January 08, 2010
Russell Berger says it’s important to assess experts with skepticism and reason. The success of CrossFit depends on it.
CrossFit is an open-source fitness program, meaning the internal workings of our program are exposed for everyone to see, experiment with and change as desired. This gives our methodology a unique advantage: when someone discovers a better method for improving fitness, we can adopt it into the CrossFit program.
Just what qualifies as a “better method,” however, is open to debate.
While many historically common fitness questions have been sufficiently answered by CrossFit—yes, below-parallel squats are safe—today’s most common questions come from within our community as experts and coaches suggest the next evolutionary steps for CrossFit.
Does CrossFit need more strength workouts and fewer long run—or vice versa? Does the Zone Diet really work better than the Paleo Diet, or is there really no need for measuring of any kind? Is a lack of affiliate regulation damaging the community, or are the efficient workings of the open market sufficient to eliminate bad apples?
These are just a few examples of simple questions that have turned into serious debates, with many folks claiming to be authorities and experts. So how does the average CrossFitter know what, and whom, to believe?