It’s surprising how many athletes around the box do not record their workout results, rest, diet and mobility. So keen to get better results, but can’t remember what their 5RM back squat is.
You are doing your coach and yourself service by recording results, as you can set targets and strive to be better. When your coach asks you “what’s 80% of your 1RM?” or “what’s your 1RM?”, You’re able to answer them with at a weight.
Having to work out everyone’s percentages takes long enough without having someone fuss around “ummm….. I think I lifted 80kg a month ago and 90kg the other day, but I cant remember”
Benefits of recording results are:
- You can measure your progression – This keeps you motivated and hungry to achieve great things.
- It can help identify weaknesses – You can then focus on ironing out the kinks in your armour.
- Keeps it real – Most people overestimate the amount of work they perform in workouts, this can lead to injury or under training.
- Motivation – When you’re feeling really low and ‘Grace’ is programmed for tonight’s WOD, you can look over your previous results and view the progress you have made on this workout. This will keep your eye on the prize and solider on.
- Smash training plateaus – This is very important for the new comers as you guys are going to have rapid progress in the beginning, you are going to feel invincible and then you will hit a sticking point in your training. Recording results helps you to identify a plateau and work through it.
- The big picture – Recording results allows you not only record weights, reps, times, but your sleep, diet and feelings. From this information you can see what effects i.e. lack of sleep has on your performance and adjust to suit.
I would bet there is not one world class athlete that doesn't record their results, so why aren’t you???