Open notebook with writing

Know your numbers

Open notebook with writing

Why should you know your numbers?

Have you ever been at the gym and the WOD is written on the board and you thought, “I wonder how much weight to put on the bar?”

I used to wonder that, too. If a WOD called for cleans or front squats, I always wondered how much to put on the bar. Not anymore.

Knowing your numbers just makes preparing for workouts so much easier. In Oly, most of our programming is based off percentages. When Zach writes this on the board:

Olympic LIfting board

Snatch 100% of max x 1, 85% x 1, 90% x 1, 95% x 1, 85% x1
Jerk BN (behind the neck) 100% 1 x 3
Front squat 100% of max x 1, 85% x 1, 90% x 1, 95% x 1, 85% x1

… I know exactly what I need to do — we’ve gone for our max in all three lifts, and I know them by heart. But if I forgot, they’re in my book, so I always have a reference.

We may not go for heavy single lifts a lot in Crossfit, but it’s incredibly useful to know your numbers in there, too. It helps me figure out what weight to choose if I’m scaling the workout, and it also helps me challenge myself.

I’ve definitely been challenging myself lately. In the workout above I snatched 70#, then did the rest of the wave from there. The jerk weight was 100#. The front squat weight was 135#, and then I did the wave.

How do you keep track of your numbers? Computer? Phone? Journal?


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Hi! I'm Cindy Brummer. By day, I'm a web & wordpress designer/developer/content strategist. And for fun, I'm a cook, Crossfitter, novice Olympic weightlifter, and mom to two cuties. Find me on Google+.