If you follow my social media accounts, you know that I did crossfit for the first time the other day. It was such an awesome experience, and I would like to give a shoutout to the "box" aka gym in my hometown for being a really good Crossfit gym who makes sure that you know form before you go doing all kinds of crazy stuff.
I've had a few people ask me the difference because they haven't been able to afford Crossfit, and what that was like as opposed to heavy lifting and bodybuilding.
Bodybuilders are haters of cross fitters. We all know this. It's like this unspoken rule (or spoken for that matter) that if you are a bodybuilder, you would never be caught dead doing crossfit. I think that it's becoming more widely accepted, but I wanted to make something clear:
They are two different sports.
Do you ever compare soccer to basketball and say which one is better? I guess some people would argue on that topic, but arguing about which is better for your goals is silly. Crossfit people don't care about the goals of bodybuilders and bodybuilders don't care about the goals of cross fitters. That's cool, and one is not better than the other. They are just....DIFFERENT.
Crossfit has had some bad press in the beginning. There were gyms that were not teaching correct form and people were getting hurt. The intensity of the "WOD"(Workout of the Day) was even causing rhabdomyolysis which is quite simply when muscle tissue breaks down so much that it puts a protein in the blood that can actually kill you from kidney failure. I can only imagine how crossfit felt (especially those that were doing it the right way). It's like when someone tells me that there are people who die at every marathon so I shouldn't run them, and there are articles saying that running more than 2 miles is dangerous for you. Well, so is a bag of potato chips but we won't go there.
So, when bodybuilders talk about crossfit, they always say that injuries are bound to happen and that you can't get "gains" from crossfit. Wrong. Wrong again. I don't think that we should put down every crossfit gym just from the few that are not teaching form. And have you seen some of the girls that do crossfit? They are JACKED! Yes, bodybuilding athletes meticulously perfect every muscle fiber on their bodies to be aesthetically pleasing but again, that's not the focus of crossfit. It's a different sport. They are more concerned about the athleticism of the sport not the aesthetics, but most of the time at a high level of both, your body will look awesome.
Another thing bodybuilders "hate" on cross fitters is their kipping pull-up. Even my husband joked with me when I showed him a video that he couldn't believe I was kipping. Cross fitters do dead hang pull-ups, and cross fitters do kip ups. They are entirely different exercises, and work entirely different muscle groups. No, kips are not dead hang and yes, dead hang is harder. Everyone knows that. If someone says they did 100 pull-ups and they really did 100 kip-ups, that's annoying, yes. However, kipping pull-ups are going to work your core like CRAZY and your shoulders where as a dead hang pull-up is going to be your biceps and lats.
A crossfit athlete is aiming for strength, speed, and agility in completing a high intensity interval type workout whereas bodybuilders are focused more on static movements, increasing weight so that in return they break down muscle fibers to grow back more aesthetically pleasing and bigger. Bodybuilders focus on "gains" with a side benefit of focusing on strength however as all bodybuilders dial into a show and are dieting, they are going to lose strength. Crossfit athletes are the opposite. They are focused on the strength with a side benefit of gains.
I love both so I'm not saying that one is better than the other, but just simply explaining the differences. I do know however though that I have been doing bodybuilding type workouts for 2 years now, and I have never been so sore as I was when I went to crossfit!
With love and crossfit,