Whether your motivation for exercising is centered on weight loss, bathing suit season, burning calories or just building a stronger, healthier and high performing you, we all understand the importance of hitting the gym. However, the true fitness junkies can’t help but ask themselves a few questions. For example, is the best workout one that promises instant results or one that does not feel like a workout at all? This is a key reason why most people end up following wrong and utterly useless routines that only work towards counterproductive results.
The fitness industry is crammed to the brim with more routines and regimens than you could keep track of; making it quite easy to become overwhelmed before you even start out. However, knowing the difference between the most effective exercise programs could help you find out what works best. Since we are always dedicated to helping athletes and fitness fanatics achieve their very best, our segment today aims at shedding light on the most popular workout methods currently being used. Here’s all you need to know about CrossFit Vs HIIT.
How are They Different?
Created and developed by former gymnast Greg Glassman, CrossFit describes true fitness as increased work capacity across all domains. CrossFit aims at improving and enhancing endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility, power, coordination, speed, balance, agility and accuracy through a wide range of strength and conditioning exercises. These include exercises like sprints, box jumps, burpees, jumping rope, WOD, lifting, kettle bell, rope climbs or any other exercises that improve strength and power by having your muscles exert a maximum amount of force in the least time possible.
An acronym for High-Intensity Interval Training, HIIT was researched and developed by Japanese doctor Izumi Tabata back in the 70’s. Together with a team of sports and fitness researchers, Izumi found that this type of training is not only gives a much-needed boost to your stamina and aerobic capacity, but the ability to pack muscle as well. High Intensity Interval Training involves short but highly intense periods of exercise that are usually followed by even shorter resting periods. The rationale behind HIIT is that by combining intense, high activity cardio with strength exercises, you can burn more calories in the shortest time possible. This means 20 seconds of intense, physical activity and 10 seconds of resting repeated about 8 times to max out results. Exercises include sit-ups, squats, push-ups or rowing.
Which One is Better?
Selecting the right type of workout or exercise regimen basically comes down to what your ultimate goal is and how much time you are willing to set aside for it. For most people, a little variation is also necessary to keep focused and avoid boredom. While HIIT is designed to help with weight loss and maximum muscle tone in the shortest amount possible, CrossFit aims to achieve this goal almost immediately.
Thanks to the tremendous amount of exercises involved, CrossFit is also known for causing plenty of injuries on participants. You can’t expect to carry out sprints, box jumps, burpees, jumping rope, WODs, or any other rigorous exercises without pulling a muscles here and there. However, all these injuries can be avoided if the workouts are performed correctly. In a nutshell, HIIT may not be as inclusive and diverse and CrossFit. CrossFit seems to pack far more constant variance and broad modal and time domains than HIIT could ever hope for. If you are just starting out, you may want to try High Intensity Interval Training. But if you consider yourself a serious fitness enthusiast with a massive appetite for all types of exercises, then CrossFit is the challenge for you.