Keeping a training log is an important part of making improvements and reaching your goals. Many of you already do this. Some of you are saying ” I don’t want to add paperwork to my workout. I do this for enjoyment!” Point noted. I would prefer not to mix work with pleasure but let’s face it, we already do that. Our pleasure is very hard work and think of this as preferential to adding 20 burpees to the end of your WOD. Comparably, writing it down is a lot less work.
Here is why you need to keep a log:
1. Tracking heavy lifts not only helps you to progress but also gives you a range to know where you are so that you are not attempting jumps that may injure you. We are doing this to improve our health not harm it.
2. Trends. Take a look at what you are getting better at and what areas might be slipping so that you can address any movements that need attention in your training.
3. Historical Value. We must learn from our history or we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. Learn what is working and what is not. It’s also nice to be able to look back on all of the hard work that you’ve done.
4. If you monitor all of your training you are less likely to over train.