Crossfit, bootcamp, or regular gym?

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    Jul 03, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    Hi everyone, I'm new to this site icon_smile.gif I wanted to get your opinion on which of the following three gyms I should go with: crossfit, bootcamp, or a regular gym.

    Here's the situation: I'm looking to lose weight as I've been inactive for a few months and the gym I used to go to has closed down. I've heard that crossft and bootcamp gyms are just trends and aren't very effective, but I appreciate the stability and focus that these classes would bring.

    The cost of the local crossfit gym is about $175 a month for unlimited classes with them. Each class seems to have about 12 or fewer people. My only worry is that I've done a few crossfit exercises before and for some reason, I can't do proper squats, which is the basis for a lot of the exercises with crossfit.

    The bootcamp class (Fit for Life) is about $217 a month for 4 classes per week + full access to the gym it is held in. They offer a lot of perks, including nutritional guide and fat checking. My worry here is that it may be an older crowd and it won't be as intense as I'd like it to be.

    Finally, a normal gym would be something like $65 a month, but I definitely don't feel comfortable enough working out on my own right now, especially because I fear that I may be doing exercises wrong.

    Do you folks have any opinions or experience on this?
    Thanks!
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    Jul 04, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    I am not a gym rat by any means and I can tell you with first hand experience that Crossit is very effective. Within two months m dates were commenting on my arms, but its an overall body thing, which is the best part. It will kick your ass every time, there are no easy days, so its kind of tough mentally too when you get home from a long day at work and you know you have to work hard at Crossfit that day too. Its hard, and worth it.

    I stopped for a few reasons, but want to go back. Mine was less that $175 (it is expensive in general) but I think worth it. For the record I have not done Bootcamp.

    Also the first few days of Crossfit should be one on ones where they will show you the basics. And the class is small so they can pay attention to your form. My gym had a very welcoming atmosphere.

    Just my thoughts, hope it helps. Here's a hint. Search for profiles here with 'crossfit' as a keyword and see how fit those guys are. And there is guaranteed eye candy everytime you workout icon_smile.gif
  • calibro

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    Jul 04, 2010 1:57 AM GMT
    if you have the money to throw away (and I say throwaway not because crossfit is a bad workout but that you could do it on your own for way cheaper) then do the one that you think you'll get the best results from. theoretically the gym is your cheapest bet and that's what you should do, but if you think you'll slack off and need to be in an intense program go with the other options
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    Jul 04, 2010 2:24 AM GMT
    I <3 crossfit.

    So I am biased. If your crossfit trainer isn't trying to fix your squat then it is obviously not where you should be but building the core stability, technique and flexibility takes a bit of time. Don't be discouraged. You are there to learn and become stronger, faster, better, fitter, hotter.
    And you don't have to do it forever you know. You can take your skills with you and do the website workout whereever or you could take up a new sport at some point instead.
    But it is like a time investment of 4-5 hours plus transport per week.
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    Jul 04, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
    When it comes to your health, stop trying to save a few bucks when you know you can afford what you really need.
    Go with whatever you will enjoy the most. If you get burned out, switch to something else you enjoy. The more you enjoy it the more likely you are to stick with it and reach your goals.
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    Jul 04, 2010 9:24 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidWhen it comes to your health, stop trying to save a few bucks when you know you can afford what you really need.
    Go with whatever you will enjoy the most. If you get burned out, switch to something else you enjoy. The more you enjoy it the more likely you are to stick with it and reach your goals.


    good advice
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jul 04, 2010 10:22 AM GMT
    Crossfit or a green gym all the way buddy!
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    Jul 04, 2010 11:49 AM GMT
    Biased here -- CROSSFIT all the way. I love my box and all my trainers and members are friendly and welcoming. I have improved so much in strength and endurance in less than 4 months. I also loss 36% body fat in one month with the help of my trainer (not that I need to loss any ...) Don't worry about your poor squating technique -- I am sure your trainer will correct your form in no time. I can tell you that I will never go back to conventional gym -- I am enjoying my workouts and always looking forward to see my weekly improvements.

    Good luck, bud.

    Just my opinion.
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:33 AM GMT
    thanks for the advice everyone! It seems that it's between crossfit or bootcamp. Both of the local programs are getting stellar reviews on yelp, but it seems that crossfit (despite my worries) is the way to go. Has anyone had any good experiences with bootcamps?