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CrossFit vs. MMA Training: 4 Things You Should Know

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Maintaining a fitness program comes down to picking one that works for you and that you enjoy doing. This approach will help you to stick with your training when the going gets tough. Some people prefer a large-gym setting, while others prefer specialty facilities like Crossfit gyms or Mixed-martial arts (MMA) style gyms. Both offer high intensity training, variety, and challenging workouts. So which is better? Here are some things you should know before deciding which option is best for you:

1. Pros of MMA:

Learning MMA is a skill that can benefit you not only for conditioning and getting a great workout, but it will also give you confidence. UFC gyms, for example, offer classes related to the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) that provide a workout while teaching the skills of each specific art form. These classes vary from 30 to 60 minutes with an average of 45 minutes. Some are skills classes like kickboxing and Brazilian jujitsu, while others only use martial arts-type movements mixed with aerobic or resistance exercises set to music solely for fitness purposes. This makes MMA style classes challenging and fun.

2. Pros of CrossFit:

A Crossfit workout of the day (WOD) varies each day to achieve the best in total body fitness. They generally feature functional exercises in intervals at high intensity. Crossfit uses Olympic lifts, body-weight exercises, sprints and jumps to push participants to their maximum endurance. These WODs are 20 to 30 minutes on average, performed in small groups, with instructors watching to correct movements and record your results. WOD’s are split between one strength WOD and one conditioning WOD which changes everyday to use different muscles, keeping it fun and challenging.

3. Degree of Difficulty

Both training styles have their own degree of difficulty built in to each class or session. But, like any workout, it is up to you to push yourself to get the best out of the workout experience no matter what you choose to do.

CrossFit is known for its intensity and level of difficulty and even gives each WOD its own unique name in recognition of the level of difficulty that they are. Unlike traditional MMA workouts, CrossFit doesn't specialize in any one type of training. Instead, you'll use weights, intense cardio intervals, combination strength movements. The goals are to train hard, get strong, and go fast.

MMA style training taxes the body and the mind by using the entire body. Depending on what type of class you train in, the degree of difficulty can vary. Most classes are split up into sections: a warm-up, technique drills, endurance training, and cooldown.

4. Results

The bottom line when considering between MMA and Crossfit is what your goal is. Crossfit workouts promote and promise muscularity from the resistance training like weight lifting, pushups and pullups that is used in each WOD.

MMA classes, like the ones offered at UFC gyms, tend to have more range available in the types of classes. Depending on the gym, you can find anything from cardio classes to skills classes, both of which offer challenging training and conditioning for the entire body.

Your best bet will be to try out a class before deciding. Most schools offer an introductory class or a free pass so you can get the feel for the types of workouts being promoted before you decide if it’s right for you.

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