Workout Log

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    Jun 01, 2011 5:31 AM GMT
    Hi:

    I was wondering if any guys used this. I notice in the gym some guys carry a notebook or a log. It makes sense to note your progress and sets as well as weight being used. I would like to carry one, but unsure where to get one.

    Any advise would be appreciated on what some guys use.
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    Jun 01, 2011 11:02 AM GMT
    I use an app called JEFIT on my droid.

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    Jun 01, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    Thanks, BiBoston, I will check that outicon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 01, 2011 10:24 PM GMT
    I just buy a notebook, write down what I want to work out that day, reps, each exercise/lift, weight, and if I need to repeat a set next week because I didn't reach a goal. It's so much easier because there's no guessing!
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    Jun 01, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    I've been using a log for quite some time and it works. Specially when you hit plateau, so you either add weight or reps to break the cycle.
  • Syphon

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    Jun 01, 2011 11:00 PM GMT
    I just use a notebook and record everything. That way the next week I know where to start off and can track my progress over the long term.
  • needleninja

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    Jun 01, 2011 11:08 PM GMT
    i dont use one when i work out. my hand writing sucks and just focus on what needs to get done.
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    Jun 01, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
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    Jun 01, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    I use a small, wallet-sized notebook to record day-to-day workouts so I remember where I need to pick-up the next time I'm there. The only problem is, half the time I forget a pen. icon_redface.gif Memory lapses aside, it's been really helpful.
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    Jun 05, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    Using a log really showed how much of rut I was in and helped me be a lot more consistent with my workouts.
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    Jun 05, 2011 6:45 AM GMT
    Thanks guys, I have downloaded JEFIT and will take a crack at it. If that does not work as I intend to will go down to the paper .
  • Dominican_Gen...

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    Jul 01, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    When I was starting out it was on a small personalized workout studio and the trainer would actually log each member workout as the member went trough the various machines. Then I switched to a bigger gym (Golds Gym) where they would custom make your routine and print it on a thin cardboard table and you where supposed to keep note of your progress. An exercise on each row, a week on each colum. They were 8 colums on the table and once you ran out of colums you knew it was time to change routine.

    Then I got an iPod Touch and got this app called GymBuddy and it was pretty good. Nowadays I use JeFit for Android and other than for logging cardio, I like it better than I ever liked GymBuddy. The fact that you can set different rest timers for each exercise is gold to me!
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    Jul 02, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    I created an Excel template with several columns and rows and fit two grids on an 8.5x11 paper, print it double-sided and cut it in half. The 5.5x8.5 layout fit perfectly on a small clipboard. Easy to carry and fit in your gym bag. I've been asked by the guys at the gym for a copy of my template.
  • tallguy06

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    Jul 02, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    I've done this everytime I go work out for the past year. I use a small Moleskin notebook, and each new week, I write down the week number for my workout (I just started a new workout routine, so I put down "Week 1"). Then, I write "Day 1, Day 2, etc" and write down all the weights I use for every set of every exercise. This may sound a bit extreme, but it has become such a part of my routine that it feels weird not to do it. It holds me accountable in a way because I know I can't skip any sets or any exercises.
    One other beneficial thing to doing this is that if you haven't done a particular exercise in a few weeks or months, you can look back in your log and see what weight you last used for that exercise.
    I highly recommend a log!icon_surprised.gif
  • allatonce

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    Jul 04, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    I started writing things down at the start of this year. It made a HUGE difference. Got me much more motivated to improve and track my progress.