Tracking your gym progress

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    Jan 05, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    Hey guys, Happy New Year!!

    Ok, so my workouts are going great. But one problem I've always had is not keeping track of my progress.

    How do you guys track your workouts (sets, reps, weight)? What's the best way that works for you?

    Any tips or suggestions will be appreciated!

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    Jim
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    Jan 06, 2008 8:45 PM GMT
    I keep a print out of my workout and I just write down how many reps at what weight and the reps.

    It works for me.

    Maybe try using a PDA or a book or your just one of them lucky buggers that can remember all of it in there head to which I am very envious!
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    Jan 06, 2008 8:55 PM GMT
    I was going to ask something similar to this exact question...but mine was more like how many of you actually keep a training log? Is it really necessary if your just trying to be active and remain fit?

    I can see how it could be beneficial. I guess it cant hurt but its rare you see guys in the gym with a notebook writing this stuff down...how many actually do it?
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    Jan 07, 2008 5:39 AM GMT
    well I do, I have a terrible memory so I would constantly forget what I had to do and then there is how much weight I'm using plus how I'm progressing and at what pace.

    I've seen a few keeping a log, not many though, but I look back from when I started to now and I have made massive changes and I'm now far more capable then I used to be.

    Its helpful to me, lets me see how I'm going and keeps me going back to be better hopefully then the last time.
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    Jan 07, 2008 6:09 AM GMT
    redbull saidI was going to ask something similar to this exact question...but mine was more like how many of you actually keep a training log? Is it really necessary if your just trying to be active and remain fit?
    I can see how it could be beneficial. I guess it cant hurt but its rare you see guys in the gym with a notebook writing this stuff down...how many actually do it?

    I keep track and I think it makes a huge difference. I calculate my workouts so that I'm increasing the weight 5 lbs. every workout on every exercise in an 8 week cycle, working up to my maximum lifts by week 8.

    When I wasn't tracking my actual weight/sets/reps, it was very easy to fall back or stay at the same weight for a long time. A plan that you track gives you a reasonable goal and steady progress. It also allows you to more easily offset those temporary setbacks in the weight by increasing volume, since you have a written record.
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    Jan 07, 2008 12:29 PM GMT
    I have read alot about the benefits of keeping a log and I agree with everything you said OW. I just dont see many people doing it. I know I should and I think I will start...Do yall just use a plain notebook or do you suggest one in particular thats good?
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    Jan 07, 2008 1:48 PM GMT
    I used to keep track; I'd write down the sets and reps after I got home.

    But I noticed myself sticking to the weight amount on the log instead of how challenging it felt when I lifted.

    So I don't keep a log of sets & reps anymore. I just make sure that when lifting, that last set is really hard to lift. My memory is all I need to know what weight amounts to use.

    Unfortunately, it's the number of exercises I'm doing per day that I'm forgetting. How many have I done? 7? 9? I think I might make a checklist to take...
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    Jan 07, 2008 1:56 PM GMT
    "Do yall just use a plain notebook or do you suggest one in particular thats good?"

    I just use a pocket-size memo pad, but I have anal-retentive friends who have Excel-generated forms in hardbound notebooks. I don't want to be toting a notebook with my ever-present book and look like I'm on my way to school. You can also buy training logs with inspirational quotes like "no pain, no gain" and "today may well be the last day of the rest of your life."
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    Jan 12, 2008 4:10 AM GMT
    I used to log it all and try to beat my "scores" but recently my mentality has been to work it out till I fatigue and then push out as many as I can after that. I work for the sweat and the ache not the numbers...I might need to go back to logging that stuff though.