Know Your Numbers

By Emily Beers

In Coaching

February 23, 2015

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“My Fran time? I know it was under 12 minutes with somewhere between 45 and 95 lb. Does that help?”

It’s next to impossible to find a CrossFit coach who hasn’t encountered this problem: the client who can’t supply a coach with a single number.

He can’t tell the coach how much he can deadlift or squat. He can’t recall his Helen time or any of his 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games Open scores. He can’t remember if a vague press number was for 1, 3, 5 or 10 reps. He stares blankly when told to do a workout with approximately 50 percent of his 1-rep-max clean and then starts loading his bar by looking at the loads others have selected.

By failing to provide any point of reference to the coach, the athlete is preventing the coach from tailoring the workout to the athlete and helping him get the best results possible.

What’s a coach to do? Sit down with the athlete and have an educational heart-to-heart? Buy him a notebook and a pen? Berate him to start using the logbook he’s already been given? March him over to the computer and sign him up for an online workout tracker?

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3 Comments on “Know Your Numbers”


wrote …

I like to tell folks you can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been. You'll just be going in circles.


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I know this must be a problem, or it wouldn't come up here. But dang. Seriously? Maybe I am a fantatic, but I know every CF stat I could know about myself. I even track via histograms relevant CF time domain WODs as well as PRs, workout frequency and the such. 6 yrs of CF will do that to you I guess...


wrote …

Great article, really helped me to understand a bit more why am I keeping track of every little movement in the box.

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