Folks who have been in Jazzercise classes might wonder what is the difference between crossfit and what you are doing currently. Both seems to be high impact type of workouts that help to lose weight and keep fit. However, if you have try both as I have, you know there are some significant differences between Jazzercise and crossfit in terms of the actual workout and the gear you wear.
#1: Weight training
One of the big difference is that cross fit includes plenty of weight training in its workout routines. They are great for strength training but it is pretty tough if you have not done any such training before. If you do not require strength training, jazzercise is a much better option as it is more like a high impact dance class.
#2: Risk of injuries
Related to the first point is that crossfit will have higher probabilities of you getting injured. While gym class owners and coaches may say otherwise, the risk is there if you look at what an average cross fit person needs to do. As mentioned, there is weight lifting involved and coupled that with speed and you can see how prone to injuries a crossfit workout can be.
However, the most likely reason for injuries is the mentality of going faster within a crossfit training programme. It is not usually to see gym mates and coaches pushing you to your limit. As a result, a person might sacrifice form for speed which can be dangerous when it comes to weight lifting. A wrong form can easily break your back or knees so the risk is definitely there.
#3: Cost of membership
One practical consideration is that of money. I can’t give you official statistics but from my own experience, most crossfit gym classes usually are priced more than USD150 per month. That is higher than what I can usually get for a jazzercise class, which is usually around USD100 per month. USD50 might sound like a lot of money but multiple that by months and you can really sense the difference in the amount spent.
#4: Types of workout
Jazzercise, as the name implies, is a more of a high impact dance class. It is tough but it stil feels like dance. Crossfit is another game all together. We are talking about doing pull ups in the air, hopping with weights etc. Cross fit definitely is a more physically demanding workout that requires you to be as fit as an actual athletic. If that scares you, then you might want to reconsider whether Cross fit is the right workout for your current fitness level.
#5: Gear needed
In terms of shoes, there is also a difference in what you should be looking for. While both types of workouts require shoes that have strong lateral support and heel cushioning, the degree is different. Crossfit shoes really need to provide a stronger lateral support for the weight lifting component. You will not want your shoes to slip and cause an ankle injury.
A cross fit shoe also needs more fore foot cushioning than a jazzercise shoe since the stop start workouts are more common in the former. For jazzercise shoes, you just need to make sure your fore foot area has enough room to not squash your toes 🙂
Hope this article has helped to shed some light on the difference between jazzercise vs crossfit. They might both seem similar but it is the details of the workout activities that separate them. Make sure you know what you are getting into before signing up for any class membership.