Nate Dixon

Workouts: Is CrossFit just HIIT?

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“That looks like CrossFit, I’m not interested.”

       We have tendency to compare everything, prices, people, cars, houses, etc. If you are looking to build muscle aka “get toned” while burning fat, you have probably done all the research there is to know, except seeing what works for you! People walk into the gym and see our members doing High Intensity Interval Training and cut us off before we can explain that H.I.I.T is short bursts of high intensity exercises with low intensity/rest in between. Often times confused with CrossFit, which is constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity.

       Both CrossFit and H.I.I.T have been around since about the 1930s and it would be wrong to state they both do not stem from the same exact concept, hard workouts, with little rest time. So what is the difference you ask? Unlike Crossfit, H.I.I.T. promotes body weight exercise, use of anything heavy enough for your heart rate to go up, bars are unnecessary and overhead movements are not a necessity. But, in the simplest stated form, CrossFit is a trademarked brand with 1700 affiliates that pay for the name, thanks to Reebok. H.I.I.T. on the other hand has stayed a type of workout that everyone can use for free without paying for the name and is being utilized by many gyms and personal trainers across the country.


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