CROSSFIT VS CALISTHENICS
You’ve probably come across the term ‘Crossfit’ at some point, if you’re into fitness. But if you’re not familiar with it, let’s begin our review of Crossfit by introducing it to you. Crossfit is basically a high-intensity fitness program. It picks the best aspects of several types of fitness programs and sports.
So, what’s wrong with that? It seems like a very cool approach towards fitness, doesn’t it?
The problem is the way it’s executed. It’s definitely amazing to choose the best exercise techniques and use them in one program. The problem with Crossfit is that focuses on making you go through as many reps of those workouts in as short an amount of time as possible. Let’s say, you’re doing planks. In Crossfit, you’ll be doing as many planks as possible and as fast as possible in a really short amount of time.
It’s like watching a lecture video fast motion, expecting to learn every bit of the information it is offering in a short period of time. Or, imagine gulping down all the medication you’re supposed to take in a week, all at once, and expecting it to cure your ailment. This is now how it is supposed to work.
What really works is doing your workout with proper techniques, instead of speeding it up. Without learning a workout in its proper form and technique, you won’t be able to get to the advanced levels of any fitness technique.
Crossfit was meant to stand for Cross-training – a technique where you take the best workouts and combine them in one fitness program. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it should have progression. You’re supposed to use your proper muscles in the proper way during a workout, so you can gradually move to the advanced level of that workout.
Try doing a pull-up, as slowly as possible, and then try a kipping pull-up. You’ll see the difference and it’ll become clear which ones works out your muscles better.