Online weight lifting journal?

  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 05, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    I thought I had seen one mentioned before, but I can't find it in the archives. I'm looking for a good free online weight lifting journal to track my exercises. I'd prefer it be online rather than just doing it with ExCel, because I'm not always on the same computer at an appropriate time to update it. Sites like fitday.com are good for tracking what you've eaten, and even to some extent the cardio you've done, but are really not set up properly to deal with tracking weights.

    An ideal journal, for me, would have the following features:

    * The ability to create a number of customized routines, so you can call up a saved routine without inputting all of the individual exercises each time you do it. Alternately, it could store your "favorite" exercises from the list, so you can pick them from the smaller set of things you regularly do.

    * A simple interface for inputting weight and reps per set, and adding addition sets which might not be identical

    * A field to add short notes, such as "overhand grip" or "alternate legs"

    * The ability to graph trends

    * The ability to specify that you did whatever exercise on a different day than you input the info

    Any recommendations?
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    Aug 05, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    I tracked this post awhile ago which has a couple more of these types of sites; maybe this is what you saw awhile ago?

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/177287/
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    Aug 05, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    You could also use something like google spreadsheets, and keep your data in the cloud. That way you could set it up the way you want and access it from anywhere. Or set up something with an iPhone and .me account which could be really slick, but seems overly expensive.
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    Aug 05, 2008 5:28 PM GMT
    While we're dreaming of features, I'd like a site that doesn't rely on Flash or Java for the interface, or that at least has a decent alternative option for mobiles. It would be great to be able to enter the data in real time from a smartphone. And then generate the fancy graphs and stats later.
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:13 PM GMT
    I hope RJ is thinking about it, at least. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 05, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    I see a couple of sites have jumped on the bandwagon:

    http://www.gyminee.com/public/iPhone-workout-journal

    http://www.pumpone.com/iphone/

    I'm sure more will follow.

    If it's web based, it seems like they should be able to make it not dependent on a particular phone operating system.
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    Aug 06, 2008 10:09 AM GMT
    I never use all of the stuff that people talk about. Take it for what it is worth. I have never kept a journal in my life. For some people I think it is great, for other people they become a slave to it. Lift. Lift. Lift. You do not get bigger from writing down your workout. That just keeps track. I see guys spending more time in the gym writing out their sets and reps than working out. If you need that, fine.

    I am old school. I know what I can bench. I lift that, and add to that, based on how I feel. If I am really strong, I add a few pounds. If not, I do what I can do that day. My goal, every single day that I go to the gym, is to lift as hard as I can then add a few more reps. Or add a few pounds. But if I was stronger last wednesday than today, I do not worry about it. It is all about being the strongest I can be today.

    Strength come in increments. It is not a straight line. The goal should be to lift as much and as hard as you can that day. Never ever say I will do this many reps. Ever. Otherwise, you will say 10 when your body can do 13, and you just lost 30%. Lift as much as you can as long as you can, never say quit till you really have to quit. OLd School.
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:27 PM GMT
    I've been using Gyminee for a week or so. My biggest problem is that I don't eat enough, nor consistently enough. I think Gyminee will be useful for me to do that than as an exercise log. My trainer keeps all my accomplishments with him in my folder and that gives me enough of a benchmark. We can always go back and see what I could do on a given exercise six months or a year ago to see if and how I am progressing.

    I showed Gyminee to him yesterday and he said the video of the barbell deadlift uses really bad form, so you have to take what they say on there with a grain of salt. Also the diet is based on the Zone Diet 4-4-3 prinicipal which is fine if that works for you but we use metabolic typing to fine tune diet and you can't adjust for that.
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    Aug 18, 2008 12:25 AM GMT
    This is a great thread and I think I have just what everyone is looking for.

    A couple of friends and I have atually come out with a mobile fitness tracking service that works with your mobile smart phone.

    Our product/service is called Gym Technik and you can join at www.gymtechnik.com


    As a member, you can setup your workout routines online and when you hit the gym - you can use your mobile smartphone to follow your workout routine with visual guidance, track your workout stats, track your cardio information, and also track body statistics. The mobile smartphone will also show you your workout stats from your last workout so you are always taking one step forward.

    Our website then synchs up your phone data automatically to show you progress graphs which allows you to further optimize your workout routine if need be.

    I recommend you guys try it out and our product is currently optimized for the BlackBerry® and iPhone / iPod Touch

    We're working on releasing for Windows Mobile Handsets and Opera Mini browser handsets.

    Let me know what you think!

    Fitgeek112
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    Aug 18, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    fitgeek112 saidA couple of friends and I have atually come out with a mobile fitness tracking service that works with your mobile smart phone.

    Our product/service is called Gym Technik and you can join at www.gymtechnik.com

    Looks promising, but took a pass when it became clear the website won't disclose the price of the service before you provide all your personal/billing info. Never a good sign.
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    Aug 18, 2008 4:28 AM GMT
    BoarderX said
    fitgeek112 saidA couple of friends and I have atually come out with a mobile fitness tracking service that works with your mobile smart phone.

    Our product/service is called Gym Technik and you can join at www.gymtechnik.com

    Looks promising, but took a pass when it became clear the website won't disclose the price of the service before you provide all your personal/billing info. Never a good sign.


    Hi BoarderX - Our application is currently free and for this reason we do not gather any credit card or billing information when you register.

    We do plan on having a Premium Version down the road with specific add-on features, but it will be up to you if you wish to upgrade at that time. We will never ask for billing details such as credit card numbers unless you explicitly wish to upgrade at that time.

    For now, I hope you give the site a chance as it is completely free and has plenty to offer.

    Thanks,

    Fitgeek112
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    Aug 18, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    I don't keep a journal of my weights and reps, I just write down my "plan" each time I change it up (usualy once every 6-8 weeks), and print that out and take it with me to the gym as a reference. The plan has sets and reps, but not weights -- I usually have a sense of what weights I can do for each exercise.
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    Aug 18, 2008 6:39 AM GMT
    Okay, I've signed up for the free service at www.gymtechnik.com. Sets up very smoothly and intuitively. Looks like it meets most of MSUBioNerd's criteria, although I can't tell yet whether addition sets and annotations are possible.

    Good range of exercises, too. Any experienced lifter will find something missing, of course, but the only glaring categorical omission is the olympic lifts (cleans, jerks, snatches, etc).

    I'll try the in-gym data entry and the graphs and tracking this week. But so far this seems like a nice option for the Blackberry or iPhone.
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    Aug 18, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    BoarderX - Thank you for the detailed response!

    So in regards to your comment about not being sure about adding in additional sets for an exercise - This is actually possible within the website but cannot be added on the fly with your bb. Adding additional sets on the fly with the bb will be available down the road once we have our downloadable thin client version out. But for now, when adding in an exercise to a workout you will see an "x" with a little number box - in here you can define the number of sets you wish to perform.

    And what exactly are you referring to in terms of "annotations"?

    In regards to the your comment about the omission of olympic lifts - We realize that we cannot accomodate every exercise that people would want to perform and thus for this reason we will be allowing users to also define their own custom exercises not included within our library list. We will be releasing this feature within the next 3 weeks. This new release will allow you to add in new custom exercises and also will contain a cardio list of exercises for you to track. Custom cardio exercises will also be possible.

    Really appreciate the feedback and we take all suggestions seriously so looking forward to what you have to say once you begin using it.

    Thanks again!

    Fitgeek112
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 19, 2008 12:35 AM GMT
    Gymtechnik looks good, but I don't have a smart phone. I seem to have been able to enter a few workout routines, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to use the web service to input that I've done one of the routines. It also says it lets you track your body measurements, but I can't figure out how to do that on the web either. It seems from first pass that you might need a smart phone to actually use the site.
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    Aug 19, 2008 1:01 AM GMT
    It does seem that way, MSUBioNerd. Started using the Blackberry with it today, and you enter body stats (weight and bodyfat percentage) at the outset. Once you've started inputing anything on the phone, the "track progress" section of the website has that info on it, but it doesn't appear that you can make changes from the web.
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    Aug 23, 2008 2:54 AM GMT
    MSUBioNerd - Our service is actually a mobile solution for fitness tracking and so you are correct in your observation that a mobile smartphone is required for the data input.

    fitgeek112
  • time2work

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    Sep 04, 2008 11:07 PM GMT
    does it only work with bb? or can other mobile devices use it? i have a psp with a web browser.
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    Sep 07, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    time2work saiddoes it only work with bb? or can other mobile devices use it? i have a psp with a web browser.


    It actually will work on any smartphone that can enable javascripts. Also, it works on an opera mini browser.

    Interesting on the PSP thought. If you can enable javascripts it should work. If you can give it a go and let me know that would be great.

    fitgeek112
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    Sep 23, 2008 3:04 AM GMT
    For those interested and that have caught on from this thread Gym Technik just had an upgrade with exciting new features. Members are now allowed to track cardio exercises and also their own user defined custom exercises.

    MSBioNerd, there is also a mobile login now on our website so you can input stats from the web similar to how one would directly from their smart phone.

    fitgeek
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    Nov 18, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    A free service I use to track calorie intake and exercise is: http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/

    It was started by Lance Armstrong...
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    shiftynj saidI've been using Gyminee for a week or so. My biggest problem is that I don't eat enough, nor consistently enough. I think Gyminee will be useful for me to do that than as an exercise log. My trainer keeps all my accomplishments with him in my folder and that gives me enough of a benchmark. We can always go back and see what I could do on a given exercise six months or a year ago to see if and how I am progressing.

    I showed Gyminee to him yesterday and he said the video of the barbell deadlift uses really bad form, so you have to take what they say on there with a grain of salt. Also the diet is based on the Zone Diet 4-4-3 prinicipal which is fine if that works for you but we use metabolic typing to fine tune diet and you can't adjust for that.


    I also like Gyminee... its an easy way to keep track and you can use it on your iphone.
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:53 PM GMT
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    shiftynj saidI've been using Gyminee for a week or so. My biggest problem is that I don't eat enough, nor consistently enough. I think Gyminee will be useful for me to do that than as an exercise log. My trainer keeps all my accomplishments with him in my folder and that gives me enough of a benchmark. We can always go back and see what I could do on a given exercise six months or a year ago to see if and how I am progressing.

    I showed Gyminee to him yesterday and he said the video of the barbell deadlift uses really bad form, so you have to take what they say on there with a grain of salt. Also the diet is based on the Zone Diet 4-4-3 prinicipal which is fine if that works for you but we use metabolic typing to fine tune diet and you can't adjust for that.


    I also like Gyminee... its an easy way to keep track and you can use it on your iphone.


    Thats what I use too since April and it really helps you focus on both diet and workouts...they keep expanding it and its very easy to use on your mobile or iphone. I like it on my iphone because I can punch in my workouts and sets while listening to my music.

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    Nov 20, 2008 6:58 PM GMT
    shiftynj saidI showed Gyminee to him yesterday and he said the video of the barbell deadlift uses really bad form, so you have to take what they say on there with a grain of salt. Also the diet is based on the Zone Diet 4-4-3 prinicipal which is fine if that works for you but we use metabolic typing to fine tune diet and you can't adjust for that.


    On Gyminee - you can adjust your nutrition goal intake to whatever diet your on...meaning you can change the calorie/protein/fat goals to personalize it for yourself. You don't have to stick to the Zone Diet shiftynj.