When it comes to crossfit workouts, there is no one standard set of routines for everyone. Any one can change or adapt different workout routines to come up with something that best fits their objectives or fitness level. Because of this, it can be confusing to know exactly how crossfit differs from other workouts or sports such as kickboxing. That is what I am going to do today.
Crossfit and kickboxing require different equipment and gear. Even for shoes, you can see how kickboxing shoes can be slightly different from normal cross trainers. Other types of equipment differs even more widely. For kickboxing, items such as kickboxing gloves, bags etc are all standard things you need. Crossfit is a bit more complicated. Depending on your exercise routines, you might need squat racks, dumbbells, weights, skipping rope etc. If you prefer simplicity in equipment set up, then kickboxing will be a better choice.
Despite kickboxing being a martial art sports, it actually has less chances of you getting injured relative to crossfit. This is because the latter comprise very fast and intensive movements that your body might not adjust well to. In this aspect, injuries can come unexpectedly and when you least expect it. In contrast, you kind of know how you might get injuries in kickboxing, such as during sparring etc so the impact of the injury might be less serious as your body is expecting it.
#3: Muscle toning
Having tried both workouts, I must say crossfit is much better at toning muscle because it has both cardio and resistance training all rolled into one routine. Kickboxing is more cardio and lacks the resistance training aspect to toughen the muscle. In addition, Crossfit is also more intensive and that might be a better way to get into shape. Having said that, I do see a lot of kickboxers having great bodies as well.
#4: Enjoyment factor
This is a highly personal opinion but I feel kickboxing is more ‘fun’ due to the unexpected part of the workout, especially during the spurring. Of course, kickboxing has its repetitive aspect such as when you are training your kicks and punches. However, when you are challenging each other, it is more spontaneous and enjoyable.
Crossfit is strictly doing a set of repetitive workouts for a prolong period of time to achieve the results. Sometimes, there are competitions and such to see who can perform the fastest or last the longest. However, the basic action set remains the same and does not involve as much spontaneity as kickboxing.
When you are deciding on which workout to take out, any of the two is actually fine. The worst thing is to pick one as training for the other. For example, don’t do crossfit to improve on your kickboxing and vice versa. Just focus on the one that you have interest in and you will do well eventually, both in fitness and in getting the desired body shape.