I have a few friends that are obsessed with CrossFit and swear that it’s a million times better than the gym. I know that you go to CrossFit and I was wondering what you think? Should I ditch my gym membership and try CrossFit?
Comparing CrossFit and the gym is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. Both provide great benefits, but it really depends on the person.
There are a few things that I love about CrossFit. For one, you get a sense of community and support. The workouts are completed in a group setting and they are highly structured. The entire workout is planned out – and instructors and classmates will push you to get through. The classes can also be competitive; for some people, this can be the motivational kick-in-the-butt that they need. And there’s no question that the workouts are awesome and effective.
On the flip side, CrossFit tends to be more risky. When you push yourself hard – especially with exercises that are unfamiliar – the risk for injury increases. That’s why CrossFit studios offer classes for beginners so that they can learn proper form and technique. If you do opt for CrossFit, it’s important to complete these introductory classes. Moreover, CrossFit is expensive; an unlimited CrossFit pass to my gym is $200/month. Having said that, I like to think of it as an investment in myself rather than an expense.
As someone who tends to be more introverted, the team spirit of CrossFit isn’t something that I particularly enjoy. In fact, I find it to be a bit cult-like at times. I much prefer the solitude and independence of a solo gym workout. Like CrossFit, my solo workouts are structured and effective (though some exercisers may lack the knowledge to put together a goal-oriented workout). And because I’m only competing with myself, I know that I’m less likely to push myself too far – and get injured.
For me, the answer isn’t either or… but both. Six mornings per week, I workout independently at my gym. And then two afternoons per week, I take a CrossFit class. It’s a big commitment, but it’s also something that I love doing. But at the end of the day, the debate over CrossFit versus the gym is really a personal decision.
In the comments below, I’d love to hear what you guys think. Have you tried CrossFit? Do you prefer the gym? Let us know!
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