Coaching Tip: The Importance of Journaling
At my gym, CrossFit Los Angeles, we require all of our students keep a workout journal. In their journal they write down in detail their warm-up routine, the workout, the “score” or results of the workout, and any thoughts or feelings they had in regards to the day. When they write down the workout they include the weights they used and any modifications made to the exercises.
First and foremost because keeping a journal accelerates the learning process. Starting a new workout routine can involve learning new skills and new jargon. By writing down your workouts you are taking an additional few minutes to process what you have learned, repeat the concepts and terminology to yourself, and engrain it into your brain. Plus, if you forget what an exercise is called, you now have an easy reference.
- Faster learning
- Remembering weights
- Having information to analyze
- Tracking progress
- Warm-up routine
- Skill practice or new movements learned
- Workout and “score” of the workout
- Weights used and any scaled movements
- Post-workout stretching or mobility work
- Hours of sleep
- Water intake
- Any circumstances surrounding the workout
- What the BEST part of your workout was!