weight training. It will allow you to develop your muscles and shape your figure as you wish. If on the other hand you are looking to work on your fitness and not just your figure, CrossFit will be the best choice.