Why do we keep score

One of the key pillars of Crossfit is the use of measurable and repeatable data to track progress.
Joel Stacey
August 22, 2023
Why do we keep score

The importance of measurable and repeatable data in fitness

One of the key pillars of Crossfit is the use of measurable and repeatable data to track progress. By keeping a record of workouts, participants can see how they are improving over time. This data provides valuable insight into strengths and weaknesses, allowing individuals to tailor their training to address specific areas of improvement. Moreover, having measurable data helps set realistic goals and provides a clear roadmap for achieving them.

Tracking progress and setting goals with Crossfit

In Crossfit, progress is not measured by the number on a scale, but rather by tangible improvements in performance. By tracking workout times, repetitions, and weights lifted, individuals can see their progress in real-time. For example, if someone completes a workout in 10 minutes and then repeats it a few months later in 8 minutes, it is evident that they have become fitter and faster. This provides a sense of accomplishment and motivation to continue pushing harder.

Setting goals is an essential part of any fitness journey, and Crossfit makes it easy to establish targets. Whether it's increasing the weight lifted, mastering a specific movement, or improving endurance, the ability to measure progress ensures that goals are realistic and attainable. This focus on measurable data keeps individuals engaged and motivated, as they can see their hard work paying off.

To prove this point of why we keep score and should measure our fitness. Earlier today, I hit a PR! I remember early on in my CrossFit journey PR's were easy and came regularly. However, at this point in my journey PR's are few and far between. As a Masters Athlete, sometimes I just want to get close to a PR and count that as a win. So, when today's workout came up and I saw my previous score I was nervous. I was just hoping to get close. Thinking, your two years older since the last time you did this, just stay moving. As the workout went on I told myself the barbell is light, keep the pace and maybe you can hit that PR. Well low and behold, I hit it. I tell you this not to brag about my accomplishment, but to tell you the following. We can get frustrated at our progress or simply have a bad day at the box. Keep working hard, keep score, help others, and you will see your fitness improve. Since the point of this blog is keeping score. There have been plenty of times I have been at the bottom of the leader board and plenty of times I have been at the top. Both are valuable inputs to training. Remember this is YOU vs. YOU, but if you don't keep score how will you know which version of YOU is winning?

Finally, our members receive an app when they join to track and keep score of their fitness. If you have not yet taken advantage of this valuable tool. I encourage you to do so. If you are using the app, remember you can like someone's score. When you notice someone's hard work, it can make their day. We are all in this journey together.

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