Track Your Progress
Track Your Progress
By Coach Debbie Leonti
Most of us are coming in to train at least 3 times per week. Our head coach and main programmer, Manny Alayon, spends ample time programming our fitness and sport workouts. These training sessions are not just your daily “I just feel like doing this today” type of workout. The programming has a purpose. These workouts are meant to improve our overall fitness in strength, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and endurance. They are meant to take you from point A to point B in a safe, progressive manner.
We can only do so much as coaches and guides; we provide the tools, but it is up to you as the individual athlete to build with those tools. A good way to start is to just “track your progress.” Buy a cheap notebook or download a CrossFit app on your phone (Ex. MY WOD) and record EVERYTHING. After coming in for a few weeks, you should have a good grasp on weights that you been using and weights you are looking to build up to; it is all progressive! For example, during our strength sessions, you should not be using 95lb. for a 5×5 back squat if this was the weight you accomplished during the week’s before strength session! If you are looking to get stronger, you have to increase the load. Get out of that comfort zone. Utilize us as coaches and guides, but have your material and data ready so that we can help assist you. You can even go as far as writing whether the sets or workouts were easy or difficult. Scale the difficulty of your working sets on a scale of 1-10 to have an idea for the next time you attack something similar to it. We try our best as coaches to know you well enough as an athlete, but we are not YOU. Was that workout really hard or do you think you could have pushed a little more? We can only see your movement, we can’t feel what you are experiencing. Become aware of your capabilities and understand what you have done and strive for better!
I hope this helps with your training! Please use us as guides as we are there to help you any way we can. It is your responsibility, however, to track your progress to grow into a better athlete and CrossFitter!