When you first start CrossFit, it is easy to see progress in the gym. Every day you have a new movement, a new chance to set a PR. After a year, or two, or three, it can be much harder to see progress from day to day. Here are a few ways we can measure progress.
How to Measure Progress
For those of us who keep our entire lives on our phones, it only makes sense to keep our workout information there as well. Choose an app, we use Sugarwod, and record everything. The more notes the better, you will thank yourselves for the extra information when you are deciding between going for the same weight you used last time, or if you should jump 5 lbs.
Keep a “Workout Journal”
If you have the handwriting for it a workout journal is a really cool tool to track your progress as well. Pick a nice book, or a legal pad and use a page a day, per workout, or however else you want to organize it. The cool thing about a workout journal is that it is your own. You’ll know exactly where everything is recorded, and it will make sense to you. They also are a neat keepsake when you fill them up.
Go to a Baseline Class
Saturday, 8 am. We recommend you go to this class quarterly. You will get an InBody scan as well as our baseline workout. This will give you objective data. The coach will help you understand your results and how to proceed. Sign up now. Classes are capped at 5, you definatley don’t want to miss this opportunity.
Get an InBody Scan
Schedule an InBody scan with your primary coach, they will help you understand what all the numbers mean. In general, we want to see muscle mass go up, and body fat % go down. Bodyweight doesn’t tell the whole story. Don’t focus too much on that one number because it is often not the best picture of progress.
Progress is NOT Linear
There are so many variables that can make you feel like you are not making progress. Sleep, nutrition, mood, stress, work, kids and even attitude can have a direct effect on your daily workout. What are the odds that on any given day, you are going to come in perfectly prepared for a 1 rep max? If any one of those variables are even slightly off, you may not see all of your hard work in the form of a PR. This is where notes come in handy. So what, you didn’t hit that new weight. Put it in your notes. “Missed, less than 3 hours of sleep” and move on. Progress takes time, and if you don’t measure it in some way. It is easy to say there is none, because you don’t feel it on that day. If you zoom out and look at the big picture you will see that the overall trend is up.
Jordan Halvorson is a coach at Crossfit Icehouse who believes that the scientific principles of strength training and the mindset behind personal growth can be applied to everyone to make their lives better. He is also a barbell addict.
2018 has been the most rewarding and challenging year to date. As with the theme since moving to Fargo I have experienced a lot of growth. The first half of the year was surrounded by major life events happening to and for the people around me. Some of which were amazing accomplishments (so many babies) and some were tragedies that rocked me to my core.
From the Beginning to Summer
Early 2018 was really great, Ashely moved to Fargo and we found our tiny apt on the North side. The amount of support she provides is a major reason I can achieve so many of my goals. There were so many babies born at Icehouse during this time of year, it was fun to watch and coach all the Moms as they crushed workout after workout. FNL is also a favorite time of year for me, ya’ll know how to make this place electric.
There was also a time of reflection as several OG’s of Icehouse moved from the Fargo area, yet it has been really fun to see where their adventures are taking them. Summer also brought a chance to head to the lakes and take some much-needed relaxation time.
Summer to Now
Although summer brought the lakes it also brought some very challenging times for me. There was an honest moment sitting with Ashley reflecting and asking myself “can I do this, do I want to do this anymore?” After a few visits to my therapist, she handed me a book that has forever changed the way I look at myself and the things around me. It has allowed me to change the trajectory of 2019 and really dive into who I am and where I want to go.
It takes a village and I have been amazed by the people around me, they keep me accountable and are not afraid to dive into the weird with me. Coaching is a part of what I love most about life, getting to help people see themselves differently is truly rewarding. I look forward to continuing to make Icehouse the best place to be in Fargo.
Moving into 2019
Each quarter I sit down and write goals for the quarter, so far I’m 1 for 3 on accomplishing them for this final quarter. I don’t always get it right and I have a lot of room to develop into those as 2019 kicks off. I have hired a coach because coaches need coaches too. Not a workout coach but a life coach and I will continue to make this a trend into 2019.
I’m learning a lot about filling my cup first and also creating the life I want to live. Language is a huge part of this and so is writing things down, I journal now more than ever (this is a practice I started in 6thgrade). I want to continue to be the best coach I can and to elevate everyone that walks into Icehouse, to help them find the best version of themselves. I’m looking forward to 2019 and continuing the dive into the weird, to live fully, and share openly with all around.
Sara Mozingo is the Co-Owner, head coach, and programing wizard at CrossFit Icehouse. When she’s not developing rep schemes and diving into the nerdery she enjoys hanging out in nature hiking trails or climbing rocks with her side-kick Mr. Mosely.
I started off 2018 with a lot of opportunities and a vision. On December 31, 2017, I officially separated from full-time military service with no clear landing zone. I had a vision, though, and an opportunity and that I held tight to. My intention for 2018 was to become a CrossFit coach, and I feel confident that I achieved that intention.
Becoming a coach, truly becoming a coach and not just filling a title as a coach, is at the center of everything that I did in 2018.
I came into 2018 with a lot of certificates from both schooling and a few organizations. Because of these certificates, I could title myself a coach but where the rubber meets the road, schooling does not a coach make. Don’t get me wrong, personal and professional development is always valuable and at times certification is a required first step down that path.
I also came in with an unrelenting desire to foster the culture and community that I’d discovered at Icehouse. I’d walked through the doors about 6 months earlier and had experienced that personal transformation that having teammates again had created in me. I definitely experienced this at Icehouse through spending time with a diverse cross-section of people who all want the best for themselves, and the best for the athletes that they spend time with.
So with education and enthusiasm, my first tactical step was to develop the tools to be a serviceable coach on the floor. CrossFit HQ breaks coaching down into seven aspects: teaching, seeing, correcting, group management, presence, attitude, and demonstration. I spent hours upon hours in the early part of 2018 practicing each of these aspects. Practice, practice, practice; by myself, one-on-one, then being on the floor shadowing and finally leading.
Every day since I coached my first class I’ve done my best to do better. The tactical part of CrossFit coach development; seeing movement, correcting, demonstrating, and teaching never stops. Repetitions make the tasks easier and feel more like second nature, but make no mistake there are opportunities during every class for me to do just a little better.
The middle part of 2018 my focus surprisingly shifted inward. When teaching, demonstrating, correcting, and seeing movement became more natural, the next step turned out to be bringing my depths as a person to my everyday. It was easy to navigate most of my adult life without ever having examined who I was as a person. I made a lot of small-talk, checked a lot of boxes, and kept a very clear line between my professional life and my personal life.
In order to be effective, in order to tap into the art of coaching, I needed to become real. This profession isn’t one where I am able to clock in and clock out. This profession is based on real, authentic human connection. I had to become real, and I couldn’t do that by reading a book or listening to a podcast. I had to do work. It has taken a village to help me with this aspect of coaching development, and I am very fortunate to have a number of people help me work on this every day. They ask questions and allow me the space to process and uncover my answers. Just like seeing, teaching, demonstrating and correcting, becoming real gets easier with repetitions and time, and each day provides me with an opportunity to improve.
I spent the last part of 2018 trying to put the tasks of the previous months together into a complete package, call it building a toolbox. I learned skills in the early part of the year, I learned about myself in the middle part of the year and by the end of it I started working on using the right tool for the right circumstance:
sometimes athletes need a kick in the butt and sometimes they need a hug
sometimes they need a shout of encouragement from across the room and sometimes they need a quiet whisper of encouragement from right next to the barbell;
sometimes they need to put five more pounds on the bar, sometimes making it to class is enough for the win.
2018 was a year of development for me and I couldn’t have done it without the people in my daily life. They inspire me, they challenge me, they support me, and most importantly, they love me unconditionally.
Sarah Skedsvold is a coach at CrossFit Icehouse. She’s committed to turning workouts into play and bolstering CrossFit Icehouse’s charge to “Build Everyday Athletes”. In her spare time she is in a constant search the absolutely perfect personal planner and calendar.