Recording and tracking your workouts

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    Oct 15, 2008 9:32 AM GMT
    Who here uses some sort of workout journal.

    I've tried int he past and never stuck to it, but as I get ready to leave for the gym this morning, I'm going to try again. Do you use a regular notebook? a professional journal? Does it help you in your gains?
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    Oct 15, 2008 10:22 AM GMT
    I started tracking workouts back when I subscribed to the Men's Health Personal Trainer service with the logs they gave me to print out. I don't use the service anymore but I still track my workout just using a spiral notebook. I think it helps focus on continuing to improve amount of weight, number of reps, sets, etc., rather than just making a guess of what I did during the last workout.
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    Oct 15, 2008 12:47 PM GMT
    i keep track of my progress on my iphone. there's an app called FitSync - works great. There's a couple of other choices as well, Gyminee is another App for the iPhone. of course, it also doubles as my ipod too, so... two birds, one fabulous gadget. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 15, 2008 1:07 PM GMT
    For many years i did not. I figured i could remember the previous routines and go from there.
    A few years ago, i decided to "get serious" about weight lifting and started a specific 12 week program that required i log my workouts. I was expected to keep track of max wts, set, and reps. I created my own spreadsheet (basic stuff using a word document table) and never looked back.
    Four years later, i still log my routines and have been very pleased.
    Keeping a log allows me to continously improve or strive to do better. It also allows me to recognize when i have become stagnant on a particular set (such as squats or bench press) - telling me it is time to replace the squat with a leg press or bench press with an incline press.
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    Oct 15, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    I always use just a small notebook to record what I did and when I did it. I keep track of weight, reps, and sets. I also keep track of my cardio, noting what intervals I did etc. It helps me not only know what I should be doing for that day but also makes me strive to make sure I keep upping the ante. It's also nice to look back and see how far I've come from when the notebook started out.
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    Oct 15, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
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    Moleskine ruled notebook. Practically perfect in every way.

    Yes, it really helps. You always know what weights you used last time, how many reps, etc. Particularly helpful if you include some sort of simple notation on whether it was heavy, light, only did a partial rep, etc.

    If you're like me and have the occasional (okay, frequent) self esteem crisis, it's reassuring to page back through the notebook to see that, yes, you've actually gotten stronger over time.
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    Oct 15, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    Does recording one's workouts really lead to much improvement v. foregoing it altogether?
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    Oct 15, 2008 6:04 PM GMT
    ucla_matta saidDoes recording one's workouts really lead to much improvement v. foregoing it altogether?

    I don't have a perfect memory. I suppose if I could accurately remember every weight I did over the previous few weeks, it wouldn't be necessary. But I can't, so it is.
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    Oct 15, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    I record my running weekly mileage and weight training in a logbook---one of those put out by Runners' World. I include races and keep a cumulative total of miles as well as a record of running shoes purchased during the year. I grade my daily runs from A to D, keep track of weather conditions, my weight, and record my gym workouts. Any other workout I do, such as cycling, is also recorded. This journal helps me spot trends or deficiencies in my running and workouts and to make adjustments.
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    Oct 16, 2008 11:34 AM GMT
    I always keep track of my workouts. It makes it easier to select form variations of any given exercise and motivates me to make steady progress by tracking the amount of weight I might use. Also, it's gratifying to check off exercises on my list.