Saturday, September 15, 2012

Crossfit V.S. Weight Training


Im going to explain what is the difference between both into a very simple an understandable explanation. 
         At first i used to think that Crossfit was just a fitness craze, but actually its getting more popular now more than ever. over 4,400 gyms or "boxes" exist right now. Crossfit is a training program that includes functional movements with climbing rope, sprinting, rowing, and other high intensity movements. WOD- or Workout of the Day are normally 20-30 minutes. 
         Notice how i underlined functional movement. Let me give you an example of a funtional movement. If you have to lift groceries from the floor, you don't curl the grocery bag, you actually bent down; squat and stand up. then why should you workout doing isolating movements like bicep curls. in order to be fucntional in your everyday life you need to be working out with fucntional movements like power cleans, burpees, push press, squats, etc. these compound exercies are going to make your life so much easier. 

        Weight training has been around for 100's of years, and it involves isolating movements like bicep curls, bench press, shoulder presses, etc. Even the greeks used weights. In my opinion to reach the body and the look, there is no substitution than weight training. I have numerous friends that have tried crossfit and they say they feel like they are in the best shape of their life but they dont look as good as they used to look when they lifted weights. 

Which is better? 

         In my opinion a combination of both would be ideal, why not get the best of both worlds! isolating movements with compound movements and be a double threat ;). 

           The way i train myself and my clients, is that we split up our bodyparts to 2 body parts a day split. ex: Chest and Back on Monday, Legs on Wednesday, and Shoulders and Arms on Friday. I like to throw in crossfit movements in our workouts, like i said combine the best of both worlds. The only difference is that i realize that i am not 18years old anymore and i don't do upside down pushups or run outside with a sandbag in 100 degree weather. I don't know how people do that. my hats go off to them. 

To look for crossfit style training visit and there are alot of instructions on how to perform these exercises. 

Thank you so much for reading my blog, if you have any questions or subjects you might want me to discuss please inbox me on my facebook. 

Thank you and God Bless you!

Shane Martinez 

1 comment:

  1. I've been doing a "cross-fit-type" of work-out for about 3 months and I have never felt better.. ever! However I do think I would look best with just a little more mass. The plan was to start back on weights after October, however I may just opt to mix them up as you suggest here. Thanks for the tip!