CrossFit And HIIT: What’s The Difference?

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If you’ve been paying close attention to fitness trends, you’ve probably heard plenty about CrossFit.  You’ve heard the CrossFit can be difficult, it’s a phenomenal workout and that it’s offered just about everywhere but  what you might not be as clear on is if CrossFit is right for you as well as how it differs from your HIIT workouts.

By definition, CrossFit is designed to assist you be better at what you may or may not encounter on a daily basis.  CrossFit is a core-strengthening programme and strives to make you bigger as well as better in 10 specific fitness domains. These include:

  • Power,
  • Strength,
  • Flexibility,
  • Stamina,
  • Speed,
  • Coordination,
  • Balance, as well as
  • Accuracy.

You should expect to see a few fitness props in CrossFit classes such as kettlebells in addition to battle ropes.

What Is Mixed Modal Training?

CrossFit is an example of mixed modal training. This means that it involves doing different types of activities within one workout. It uses things like gymnastics and Olympic lifting movements.

Many Cross Fitters begin to see muscle definition and weight loss almost immediately – in other words, within a few weeks. The strong community, as well as teamwork culture of CrossFit, is an added motivational bonus.

And while CrossFit is sometimes criticised for causing injuries, that shouldn’t essentially be the case. The CrossFit Games made people [who weren’t essentially ready] want to try it. But keep in mind that those are athletes – not everybody is at this point. However, if done correctly, CrossFit doesn’t have to be a bad thing. You just need to have realistic goals as well as properly trained coaches. If you’re not there yet, they should alter the exercises to suit you.

What’s The Big Deal About HIIT?

HIIT has been in existence for over 40 years. It was made better when Japanese doctor Izumi Tabata, in conjunction with a group of sports fitness researchers, made the finding that this form of training not only ups your aerobic capacity, or stamina, as well as your anaerobic capacity or the ability to create muscle.

HIIT training involves short, intense periods of exercise that are followed by short rest periods. The rationale is that by mixing high-intensity cardio activities (like sprinting) with strength training this allow you get to burn the greatest number of calories in the least amount of time. It’s 20 seconds of intensive activity, then 10 seconds of rest, which is done eight times in order to maximise results. Sample exercises frequently include push-ups, sit-ups, squats or – alternatively – rowing.

HIIT is designed in order to help you see maximum muscle tone as well as weight loss in the shortest amount of time. This is as the spurts of activity burn A LOT of calories, which essentially melts away fat. Results will vary however you should start noticing a difference within a few weeks.

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