CrossFit is Not the First training Methodology to infiltrate the fitness industry, but it is the most effective. Every Commercial Gym and Private Training Studio I’ve worked at has offered very similar training programs. So I wanted to share my experience about what you get from each and why when we opened we knew how we were going to be different.
Bootcamps are fun… I know they can be, I used to coach them. The workouts are high volume (a lot of work) sweat fests. But rarely do you see progressions to higher skilled movements. You do sprints, burpees, move a kettlebell or a set of dumbbells and feel that endorphin release, but typically the groups are very large and it is harder to keep a Range of Motion Standard.
Group Classes, serve their purpose. Before work, lunch time, grab your band or your light weights and move for the next 30-60mins. The instructor does the workout with you, never slowing down to correct your technique, position or range of motion. The music is loud and the instructor is doing a great job to help keep you engaged and moving. Everyone tries to work together and the same people are always there, so they notice when you’ve been missing.
Personal Trainers, can be amazing. They can be knowledgeable and funny, they help you progress and improve. They typically care not only about your workouts but you as a person too. The downside, they’re not all created equal and cost $65-$150 per hour.
CrossFit Vantage, has a balance of all of the above. We’ve taken the best of all of fitness styles and blended them into a Group Personal Training Session where the focus is on you and your improvement. Our Program is designed to vary in focus, intensity and movement to continue progressing every athlete that’s willing to reach their goals and goals they never thought possible.
The Fitness Industry has options for everyone. It covers the entire continuum, from people needing to exercise in order to fight off health concerns to those wanting to lose weight and gain muscle all the way to people wanting to become competitive in sports. If you’re thinking about starting a fitness protocol or have been following one and aren’t sure it’s for you, my advice is to experiment. Spend a few months trying each of the options until you find the perfect fit for you, that will help you reach your desired goals!!