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I have been on a "numbers hiatus" for some time now. I haven't weighed myself, tried to keep a certain pace on my runs or kept track of my strength training. Don't get me wrong, I'm still getting some great workouts in, but I haven't been focused on any specific result. I think it has been good for me. But yesterday, I started to get the itch again.
Yesterday I decided to do 5x5 deadlifts. I have been doing deadlifts as part of Crossfit workouts, but since the workouts require high reps, I use a weight I know I can handle. It has been awhile since I tested my limit. I totally guessed how much weight to use for my first set and went with 85. My sets went like this:
Set 1 and 2: 85 lb
Set 3: 105 lb
Set 4 and 5: 115 lb
I felt really good, decided to keep going and did 2x3 at 135. That's the most I have ever done with that weight. At this point the CrossFit instructor came over to give me some tips and was surprised that was the most I have lifted. He said that weight is too easy for me.
"Do you keep track of how much you lift?"
"No." I sheepishly replied.
He told me when I walk up to a bar, I should have a plan, know what I lifted the last time so I can have the confidence I need to progress. Up until now I've been waffling. Sometimes I fear I will get too wrapped up in numbers. But now I feel like I'm doing myself a disservice if I don't track my progress. If I'm going to do CrossFit, I should DO it and get the full benefits.
After our little conversation he coached me through 3 sets (2, 2, 3) of 145 lb. I was tired at this point, but I did it. I think if I had started out with a specific plan, I could have gone higher. It's my mind holding me back, I know it is. The answer to that is to track. Let me see it on paper so I can stroll up to the bar and know exactly what I capable of. I downloaded the WOD app to help me with this. It has preloaded workouts including the CrossFit benchmark workouts. You can also record personal bests for various exercises. It's set up in a way that you can easily compare your results each time.
So that's my focus for September. Track my strength workouts. Specifically, I'm going to PR my deadlift again. After what feels like a long time, I'm feeling a spark again and I'm ready to breathe fire.
Do you record your workouts?
What variables do you track?
What do you use to track?
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