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CrossFit vs. Traditional Weight Training

I love this debate, because today, it goes on ALL the time in the fitness world, and, when I first started working at a gym, I was asked by one of the trainers, on the FIRST DAY…

“So…are you going to be a “cross-fitter” or bodybuilder?”

The Basics

Traditional weight training and CrossFit differ in terms of the equipment you use, the duration of the workout, and the intensity of the workout.

In conventional weight training, more often than not, you will exercise in a gym setting making use of weights which vary from five pound dumbbells to barbells that weigh up to 200 pounds or even more. You will follow a strict protocol of reps, sets, rest, and tempo for each exercise, and thus, and effective workout will take 30 to 60+ minutes long.

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When performing CrossFit “WODs” (Workout of the Day), it is common to use equipment such as kettlebells, sandbags, and ropes, as well as free weights, barbells, and your own body weight.

Simply put, crossfit is circuit training (cross fitters please don’t have an aneurism, I know this is really simplifying it and it is much more complex.)

The circuit may last 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 20 minutes, and some really long ones are 30 to 40 minutes long….but that’s about it. And you may only be doing two or three exercises, over and over and over again.

But, these circuits are INTENSE! You are going to your MAX! You are racing against the clock to beat your past times and other people. This is why you see the ads “the sport of fitness has arrived,” because it IS a sport with thousands of competitors all over the globe.


If you want to gain more knowledge in relation to specific exercises on the CrossFit, go to their website, go to a CrossFit gym near you, or go get certified as a CrossFit specialist so you can teach others the ins and outs.

CrossFit Pros and Cons 

The CrossFit technique is intense, so, you do quickly burn calories but it can be extremely exhausting as well.  In addition, you are in danger of becoming injured when you push yourself too hard and you do too wide a range of movements, as is required by CrossFit.


Far too often, people get injured because they want to prove something to themselves. Even I re-injured my shoulder doing bench press during a WOD, something I have done thousands of times, so please, be careful.

The advantages of CrossFit can be summed up in one word – COMMUNITY!

The closest match to the massively enthusiastic following that crossfit has, is with boot camps, and even that is a distant second. Conventional weight training is not even close.

Go online and look at the forums, the tips, and the support, that CrossFit has. What Aerobics was in the 70s and 80s, CrossFit is now, and when it comes to getting results – Aerobics SUCKS (see “cardio is dead” article), and CrossFit RULES!

Weight Training Pros and Cons 

Maybe the main benefit of conventional weight training is that an individual can exercise at his or her own pace.  In case you have just begun to workout with weights or you are recovering from a previous injury, you will have the freedom to slowly start out with light dumbbells.  In addition, you can decide on using only light weights in case you would like to build muscle devoid of building bulk.

The big disadvantage that weight training has, is that to some, it’s boring. And if you think it’s boring, you’re not going to do it, and then your going to get fat, ugly, and sick.

But if you love pumping iron, weight training is better than CrossFit for sculpting your body.

An average workout program, adhered to enthusiastically and continuously, will beat the best workout program not adhered to, every time!

Choosing Your Exercises

As it relates to selecting the accurate weight-based exercise for you, do not come to that decision on your own.

STEP 1 – seek advice from your doctor, in view of the fact that you will possibly have certain past injuries or medical conditions that may cause CrossFit or Weight Training to be too unsafe for you.

STEP 2 – It is recommended by the American Council on Exercise that working along with a personal trainer or having a consultation with one is the best way to get started to deciding which workout options is best suited for your goals and your personality!




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