NOTE: You may start noticing some changes in the SugarWod App used by the athletes. The box may start paying for the services at no extra cost to the athletes. We haven't decided yet. However, it's a tier system based on the number of athletes "using" the app. In other words, non participation or non members will be purged. At this time, athletes are already being purged so we can get a better idea of what our price range will be.
This doesn't pertain to people who forget or miss, it's for the people who have 0 input or haven't input in months or years.
Let's remember that CrossFit was born on the basis of sharing of information. It still holds very true today. Coaches, Doctors, Nutritionists, etc. all shared, and still share, information to help CrossFit be the best it can be.
The community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together is a key component of why CrossFit is so effective. Harnessing the natural camaraderie, competition and fun of sport or game yields an intensity that cannot be matched by other means.
The CrossFit program is driven by data. Using whiteboards as scoreboards, keeping accurate scores and records, running a clock, and precisely defining the rules and standards for performance, we not only motivate unprecedented output but derive both relative and absolute metrics at every workout. This data has important value well beyond motivation.
Overall, the aim of CrossFit is to forge a broad, general and inclusive fitness supported by measurable, observable and repeatable results. The program prepares trainees for any physical contingency—not only for the unknown but for the unknowable, too. The specialty is not specializing.
SugarWod is an application for sharing data. If you do not want to share information, that is a choice. Although Crossfit is built on and is successful because of the data we share, doesn't mean you have to get on board. Some just don't care about it, even though it's truly important for understanding your personal progress and results. Even if you don't use this app, we hope you are tracking your results in a notebook or other form of workout diary. With that, don't be that guy who says they don't care then stalks the numbers for the purpose of using the data to help challenge themselves, see where they think they should fall, gauge their workouts, use as a learning tool, etc. - but has no intention of sharing their own information.
It's a reciprocal program. It's for giving of information to be used as a learning tool by the coaches, the individual athlete, athletes as a group, and the programmer.
- We use this program to look at percentages and wods as a whole and also look at athlete's strengths and weaknesses so we may assist in those areas. It also helps us decide whether or not we as a box may need to offer specific programs, training on a specific skill, etc. If, for instance, you've struggled, or the whole class has, each time there was a clean; we can now address it and help with progress. It has the ability to create graphs, percentages, and averages in order for us to help you.
- Athletes use this app as a diary of sorts. CrossFit is the only program that is measurable, observable, and repeatable but only if you keep track of your progress with numbers and notes for comparison later. This is why we encourage athletes to keep track of their workouts to ensure you can go back and see what changes are happening as you progress. This doesn't necessarily mean on SugarWod, but hopefully somewhere. It is also a known fact, whether people want to admit it or not, competition brings out the best in us. Its just human nature to want to win. It will harness your natural competitive drive to get you faster results while keeping your workouts fun and exciting - even if that competition is against yourself.
- We often tell the rabbit story.
As an athlete, we often look to people our own age, gender, ability, strength, etc. to help us decide where we should fall in a workout. This has never been more evident than in CrossFit. It helps us determine how to approach a wod and gives us a goal to shoot for. If we do not have someone in our exact category - we look to the next best thing (someone close enough). We strive to stay within a certain amount of reps, rounds, time, etc. We (mama & papa llew), for example, have our own rabbit(s) that we choose to follow. With that, we know we can't always hang in the same category, but it does give us a goal and a pretty good idea where we should fall. We believe everyone has a rabbit and everyone is a rabbit for someone. Do not deny someone who may be your rabbit the same opportunities given to you by using this program. You WILL become a better athlete if you are held accountable and understand where your strengths and weaknesses are. If you are using the app one-sided, we encourage you to share in order to help your fellow athletes, coaches, programmer and system as a whole.
ATHLETES AS A GROUP
- Creatures of habit. Some athletes come to the same exact class every day. We also have athletes who move around. SugarWod is a great app to connect with new athletes or athletes' success stories or struggles. It's a way for the community (your box) to relate to each other and give "fist bumps" or comments. It's also a way for coaches to leave notes, tips and input to athletes who may have missed the mark, misunderstood the programming, or for a high five for their accomplishments and hard work.
- This application helps with programming.
So we may better serve you and understand the needs of our vast levels of athletes, we look to this program for information. For instance, what metabolic pathway as a whole we may be struggling to hit. It helps us determine what weights we should program based on the top athlete's performance based on a specific movement and also what to program for our new athletes. We want to make sure the weight is heavy enough for the athletes who can use it and scale accordingly. It should be a challenge regardless of ability, age, and gender.
It also helps us see what movements we are struggling with as a group.
To be successful and to get a better overall picture, we need as much data we can get from out athletes.
The programming does work. We have the best proof you can get in the box. Not only have our athletes who follow the programming correctly shown much success, our programmer does his own programming and consistently stays with the younger athletes. He has used SugarWod, or other data sharing programs, to help set goals and program safely, productively, useful and keep the wods challenging.