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Fitness ADD -By Jeff Edwards CSCS, USAW National Coach

Fitness ADD -By Jeff Edwards CSCS, USAW National Coach

From time to time I have a conversation with a member curious about why we do things the way we do. I love these questions as they give me a chance to talk about what I love and help improve someone’s understanding of training. Inevitably after these conversations I see that member start making bigger improvements in their abilities and performance. With understanding comes proficiency.

The problem everyone faces is the unregulated fitness advertisers selling all sorts of ways to be “fit.” As most have come to realize, these are just get fit quick schemes (I’m looking at you shake-scientology). Getting more fit is hard work, there’s a lot to learn, and that’s just a simple truth. I’ve been doing this for nearly 10 years now, and trust me if there was an easier or more effective method to get the results we do, we would immediately change the program to incorporate that method. I’m in no way attached to any “method,” it’s just a means to an end.

Over the years I have written over 5000 different workouts, and over that time the results have been analyzed and the program adjusted to develop the best program for consistent results with maximum safety. There are many ways to skin a cat but when it comes to results there are things that work consistently well, and things that don’t. From time to time someone will ask me to program a little more this or a little more that. I love suggestions and constructive criticism but in most cases the suggestions offer only novelty and little substance. There’s a reason we produce national weightlifters, high level crossfit athletes year after year, and hundreds of members setting personal records and meeting weight-loss goals.

The major problem with the fitness industry is the lack of effective program design. I see it all the time, programs with goofy stuff that’s different just for the sake of keeping the attention of the ADD fitness enthusiasts. It can often be an issue in the Crossfit world. Constantly varied shouldn’t mean randomly different things. Constantly varied should be taken to mean no one focus to the exclusion of other areas of fitness. Yogis shouldn’t exclude strength training, runners shouldn’t exclude upper body training, and Crossfitters shouldn’t just jump through a bunch of different movements from one day to the next simply because they haven’t done them that week. Results are the goal, the workouts are the means, and movements are the building blocks of the workouts.

First and foremost you should be focused on working to achieve results. The best way to achieve results is a time tested and purposeful program executed to the best of your ability on any given day. Looking for novelty is the same as skimming Netflix to find something to watch, you’ll spend a lot of time looking at this or that and an hour later nothing has changed.

Working out is fun but don’t forget the real goal, results. Don’t be fitness ADD.

Jeff Edwards

- National Coach USA Weightlifting - Crossfit Coach of individual and team competitors - Outdoorsy nerd - Owner and Head Coach at BR Fit Club
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