Fitness is one of the biggest trending topics and has been for some time now. Everyone wants to work out and look good naked. They also have to be stronger, faster and have the best abs you ever saw. All of these factors give people the motivation to work out, but the focus is always different. Everyone isn't working out for the same reasons because everyone is a different type of athlete. You probably didn't know this, but if you work out regularly, then you're considered an athlete. You don't have to represent or be apart of a professional team.
You might not be training as hard as the late great Kobe Bryant or Serena Williams, but you engaged in physical activities while at the gym. For that reason, and because it's necessary for your health, you need sleep, a balanced diet, and recovery to continue performing. Remember when I said everyone isn't working out for the same reason? We'll when you go to the gym, you might not realize it, but you're coming across different types of fitness athletes. The three most popular types right now are bodybuilders, powerlifters, and cross-fitters. Each of these three types all has different goals, and some may play into each other, but it's still different. Bodybuilders focus on building muscles, and they view their bodies as artwork. Powerlifters focus on strength, and their goal is lifting the most amount of weight as possible. Cross fitters are concern with high-intensity interval training. Think of CrossFit as a combination of strength and conditioning made up of functional movement at high levels. All three types of athletes are unique in their way with much value. we'll dive into every kind of fitness and explore the benefits
When it comes to powerlifting, there is no exact way to eat. Typically it's common to see a powerlifter with some extra layers of body fat. Remember, strength is essential, and many of us have it without the look. You don't need to have loads of muscles to be strong physically.
If you are someone just starting to workout and aiming for weight loss, I don't recommend powerlifting. However, if you're looking to increase strength, then you might want to consider it.
If you are someone looking for weight loss than you might like Crossfit, the high intensity combined with weightlifting delivers the best of both worlds. Significant movements are good for fat loss and not just building muscle. The consist movement like running, burpees, high knees, and mountain climbers are great to help burn calories and to get your heart rate up. As a personal trainer, I use a few CrossFit based exercises with my clients at my gym. Fitness and nutrition are essential, and no goal can be achieved without it.
When it comes to nutrition in bodybuilding, it's pretty strict. You can't eat whatever you want, some might get away with more than others, but your body will suffer. The foods become repetitive and might seem tedious at times. Many athletes in the sport come with ways of making food fun, while others can handle the same choices over and over. The calories are high and can feel like work with all the meals to be eaten, but the results are amazing, and you'll love your body, whether it's a lot of muscle or just enough to get attention from your peers.
If you are looking for a muscular body, six-pack, and a nice pair of legs to go with a nice pair of arms, then I suggest bodybuilding. You don't have to go as extreme as the pros, but you can do some sort of weightlifting that can leave you with less fat and more muscle. Loving the body, you walk in and looking like an action figure.
Now that we have cover types of fitness athletes, you have a better understanding of the different styles of training. As I stated, every style is unique and has a different goal. Powerlifters focus on maximal strength, Crossfit is overall fitness with conditioning and strength, and bodybuilders goal is to increase the muscle mass while lowering their body fat. You can choose any style that you think is enjoyable and best for your purpose. Remember, you don't have to go as extreme or even compete in a competition. It's best to enjoy the journey and the value it brings to your life.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.