Grab a pen and write this down- Buy a Workout Journal today!
Nothing fancy. A small notebook. That’s it. Simple.
Write the date, what you lifted- in reps/pounds, what you ran- in meters or miles, or the name of the WOD.
At CFW we have a few baselines that I track for you guys and gals. Namely- CrossFit Total numbers and a couple of other WODs testing different energy systems. But for the most part, we don’t keep up with day to day training. I don’t think that’s a good idea. You need to know. You need your own journal.
Using your own journal for tracking WODs will pay HUGE DIVIDENDS. How so? Well for one, it’ll keep you guys from always asking me things like, “How much should I start with on this 5-5-5 Squat WOD?” Soooo…that’s good for me. 😉 Secondly, it will help you improve by lighting your competitive fire. By tracking WODs like Annie, Fran or our own Run With The Bulls, you’ll be able to check out how you did last time. Armed with that knowledge you’ll come to the gym ready to decimate that previous time! Can you say PR?! Finally, keeping a workout journal will allow you to enjoy the journey. I have journals from 2008 and some of my previous times posted on .com as far back as 2007. It’s so fun to look back at what I was able to do (or in most cases not do) at the beginning of my CrossFit journey. It’s gratifying to see how far I’ve come. I’m not any different than any of you guys fitness-wise. I’ve just been doing this stuff a bit longer. I’ve been stretched by it and grown as an athlete and a person. My journals reflect all of that.
So, bottom line- I’m not trying to get you guys off my back as far as picking starting WOD weights goes. I’m offering you a chance to become even more involved in the journey towards STELLAR FITNESS (my original promise to J1 if she trained CF-style with me).
There’s one more thing you guys need to know-
I’m already proud of you each day when you first walk into the box.
See you for WOD-time tomorrow!!!