JournalMENU: #TrainSmart with a Custom WOD Log Book

by ~jenniferlynn on September 24, 2014

in CrossFit, Giveaways!, Product Reviews, Sponsored Posts

Disclaimer: I was hooked up with an awesome custom-made JournalMENU Crossfit log book in exchange for a review. All opinions are completely my own.

I have always been a fan of logging my workouts, from back when I started NROLFW using a combination of an excel spreadsheet and my blog, to Stronglifts using their app, and then using Fitocracy to track other workouts. Even today, we use Wodify at my box to keep track of progress and PRs.

But when I started training with more of a focus on Oly lifts and less on daily WODs, and now that I am trialing The Outlaw Way, there is no pre-set template online that I can use to keep track of my daily workouts. I had picked up a cute, cheap pocket notebook and was recording my workouts in there and it had been working well.

But then I came across JournalMENU.

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I had been following them on Facebook for quite some time and feel a little silly not realizing that one of my favorite sites for inspiration and motivation actually had a product behind it. Have you seen posts like this one shared on your feed? Oops!


In doing a search for Crossfit log books, I made the connection of what JournalMENU is really about: a company that prides itself on providing a “menu” of sorts, in which you can select various items à la carte to create your recipe for the perfect log book for you.

When I visited the site, I was overwhelmed with options. You can hand-pick everything from the cover (front and back), the binding color, page layouts, contents of the logbook and more. I struggle making decisions sometimes so sent an email over asking for some help in deciding what could best represent my personality and my goals. I sent a link to my blog and one of my Pinterest boards that I use for inspiration.

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Within a day, I had a rough draft delivered to me of what my custom-book would look like, and days after I approved the design, my book arrived.


The design team at JournalMENU combined my love for Oly lifting and my goal of a muscle-up from my Pinterest board to create the front and back covers. I indicated my favorite colors were pink and purple (hey, I like girly things), which was also taken into consideration.

Much prettier than my old plain notebook that I was using!


There is something refreshing about a crisp, new, notebook. Just as the stores were being filled with back to school supplies, I, too, was able to break out a new pencil and fresh pages.


Some people just need a blank sheet of paper and they are off to log their workouts. I like a bit more guidance. The first part of the book has a section to write out major goals and how you are going to achieve them. Also, helpful guides provide additional tips and even ideas for warm-ups (I have been doing the Sun Rise Salutation one pre-Oly lifting lately and think it is so beneficial!).


And of course, I love anything that depicts Oly lifting..


What I love even more about this book, besides the custom covers, is the ability to customize the log pages with what is important to you and your goals.

Pre-made, each page includes the date, and a template to record your lifts, reps, load, and metcon scores. From there, you can customize extra categories to track, such as water intake, sleep, goal work, mobility, and for me, I opted to add a “veggies” category. If I have to consciously check off that I ate my veggies for the day, maybe it will help me work a bit harder on it! 😉

Other ideas could be marking days in a cycle (for women), stress levels, mood, or if you are on point with your nutrition plan for the day.


I also really have been enjoying the quotes that are on top of each page, all focused on goal setting or motivation to get you to push that extra bit during the workout.

JournalMENU is much more than a producer of logbooks; it is a company rooted in the heart of what makes Crossfit so unique. You can tell that each post online is written to embrace the community and special bond Crossfitters have, and each logbook is hand-crafted with the individual’s needs in mind.

I highly recommend following them on Facebook or Google + for daily doses of inspiration, plus give them some love on Twitter and Instagram to help them spread the word about their personalized products!

Did you love what you read here? JournalMENU wants to give one of my lucky readers a chance to win his or her own custom-designed logbook!

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Letitia September 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

This sounds exactly like what I need! I’ve just been logging in a notebook too, and between you and me its a mess, haha.

Holly September 24, 2014 at 7:55 am

This is exactly what I need! Love the motivational quotes and notes on form too!

Claire September 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

Love! And will share on GGW later this morning!
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~jenniferlynn September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

Thanks, Claire!! 🙂

Marin September 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

The nutrition feature looks awesome! I would definitely add that.

Shelly September 24, 2014 at 10:37 am

I’ve been using a combination of the app Pocket Wod and a good ole composition notebook, but this looks much more legit! I definitely like the quotes and additional information, and who wouldn’t want one that’s personalized? Love it.
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Sandy September 24, 2014 at 11:16 am

I ~love~ Beyond The Whiteboard as an app/website. I do like the idea of this paper book (and the quotes etc.) – but the reason I love BTWB is that it immediately lets you see your 1 rep maxes, etc. etc., which when I kept my WODs in a paper book was just too difficult to find. It is something to check out, I believe – it also allows you to log “non-WOD-related” workouts (e.g., hiking, yoga, etc.) and gives you statistics based on your entries, suggestions, etc. They are broken out into endurance, strength, gymnastics, etc. – really REALLY happy with this program. You can log immediately after you do the WOD through their app, though I personally use a notebook to write the WOD down and then log it afterwards at home.

If your box is a member of BTWB, your programming director can enter the WODs that are programmed for that day/week and then you just click on that and enter how you did. Otherwise, it’s quite easy to log them in yourself.


Amy September 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

I use Wodify right now…but love paper journals for tracking. This is exactly what I have been looking for!

Jennifer @ A Hungry Runner September 24, 2014 at 3:24 pm

OMG, I MUST have one of these!!! As a runner, I use a running log to track my workouts but seriously just squished my CF workouts into the little box where I would write how I felt, what the weather was like, if my toes hurts, etc. Some of my chicken scratch is so small that I can’t even decipher what I wrote! Haha! As for the personalization, that’s a pretty awesome touch. I mean, you don’t find that in anything else unless you make your own out of a composition notebook. But, seriously, who has time for that? LOVE the pink and purple, btw. 🙂
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Carolyn September 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

this looks great! i would love the nutrition/how am i feeling feature.

Shilpa September 24, 2014 at 4:29 pm

I just left my box to pursue more specific training on my own, and have been struggling with how to log things. I’m currently just writing it all down in my Day Planner. I think I’d add a “Fun” box. I went back to school starting in January, and sometimes need a little reminder to get away from the books!

Misty September 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

This is awesome ! I love how you can customize it.

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Andrea September 25, 2014 at 7:26 am

Love this! I would definitely add nutrition pages!

everydayasian September 25, 2014 at 7:30 am

That cover is so pretty

Meredith N. September 25, 2014 at 7:59 am

How perfect is this?! I love that you can add WODs and nutrition pages. I NEED this!

Tara September 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

What layout is this? I really like it!

~jenniferlynn September 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Blog layout?

Tara Soprano September 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

No journal layout! I was checking out the website.

~jenniferlynn September 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Oooooh lol.

I’m not too sure, I just told them what I was looking for and that’s what they sent!

It has two workout days per page if that helps?

Chris September 25, 2014 at 9:59 pm

How about a built in backup that works feature? =) Really neat custom journal. I would definitely use something like that. I would like a 5/3/1 chart since I’m about to start that!
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Derek September 25, 2014 at 10:12 pm

so cool. I can’t wait to check it out and see what all options I might use to make a custom log book!

Beth Kittle September 26, 2014 at 3:47 am

I can’t wait to get one!! I really like that they combine nutrition logging along with the workouts. I have just been using a regular notebook for the last two years.

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September 26, 2014 at 10:11 am

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I’m logging stuff. For instance, what if I was forced (for whatever reason) to change to a diff box? That didn’t use BTWB? Then all my data … gone? Don’t love that! I know I just won a giveaway on your page, but I LOOOOVE this. So let me win this, too!!!

I would add in the mobility guide. I need, need, need, to do more mobility – that would be a good reminder.
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Vicky September 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm

This is the cleanest and organized book I have ever seen. i personally think it is agreat way to begin your journey to fitness and eating. It is even difficult of which book I would want to have first.

misty September 26, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I love this idea!! I would go the custom made route and ask for input.

Sara September 27, 2014 at 11:07 am

I definitely prefer logging things on paper! We use pocket WOD but I always lose things on there! I love that the pages have motivational quotes too!

Brittani September 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Would love the custom books

Christine September 28, 2014 at 8:55 am

I would love to have a page where I can record what I ate before a workout and then how my stomach felt during the workout!

Katie@LifesNextBigStep September 29, 2014 at 9:19 am

This is awesome! I totally need this. Once I have baby #2 in January, I will need a log book to help me stay focused and watch my progress. This would be perfect!
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Jordan K September 29, 2014 at 10:53 am

I would totally love to try the competition journal, and I would probably add-in the nutrition too.

Jill September 29, 2014 at 9:33 pm

I would add the Nutrition pages since I eat Paleo.

alexandra September 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

This is amazing. How did I not know about these before now?? I’m really into having foundational stuff in there because when it comes down to it and you’re having a shitty lift…its good to get back to basics.

Brittany V
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October 1, 2014 at 10:45 am

I would DEFINITELY have a spartan helmet cover! GO GREEN!

Brittany V
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October 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

I would DEFINITELY want to have a spartan helmet on the cover!! GO GREEN!!
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Marissa @ Barefoot Colorado
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October 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm

OMG I need this!!! I’d add on the mobility guide — it’s something I always MEAN to make a priority and don’t.
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Samantha Gluck February 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm

I love it! Thanks for tweeting the link, so I could check it out. What a cool product!
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~jenniferlynn February 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Ah nice to see the name behind the Twitter! Erica at JournalMenu is great. Follow their Facebook too, she always posts awesome motivational posts!

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