Many bodybuilders and powerlifters are under the impression that CrossFitter’s only perform burpees, box jumps, rope climbs and bodyweight exercises. While these exercises play a large role in any CrossFitter’s arsenal, they are really the complementary exercises to help round out an athlete’s overall performance.
At most boxes (read: CrossFit gyms), the focus is on the barbell. Getting stronger at the Olympic Lifts and powerlifts are usually the main focus of workouts. Constantly trying to push and pull more weight is the primary goal of any CrossFitter. Usually at the end of a CrossFit workout, will they perform a fast metabolic conditioning workout to test their overall condition, mental toughness, and proficiency in each movement.
>> STRONG MOVE: Don’t be afraid of mixing in the occasional CrossFit workout or switching things up and training CrossFit-exclusive for a month or two. Standard, bodybuilding-type workout plans can become heavy on isolation movements. The built-in focus on barbell work in CrossFit gyms can yield tremendous gains for anyone who has already laid a solid foundation of strength training in traditional gyms over the years. Training these areas regularly and under supervision is a sure-fire way to build phonebook-tearing strength fast.