We all do it, there are different ways and tools to do it. If you’re not doing it, you should. What am I talking about?
Tracking your results. Continuous improvement is one of the key aspects to CrossFit. Many of us start by scaling the WODs, perhaps using rubber bands to assist us in pull ups, using lighter than RX weights for benchmark WODs, all for a good reason. And even if you’re a seasoned athlete with a solid training background, don’t stop reading, this is about you as well.
So how do we know we’re getting better?
It can be because all of a sudden after lots of blood (can happen), sweat (inevitable to happen) and tears (most likely at least at one point you’ve wanted to cry) you realize that you’ve gone from doing Fran with just the bar and a bunch of rubber bands to doing it faster or with less or no modification. Or for the ”veterans” among you, finally crushing it in an insanely short time. Or you realize that you have increased the load in all your lifts, even if it’s little by little.
But what if you could steadily, continuously monitor your progress, both in strength and metcons? Get coaching anytime, anywhere from your coach? Connect with your box buddies online, just like on facebook, getting cheers for your performance and words of encouragement when needed? What if you could carry that community everywhere with you, in your pocket, on your smartphone?
WODconnect is a web application built by CrossFit affiliate owners and enthusiasts for others alike. It was born from their need to get rid of excess time spent with administration and other ”boring” stuff, in order to be able to concentrate more on coaching, which is why they do what they do.
It has grown into being a valuable tool both for the athletes, who praise the graphs and the community feeling it brings and to the affiliate owners, who are able to see the progress of all the athletes and with a few clicks deal with billing for the month.
Elina is a CrossFit junkie who loves to see the hard work she puts in, paying off:
”In the beginning I was logging my results by taking a picture of the white board. I always thought this was a bit stupid, I couldn’t use the info really for anything, unless I wanted to create an Excel file or something with it. I kept doing it though, cause I felt like I should be doing something.
After a few months, I joined a WODconnect user box and created a user profile. In the beginning it was hard for me to let go of the old habit, and I actually just logged my results on a note on my phone. But when I took that few minutes which is needed to get familiar with the application, I was hooked from there on.
I used to have to spend a lot of time pondering about the right weights to use for WODs. Nowadays I can quickly check the history from my athlete journal and see my notes about the workouts, and be ready for the 3,2,1 GO very quickly. It gives me the confidence to go for better results and bigger weights when I know my body is ready for it.
I also love to get the encouragement from my friends when I’ve done well, or their words of wisdom of ”everything will be better the next day” when I’ve had a poor result. And when I’m wondering why my squat isn’t progressing, I can always check the volume reports to see how much I have been practising it, or any other strength movement. All in all, WODconnect supports everything that this sport represents to me: hard work, self-development, wellness and community.”
Ben, a CF affiliate owner and coach in Helsinki finds the tool very useful for both himself and the members:
”We’ve been using WODconnect at our box CrossFit Central Helsinki for a year now to track the results and about 80 per cent of our members use the tool regularly. It’s really useful for coaching purposes, I can send links and videos to members and assign ”homework” to them, which you can’t really do in a middle of a class. I can access it anywhere, anytime.”
Seeing the improvement in results becomes even more important when the time goes by and you’re not experiencing the beginner’s ”high” anymore, when you improved every aspect of your fitness all the time. At one point, we all plateau a little. In these times it’s important for the motivation to stay up, to see the progress, no matter how slow it is.
Even if the trend isn’t always up, you’ll always know where you stand and what aspect you need to concentrate on to make your weaknesses your friends.
How do you make sure to stay on top of your progress? We at WODconnect are always looking for improvements to the application to make it the best tracking, coaching and admin tool there is.
WODconnect is a product built by a Finnish company, Kisko Labs. WODconnect’s first customers came from Finland, but it now serves athletes and gyms from all over the globe. In addition to workout tracking, WODconnect provides gyms with booking, membership management, payment and billing solutions.
For more information contact WODconnect’s co-founder, affiliate owner and head coach at CrossFit Herttoniemi: Antti Akonniemi (firstname.lastname@example.org / +358 40 505 1909)