|My P90X results from Sept-Dec 2008|
Skip ahead a few years and my before pictures are again where they were in 2008. (Insert bullshit excuses here). I was driving home and out of the corner of my eye I saw a sign for a CrossFit gym. This was less than a mile from my house. I found the gym's website, contacted the owners of the
You can find enough internet dribble on CrossFit to fill reams of paper. To define CrossFit in one sentence it would be "constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement." By doing CrossFit, you'll become strong, but not the strongest; fast, but not the fastest; and so on. You will become a very well rounded athlete prepared for a wide variety of potential physical tasks. This ultimately is a great reason why CrossFit is so popular among police and military. They never know exactly what challenges they may face (outside of a standardized fitness test) but they need to be ready for those challenges when they arise.
When it comes down to a nutshell, P90X and CrossFit are similar but they are also drastically different. P90X has a very specific goal of improving outward physical appearance and is fantastic at meeting that goal in the time prescribed.
|90 Days of Crossfit, definite improvement, but not as much fat loss as P90x.|
A P90X athlete may get bigger biceps in 90 days, have better abs in 90 days, but they ultimately may not be stronger than a similar athlete who does 90 days of CrossFit. One thing that struck me was that in P90X, I was never nervous before a workout. However, when I see a move on the board at my box, and it's one that I struggle with, I get nervous. I both love and hate the challenge. When my coach pushes me and gets me to try something that's way outside my comfort zone, I appreciate it (even though at first I might hate 'em.) P90X, without having the benefit of a coach right next to you and pushing you harder misses some of this element.
So, I've rambled on. I've added a few hundred more words to the CrossFit vs P90X debate. What would I recommend? That depends on your goals.
If you are 90 days away from a Caribbean Cruise and want to get in great shape to look awesome on the beach, I'm going to tell you to buy P90X. You'll be happy with the results.
If on the other hand, you're looking for a long term challenge and want to become physically stronger and more prepared for anything life throws your way, I'm going to tell you to find a local CrossFit box.
Ultimately, this isn't an "either or" proposition. I may very well get to the point in a year where I need a break from CrossFit and will be popping Tony Horton into my DVD player again. What is most important is that you get off the couch and move your ass.