I know very little about either. But I think they are relatively the same?
cross fit is highintensity muscular strength and is only benficial if you want to do MMA or be incredibly musculary strong....the p90x is more wellrounded in terms of overall total body fitness because it changes the routine daily this is good the more you challenge your body ANd mind to do something different you become a better overall athelte you could do the p90x on your strength days/speed days...have fun ...be safe
Crossfit is a fun sport unto itself, but because of its high intensity and I'm sorry to say the huge variability in the qualifications of Crossfit "coaches" (who go and take a short seminar to become certified), people are frequently injured doing Crossfit. It's very fun and a group environment that's highly motivating. However, being pushed to do things like lift heavy weights as quickly as possible when you don't have correct technique can be a recipe for injury. So there are definitely plusses and minuses to doing Crossfit.
P90X is something you can do in your own home and modify to your own abilities. Therefore I think the possibility for injury is probably much lower. My hubby has done the series, and I'd say that the drawbacks vs. Crossfit are that you have to be kind of self-motivated to put the DVD in and do the videos. Also the guy on the videos is so cheesy he drove me nuts, but he is knowledgeable and many people find him encouraging and motivating.
[quote=Ironmom][s]Crossfit[/s] Triathlon is a fun sport unto itself, but because of its high intensity and I'm sorry to say the huge variability in the qualifications of [s]Crossfit[/s] Triathlon "coaches" (who go and take a short seminar to become certified), people are frequently injured doing Triathlon [s]Crossfit.[/s][/quote]
I don't mean anything by that Ironmom, taking your quote and messing with it. I was just thinking that the same is probably overheard all the time at Crossfit gyms (re: triathletes). When I've trained at CF gyms, I purposely skip the race tech 'finisher' shirts. Warning: Gernalizations ahead. Crossfit folks think endurance athletes got it all wrong and that our single- (or simple-) minded approach leaves us lacking in the strength department. Conversely, their "[url=http://www.crossfitendurance.com/]Endurance[/url]" program is scoffed at by accomplished marathoners and triathletes. "Strength" is a relative concept: Can CFers carry a huge tire across a lot faster than I can (or do more spastic pull-ups)? Assuredly so. Faster than I am at anything longer than an 800m? In general, probably not (ie, many/most triathletes/runners/cyclists etc are "stronger" in the enduro department). It depends on which "strength" you value at which time of season. The distinction is that each type of strength is beneficial and appropriate at different times of the season. I'm not bagging on CF or P90 or any of their ilk (just like I don't care to read CFers saying that a sub4 marathoner is a sissy).
Which is better? Ironman is right on track. I'd imagine the DVDs are less money than joining a CF gym for six months (but I don't really know the cost). I'd start with the P90, if you like it and burn through the DVDs, join a gym. Seems like a reasonable progression.
LOL, you're right Sooner, the same could definitely be said about triathletes. However, the types of injuries that triathletes sustain tend to be repetitive strain-induced (tendon inflammation, plantar fasciitis), whereas the types of injuries I've seen at CF facilities tend to be acute (torn tendon, torn muscle, injured vertebrae). Personally, I like to avoid both :-) but the acute ones can take you out of the game forever, whereas the repetitive strain ones do tend to heal over time.
I do think both groups have some valid points, and I'd like to think that I've worked toward crafting the perfect hybrid of strength + endurance in my own training plan. I can run an Ironman and still Overhead Squat more than my husband ;-)
well I don't really want to do either.. but I have to do some serious muscle strength/building in my core and lower body to offset the arthritis in my knees. I have been in PT through the fall and can't keep the out of network expenses up and i am just terrible at doing my exercises in the house... I hate gyms, hate exercises... I like sports... by not sure if there are any that would really do what I need.
I don't know if this is helpful, but all of my arthritis issues in my fingers/ hands disappeared when I took gluten out of my diet. Might be worth a try if it's bugging you that bad...
+1 to Ironmom's suggestion to try removing gluten. At this point it is easy to remove from your diet, and if it doesn't help, just put it back in.
For strength and core, i would recommend p90x. after the first couple of times, you can take Tony's voice out of the picture and just use the cues. They also just released p90x2 which is supposed to be more athlete performance/sport specific.
Anyone try that one?
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