To Post or Not to Post the WOD

When should you post your WOD?This will always be a hot topic for Boxes everywhere. Should you post a week’s worth of WODs, post daily WODs or don’t post at all?

Let’s consider each:

Weeks Worth

If you post a week’s worth of WODs you risk your members WOD picking throughout the week. They may look at the list of WODs and adjust their schedule according to their strengths. This could remove the entire purpose of CrossFit.

On the other hand, if you list all of your WODs prior to the week, it allows the athlete to know how to manage their fatigue. If they can see they may have two days back to back of squats, they may pick one and choose to do an alternate workout the next day, or a rest day. This could also be accomplished another way:

Posting at Midnight

If you post each of your WODs at midnight, you allow members to adjust their mornings accordingly. It allows them to prep for possible elements prior to leaving their homes, or take a necessary rest day. It could also be useful in planning the amount of time a person gives for getting to class.

For example, for myself if we are doing a lot of squatting or deadlifts, I will typically show up earlier than normal so that I can ensure I get in a solid active warmup. I need this because my hips and lower back tend to flair up in those exercises. If I know what’s coming at me in the day, I know I can go in, get warm and be able to enjoy the workout as opposed to hurting myself.

The downside to this is it also gives athletes the opportunity to WOD pick. Plus, it could also create anxiety if the athlete doesn’t think to look until right before they leave their house. They see they are required to run outside but it’s about 30 degrees and they need outdoor gear that they didn’t pack.

Don’t Post

If you don’t post your WODs and force athletes to come to the Box to see what they are working on that day, you remove the opportunity for WOD picking. Suddenly you create the element of surprise and epitomize the essentials of CrossFit.

Although this can be great for a Box, it doesn’t allow your athletes to be prepared. They won’t know the structure of the day and will probably feel like they are walking into the unknown, which they actually are. This could be a turnoff for some athletes, keeping them from joining. For others this could be exhilarating.

Personally, I like to stick with learning about the WOD the night before or in the early morning. I like to be able to plan accordingly before I leave the house and spend some time in thought about the upcoming WOD — for example, I like to have already considered how I’m going to maintain my fatigue rate and the amount of weight I can actually put on a bar.

Each Box has to figure out what’s best for them and their athletes. What is your system and how do your athletes react?

Tyler is a former editor of Box Pro Magazine.