How To April 15, 2016

How To: Title your Custom Workouts


For me, naming workouts is easy. Like a series of bad horror films, I just call them Butt Kicker #1Butt Kicker #2, and until I run out of numbers. But, in case you’d to give a little more thought to your names, here are some ideas on the topic.

Why do we bother giving workout’s names in SugarWOD?

Can’t we just refer to them by their full description? That would be cumbersome when you consider that workouts appear in many different places within the app:

  • on the box’s Whiteboard,
  • in your personal Logbook, and
  • in a mobile Push Notification.

Of course, many CrossFit workouts have names already. In SugarWOD, we’ve organized 1000s of these workouts for you and called them Library Workouts. I’ll post more about Library Workouts soon, but in general you know these as Girls, Heroes, Gymnastics, Games or Notables (e.g. Fight Gone Bad).
Each Library Workout has a recognizable name. When you add one of these workouts to your box’s Whiteboard, you should generally just accept the default name.

So what about other workouts, those not in the library?

You can create an arbitrary workout just by giving it a title, description, and scoring type. We call these Custom Workouts. These are trickier to name because you or your coach has probably created them and they are not immediately recognizable by name. “Yo, what’s your 20130721 time?” just does’t work.
So, some guidelines for naming Custom Workouts:

  • Be descriptive
  • Be concise
  • Be memorable
  • “AMRAP 10: Deadlifts & Burpees”
  • “5 Rnds: Snatch, Run, & Pull-ups”
  • “Chipper: Row, Cleans, Push-ups, more…”
  • “Sam’s 30th Birthday Chipper”
  • Use the date, workouts are on a calendar already
  • Rename Library Workouts, “Fran” should always be “Fran”
  • Be vague
  • “Saturday 7/5/13″
  • “20130721”
  • “For Time”
  • “Strength”

Most importantly, create a style for your box and be consistent. Your athletes will appreciate it!