Workout Journal

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    Mar 02, 2016 12:27 AM GMT
    Do you use a workout journal to record your workouts? IF so what do you use? And how do you use it?
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 02, 2016 2:31 AM GMT
    I used to do this when I was new to the gym routine. I simply bought a small blank book and wrote down everything I did. The point was to make sure I was progressing. Now that I'm closer to my weight and strength goals, I've quit doing it and mostly just use a mirror and a scale to motivate and make sure I don't backslide. But for years, the book was useful, motivating, and kept me honest with myself.
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    Mar 04, 2016 12:00 AM GMT
    Naw. I'm sure it's a good idea to keep a diary so you can more exactly track your strength progress... but... it seems like too much work. I can easily remember how much weight I did for a particular exercise the previous time. When I'm able to do easily do 12 reps at that weight, I move it up 10-20 pounds next time. I guess it would be nice to know exactly how much I was doing on a particular exercise a year ago or whatever, but... meh.

    Also, I've noticed I've never once seen one of the bigger guys carrying around their workout journal at the gym, it's always the smaller guys--not sure if that says anything useful.
  • jrc2005

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    Mar 04, 2016 12:39 PM GMT
    Yeah the bigger guys are too busy posing or cutting up or slamming weights...

    I just carry around a small notebook and pen. Like
  • jjguy05

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    Mar 06, 2016 7:32 AM GMT

    Just a small notebook with a pen, or the text/notes app on your phone.

    I record every workout: each lift, weight(s) used, sets and reps, and anything special (drop sets, for example). But I don't go crazy on details. It helps me progress over time. If I pressed (overhead), say 135 lbs, 3 sets times 5 reps, then I'll know to aim for at least that much next time, and to eventually progress to a weight higher than 135 and/or more reps than 3x5.

    At the very least, record your basic lifts. Your isolation movements matter less, but I record those too.
  • buddycat

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    Mar 07, 2016 12:03 AM GMT
    Never will. I always see these people walking around with their clipboards and trainer created routines and could never do something like that. Getting through my routine is enough without all those extra tasks.
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    Mar 12, 2016 5:37 AM GMT
    Kept a journal for maybe the first three or four years I went to the gym regularly (I'm now at year 20 of regular gym!), and probably I only kind of needed it the first year as I sorted out my routines and levels. Also, at first, I'd often go with a buddy; but we'd sometimes go separately, so the journal would make it easier for us to compare notes. I notice at least two or three guys keeping a journal every time I'm at the gym. Usually it's newbies; but one guy I saw today I know has been doing it for at least a couple of years. It has its place.
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    Mar 12, 2016 10:43 PM GMT
    jimib saidDo you use a workout journal to record your workouts?
    I prefer a GoPro for that...especially the nude workouts.