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Boxing vs Crossfit?

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Looking to join a gym. I want one that will provide me with a bit of motivation to push myself and stay committed. Would you guys recommend a boxing gym or crossfit? or any other suggestions? not interested in MMA as i'm in australia and every bogan man and his dog thinks he is tito ortiz
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Ever see a tubby boxer? 

 

lefty

post #3 of 53
Crossfit will obviously give you a more well rounded and full body workout. You also don't have to get punched if you choose to become competitive in it. So there you go.
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Ever see a tubby boxer? 

lefty

There are people who, for whatever reason, train in boxing and don't get into good shape. Same with Crossfit. There are a number of factors that could lead to this from commitment level, to diet, to even a certain extent genetics.
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I go to a boxing gym that also has a crossfit club and crossfit gear. I find boxing a lot of fun, so I do a lot of boxing stuff, aside from the things that I do that I don't particularly enjoy for fitness (running, swiming, streatching). if you think that you will enjoy boxing, start with boxing and see if you can find a boxing gym that has some crossfit elements (I really think that it is more common now). I can't imagine people really having fun with crossfit, but that is me. but if you don't enjoy it, will you keep at it for years? see what you like first
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I go to a boxing gym that also has a crossfit club and crossfit gear. I find boxing a lot of fun, so I do a lot of boxing stuff, aside from the things that I do that I don't particularly enjoy for fitness (running, swiming, streatching). if you think that you will enjoy boxing, start with boxing and see if you can find a boxing gym that has some crossfit elements (I really think that it is more common now). I can't imagine people really having fun with crossfit, but that is me. but if you don't enjoy it, will you keep at it for years? see what you like first

I do Crossfit and other then the pains I sometimes get from the workouts, I have a good time. I can see how someone would find boxing more fun, but it really depends on your gym, the trainers and even the crowd that works out with you. Mine happens to be great, yet I know people who have had bad Crossfit experiences. Not all Crossfits (like any gym franchise) are created equal.

EDIT: Agree that trying both would be a good idea. Most gyms will let you work out with them one or two times before signing up. Also while I can't speak for any boxing gyms, I know most Crossfits do month to month memberships so you can get out if you are not happy.
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Ever see a tubby boxer? 

lefty

Me? (to be fair, I haven't fought competitively for years.) Any number of heavyweights?
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Originally Posted by jase12 View Post

Looking to join a gym. I want one that will provide me with a bit of motivation to push myself and stay committed. Would you guys recommend a boxing gym or crossfit? or any other suggestions? not interested in MMA as i'm in australia and every bogan man and his dog thinks he is tito ortiz

That's interesting. George Sotiropolous, a pretty good UFC fighter. who's had some bad luck, trains around here. Aroiund my neck of the woods, the MMA and BJJ communities are pretty tight knit, and people don't really talk much about it otherwise. Maybe it's a western USA thing. Do it, but shut your mouth.
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Ever see a tubby boxer? 

lefty

by SF standards, I am morbidly obese. when I started boxing the second time (at 40) I was very fat. I've lost a lot of weight but I still carry more weight than I would like. but you have a very valid point, a standard boxing group class relies heavily on cardio, interviles and sprints, it is hard not to lose a lot of weight. also, the heavier you are the slower you move, the more you get hit. you have a solid incentive to move faster.
post #11 of 53

Boxers own the market in overall conditioning and cutting weight.  Having the confidence to defend yourself should it ever come to fisticuffs is a beneficial skill. Being able to take a punch in the face (most men's greatest fear) is character building.  And they don't name their exercises "Susie."

 

Everything works if you stick to it so the decision should be based on what turns your crank. 

 

lefty

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.  And they don't name their exercises "Susie."



lefty

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post #13 of 53
Do both. Boxing is incredible exercise, but if you are looking to gain muscle, a bit of lifting will be necessary. Boxers usually aren't looking to gain muscle as it may put them in a different weight class.
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Do both. Boxing is incredible exercise, but if you are looking to gain muscle, a bit of lifting will be necessary. Boxers usually aren't looking to gain muscle as it may put them in a different weight class.

That could be prohibitively expensive. Have you ever priced a Crossfit before? If he really wants both types of workouts then he might do best to find a boxing gym like GT mentioned that mixes in some Crossfit stuff.
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Ever see a tubby boxer? 

Brian Nielsen former heavyweight champion


If you can live with the hate try CF, it's a great workout and there's usually a lot of cute girls in very little clothing. inlove.gif
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