Tracking Strength training progress.

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    Jul 02, 2007 3:20 AM GMT
    I maintain a note-book to plan and monitor my workout progress. However, it is complicated sorting thru the book at times. I tried to monitor progress with an excel spreadsheet. It became complicated as I kept rotating new exercises.

    Is there a software/website that can be utilized to easily and graphically monitor workouts?

    Thanks,
    Raj
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    Jul 02, 2007 12:37 PM GMT
    Sorry, I get enough of report writing and monitoring progress of project at work. Certainly outside of work I dont want to do another project monitoring.

    For me , in order to monitor my health progress is by getting on the scale and the way I look in the mirror.

    Sorry , buddy. If I sound rude.
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    Jul 02, 2007 2:32 PM GMT
    You replied at a tangent! We all have busy lives and thats besides the point.

    I believe systematically monitoring strength gains is different than observing changes in your body. The former allows one to workout extremely hard everytime. For example if you know for bench press what your one-rep max is, then you can workout at say 70% or 90% of your 1-rep-max capacity. Thats the thought behind my question.
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    Jul 02, 2007 9:45 PM GMT
    What I've done for the past two years is just make journal entries.
    As soon as I return from the gym I write down EVERYTHING I did (number of sets and reps and weight used). Lots of folks use the spreadsheet software...I simply use a word processor software.

    Each time I return to the gym to tackle the same body part, I review the previous journal entry and increase by 5 lbs or 3-5reps per set.

    I've experienced a 30-45lb increase in all of my lifts in the last 4-6 months; that's been pretty consistent for the last year.
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    Jul 02, 2007 11:16 PM GMT
    thanks I maintain a workout book, similar to what you do.
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    Jul 03, 2007 6:24 AM GMT
    how about using different charts for different work outs. you'll probably come back to that work out anyway, and it would be interesting to see if having rotated your exercises if they have helped you advance in that work out as well. If you want an overall strength indicator, you could chart the percentage increase for each work out and then graph them all on one chart and come up with some sort of common regression line. You can do that with SPSS. You can easily import your Excel data to the software, but using the program you gotta know statistics lingo at times. It seems easier to just write it down and just look at the paper.
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    Jul 03, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    thanks