Do you keep a log of your workouts?

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    Feb 24, 2014 9:22 PM GMT
    Do you keep a log or your workouts? To track progress or just to remember what weight and you used last time?
    What information do you track?

    I am also wondering what method you use to keep your log: whether it is a pen and piece of paper, a binder, a notebook, a excel spreadsheet or your computer, or an dedicated app on your mobile device?

    If anyone has a recommendation for a Android app that log and tracks workout, please let me know.

    I keep track using a pencil and a piece of grid paper now. I log the name of the exercise, the number of sets, weights and reps for each set. I use it as a guide to tell myself when to switch up to heavier weight, and in general, show myself how consistent (or inconsistent) I have been working out. For me, keeps me accountable and it is motivational when I see that I have been getting stronger over time.
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    Feb 25, 2014 12:49 PM GMT
    yes, in my brain icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 25, 2014 2:06 PM GMT
    Yes, and I used to have all my phys ed students chart their weekly results in multiple areas. The visual line graphs seemed to help motivate them in their progress.
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    Feb 25, 2014 2:21 PM GMT
    Yes. It's incredibly motivational to look back and see where I came from. It's crazy that I warm up with what my one-rep max used to be, and sometimes I feel like my memory is playing tricks on me until I see it in black and white.
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    Feb 25, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    Yes. I have a small bound book with an elastic strap to keep a pen that I mark the same information as you. Over time I've reduced it to a shorthand and sometimes I'll just mark the date, time and muscle group worked. If I mix it up from my normal workout (which I should do more often) I note the specifics. I've tried keeping my phone on me for music or NPR or something but I turn into a klutz when I start getting tired and don't want to risk the phone so I've stopped doing that except on the aerobic machines. So the manual book is my record.
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    Feb 25, 2014 3:20 PM GMT
    Not for many years. After you reach a certain level of muscular development, it becomes necessary to change your exercises, # of reps, max weight, lifting ratios etc every 2-3 weeks to keep from plateauing and stay growing.

    At that point keeping a journal loses its value because the regular variations in your workouts make comparisons over time very difficult and of limited help.

    Once you get that kind of "feel" for your body's progress, you can measure the results in your mind, on the scale and in the mirror, and can throw the journals in the trash.
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    Feb 26, 2014 4:40 PM GMT
    Alexxx5 saidNot for many years. After you reach a certain level of muscular development, it becomes necessary to change your exercises, # of reps, max weight, lifting ratios etc every 2-3 weeks to keep from plateauing and stay growing.

    At that point keeping a journal loses its value because the regular variations in your workouts make comparisons over time very difficult and of limited help.

    Once you get that kind of "feel" for your body's progress, you can measure the results in your mind, on the scale and in the mirror, and can throw the journals in the trash.


    Interesting. So it actually lessens its value over time.
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    Feb 26, 2014 4:45 PM GMT
    uberick saidDo you keep a log or your workouts? To track progress or just to remember what weight and you used last time?
    What information do you track?

    I am also wondering what method you use to keep your log: whether it is a pen and piece of paper, a binder, a notebook, a excel spreadsheet or your computer, or an dedicated app on your mobile device?


    pencil and a small notebook, but i am probably going to need to transfer the data to a google doc or something in case i lost my notebook lol.

    and i just track the date, the weights, and what exercise.

    I see working out more like a hobby or side things, so I don't usually remember where I am in the weights. Also sometimes I get into heat of the moment and I forget what weights when I am going to the next exercise icon_razz.gif