Keeping Track, Writing it Down

Monday’s Workout (NO CAP)
In 35-minutes, work up to a heavy 1 rep Back Squat
– during this time, complete 3 sets of max reps of weighted pull ups (BW+55/BW+20)
For time:
3-6-9-12-15 Goblet Squats (32/24)
4-4-4-4 Candlestick Levers

… and coming Tuesday
1RM Hang Power Snatch
3 Hang Power Snatch @ 75% of 1RM
6 Box Jumps (32/24)As anyone that is around me much knows that I am obsessed by keeping track of things. I’ve found over years of doing this for myself that if I don’t write it down, it might as well not exist. I have lists, charts and notes for everything – and this includes my athletic personal records.

I have a workout log that includes everything that I do, day by day, along with any notes I take and how I felt about the workout. I also keep a list of all my personal records. And I can’t think of something that I’ve done over the years that has been more important to my training. Really. Knowing exactly what I’ve done in the past, what I’ve done recently, and exactly how to approach my workouts in the gym based on past performances has enabled me to make good choices about weight, intensity, duration and has allowed me to see my progress, right there in black and white. There are so many things that we do as CrossFitters, it would be impossible for me to keep track without writing it down.

Do you keep a workout journal? If not, why not? If so, what’s your system? What sort of things do you write down? Do you go back and look at results? How do you access it when you’re at the gym?


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