Calisthenics vs. weight training

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Weights or calisthenics?

  1. Give me the weights!

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  2. Calisthenics for me!

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  3. I do both and will not choose one over the other!

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  4. I only do cardio and will not do any resistance training!

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  1. Rickson

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    Crossfit is some tough workout. You combine aerobic and anaerobic training for rounds. A good crossfit athlete can excel in almost any sport.
     
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  2. snoopy

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    I like crossfit too. I like the fact that they mix things up, use the whole body, and incorporate Olympic lifting.

    The only worry I have with crossfit is that it might make you slow. A lot of there workouts seem to be focused on endurance. I generally think that crossfitters exercise too much. It might get you into great shape, but I think you might lose some of your explosiveness.
     
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  3. JRstriker12

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    Don't the olympic lifts require explosiveness? - Just asking.
     
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  4. Rickson

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    You can't be serious! If anything, crossfit training will get you quicker, not slower. Personally, I don't practice crossfit, but from what I've seen, the training rounds will give you a good combination of endurance and explosiveness. I'd compare it to the kind of explosiveness an elite miler can run. An elite miler is not as explosive as an elite sprinter, but he's much more explosive than the average person.
     
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  5. snoopy

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    Let's look at a crossfit workout. They aren't all like this but I think they are similar. Although the idea is to do the workout as fast as possible, the main goal is to complete the workout.

    Five rounds for time of:
    135 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
    135 pound Hang power clean, 12 reps
    135 pound Front Squat, 9 reps
    135 pound Push Jerk, 6 reps

    There are 3 reasons why I say a crossfit workout like this might make you slow.

    1) Don't you think that's too many reps and sets? They want you to do a total of 75 deadlifts and 60 hang power cleans. I think that's a bit too much.

    2) Don't you think it would be better to change the weight, instead of using the same weight for all 5 sets? Using the same weight is going to train your muscles for endurance.

    3) When people do crossfit workouts they pace themselves; they are focused on completing the entire workout. Because of this crossfitters aren't always moving as explosively as they can.


    If I were to do a workout like this I would lower the reps and sets and I would progressively add more weight to each set. Unlike a crossfitter who is pacing themselves, I would make sure that I'm trying to move the weight as quickly and explosively as possible.

    I like crossfit and I'm not saying it's bad. I think I am a little more interested in power and speed compared to most crossfitters. I put less of an emphasis on endurance, although I do mix in endurance workouts. For someone like me, I find crossfit workouts to be a little too focused on muscle endurance.
     
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  6. Rickson

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    Snoop, the cf workout isn't for everyone and that includes me. I prefer doing fewer sets as well, but my endurance inevitably suffers. The cf workout combines aerobic and anaerobic training, but like most people, I prefer to separate the 2 things. It's up to you. I don't and you don't have to either.
     
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  7. ShooterMcMarco

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    You can always adjust the amount of weight/reps to fit your current state of fitness. As a beginner, there is no way in hell I'd be able to do 135 on all of those exercises. According to the crossfit site, the average cross fitter is 175 lbs, and if they say to do 135 lbs of weight, you would take about 70% of your body weight (or less even) and start with that.
     
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