A Numbers Game
I love numbers, weights and stats, because it give me a means of tracking my progress and seeing whether or not I’ve improved.
e.g. I used to be able to squat “x” but now I squat “y”, and I can do “x” for a warm-up set.
A couple of weeks ago I discovered an App, “BarSense”, that lets me take this to whole different level and track things like
- bar path & deviation from the “ideal”
- max bar speed
and omfg I think its the coolest thing ever because it lets me compare “good” and “missed lifts” to see what went wrong.
I think this is part of the reason why I enjoy CrossFit and Oly lifting so much (it being measurable…not the Barsense app…though that’s cool, too): because it is so based around numbers, quantifiable results, and the ability to track progress.
The other day I was asked to fill out a bunch of my stats (height, weight, max lifts, benchmark times), and this made me realize a couple of things:
- I wish I’d done a better job at logging when I first started… I am seriously kicking myself for this.
- I think I’m shrinking… I swear I was almost 5’4″ when I started but when I was measured last I’m down to 5’3″.
- I still “fail” or “miss” as much as when I first started, BUT I’m attempting weights and movements that I never even considered possible.
So… how do you define progress?
This includes warm-up weights, “light” working sets, “heavy” or “challenging” working sets, and the “target weights” you couldn’t yet lift but were aiming for.
Compare these to where you’re at now, and chances are there’s a pretty big difference.