More often than not, I would venture to guess that when you hear the word “evidence” you think of a court case. The evidence is the body of information available that supports whether or not a proposition is true. The Jury will weigh the evidence presented in a court case to determine whether or not the defendant is guilty of the crime of which he or she is being accused. The evidence will either support the proposition that the defendant is guilty of the charge or it will not support the proposition. The courtroom is not the only place that evidence is used. I go to my dentist and he practices “evidence-based dentistry.” One component of evidence-based dentistry is the “scientific evidence.” The evidence is used to create the best practice for patient care. The courtroom and the dentist office aren’t the only areas to use “evidence.” The use of evidence is important in fitness and the methodology that drives CrossFit is “evidence-based.” CrossFit is “evidence-based fitness.” Greg Glassman wrote in his article “Understanding CrossFit:”
The methodology that drives CrossFit is entirely empirical. We believe that meaningful statements about safety, efficacy and efficiency, the three most important and interdependent facets of any fitness program, can be supported only by measurable, observable, repeatable facts, i.e., data. We call this approach “evidence-based fitness.”
In other words, because the CrossFit methodology is entirely empirical, the results the CrossFit produces are observable and they are measurable. Because these results can be observed and they can be measured, the methodology CrossFit uses lends itself to achieving fitness goals of each individual.
As the new year kicks off, it is not uncommon that we make “resolutions” or “goals.” Oftentimes these goals fade into the sunset like the lone hero at the end of an old Western. It isn’t for a lack on our part in trying to reach these goals. It is a matter of losing focus because we don’t have goals that can be measured. They remain vague or nebulous and we lose interest in them or site of them because we don’t ever reach them on account of the fact we have no objective data by which to measure how we are doing in relation to reaching those goals. So, we lose interest. For example, we might say, my goal is to exercise more. What does that mean? Does that mean that you go to the gym three times a week instead of two? Does it mean that you take-up running one day a week? Does it mean you walk a mile every other day? How do you know you are working toward your goal if you have established no criteria or have any objective data to prove that you are working toward or achieving that goal.
That is the beauty of the CrossFit methodology. When we set goals, we use CrossFit to reach those goals and because CrossFit is founded on empirical data, it gives us the ability to show consistent progress toward and achievement of the goals set by the individual. And it gives us ways to tailor workouts and exercises in such a way to help meet those goals.
What would the evidence say about your goals? You can say you are working toward goals, but what would the evidence say? You can say you achieved your goals, but what would the evidence say? It is important when you think about setting your fitness goals, that these goals are observable and measurable. Furthermore, it is important that you have a system, like CrossFit, in place so that you have objective and observable empirical data showing you are indeed reaching your goals. Let the evidence speak for itself.