Weightlifting journal?

  • youngbuckin

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    Jan 06, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    I'm an engineer so I love keep track of whatever I do. I remember when taking weight training in high school that we had an excel sheet that we filled out with our first max. This file gave us data for what we should be lifting every day to increase our max until it was time to max again. I'm not necessarily looking for this exact thing, but I want to know how everyone keeps track of their work out that day and throughout the week so they can see their gains? Do you guys consistently do this or am I just being OCD with my new regimen?
  • bishop65

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    Jan 07, 2013 12:45 AM GMT
    I use blank notebooks to log my workouts. You can use this tracker on Bodybuilder.com [http://www.bodybuilding.com/] and create a profile. You can log in your workout session there and it will keep track of your progress. Good luck.
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    Jan 07, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    I use a standard spreadsheet on paper. I have three workouts going at a time: core/arms. shoulders/legs. and chest/back. I try and do each workout twice a week.

    My trainer and I set up the workouts on 3 sets of sheets and the actual routines will not change significantly for about 10 weeks. What we vary each week is number of sets and reps. Keeping these sheets going over the ten week period really allows you to see the progress. After ten weeks, we create new sheets/routines, with a completely new set of exercises.

    I also use fitocracy.com to log my workouts, but frankly, my trainer is so creative on the stuff he has me do that it's hard to find the equivelant exercises listed in fitocracy.com.
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    Jan 07, 2013 12:48 AM GMT
    I use an app called "Gym Buddy" on my iPhone. It tracks my workouts. I don't know if it has all of the features you mentioned.
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    Jan 07, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    I tried various smartphone apps and found none with the exact features I wanted. I used to use a small notebook which worked fine, but now I'm using spreadsheets with the exact features I want. I'm surprised most people don't record anything. I always like to see weights/reps/sets from last time and I can't imagine memorizing everything.

    What I do now is create spreadsheets using Numbers on my Mac which syncs with Numbers on my iPad via iCloud. I have the iPad in a small case that I take to the gym. Takes up not much more room than a clipboard, and is extremely convenient.
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    Jan 07, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    I just use a small notebook. I track the target weight to lift, reps/sets, weight for each rep set, and if I feel the weight needs to be increased the next workout. Works pretty well, and lets me keep track of progress even if I'm not noticing it physically.
  • chi_rock

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    Jan 07, 2013 3:04 AM GMT
    In my head is good enough.
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    Jan 07, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    I use my BodyMinder everyday. Tracks nutrition and execise. Keeps me honest.