In everyones’ training bag, there should be a notebook, or a fancy phone with one of the many apps that have been created for athletes to record their daily workouts and results. It is extremely important to track your progress during each day at the gym.
-By tracking your progress, you have tangible and viewable evidence of all the hard work and sweat that you put in each week. “Two months ago, I was back squatting 60kg for 8 reps and this month I hit 70kg for 8 reps. I’m awesome”. It is a great feeling to be able to look back to where you were at, and see how far you have come. This can be motivating to continue training.
-It is easy to forget what weight you performed on a certain exercise one week or two weeks prior. There are so many exercises in Crossfit, that it is easy to loose track or confuse them. This is an issue, because if you mistakenly lift the same weight for two months on an exercise, without trying to increase the weight, your body will adapt to this weight, and each time you perform sets with that weight, the bodies response from that stimulus will decrease.
-Although “wods” or “metcons” are a tool that we use to improve our health and fitness, they have a dual purpose of also being a test of our health and fitness. Periodically “wods” or “metcons” will be re-used in the programming for this purpose. lf you did not record your results from the last time you performed the workout, you likely will not remember. Pushing through the last reps or minute of a workout is largely a mental battle, and without a goal (such as beating my last time/score), it is easy to give into the fatigue and pain, and not
express your fitness to its fullest potential.
-To sum things up, by starting a log book, training journal, or using a tracking app on your phone, you are creating the perfect training partner (your past self), who you are trying to stay a couple steps or kilos ahead of each day you walk into the gym.
Crossfit 46 Coaching Staff