F45 vs CrossFit

f45 vs CrossFit

A lot of people will compare CrossFit and CreateFit to other gyms or training methodologies, and F45 vs CrossFit is one of the most common comparisons.  Here are a few unbiased comments from self-described, “…a middling CrossFit guy of a few years after having done F45 for three months at two gyms, both in Australia.


F45 is programmed centrally — it’s very well organised. Every gym around the world does the same thing, using (mostly) the same equipment, with the same explainer animations on the wall. CrossFit is almost entirely individual — gyms might do their own programming, or follow another established gym’s programming.


CrossFit programs in power lifts, Olympic lifts, gymnastics, and cardio, pulling from a discrete set of movements that rarely changes. A workout typically involves one-two lifts and/or a cardio session of 10-30 minutes involving 2-4 stations. F45 workouts focus much less on heavy weights — never a “one rep max” — have lighter weights, and have can include more stations.


I’ve loved my coaches at F45 and CrossFit gyms alike. In terms of style, CrossFit coaches tend in general to push you further to perform better as a person — going harder, getting that one-rep max, etc.. That’s why they call their members “athletes”.  Coaches in F45 do encourage you, but only as much as you want/need.

Training focus:

CrossFit training is a little more intense. Members get coaching on good form, mobility, and developing new skills. Getting ripped is incidental, and not even guaranteed! F45 is much more general — about getting stronger and fitter, yes, but much less about building new athletic skills. Coaches teach and correct form, but it’s nowhere near CrossFit.


Both F45 and CrossFit gyms have supportive, friendly communities, who do things like get together after hours.

Overall, compared to F45, CrossFit is a sport as well as an exercise methodology.  With that comes a greater “club” culture and social environment, more coaching on technique and movement standards (the “rules” of the sport).  It also involves a mildly competitive flavour that helps motivation and enjoyment during workouts.

Much the same can be said about other similar places such as 12 Rounds, BodyFit, Fitstop or other HiiT style places.  They’re all good places, and any workout is better than none, but CrossFit will deliver so much more to keep you coming back year after year.

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