The purpose of holding a CrossFit journal or logbook

By coach Rene

There you are, fully dressed and impressed to kill the work out of the day. The coach shouts to come round to the whiteboard and after the regular shit chat the coach explains the workout:

A. find your 1RM Push Jerk in 15 minutes
B. Fran

You already see your shoulders & lungs just go up in flames. Now the coach asks you if you know your 1 max rep Push Jerk and your Fran time. Your coach wants to know if you can beat your heaviest Push Jerk and if you can come close to your all time Fran result after heavy shoulder work. Uhm … you don’t have a clue honestly.

So why log your scores?
The fast majority (although maybe CrossFitting since the beginning of the ice age) don’t log scores or hold a journey. But why is it so important to know your previous results.

First off, as a CrossFitter, no matter which level, we’re working our ass off to get fit & healthy with all benefits which comes with the package of being fit & healthy. So wether you’re a newbie or an oldie in the sport of fitness when logging your scores you’re processing what you did.

Keeping a log book or a journal allows you to take a look back and compare how you did in similar or benchmark work outs. That can be a look back to compare times or weights or scaling options. To measure & log accurate takes out the guesswork and directs you in the right direction of becoming a fitter and more healthier person by improving your fitness.

Keeping a journal or a log also gives you the opportunity to review your own progress with your coach. Probably you know your body the best, but your coach’s role for the work out is to give you the right stimulation and intensity at task based on your level of fitness and abilities. We call this scaling. By offering you the best way of scaling in order to improve your level of fitness we, as coaches, want to, in a safe way, get you out of your comfort zone. Did you know that also professional athletes use scaled versions to get better in movements they need to improve? When you’re logging your movements and scores it also gives you feedback to step the game up from scaling to RX’d.

Finally, logging your scores can be very motivating. You’re tracking your scores and movement development and use this as an accurate process. It’s like a body builder in a tiny yellow speedo looking in the mirror and looks at the progress of his triceps that’s in perfect shape when you finally complete Fran RX’d based on your progress by doing Fran as a scaled version in the past because you’ve been logging your progress. Let’s ring the bell for your max 3RM deadlift that turns out to be your previous one max rep because you’re not guessing, you just know your previous scores.

And remember at the box you will always have great training days as well as not so great training days. It’s also part of the progress you should log in your fitness journey.

How to log?
Us a pen and paper if you’re not so digital savvy, use your notes app on your phone or just use one of the multiple specialized apps available such as Wodconnect