What To Include In Your Training Journal
Q: I’ve never recoreded my WODs before, what should I include in my training log?
A: There is no right or wrong way to do it! I suggest that you take some pre-workout notes and post-workout notes for at least 30 days, to see what you can learn about yourself. If you’ve never done it, keep it simple and stick to the basics.
1. Very Minimal: the date, what you did, and (possibly) bullet points on how you felt.
2. Some More Info: the date, where you were, what you did, how your energy and mood were before the WOD, a couple of positive points from the workout, a couple of things you’d like to improve on from the workout.
3. Lots of Info: Some people just love information and prefer to take very detailed notes. Here’s a list of info you could add – time of training, what you did, results, rate of effort during training, highlight of training session, any muscle soreness or pain, nutrition (pre/post workout), quality of sleep the night before training, energy levels before and after training, level of stress, level of confidence, level of motivation, any negative thoughts.
I typically suggest something like the middle option, as it’s important to get used to tuning into how you feel before the workout, as well as after it. I like to help athletes assess their physical and mental condition, so that they have a better understanding that it’s all connected.