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    Question Crossfit Vs. Regular Weight Lifting

    I wanted to hear all of your opinions on Crossfit - A lot of people chalk it up to being a trend and a brand that is really nothing more than just some lifting routines. So, what are you thoughts?

    Can you achieve better/different results from Crossfit versus a traditional weight lighting routine? Is it good to mix it up? Can you get everything you need from just doing Crossfit?
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    depends on your goals
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    Originally Posted by Xuaxace View Post
    depends on your goals
    Ok. So explain?

    Men/Women, competitions, toning up, losing fat....
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    The concept of Crossfit is fine but their membership fees are incredibly expensive. You could achieve similar results lifting and doing some high intensity cardio/plyometrics on the side.
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    Originally Posted by Engineer_Guy View Post
    The concept of Crossfit is fine but their membership fees are incredibly expensive. You could achieve similar results lifting and doing some high intensity cardio/plyometrics on the side.
    Right, I agree. That's why I don't do it...But, is it a more effective workout do you think?
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    I do both, but doing Crossfit WoDs exclusively wouldnt give you everything you need if you wanted to become bigger/stronger.
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    Originally Posted by Mijass2001 View Post
    ...But, is it a more effective workout do you think?
    More effective for what?

    Define your goal.
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    As a general conditioning tool it is ok. Suppose that with a decent diet + crossfit, people could archieve an "average" athletic body.

    For everything else, specialty traning will have to be done IMO.
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    More effective for what?

    Define your goal.
    Like I said, I'm asking a general question - Not one that is specific to me. So....
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    Originally Posted by wisdommaster1 View Post
    I do both, but doing Crossfit WoDs exclusively wouldnt give you everything you need if you wanted to become bigger/stronger.
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    Originally Posted by Xuaxace View Post
    As a general conditioning tool it is ok. Suppose that with a decent diet + crossfit, people could archieve an "average" athletic body.

    For everything else, specialty traning will have to be done IMO.
    Gotcha... I'm always so damn sore after Crossfit compared to the gym. Makes me feel like I'm "working harder" in Crossfit
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    Originally Posted by Mijass2001 View Post
    Right, I agree. That's why I don't do it...But, is it a more effective workout do you think?
    More effective at what? It's going to be more effective at certain things and less effective at others.
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    Originally Posted by Mijass2001 View Post
    I wanted to hear all of your opinions on Crossfit - A lot of people chalk it up to being a trend and a brand that is really nothing more than just some lifting routines. So, what are you thoughts?

    Can you achieve better/different results from Crossfit versus a traditional weight lighting routine? Is it good to mix it up? Can you get everything you need from just doing Crossfit?
    It depends on your goals, your wallet, and the CrossFit gym in question. Some of their "boxes" are more geared towards strength training than others.
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    Originally Posted by Mijass2001 View Post
    Like I said, I'm asking a general question - Not one that is specific to me. So....
    In that case, crossfit might be more, equally, or less effective.
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    Originally Posted by Engineer_Guy View Post
    More effective at what? It's going to be more effective at certain things and less effective at others.
    ... You tell me... Just asking your thoughts buddy
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    Originally Posted by Mijass2001 View Post
    Gotcha... I'm always so damn sore after Crossfit compared to the gym. Makes me feel like I'm "working harder" in Crossfit

    You have to understand that because crossfit is more "intense", it doesn't mean it is a better method of training. That depends on the goal ofcourse.

    And being sore doesn't mean much at all.


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    Originally Posted by Mijass2001 View Post
    ... You tell me... Just asking your thoughts buddy
    Lifting weights alone is going to result in more hypertrophy, strength, and neural gains because you have more time and energy to devote to these things.

    Doing Crossfit will help your endurance and being good at the various activities Crossfitters do.

    The point is, you only have so much energy to devote to training. The less focused your training is the lower your potential is in each thing you train.
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    Can you achieve better/different results from Crossfit versus a traditional weight lighting routine?
    I don't know. Xfit is more of a cardiovascular workout.

    Is it good to mix it up?
    Yes.

    Can you get everything you need from just doing Crossfit?
    How would you define 'everything you need'? It's crap for someone who wants to get as strong as possible (maximal strength), but it's good for someone that wants to lose fat and stay fit.
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    Originally Posted by Engineer_Guy View Post
    Lifting weights alone is going to result in more hypertrophy, strength, and neural gains because you have more time and energy to devote to these things.

    Doing Crossfit will help your endurance and being good at the various activities Crossfitters do.

    The point is, you only have so much energy to devote to training. The less focused your training is the lower your potential is in each thing you train.
    Thanks for the response, that makes sense. xfit does seem like a total endurance workout, one I'm fine not doing all the time!
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    Xfit is good if you lack social skills and will benefit from the group environment and need a cheer squad to help you push forward with your lifting.

    Xfit is good for a cardiovascular workout and to get moderately strong.

    Xfit is pretty good at providing SLAP tears to regular practitioners.

    Xfit is not the best route if your goal is to look a particular way (unless it is to look like you do crossfit), to gain overall strength, or to compete in a sport outside of the Xfit games.
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    Xfit people try to cram Xfit down your throat if you don't do it.

    Weightlifters don't give a crap if you weight lift or not.

    Draw your own conclusions from that.
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    dont do CF. try some other form of circuit training. as long as you are not completely retarded you wont end up doing bosu ball spring chins. also, weight train.
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    i DO CROSSFIT every now and then sicne my gym got a free crossfitness day per 2 weeks. Its a great was to socialize and have a motivator next to you.
    to me and i no expert, crossfit is more like cardio. In other words, you do it if you are looking to increase your endurance not strength... obviously...
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    If you join a crossfit club that has a good, reputable instructor that actually knows what they're talking about, you'd be likely to benefit.

    If you join a crossfit club that is composed of a bunch of retards who learned some retarded stuff from some other crossfit retard, then you'll likely spin your wheels, injure yourself, or be a retard.
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    For probably 90% of people who workout, it would be a better program than what they do. Why? It makes a person do a wide variety of compound lifts and includes a decent amount of cardio. It would be a harder workout than most people looking to loose weight do and it would force a wider range of muscle work for your bench/bicep crowd.

    The people it wouldn't help are those who are dedicated to a specific "sub genre" of weight lifting and have a decent idea of what they are doing. For power lifters it doesn't focus on low rep, heavy movements to allow long term progression, for developed body builders it doesn't focus on isolating and developing particular muscles, for novices looking to gain strength (like HS freshman football player) it isn't the optimum program to maximize mass/strength gains for the first year or two.

    And I agree, I would never try it because I would never pay $150 a month to join a gym. I can get the WODs online and do them myself if I were that interested, only thing I would really be missing is bumper plates.
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    CF is good for getting fit, moderately strong (there are exceptions), with some muscle mass.

    Now, "weightlifting" can mean many things: Olympic lifting, strength training, mass building, or power lifting. And you can do many things with weights.. including getting a cardio workout (circuit training).

    On a personal note, I think crossfit is the scientology of fitness.
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    Thumbs up Crossfit vs bbing

    I crossfitted for six months and lost 45 lbs. with that said I was bbing for a year prior to that I felt strong lift like a mad man but my body did not fit my strength. Being in a class environment at crossfit push me through that toughest cardio wods. Crossfit is a community where you're always competing with your peers. It was expensive though. Now I'm back bbing working hard and mixing it up at the gym. With new motivation.
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    Basic opinion is if you are lifting for aesthetics (this is a bodybuilding board), crossfit is inferior. It is inferior IF you know how to diet. IF NOT, then it can be a better workout routine, by just using up as much muscle glycogen and using up as many kcal in an hour as possible, to counteract negative dietary habits.

    Pretty solid for fat burning, not necessarily that great for muscle building.

    I can say, however, that working out in a group competition setting does cause athletes to go harder, but you can replicate this by having a lifting partner that you compete with.
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