One of the best things I did when I started CrossFit was keep a journal. I included the obvious -WOD and my time, but I also would record what the prescribed weight or Rx goal was of that WOD. I can remember the first time I did Thrusters…. Mary K. was rockin’ them out at the Rx’d weight of 65#. I looked at her in AWWWWWWWW and couldn’t imagine ever being there. That day I used the 45# bar only and was struggling. It’s common to get to that place of forgetting how far you have come and the improvements start to blur in your mind. I remember the day that I felt like this… so I looked back at my journal from when I started and was AMAZED and so proud of myself. I had forgotten how far I had come. Thankfully not only did I include the WOD and my time, I wrote down what weight I used, how I felt after each workout and my nutrition for the day. Just reading those old journal enteries was the kick in the butt I needed to take on my next improvement challenge.
I HIGHLY encourage everyone to keep a journal of each workout *NOT JUST THE BENCHMARKS or HEAVY LIFTS*, the weight you used, ROM (pushups chest to floor, pullups kipping/band/jumping)…whatever it was. MOST importantly you HAVE to write down your nutrition. Was your Helen time was slower? You just couldn’t push any harder???? Ask yourself – how was my nutrition this week? Did I get enough sleep? Is my stress level higher? Dial in your life to FEEL BETTER!
So Here is my “practice what you preach” page. My daily training journal… the good – the bad – the ugly.