Right, Wrong or True
By Jodi Lynn Jordan, CF-L2 trainer and owner, CrossFit Algiers
I recently listened to an interview with Russell Berger, following the fall out from his tweets about the gay community. And I heard something that resonated with me. It wasn’t anything to do with the controversy, and it was said as a “by-the-way,” but it meant something to me, and maybe it will mean something to you, too.
The interviewer was talking about how effective CrossFit is, and he commented on how CrossFit has figured out the “right” way to exercise. Berger stopped the interviewer, and he said, “I’m not going to say “right,” but I’ll say what’s true.” Or something to that effect. Berger was highlighting how while the debate over the ‘right’ way to exercise is endless, no one can argue that CrossFit, done consistently, yields tremendous results. That is a true thing.
This idea is profound. In the gym, some things are always true. Two hundred pounds is two hundred pounds, every day of the week. Your body composition is determined primarily by your nutrition. And Fran, done at 100% of your capacity, will leave you devastated.
We can talk all day about what’s the “right” diet or workout for you. Those things are up for debate. But here’s what is true:
If your diet is atrocious and you skate through your workouts, or only show up once a week – you’re wasting your time and your money.
If you come in and do the work (and listen to your coaches), you’ll get results. It doesn’t matter if you just started or if you’re a fire breather. This stuff works for me, you and anyone else who is willing to commit.
I’m going to try and reduce how much I talk about “right” and “wrong.” Those are opinions, and yours is probably different from mine. With more than 100 people in our gym, we’re going to have vastly divergent ways of looking at our world. Instead, I’m going to tell you what is true and what is bullshit. I hope you’ll do the same for me.
Yours in fitness,
2018 07 02