What weight to choose?


What weight to choose?

Choosing the right weight

How often do you rely on your memory and knowledge of your ability to decide what you can and cannot do? What your warmup for a deadlift should be? What your max snatch is? If you should do the WOD Rx’d or scaled? The list of questions goes on and new athletes especially, will, and should, have all of these types of questions. However, as you grow and integrate into the community you should begin to know what you are capable of, how you should warmup and what weights you should go for. If you don’t, you need to implement a way to start doing this. This knowledge is important not only for your own time constraints, but also for your progress. If you are always relying on coaches to determine what you can do, you will never find your true limits and will stall in your athletic progress.

So what is the best way to help you know what their athletic abilities are?

A WOD JOURNAL! Write every workout down, track every lift you perform and note all the modifications you do for each workout. You can even create a page of skills and progressions, where you can check off each progression as you attain it, so you know what to do for new WODs. Then, a workout that involves pullups, HSPUs, double-unders and deadlifts is a simple matter of flipping to this chart and reading off that your pullups are on the green band, HSPUs need 3 ab mats or a box, you are doing triple the DU count as singles and your deadlift weight will be 125lbs. Think of how much time this will save!
Journals are for sale in the office! $20. Or just write them down on paper somewhere. I don’t really care. I just want you to take your fitness seriously.