So, it’s the age old fight between Crossfitters and bodybuilders. To themselves, the other is just a joke that should be annihilated off of the face of the earth.
Then again, if someone converts from Crossfit to bodybuilding or vice-versa, then the convertee is praised for their wisdom and the decision to turn from their wicked ways, which was either being the best at working out or being the best at douchebaggery.
Crossfit or Bodybuilding?
From someone who has been on both ends of the spectrum, let’s compare the two and see what the main differences are.
A few years back, when Crossfit began rising in mainstream popularity, I decided to make the jump from bodybuilding into Crossfit. At first, I was struggling for survival because of the aerobic demands that Crossfit places on the body.
There were times when I legitimately thought I was going to black out because my body would not get enough oxygen. As time went on and my fitness level improved, I noticed that I made some sickly gains in the strength department.
I went from deadlifting 264 pounds to 440 in less than half a year. On the other hand, my bench press was still chilling at a measly 175 pounds — much to my shame.
Crossfit may not be a form of training devoted to specificity, but it does improve levels of fitness and strength like a motherfudge.
Pro’s of Crossfit:
- Increases levels of overall fitness and cardiovascular endurance
- Improves strength levels
- Burns a gangload of calories
- You get to make fun of bodybuilders
Con’s of Crossfit:
- You develop a muscular midsection comparable to a Silverback Gorilla
- You get your balls busted for kipping
- Bodybuilders think you’re trying to be the best at working out
Sample Crossfit Workout
This one is called the “Chipper.” I’ve never personally done it before but I can say from experience that it looks like a big ol’ pot full of sarcastic fun.
- 10 burpees
- 20 box jumps
- 10 burpees
- 30 kettlebell swings
- 10 burpees
- 30 alternating lunges
- 10 burpees
- 20 air squats
Before I did Crossfit, I was a devout bodybuilder for many years before that. And had it not been for my egotistical connection to my physical looks, I would probably have remained in Crossfit for who knows how long.
How did I get out of Crossfit and back into bodybuilding, you ask? A friend made a remark of how unproportionate my body looks; big quads, small calves; thick back, flat chest; big biceps, small triceps.
After he had made those remarks, I quit Crossfit and went back to training like a bodybuilder and never looked back.
Unlike Crossfit, bodybuilding is a sport of developing and unleashing the ultimate aesthetic physique, not fitness. Yes, we see mass monsters on stage today and think “What the hell? How is that even aesthetic?”
Bodybuilding has gone off course in the last decade or so. Fortunately, people who enthuse about the sport have seen this too and so, a positive change in the direction of where the physiques were headed, has occurred.
Pro’s of Bodybuilding:
- Your arms are bigger than most other men’s
- You get attention wherever you go
- You can save money if you get sponsored by a supplement company
- You look better than most men
Con’s of Bodybuilding:
- You unconsciously become a douchebag
- The attention you get is mainly from other dudes
- Women aren’t actually attracted to overly muscular men
- Crossfitters make fun of you because they think you can’t wipe your own ass
Sample Bodybuilding Workout
Unlike a simple Crossfit workout, bodybuilding requires a more structured system of consistency coupled with a fixed number of sets and reps.
Chest and Arms
- Flat Barbell Bench Press — 6 sets, 12-15 reps
- Flat Bench DB Flyes — 4 sets, 15-20 reps
- Incline Barbell Bench Press — 6 sets, 12-15 reps
- Incline DB Flyes — 4 sets, 15-20 reps
- DB Pullovers — 3 sets, 15-20 reps
- Barbell Curls superset w/ Triceps Pushdowns — 8 sets, 12-20 reps
- DB Curls superset w/ Triceps Dips — 5 sets, 12-20 reps
Whether it’s Crossfit or bodybuilding, both present their own set of challenges.
Of course, to the one group the other will always be lower down on the food chain, which is understandable.
However, if you’re knocking the other without having experienced it for yourself first, then you’ve got a problem that you need to fix within yourself first.
Personally, I prefer bodybuilding more as opposed to Crossfit as it appeals to more to my personality. You have to do the same too.