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Routine Differences: How CrossFit is Different from Other Workouts

CrossFit is one of those fitness regimens that your best friend will rave about until you try it yourself. And it’s not really hard to see why. It’s a high-intensity workout that stimulates and tones the whole body. Right now, there are over 13,000 CrossFit locations around the globe. While other fitness regimens like bodybuilding can build muscle and sculpt the whole body, there’s something about CrossFit that makes it different. Here’s a brief background on the workout that took the world by storm.

A Brief History

CrossFit is a fairly new fitness regimen. CEO Greg Glassman opened his first gym in Santa Cruz, California with his then-wife Lauren Jenai in 2000. It’s currently promoted as a lifestyle that combines many practices such as weightlifting and gymnastics. Now, there are multiple CrossFit “boxes” across the U.S. — from Seattle to Orlando.

According to CrossFit Magazine “The Box,” Glassman developed his “jack of all trades” workout as a teenager. He wanted to best his co-gymnasts by working with barbells instead of his own body weight. Glassman then took a holistic approach to his daily workout to enhance 10 physical qualities: strength, stamina, flexibility, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, power, speed, coordination, accuracy, balance, and agility.

How is it Different from Bodybuilding?

The difference between CrossFit and bodybuilding is simple. Bodybuilding is more focused on aesthetics, its goal is to shave off body fat to maximize muscle growth. CrossFit, on the other hand, has a more functional approach by maximizing movement and endurance.

What About Calisthenics?

Calisthenics is actually a part of a full CrossFit workout. For example, one of its core routines is called “Fran.” It consists of 21 reps of thrusters and pull-ups, another 15 reps of thrusters and pull-ups, then nine more reps of thrusters and pull-ups. It incorporates body weight exercises of calisthenics with barbells and dumbbells.

The Case of Functional Training

CrossFit and Functional Training are pretty similar disciplines. They make use of every muscle in your body. Both of them simulate everyday experiences and athletic activities. And they both offer high-intensity training. The biggest difference is the equipment. CrossFit makes use of weights such as dumbbells and barbells, while Functional Training relies more on everyday items such as chairs and stairs.

You’ve probably noticed that CrossFit has plenty of similarities to other fitness regimens. If you ask us, that’s what makes it unique! It borrows and adapts techniques from every workout you can think of to create routines that train your whole body. With its intense and well-rounded exercises, you’re sure to push your limits and come out stronger every session.

CrossFit is a Team Effort

Every part of the workout is better when you enjoy it with other people. CrossFit has a culture of community that encourages team-based training sessions. We value that culture here at Shogun Fitness. Your fitness victories are best shared with other superheroes!

Start your road to health with our team training programs, full nutrition plans, and even one-on-one training with our personal trainer, Jef Nelson. Contact us today for more information about our services.