Using the MyWODs App to Track your CrossFit Workouts

My WODs App

MyWODs App

When I started CrossFit 10 months ago, one of the first things the coaches told us to do was track our workouts. They didn’t care if it was in a plain spiral-bound notebook or one of the fancier WODbooks they sell, the important thing was writing down the weights and time to track your progress. I ended up buying a WODbook sports journal because it was tailored to CrossFit and had some really handy info listed like common CrossFit workouts (the “girls” and hero WODs) and travel WODs. My WODbook led a short life until it drowned in spilled iced coffee and dried in one big clumped page, never to be opened again.

Seeing as I love all things technology, I looked in the App Store for CrossFit workout trackers. The one I downloaded was the MyWODs app (which they developers stress is NOT affiliated with CrossFit HQ). For just $1.99, I was on the road to tracking my progress in an efficient way. I’ve used MyWODs for close to 10 months now and here are some of the reasons I love and highly recommend the MyWODs app:

  • Import your box’s feed directly (no more copying down the WOD for every workout)
  • Gives you an easy way to track your completed workouts and the data behind it
    • easily record your max records for every movement (can also add custom movements)
    • includes an easy percentage calculator (a big fav of mine since I have a terrible time doing math in my head)
    • easily mark when you have a PR or Rx a workout
  • Search past WODs to look up your time or weight (better than flipping through a notebook)
  • Share your WOD results with friends (what CrossFitter doesn’t love to share)
  • Back up all of your data via iCloud, Dropbox, bluetooth or email it to yourself

If you’re going to use MyWODs, here’s a quick, 4-step tutorial on setting up the app to import your box’s WOD feed automatically. It is available for Android since I have an iPhone the screen shots are from the iOS version.

  1. Go to the “Common” menu on the bottom of your screen. It may be in a different place because you can customize what order items show up.
  2. Click the + sign in the top right-hand corner to add your box’s feed.
  3. Select the “New Feed” option.
  4. Type in your boxes name, mine is “No Risk CrossFit.” Below it you are going to type your box’s feed url. This is geek-speak for the part of their site they publish the WOD on. Nine times out of ten it will be examplesite.com/feed; for example No Risk’s is “http://noriskcrossfit.com/feed” Click “Done” and you’re good to go!

When you want to import the day’s WOD, you’ll go to your box’s feed under “common” and select the day you’d like and press “Add to Completed WODs” when your box’s website shows up.

I have no affiliation with MyWODs, I just love the app and wanted to share with my friends!

Check MyWODs out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mywod.

Going Hands Free with the Bust Cubby

Bust Cubby

Bust Cubby

Who likes to listen to music when they work out? I know it is a must for me because it keeps me focused and simultaneously distracted enough to complete the task at hand. I have separate playlists for different activities: running outside, running on a treadmill and skiing. Fortunately our Crossfit coaches have the perfect mixes for our workouts and loud speakers so the need for headphones is null and I can use my iPhone to record my WODs using the MyWOD app.

However when I’m running outside on the street or trails to train for a Spartan Race, I’ve alway faced the dilemma of what to do with my phone. I can’t stand to have anything wrapped tight on my arm so the phone cases that you wear on your arm have never worked for me- they just slide down as soon as I sweat and I spend more time stopping to fix them the entire run. For the past few years I have just held onto my phone with a death grip but on more than one occasion it has flown out of my hands and skidded across the pavement. I’ve been fortunate enough to never crack the screen (knock on wood), but my cases always look like they’ve been through a woodchipper. Holding a phone while sweating and running is not a good idea.

A few months ago, a friend of my cousin emailed to let me know about a product she has invented called the Bust Cubby.

Bust Cubby

Brilliant! This was the perfect solution for what I needed when working out. Not only is its water and sweat resistant liner protect my iPhone, it doesn’t strangle or slide off my sweaty arm. It clips right onto a sports bra or tank top, really anything: belt, purse strap or lanyard.

The Bust Cubby can be used for much more than working out; you can use the Bust Cubby to carry your cell phone, credit cards/driver license, pepper spray, insulin pump, epi-pen, passport, keys, tampons – just about anything you could fit in a wallet! This is a great way to eliminate the need for carrying a purse when you go to girls night out or anywhere that you don’t want to lug a purse.

I’ll be using my Bust Cubby next month when we surprise our kids with a family trip to Disney. There’s no way I want to carry a purse around the park & I just need to carry my phone and Disney card so the Bust Cubby is the perfect solution. I’ll be using the large size because my phone has a giant battery case but I’m giving my mom a medium for her iPhone.

Kelly Smith, the Bust Cubby’s inventor, mother of two and runner, has thought of everything when she developed the Bust Cubby. There is a separate, smaller front pocket to keep ID’s and cash that can also hold an optional radio frequency (RF) shield that blocks 99.9% of the RF signals from your phone (read more FAQs on their page).

If you like to keep things simple when you’re out and about, check out the Bust Cubby to hold your phone and other small items. You can learn more about the Bust Cubby here:

 

Thank you Kelly for providing me with the Bust Cubby to review!