Looking back at "Open 16.3" at Arena Ready:

(and, no, keyboard coaching police, that’s not how we teach bar muscle-ups at this gym… but thank you for your service — you may go back to arguing with people at dinner parties now)

I told you I was gonna starting bringing it. Just sign-up for the Open already!

Speaking (sorry not sorry) of the Open - are you registered?  Click here to read the main details of how we'll run the Open at Arena Ready, and then head over to the CrossFit Games page to register (please select Arena Ready as your affiliate when registering).

James Clear - entrepreneur, weightlifter, and travel photographer - once wrote a blog post on the value of measuring important areas of our life.  It's a quick read and an important message that resonates with those of us who follow CrossFit as an observable, repeatable, and measurable training & fitness program - and who use The Open as a measure of exactly how far we've come, and how far we still have to go.  The concept can extend beyond your training, and into other areas of your life which you deem important.

The blog post is published here, and is included below in its entirety:

Imagine this…

Someone walks into the gym, warms up, does a little bit of this exercise, does a little bit of that exercise, bounces around to a few machines, maybe hops on the treadmill, finishes their workout, and leaves the gym.

This isn’t a critique of their workout. In fact, it’s quite possible that they got a nice workout in. So, what is notable about this situation?

They didn’t measure anything. They didn’t track their workout. They didn’t count reps or weight or time or speed or any other metric. And so, they have no basis for knowing if they are making progress or not. Not tracking your progress is one of the six major mistakes I see people make in the gym.

But here’s the thing: We all have areas of life that we say are important to us, but that we aren’t measuring.

What We Measure, We Improve

Count something. Regardless of what one ultimately does in medicine—or outside of medicine, for that matter—one should be a scientist in this world. In the simplest terms, this means one should count something. … It doesn’t really matter what you count. You don’t need a research grant. The only requirement is that what you count should be interesting to you.

—Atul Gawande, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance

The things we measure are the things we improve. It is only through numbers and clear tracking that we have any idea if we are getting better or worse.

  • When I measured how many pushups I did, I got stronger.

  • When I tracked my reading habit of 20 pages per day, I read more books.

  • When I recorded my values, I began living with more integrity.

Our lives are shaped by how we choose to spend our time and energy each day. Measuring can help us spend that time in better ways, more consistently.

It’s Not About the Result, It’s About Awareness

The trick is to realize that counting, measuring, and tracking is not about the result. It’s about the system, not the goal.

Measure from a place of curiosity. Measure to discover, to find out, to understand.

Measure from a place of self-awareness. Measure to get to know yourself better.

Measure to see if you are showing up. Measure to see if you’re actually spending time on the things that are important to you.

You Can’t Measure Everything

Critics will be quick to point out that you can’t measure everything. This is true.

  • Love is important, but how do you measure it?

  • Morality is important, but can it be quantified accurately?

  • Finding meaning in our lives is essential, but how do you calculate it?

Furthermore, there are some things in life that don’t need to be measured. Some people just love working out for the sake of working out. Measuring every repetition might reduce the satisfaction and make it seem more like a job. There is nothing wrong with that. (As always, take the main idea and use it in a way that is best for you.)

Measurement won’t solve everything. It is not an ultimate answer to life. However, it is a way to track something critical: are you showing up in the areas that you say are important to you?

The Idea in Practice

But even for things that can’t be quantified, measuring can be helpful. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming.

You can’t measure love, but you can track different ways that you are showing up with love in your life:

  • Send a digital love note to your partner each day (text, email, voicemail, tweet, etc.) and use the Seinfeld Strategy to keep track of your streak.

  • Schedule one “Surprise Appreciation” each week where you write to a friend and thank them for something unexpected.

You can’t measure morality, but you can track if you’re thinking about it:

  • Write down three values that are dear to you each morning.

  • Keep a decision journal to track which decisions you make and whether or not they align with your ethics.

The things we measure are the things we improve. What are you measuring in your life?  

-James Clear


"It's Not About The Result, It's About Awareness."

I love that part.  

I know we are a group of individuals who value, among other things, the process of measuring our progress.  The beauty of the awareness that comes with measuring is the discovery of what you're capable of with consistent effort applied over long periods of time.

I, of course, would be remiss if I didn't take this opportunity to encourage every one of you Arena Ready members to PLEASE USE Beyond The Whiteboard to record your progress.  We pay for it so you don't have to.  Don't know what Beyond The Whiteboard is?  Well then read this old post and then email/message us so we can add you to our group.

No, the BTWB system isn't perfect and its app can sometimes be a bit difficult with some of our more creative workouts, but it is a powerful tool when used consistently (you can even see where you stand in popular workouts against the tens of thousands of other users in the world... even if privately to yourself after making your privacy settings as such).  Make it a habit - get on it, and when "20.1" pops up again (after this year) you'll be able to see how much you've improved, and how far you can still progress.   

WOD For 09-28-19:

With a Partner Against a 27-Minute Clock:

A) 800m Partner Med Ball Run @ 20/14 lbs

(both partners run 800m simultaneously - one partner carrying the med ball, switching/handing-off whenever you like)

B) Then, Split The Following:

(only one partner working at a time, switch whenever)

75 Toes-to-Bar

100 Med Ball Walking Lunges @ 20/14 lbs

150 KB Swings @ 53/35 lbs

200 Wall Balls @ 20/14 lbs to 10/9 ft

C) In The Time Remaining, MAX CALORIE Row, Ski, or Assault Bike

(only one partner working at a time, use the same machine)

*Workout Score = total calories completed

*If you don't make it to Part C then note the reps completed in Part B as your score

*Part B can be started immediately by the faster runner, but Part C cannot start until all wall balls are completed