"Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout; this data has value well beyond motivation."
CrossFit is defined as "constantly varied functional movement executed at high intensity." Each aspect of this definition is measurable. Fitness is defined as "work capacity across broad time and modal domains." These are also measurable. "Fitness" and "CrossFit" are also both observable and repeatable. Clients become "gym scientists" by using these definitions. We can create a culture following results and best practices based on measurable, observable, and repeatable data. The accountability that grows from this honest reporting is unmatched in any other fitness regimen.
We can use tools to keep data regularly. Food journals, performance comments, and overall "daily feelings" help keep this data accurate. When looking back we can compare results from a factual and scientific standpoint. Keeping journals of this data can also help predict trends, including trends affecting sleep, nutrition, and overall "feelings" during the day. Goals can be built from this data, and strategies can improve our weaknesses.
In CrossFit, we regularly collect fitness data, but that data only accounts for one hour (4%) of our day. Keeping excellent records in many aspects of life can improve our actual progress by providing factual data points, which can be self-motivating and inspiring to others. In the event of injuries, records can be reviewed to identify trends leading toward that injury. Journaling is a great way to keep track of exercises that cause pain or flare-ups for athletes who already have injuries. This can be easily referenced and creates a clear line of communication for athletes and trainers.
Keeping track is part of longevity in CrossFit, and can be applied outside the gym to daily activities, too.
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