Wednesday, 29 April 2015

CrossFit Vs Boot Camp

It is time to settle the score between these two leading fitness programmes - Cross Fit and Boot Camp.

What is Cross Fit? 

According to its founder, Greg Gassman, “Cross Fit is a deliberate attempt to optimize physical competence in each of 10 recognized fitness domains.” Those domains are: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy”.

It is a form of group training which is based on the principle of strengthening the domains listed above thorough the WOD i.e., workout of the day. The WOD is done indoors, most of the time, with equipment such as rings, bars, kettlebells, bumper plates, rowers etc ready for the class. Everyday is a different workout for the participants which they find posted in the gym. The workout, however same for everyone, is different in scalability. The WOD can be different in intensity depending on your skill and endurance.

Cross Fit is not just limited to losing weight. Here one’s level of fitness is always put to test. In CrossFit, one’s improvements can be measured with each workout which acts as a great motivation. Although CrossFit can be done by anyone but it is not for everyone.

Boot Camp fitness is an inspired form of military style fitness. It is not as rigorous and intimidating but it is serious fitness which results in some serious fat burn.

A typical boot camp fitness comprises of a group training indoors or outdoors and the workout is a mix of a high and low intensity workout. A typical boot camp regimen is a mix of intense and light bursts of strength and aerobic workouts beginning with cardio training, lifting weights, pushups, situps, squats, burpees, using body weight etc. It ends with some stretching exercises and yoga or pilates moves.

Whatever level you may be at - beginner, intermediate or advanced, you can get through a session of Boot Camp with a great workout. Although you do what the instructor does but you can perform at your own level feeling the same intensity. Boot Camp is a great way to lose weight and have fun with teammates while doing so. Some Boot Camps have activities that involve the whole team making the ‘workout’ motivating and interesting. Generally conducted outdoors, Boot Camp focusses more on bodyweight activities than other equipment.

Sometimes all you need is someone yelling at you to make you workout - that’s Boot Camp, my friend.

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