Army Lt. Derek Wales put his West Point electrical engineering skills to good use when he designed the WOD Programmer.
The app, which pulls from the CrossFit workout of the day model, ”builds, logs and tracks custom workout calendars tailored to the individual athlete, their goals and the equipment they have available,” Wales said in an email.
It also fixed one of Wales’ challenges with group PT.
“One frustration that I had with using the regular WOD on the CrossFit site is that I did not always have the equipment needed by the WOD to run thirty soldiers through a workout simultaneously, so out of necessity, I started doing custom programming,” Wales writes. “Additionally, if a soldier had, say, a wrist injury, I would do a modified program for them that protected the wrist and still allowed them to stay fit.”
The app guides you through the process of creating a customized workout. It will ask you about your equipment, training days, exercise priority, schemes percentages and duration.
Once you’ve completed your workout, you can log it on your calendar or add details in the app’s journal section.
The app also links out to a series of demonstration videos on wodprogrammer.com. The videos are not super polished — some are pretty rough — but they get the job done. The downside is they are Web-based, so you must have an Internet connection to watch them. That’s not ideal if you’re out of range.
WODProgrammer is sparse but functional, just like your favorite CrossFit gym.
Get more information at wodprogrammer.com.