The CrossFit Debate!
Let’s delve into the CrossFit World! There is probably a 99.9% chance you know someone who does it. From people proudly saying they are addicted to CrossFit, to the increased popularity of the sport in Egypt, to those vigorously attacking it for causing a lot of injuries; the CrossFit ‘Debate’ is everywhere that is hard not to see it!
So what is CrossFit?
Simply put, it is a program that offers a full-body workout that combines elements of cardio, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, core training; and others to deliver utmost overall fitness.
According to the CrossFit Website, “CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.”
A CrossFit workout is highly intense, extremely varied, and uses different equipment like barbells (for the Olympic lifts), dumbbells, and kettlebells. One good thing about it is that the program is designed for universal scalability making it perfectly suitable for any committed individual regardless of experience.
Why is it so addictive?
The CrossFit program is very effective due to the high-intensity workouts performed. It teaches its followers to accept discomfort, push your body to its limits and therefore bring yourself to a place of maximum impact. It also has its own culture teaching athletes to compete yet encourage, support and motivate each other. Although the culture of “suffering” intimidates a lot of people, it seems to very appealing and even addictive to many others.
Boot camps vs CrossFit
Boot camps are typically a large group fitness classes designed for fat loss, muscle toning and body conditioning. Boot camps mostly depend on body weight exercises like push-ups, lunges, air squats; with little dependence on equipment like kettlebells.
Boot camps have usually different classes depending on the intensity of the class (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). A typical boot camp can cater to almost any fitness level; and unlike CrossFit, boot camps do not use Olympic lifts or gymnastics movements that require a proper technique, flexibility and base levels of strength.
If you are new to fitness, or your goal is to simply get in shape, lose weight, and have fun, or to simply workout in a supportive environment; then boot camps will be great for you!
In the next article, we will go help you decide whether it is right for you, and how can you choose which CrossFit gym (box) to train in. Stay tuned!