Do you ever feel like you're just spinning your wheels? Like you're not improving at all? Like every workout is just as hard as the last? Maybe you don't think you've gotten any stronger or you're pretty sure you're moving way slower than usual?
My first question when someone brings up this feeling is "Where's your log? Let me see your workout log". The reason is simple: if you're not keeping track of your data points (aka what weight you use on what workout and how quickly it took you to finish or what your score was), then we can't really know if you're improving or not.
The thing is CrossFit is hard, and it never gets easy. In fact, the fitter you are the harder the workouts become. Because of this, basing whether you've improved or not on "how hard" the workout feels is not a good idea. One of the coolest things about CrossFit is that we're measuring your fitness in simple and quantifiable terms so why not use that information to your advantage and keep track of your workouts?
You have a few different options on how to do this. The classic option is pen and paper. We gave every one of you a CrossFit 818 Success Journal when you first joined which has a huge amount of space for logging workouts. If you don't want to do the physical media route, do what I do: keep a Google Document on the cloud that you can update from anywhere. My favorite part of keeping my workout log on the cloud is that I can easily search it for past workout results and I can easily share it when I need someone else to take a look at it.
There are also a few different websites you can use to help track your workouts, including Beyond the Whiteboard which is popular with a few of your fellow 818ers. I haven't used these services extensively, but my experience with them has been positive. Just be prepared to pay a monthly fee to use some of them.
At the end of the day, the important thing is that you log your workouts in order to keep track of your progress, identify successes and failures, and work to improve your fitness!
A. 3RM Front Squat
B. AMRAP 12 minutes:
Toes to bar
Box jumps (24/20)
*ascending ladder, start with 1, 1, 1 then 2, 2, 2, and on until time is called
Posted by Armen.