This is a very important post and hope you all read to the bottom as well as check out some of the other blog postings at the bottom with regards to logging your workouts. Before I get into the meat and potatoes I feel I should give you some background, an appetizer if you will.
At CFNV we always logged our workouts, religiously, and it was a great time at the end of the wod for community building and congratulating each other. We’ve lost that. We’ve lost the debrief of classes and the opportunity to celebrate each other at the end of each session. How? Too many options. Where there was once a duo tang and paper there are hundreds of apps for your computer, phone, tablet etc. I have found most of these are flashy and ineffective. Thus, back to the duo tang! I’ve been stocking up the filing cabinet and you are all entitled to a free log book and we are going to make logging a part of class. Here are many reasons why:
1) Learning and Understanding – Simply stated, writing things down helps us learn and understand better. Understand the movements, your body, and overall structure of your routine. (Sleep, food, etc)
2) Get Your Moneys Worth – By knowing specifically where you are at you can always benefit more from your workouts and thus, be better.
3) Make your Coach Work – Your journal and numbers can get your coach working more effectively for you when it comes to skill and strength gains.
4) Community Involvement – Be proud of your numbers and habits. Be able to reflect on them and talk with others for support or to support them.
5) It’s a Motivator – By seeing, we are aware. Our achievements and short falls will keep us chasing forward.
6) Injury Prevention – If you don’t know, how are you supposed to look out for yourself. Furthermore, if you don’t know, how are your coaches to know? They have a couple hundred people they look after…
7) A Master Plan – By tracking our WOD times, PR’s and training volume, we are able to visibly look back and map our progress. No more guessing how well you’ve done at a workout in the past. The past can help mould a positive future. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”
Generally – Logging will just make you better. If I asked you the question, “do you want to be better?”, I think I know the answer. We are all CrossFitters and inherently that means we are all interested in the pursuit of excellence or as Glassman called it, “Virtuosity”.
THINGS TO INCLUDE IN YOUR JOURNAL:
– Warm-up routine
– Skill practice or new movements learned
– Workout and “score” of the workout
– Weights used and any scaled movements
– Post-workout stretching or mobility work
– Hours of sleep,Water intake, Food, Mood,
– Best part/Worst Part of the WOD
This can be simple or complex. Each and everyone of us is different and this means some of us will log more and others less.
AS OF FEBRUARY 1st THE CABINET WILL BE FULL OF BOOKS AND WE WILL BE INTRODUCING LOGGING INTO CLASSES. =)