7 Reasons Weightlifting Is Better Than Crossfit

intensity
If you like going the gym and doing a few sets for your back and biceps between rounds of looking at yourself in the mirror and chatting up your buddies, Crossfit isn’t for you.

effort

Weightlifting involves effort on the last rep of the last set. But with Crossfit you’re constantly pushing your limits.

time

If you’re the type of person that likes your workouts to include 45 minutes of weight lifting, followed by another 30 mintues of cardio, then Crossfit’s not for you.

Most Crossfit workouts are around 20 minutes and that’s just not long enough for a weightlifter.

encourage

Crossfit has a real community that encourages you to push yourself and to set new PR’s. If you’d rather workout alone and ask for an occasional spot, then traditional weight training is for you.

coach

You’ll have a trained to coach to help you with your form. If you hate the idea of someone telling you how to work out then weight training is for you.

multifaceted

Crossfit is a multifaceted workout that includes weight training, gymnastics, plyometrics, sprinting, and much more. If you’d rather just pick things up and put them down you won’t like crossfit.

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You won’t be able to hide you weak points in Crossfit. Because it’s so multifaceted they’ll be made stronger and you’ll be a better all round athlete. With weight training, if one exercise is too hard you can just do another.

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  • Former Crossfitter March 2, 2015, 10:41 pm

    The bad of crossfit is the injuries poor coaching can create, and the cult like atmosphere all crossfitters share. They tend to think that nothing but crossfit can get anyone fit. This is reflected on the main crossfit website as well. I now lift and run on my own because my goals shifted towards marathon running, but it certainly helped my strength. I did get injured a couple of times though, so with the good comes the bad.

  • Crossfit Hater March 2, 2015, 10:35 pm

    It’s unbelievably easy to get certified to ‘coach’ crossfit, so a lot of the gyms have barely qualified coaches teaching complicated lifts to people who are new to exercise.

    Programming is left up to the coaches of each gym so it’s hard to really follow a specific program if you are attending classes without consistency. There have also been a lot of injuries associated with crossfit.

    • Sebastian March 2, 2015, 5:38 pm

      Here’s a video of how poor some of their experience is. It’s absolutely ridiculous that they support poor lifting techniques which could get you seriously hurt.

      • WOW! March 2, 2015, 5:56 pm

        Jesus christ…I couldn’t even watch the whole thing. Saw one too many of my buddies get screwed up by doing too much weight improperly during high school football (not that they didn’t coach us proper technique, the heavy weight would just exacerbate the otherwise small mistakes) to not vocally cringe every time someone lifted in that video…yikes

      • Jasmin Dunnell March 4, 2015, 5:31 am

        Wow! I’m at a loss for words as to what is going on there.

        Having the right shoes for squatting and Olympic lifts isn’t going to help them.

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