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The clash between bodybuilders and CrossFitters and my take on the whole mess.

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You won’t have to search long online to find what people think about CrossFit both good and bad. The negative comments cover topics such as; it’s dangerous, not effective, they do the lifts wrong, they cheat doing pull-ups and the list goes on and on. Usually the critics that post these comments are “bodybuilders” who for whatever reasons feel the need to vent on a subject they know little or nothing about. The whole thing seems ridiculous to me and I thought I’d write why.

Comparing CrossFit to Bodybuilding is like comparing two completely different cars. Yes most cars have things in common, for example, all cars have tires, most use the same fuel and generally use the same roads but each looks different, they drive different and each is built to accomplish a specific task.

You won’t have to search long online to find what people think about CrossFit both good and bad. The negative comments cover topics such as; it’s dangerous, not effective, they do the lifts wrong, they cheat doing pull-ups and the list goes on and on. Usually the critics that post these comments are “bodybuilders” who for whatever reasons feel the need to vent on a subject they know little or nothing about. The whole thing seems ridiculous to me and I thought I’d write why.

Comparing CrossFit to Bodybuilding is like comparing two completely different cars. Yes most cars have things in common, for example, all cars have tires, most use the same fuel and generally use the same roads but each looks different, they drive different and each is built to accomplish a specific task.

 

Now lets look at the similarities and differences between Bodybuilding and CrossFit. Both provide exercise for the body, both can make you look fantastic; both can make you strong and in most cases, both can make you healthy. Both have diets, the same lifting techniques, but in the end are completely different in their goals and objectives. It seems many on the bashing side are un-informed about what their actual goals are or what CrossFit is all about.

  1. Body Building is for building your body: Some people on the bashing side seem to forget that. You do the sport to make your body look a certain way, you do it to build muscle and that is your ultimate goal. You are not a power lifter, you’re not in competition to see how strong you are and if that’s your main goal you need to switch sports. In short a bodybuilders goal is to build, sculpt and shape their body.

 

  1. Power Lifting and Bodybuilding are different sports: For some reason people seem to forget that both are separate and not one in the same. Yes Bodybuilders lift large amounts of weight, but that is not their ultimate goal. Likewise, Power Lifters main goal is not to shape and sculpt their bodies, their goal is not to run a 5k, ultimately their goal is to lift massive amounts of weight, plain and simple; which is totally contrary to the sport of Bodybuilding. Can bodybuilders lift large amounts of weight yes, but it is not, and should not be their main goal.

 

  1. CrossFit is not a specialized sport. The workouts or (WOD’s (Workouts of the day)) incorporate many different sports into one training session. Athletes might be expected to lift weights, run, row, swim, or compete other athletic tasks on any given day. Their end goal is not to have a great looking body, it’s not to sculpt and tone, it’s not to get massively huge, it’s not to lift huge amounts of weight, and it’s not to become the master of a specialized sport like Bodybuilding or Power Lifting. Basically it’s a non-specific combination of a multitude of skills, with it’s one main goal of producing a well rounded fit athlete that on any given day could do what most others could not; which is do many athletic disciplines extremely well.

 

I can’t stand it when people speak about something they really know nothing about. Some examples that irritate me the most are.

 

So called forum experts that knock the CrossFit certification courses. – Really? This again cracks me up, the so-called “bodybuilders” in these forums pick at the short certification courses that CrossFit athletes can attend. They pick at what is taught, how it is taught and so on. Funny thing is, the few hours of professional training these CrossFit athletes will get is far more than I’d say 99% of body builders in gyms will ever receive. To them I would ask: Where did you get your training? Muscle and Fitness, the trainers at 24hour (Give me a break) or the fat dude who’s been lifting for 20 years, has a gut and 12 inch arms. Sorry people, but if you don’t have a degree in the subject, or have been to a course yourself (YouTube videos don’t count) don’t knock any training someone else has received because your speaking from ignorance.

CrossFit athletes don’t do the exercises correctly – Pa Leeese. Sorry I’ve been going to numerous local gyms for years and I’ve seen it all. Most of the people you see in the gym have no clue as to how do an exercise correctly. Walk to the bench and people are cheating all day long, same with leg presses, curls you name it. It’s usually the twenty something crowd who just got a new trial membership to a local gym, who massacre the exercises. (The same ones posting to forums.)

They say things like “ Dang she cheated on that pull up”, really? I bet that well over 90% of people working out at most gyms on any given day could not even perform one pull-up even if they cheated.

Ooops ! Now I screwed up big time, I guess I’m gonna hear, “I can do fifty strict pull-ups” from some “bodybuilder” who just happens to be a huge 160 lb yoked monster. And to that I say, of course you can, your not lifting any weight. Now once you hit 250lbs like me and you can pump out a few, I might give you some respect.

CrossFitters will never get huge – And for the most part neither will most of the Body building community. For most so-called “bodybuilders” or gym rats, their main claim to fame will be getting cut (Ripped). Some might even build a little muscle and size, but most will never get huge. Lets face it; a lot of factors come into play for you to get any real size. You have to have the genetics, you have train and eat right plus you have to stick with it for a long time, a long, long time (unless your using the illegal stuff). And what is huge to you? Is 200 lbs huge, is being able to bench a certain amount huge (power lifting, not body building, once again). Is having certain sized arms the definition of huge? It’s all individual perception. What I think as being huge is not what the skinny high school kid might think is huge.

 

One thing I know for sure is that I’ve been to gyms and I’ve been to the CrossFit games. Sorry but I would gladly trade the bodies of most of the spectators at the CrossFit games over a great portion of what you see in the local gym. Are most of the CrossFit athletes huge? Nope and neither are most so called “bodybuilders”.

 

Don’t knock something you couldn’t do. Before you get outraged at what I wrote, read my words carefully, I said couldn’t as in right now, not can’t, as in ever. Here is the thing; I’ve done both, bodybuilding and CrossFit. And after doing both I have come to one conclusion, you would be lucky to find a strict bodybuilder that could compete with a CrossFit athlete on their playground, doing their exercises. What? Yep I said it and here is why, Bodybuilding does not train you for the amount of stamina you would need to compete with these athletes. Yes you might lift more than them in a set, but they don’t do just one set, they do many many sets, most without rest.

 

Just to give you an example, try something for fun, the next time you’re in the gym. Decide what exercises you’ll be doing for the day, and do one set then move to the next exercise immediately without resting and so on until you’ve completed one round. Now start again until you have completed at least six or seven rounds without rest, kind of like circuit training on steroids. Bet you can’t complete your sets without one of the following things happening, either you have to lower the weight considerably (Well below what an avid CrossFit woman would use), You’ll have to take very long breaks (Remember CrossFit athletes time their workouts), or you’ll get light headed and throw up, or even worse you’ll give up altogether. Now take a CrossFit athlete, they can do what you just failed to do and more, all with very little rest. And to top it off, they end up with muscular cut bodies that rival most of what you’ll ever find in a local gym. I know I’ve seen what most gyms produce.

 

So what is my final thought? Simple, if you don’t know what you’re talking about shut the hell up because you end up sounding like an idiot. I hate to see ridiculous posts from some kid who you guarantee lacks any real knowledge about lifting. He’s received all his knowledge from Muscle Mags and has been hard at building his massive 160lb frame for two years. Seriously don’t give opinions when you’ve only been hitting the weights for two months and look like you have toothpicks for arms, come talk to me when your 35 and have been lifting for over fifteen years, which I doubt you’ll be able to do. In reality, chances are you’ll get married, have a few kids, get fat and lazy, you’ll tell others how huge you used to be, and in the end realize how ignorant you were and more than likely join CrossFit many years from now with your tail between your legs. See you in a few years.

 

See you in the hills.

Lance

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