- What does the "Skip details" check box mean in the workout forms?
- What does 'volume' mean in the workout forms?
- What does 'increment' mean in the workout forms?
- What does 'height' mean in the workout forms?
- Can you add crunches-on-a-swiss-ball-while-juggling-canteloupes as an exercise?
- Why don't you have the workout Chelsea?
Several of the workout forms are round-based. You describe the pattern that the rounds follow, along with whatever your score was. But this isn't always sufficient to capture all the details of your workout. For instance, on Fran, you might have started doing kipping pull-ups, then switched to jumping pull-ups after the first round. This information cannot be captured in the "Time Score" form. If you did something like this, then you should uncheck the "Skip details" box. Then, when you submit the form, you will see another expanded form with every round broken out. Then you can make changes based on your scaling.
If you do most workouts RXd, you will usually be able to leave the box checked, and not have to worry about the extra details. Even when you are scaling workouts, you still won't have to use the extra details all the time. If you scale Fran from 95 to 45 lbs, all you have to do is specify 45 lbs in the first form. The only time you need the extra detail is when you change the scaling in the middle of the workout.
Volume is a generic term for how much of an exercise to do. For most movements, volume will be the number of reps. For rowing, it might be calories or meters. For running it might be miles or kilometers.
The increment is the number of reps added to the volume used in the previous round. This is useful when there is more than one round and you want the number of reps to be different on each round. In a 21-15-9 workout, you would use an increment of -6 for every exercise. A workout like Linda which is 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 rep rounds would use an increment of -1. This allows you to create a wide variety of workout patterns.
The height field should be used for movements that have a variable height, like box jumps, rope climbs, and wall ball. You don't need to specify a height for other movements where the distance is determined by your anatomy (pull-ups, cleans, squats, etc). In the future we will allow you to enter this information one time in your user profile, and it will be used to automatically calculate power output.
Adding new exercises is a delicate situation. On one hand, users want to be able to record exactly what they did in their workout. On the other hand, we want this site to maintain a simple, uniform framework of exercises that facilitates comparison of people's performances. We also don't want the list of movements to get too large. The current exercise list has been carefully designed with this balance in mind. That said, we're sure it's not perfect, so we're open to suggestions for new exercises. But be prepared to make a strong case for your suggestion.
It's always possible that we could change our minds in the future and start supporting a folksonomy of fully-customizable exercises--if we see enough benefit/demand, and can do so without degrading the user experience.
Chelsea doesn't fit well into any of the existing frameworks, and I haven't seen it come up in almost two years. It also doesn't really have a score. You can still log it by using Rounds Score, adding a Rest exercise at the end of the round, and making some notes in the comments.