CrossFit Counting



Tuesday’s WOD is of the time priority variety, so that means your score will be the total number of reps completed.  Also, The Open is almost here (Haven’t signed up yet?  Click here to do it!), which means there are many more AMRAPs in your near future.  Let’s talk about keeping track of your rounds and reps, we’ll call it CrossFit Counting (if only we could get a specialty certification shirt for this, “CrossFit Counting: Do You Even Math Bro?”).

Recently, my preferred method of counting rounds has been to use the fractional kilo plates or 2.5# plates and move them from one place to another as I complete a round.  This works really well when there’s fewer folks at the box, lessening the chance someone will need the small plates to lift.  It’s minimal added set up and clean up, AND there’s something very satisfying about kicking or tossing one of those things as you knock down a round.

...Less Good...

…Less Good…

Another really good way to track your score is by drawing lines on one of our many dry erase surfaces, and erasing as you progress through the workout.  The dry erase areas are glossy red or grey.  Every surface is not dry erase.  This is important to note, so that you don’t permanently leave your score on a wall for all to see.  Also, leaving a marker uncapped to draw a line with each completed round is less than ideal, as it will likely render the poor little marker useless, bringing it to an early, dried out end.

Finally, a less good way to keep count while you WOD is writing on the floor or walls in chalk.  This was discussed briefly in a post while I was on paternity leave.  Long story short, we’d prefer the box not look like it’s inhabited by crazy person who has developed the unfortunate compulsion to score AMRAPs as a result of judging one too many Open video submissions (i.e. how it looked last Thursday evening).  The chalk is meant to be used sparingly on your hands.  Thanks.

...The Worst

…The Worst

Keep working hard, keep racking up reps, but please keep your count neat.

February 11, 2014
Strength: TNG Power Snatch 3-3-3-3-3

Up Ladder 10:
Games Standard Box Jumps (24″/20″)
Overhead Squats (95#/65#)
(EX: 3 box jumps, 3 OHS, 6 box jumps, 6 OHS, 9 box jumps, 9 OHS, etc.)

  20 comments for “CrossFit Counting

  1. Samuel
    February 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Yikes! First time my picture’s in a post and it’s to get chastised. I’m so embarrassed.
    Didn’t know that wasn’t the cool thing — thanks for setting me straight.

  2. Tom Matlack
    February 11, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Sam I write on the floor a lot…so I am guilty as charged as well. Will start using the plates.
    125# (failed at 135#)
    15 plus 16 with 75#
    Good work 5:30

  3. SamB
    February 11, 2014 at 7:12 am

    tngps: 165#… was pulling wayyyyy too early. not my best effort. it was more like a kettle bell swing.
    wod: 18+19 rx.

  4. Kate
    February 11, 2014 at 7:31 am

    TNG PS: 80# unfortunately the heavier the bar the more I’m afraid to get under it, which would make this a lot easier!
    WOD: 18 with 55# OHS
    Nice job 6 AM, & welcome back Sam!

  5. Mandy
    February 11, 2014 at 8:35 am

    tng power snatch

    wod 21+30rx – unbroken ohs until the round of 21 which was 12 and 9

    speaking of counting, where’s my favorite math buddy? Brooke Snyder where you at?

    • Shorty
      February 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I think you may have to say her name 3 times for her to appear.

      • Brooke Ilene
        February 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

        I am late to the party.

        I was too busy adding numbers in my head. The answer is, what is 75#?

  6. Miles B
    February 11, 2014 at 8:51 am

    TNG Power Cleans: 135#
    WOD: 18+21

  7. Cal
    February 11, 2014 at 9:00 am

    TNG: 75# and tweaked my shoulder pressing out my 3rd one. problem 1 to attack there is that i shouldn’t need to press out…

    WOD: 18+19 Rx. Unbroken through the set of 18, which was 12 and 6. My wrists were the limiting factor on this today. 10 minutes went by faster than I was expecting!

    Great work, 5:30!

    What about poker chips for round counting? I’ve been to other boxes that opt for that method, seems to work!

  8. Shane B
    February 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

    TNG PS – 175# – UGLY technique
    WOD – 21+2 Rx

    Nice work 5:30

  9. Shorty
    February 11, 2014 at 9:05 am

    TNG PS: 115#
    WOD: 18 Rx
    Shoulders felt like doo doo today and the combo of box jumps and OHS took a lot out of my legs. Great work by the 5:30am’ers.

  10. Olivia
    February 11, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Strict Press instead of Snatches today: 4×3, worked to 90# focusing on wrist positioning…

    WOD: 12+14rx. Yesterday’s wod at Somerville was back squats and box jumps. I’m going for thighs of steel…

    I second Cal’s vote for poker chips – I’ve used them in a few boxes and like them!

    • Olivia
      February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Sorry, that shoulda been 21+14…

      • Brennan
        February 11, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        I was wondering about that… but someday maybe I’ll still legitimately beat you in a WOD!

        • Olivia
          February 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm

          That wod will be:
          Double Unders, Wall Balls, and HSPUs.

          I hear you’re killing those HSPUs lately!

  11. Samuel
    February 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

    TNG Power Snatch: 95#
    WOD: 12+8 @ 65#
    Everything just started quaking. Awesome program.

  12. Dan
    February 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

    PS: 120# – Shoulder flexibility an issue here.
    WOD: 18 + 10 @ 75# – Legs got real heavy.

  13. Tim
    February 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

    TNG PS: 115# which was only OK so did a couple drop sets back at 95#

    WOD: 15+26 Rx.

  14. Brennan
    February 11, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    TNGPS: 70# (really need to work on my hip extension and dropping, i.e. all of Oly lifting)

    WOD: 15+26 Rx

  15. Scott H
    February 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    TNG PS: 105#

    WOD: 15 + 24 w/ 65# OH squat

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