August Excerpt: Is CrossFit Better Than Orangetheory?

When it comes to health and fitness, there are a lot of niche styles and brands vying to get our hard-earned money.

Do you go for the hardcore CrossFit route, do you pick yoga or barre classes? What the heck is Orangetheory?

There are pros and cons to everything, including different styles of fitness groups. This month we’ll examine some of these trending options: Crossfit, Orangetheory, and barre, to see which styles benefit (or hinder) the equestrian lifestyle.

To a large extent, I usually recommend people find something they enjoy doing, and then maintain some form of variety in their workout routines. Group fitness clubs are an excellent way to build a community and maintain accountability when it comes to intense fitness training.


Some love it, some judge it. I truly do see the value in the basics of what CrossFit offers. Higher intensity, largely functional movements in a community type setting sounds great! However (and this is a heavy however), CrossFit does tend to take functional movement and powerlifting basics and press fast-forward on teaching appropriate skills and intensity coaching.

Read the full article and much more in the August issue. Download the Heels Down Magazine app in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets: Subscribe for a year and get two months free!

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