The Consequences of a Lot of Pullups
We keep track of a lot of things. Number of rounds or times, loads used, scaling for various movements used, etc. Why do we care? Its a bit of trouble to write results on the board, work hard to make sure standards are adhered to and then get those results out to you so you can log them in the AthleticsLog. Why would we go to this trouble? Because it matters. Here is why it matters.
1. If you know your numbers we can better plan your workouts. We are frequently asked “What load should I use for this?”. Well, we will generally follow up with asking you what is your max on a given lift, or what was your time with what load the last time you did this workout, or something similar. If you don’t know these numbers we have to estimate based on known performances on other things which will reduce the efficacy of the present workout.
2. We have something by which to compare today and tomorrow. Most workout plans and gyms do not keep track of anything. (well possibly bodyweight) So there is no real objective way to know if their program is working for you. We want you to keep track of everything because we know it will show you how much you have progressed. It will also help you determine if you are truly at a plateau or just having a rough week, or things feel harder today. Look at the data. It doesn’t lie.
3. The more people that we have data for the better we can tweak the whole program. We can see in the data where the program is working well and where it could be improved. This also allows us an objective look at the overall program.
4. It motivates you. We all push harder when there is something at stake. Even if it is just to beat the person next to you, you will push harder. If you know your previous score from a workout you will work a little bit harder to try and beat it.
5. Metrics can be fun. For example. On the pull up ladder day on Jan 13th our gym performed a sum total of 3, 398 pull ups in one day. We had two people that exceeded 200 pull ups individually. Lawrence B. will be thrilled to learn that he was 1 rep shy of 200 pull ups… Yup, 199 Lawrence, 199. When we run some of these numbers as total work performed by one person in a workout, or the total work by the whole gym in a day the numbers can be pretty staggering.
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