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Along with the fashion of fitness, there are other ways of exercising that are currently on the public sports agenda: body pump, kangoo, spinning, zumba, body combat... But, uniquely, two names have become a trend and are the order of the day: CrossFit and functional training. These are 2 modalities that are often confused in informal conversations in gyms or on the street.

CrossFit or functional training? It is true that these disciplines are very similar, but they keep certain differences that you should know before you decide to enter any of them.

What exactly is the difference between CrossFit and functional training?

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Knowing each and every one of the differences between CrossFit and functional training can determine your resolution when selecting one of these 2 fitness training modalities depending on the physical goals you want to achieve. We don't know which one is right for you, but we can assure you that there are 2 alternative training options, ideal for those who get bored of the routines in the bodybuilding room quickly, while in these classes, each training is different and you can only go to those that interest you the most.

  1. CrossFit is a functional training, but not each and every functional training is CrossFit. This is the main difference and will serve as a starting point for us to understand the rest of them. We could say that CrossFit is a specific type of functional training, which is a considerably longer and more flexible term.
  2. CrossFit training is a considerably more demanding practice in terms of technique and care. In fact, each and every one of the gyms and sports centers force you to go to a previous class before starting for this reason already, and even certified gym instructors must get the certificates of different levels of official CrossFit trainer in order to give lessons in their centers. On the other hand, any person can carry out a functional training if it is adapted to their physical shape, age and sex, where the intensity that the person applies to the exercises does not become so important.
  3. On the other hand, functional training focuses on working on aspects that are applicable to other sports and actions in everyday life: jumping, pulling, pushing, bending, etc. In this way, a muscle is not only worked on in a remote way as in fitness or body building. CrossFit includes exercises from more specific sports, such as weightlifting or gymnastics, such as snacking or clean & jerk.
  4. CrossFit was born as a training program for U.S. Marines, firefighters, military and police, and is now a registered trademark (hence the capital letters), owned by Greg Glassman, and his employment rights license costs about $3,000 annually to any gym on the planet that wants to use this nomenclature for profit, in contrast to functional training.
  5. CrossFit is based on specific events and has its own essential competitions, such as the Reebok CrossFit Games, which are held annually in California and are attended by athletes from all 5 continents, while functional training is only intended to increase the intensity of common movements adapted to each person. And, of course, there are no sponsored and recognised competitions organised at world level for the latter, while the essence of the training itself would be lost.

Now that you know all the differences between CrossFit and functional training, you're sure to find it easier to choose one of the 2 alternative fitness training options in your gym and try them out!

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