Tracking workouts and progress throughout my CrossFit journey has evolved overtime. I have had on and off points over the last 4 years. Times where I have been extremely excited and committed to recording CrossFit workout performance, and other times where – while I was interested in CrossFit – I was very disinterested in the tracking of it. Today, I want to share with you a CrossFit log book process that I have been following for a little over a year.
For me, Evernote serves as my digital CrossFit log. It results in no paper notebook, I can access it from desktop and mobile, and query any workout from history to compare it to the workout I might be doing the day I go to the gym. Before I do that, let me quickly share the journey I eluded to earlier.
- When I was first introduced to CrossFit, I was super excited to improve and very willing to record word outs in a CrossFit log book.
- Then, I decided to give up on recording results. My reason was that CrossFit was fun, and I wanted to continue to have fun with it and use it as a means to tackle challenges outside the gym, not pay close attention to numbers.
- When I started to get more serious about Weightlifting, I began writing my workouts down again. It was cool but flipping through sheets of paper was sheer misery.
- In August 2014, I had a random idea. Start using Evernote as a CrossFit log book, so that I can easily record results on my phone right after the gym, be able to access that on my desktop, and query my archive from anywhere to see how much weight or how fast I hit a benchmark workout I did on a prior day.
Today, I have over 230 Notes in my Evernote related to CrossFit performance. Here’s some things I have done over the last year when uploading CrossFit workout results to Evernote:
- When you upload something to Evernote you should be aware of notebooks, notes, and tags. Tags go in Notes. Notes go within a Notebook.
- Notebook: personally I call my notebook for CrossFit, Physical because I find it useful to keep Notebooks to a limited number and as broad as possible.
- When I record a new workout, I create a new Note. I title that Note the day of the week along with a numerical date (i.e. Monday 10/5/2015).
- Tagging is also really important because it can allow for helpful searching once you’ve been logging workouts for a while. I use tags for strength movements such as front squat, back squat, snatch, clean, etc. If we do any of those movements, I add a tag with the proper name. I also include 1RM, 2RM, 3RM. This is tremendously helpful. For example, when you head into the gym and today the strength is working up to a heavy back squat, you can open Evernote, search back squat 1rm and easily open your latest results.
Tags go within Notes and you can have as many as you see relevant. Below is a breakdown for how I use Tags when uploading a workout to Evernote:
- Strength Movements – deadlift, front squat, back squat, OHS, snatch, power snatch, clean, power clean, clean and jerk, split jerk, thruster etc.
- Strength Reps: 1RM, 2RM, 3RM, 5RM.
- WODs: Fran, Murph, Grace, Benchmark, Open Workout, Hero Workout, etc.
- WOD Movements: t2b, double unders, kbs, HSPU, rope climbs, muscle ups.
- PR if ya PR!
Notes are uploaded one per day or one per workout. If I do extra on one day, I will add it to the same Note. Each workout upload follows the day of week then numerical month/day/year format.
- For example, one workout would be uploaded like this as a Note: Friday 11/6/2015
All Notes for CrossFit workouts can co into the same Notebook.
This is huge. Especially once you commit to doing this for awhile you create a large enough database for yourself. For example, I recently did Fran so before heading into the gym that day I pulled out my phone and searched fran in Evernote. You might also do it when heading into a day of 3RM back squat.
How to Upload from Mobile
I go to the page that has the workout for the day and highlight the text. Then I hit the share button on the top right corner. Then Evernote opens with the text written in. Here is where I add my score, any additional work I did, then tag it and write the date properly.
How To Upload from Desktop
Go to the page where the workout and copy and paste it into a new note in Evernote. Add time/score/weights, tags, and title the note.
Do you have any other efficient methods for a CrossFit log book? Let me know via the comments. Drop any additional questions down there as well.
Note: This is a personal review. I was not compensated in any way by Evernote.