Keeping a CrossFit Workout Journal - dummies

Keeping a CrossFit Workout Journal

By Alexa Koschier

A journal dedicated to your CrossFit workouts is an effective way to track your fitness progress, which can help accelerate your CrossFit learning experience and help you set short- and long-term fitness goals.

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For your workout journal, you can use an inexpensive notebook, a leather-bound journal, or a workout log app on your smartphone. What’s important is what you track in your journal.

By writing down your WOD (workout of the day) and score of the WOD, along with recording your weights and movements, you’ll be able to analyze your performance and see patterns that will help identify what works for you and what doesn’t. Because CrossFit incorporates a variety of movements and lifts which can be difficult to remember, your journal serves as an easy point of reference to help you recall past performances in order to increase your weight or number of reps.

Your CrossFit journal can include the following data:

  • Date of your workout

  • Skill practice or new movements learned

  • WOD and score of the WOD

  • Weights used and any modifications

  • Difficulty level of the workout

  • Hours of sleep

  • Water intake

  • Mood

  • Any circumstances surrounding the workout

In addition to tracking data, you may want to set aside a few pages at the beginning of your journal to record your goals and highlight details of progress toward these goals. Seeing your progress can be a huge motivator to keep going.

Success in CrossFit is about doing a bunch of small things consistently over a long period of time. Getting into the habit of keeping a fitness journal may not be easy at first, but spending an extra 5 to 10 minutes can go a long way to helping you set and reach your CrossFit goals.