During his career as a canine detective, a Kentucky bloodhound named Nick Carter helped capture over 600 criminals, as reported by PBS in “The Bloodhound’s Amazing Sense of Smell.”
How? Well, let’s just say his tracking was on point.
Although tracking nutrition might not lead to the apprehension of thieves, it too can bring about positive change. For instance, Ryan Brack, the owner of CrossFit Boro in Statesboro, Georgia, said if members are getting results, it can positively affect a Box’s word of mouth.
So, the first step is to have members set goals, giving their nutrition tracking a purpose. “Tracking is just as important as actually setting the goal because without a goal and without a map to get there, you don’t know where you’re going. So you’re just flailing in the wind,” said Jeff Jucha, the owner of West Little Rock CrossFit in West Rock, Arkansas.
But, you won’t see progress unless you have data that you can understand. Danny Putnam, the managing director and co-founder of Lurong Living, a product and nutrition challenge company, said data is meaningless unless you know how to effectively use the information.
Lurong Living’s in-house software for its Challenges educates participants on their data and changes. “The benefit for us is when somebody enters the stuff into our software, the software provides a much greater value to the individual because it will help interpret their data for them,” said Putnam.
When Jucha created the Human Performance Challenge, an eight-week nutrition challenge, he made sure to include the ability to teach people about nutrition during the program. “The power of tracking their nutrition makes more sense to them once they have that power of education,” he said.
In terms of the nutrition journal itself, Jucha said paper journals are outdated. The Human Performance Challenge utilizes an electronic journal. This allows for him to review and comment on members’ journals in real time, and assign homework for their goals.
At CrossFit Boro, Brack uses the built-in nutrition journal in Wodify. He goes through members’ journals and is allowed to comment on what each person ate the day before. Plus, he will often establish baseline body metrics and a person’s goals in their initial consultation.
But, tracking only can begin to be beneficial once your CrossFit Box takes nutrition seriously. “If you’re not doing nutrition yet at your gym, in a real and meaningful way, you need to. It’s part of everything that is CrossFit,” said Putnam. “If you’re not doing nutrition yet, I challenge you to provide a better service for your clients because we know nutrition is equally important as the actual physical training.”