The Whiteboard

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As your coaches may or may not have told you at some point in the past couple of days, we're going through a testing week right now. That means we're testing you guys through each of the workouts so we can see how everyone is doing with the programming and adjust accordingly. As you may have noticed, we don't have one specific coach leading all the classes and keeping an eye on everyone every day. Since we have a lot of coaches coaching a lot of classes, that's where the whiteboard comes in.

Over the past few weeks/months we've had less and less people writing their results on the whiteboard. It's good for you if you're writing your information somewhere else, since you should definitely be keeping track of your WODs. However, we need to know how you're doing too, and we can't know that unless you're writing your results on the whiteboard. This week is especially important, being a testing week as I said, but every day is just as important. If we expected people to go 10 rounds in a workout and everyone went three, we need to be able to see that trend and let Jay (our programmer) know that something weird is happening.

So what all should be written on the board? Everything! If “everything” is too vague, here are the specifics:

  1. Your name. Aside from knowing whose results go where, this also gives us an idea of how busy the classes are getting. That means we can properly distribute our coaching power and get more coaches in the bigger classes so everyone gets some eyes on them and is safe. If you look at the whiteboard and don't see your name up there, write it!
  2. Which WOD you did. Fitness? Performance? Competition? Write a letter next to your name (F, P or C) to let us know which WOD you were doing.
  3. Any scaling? Did you use a lighter weight? Smaller box? Modified movements? Write all modifications down! If you didn't RX the WOD, we need to know how specifically you didn't. If you did RX the WOD, then put an RX next to your result.
  4. The results. The most important part: the numbers! If it's a strength day, write the weights you did. If you got a PR, write “PR” next to the weight so we can make you famous. If it's an AMRAP, write the rounds + reps. For instance, if I did yesterday's WOD (15 box jumps, 12 thrusters, 9 toes-to-rings, 6 burpees) and got 4 rounds and made it through 6 thrusters, all I'd need to write on the board is 4 + 21. Since we know the WOD, we can tell that you got through 15 extra burpees and 6 extra thrusters.

The best thing about it is, if you have a smartphone, you can take a photo of what you wrote and you have a digital copy to use when you're logging your WODs later on either Beyond the Whiteboard or whatever other method you use for tracking your workouts.

One last thing. Some of you have that big, loopy teenage girl handwriting with the hearts over the i's and such (you know who you are) and others have the handwriting skills of your stereotypical doctor (self included). Try to write your results both legibly and minimally, especiialy if you're in one of the early morning classes. The whiteboard gets packed full of results by the end of the night, so we need to keep all the whitespace we can get for later.

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