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    workout logs

    everytime i go to the gym i notice that im the only one who carries around a workout log and writes in my numbers. am i the only one who does this? how do you all keep track of your workouts?

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    I have a workout log too. I keep track of everything from my workouts. Reps, sets, weight, weather or not I use straps, If the last rep of any given set was a grinder, my PRs, and even a vomit meter at the bottom of the page for squat days.
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    i bring a cool lookin' page i made in Excel with what i'm supposed to do each day (in a 3-ring binder). i don't write anything on it though, i just remember what i did and put it in an electronic journal when i come home.
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    People with workout logs are the people that make progress consistently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Road View Post
    People with workout logs are the people that make progress consistently.
    exactly... I wish I had realized that 10 years ago.
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    LMAO @ Vomit meter

    It has helped me when i look back the week before to see where i was at, i write in it how i was feeling that day before and after workout...if i wasn't feeling it that day and did lower weight than normal, i don't want my lifts the next week to suffer. What i really like is that i can look back and see where i started and how much i have progressed...keeps me motivated
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    yeah i also try to take extra notes, like what i ate before i worked out, how i warmed up, if i got a good night sleep, etc. then i rate my workout at the end. this way i can look at the really good days and try to repeat what i did, or avoid something i did on a bad workout day. i also write in any progression, whether i added weight to a lift, did one more rep than the previous week, anything that shows that i somehow progressed from what i did previously

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    I carry a three ring binder around with me. Some of the "do it on the fly" hard asses on the gym look at me funny, but then again I out lift most of them so they can't say a damn thing to me.
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    I've always been able to remember what I do. Then I get home and document it electronically. It's for the best since I can't read my own damn handwriting most of the time.
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    I have a big white board in my gym that I write down what I'm going to do. No need for a binder to write it down with, I just log it on here when I get home


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    I keep a log. I'd be lost without it.

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    I do SS so my workouts are planned. I write them down on a 3"X5" index card and keep that in my pocket. I don't like having to worry about carrying a notebook. If I miss a rep I make notes on it using the pen at the desk. I rest between sets anyhow. I write down warmups and all. When I get home I write in my journal here and add my personal comments and thoughts. An online journal really helps me to keep on track.
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    I've got logs going back 10 years, and can look and see exactly what I did, in the order I did it. I also make notes about injuries, or motivation levels. I'll have to add the vomit meter ~ that's classic.

    In my mind the log is a narrative account similar to taking a "photo" to measure progress.

    When I started getting serious with lifting, I remember doing the German Volume Method, and I've still got the logs..... 10 sets of 10 on the Bench starting at 135. Seems like a joke that that was considered a workout now.
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    I generally write up what my training goals are before I go to the gym, then keep track in my log when I get there. I often look up what my past PR's were on whatever lifts I plan to do (which I keep in a spreadsheet going back almost 5 years) so I know what to shoot for. I always post my results in my WBB journal the next day.
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    I just got back from the gym, and a couple dudes actually were laughing at me for writing down my numbers as I did my workout. I don't care. People who don't log their numbers are usually the same people who wander around the gym aimlessly picking up a dumbbell here, doing a couple reps on some crappy machine there, then jumping on the stairmaster. They've got no plan, so they don't make any progress.

    Whenever I "arrange" a routine I like, I make a workout sheet of it in MS Word. I can see what move to do next, write my reps and weights, and make any other notes. Then when I get home, I make a log entry in my binder.

    So you're not alone. The #1 thing you can do is have a plan, and for many of us that means writing things down.

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    I just got back from the gym, and a couple dudes actually were laughing at me for writing down my numbers as I did my workout.
    In my mind, you just said the third best argument for having a home gym ~ right there.

    The second best argument for having a home gym is so that you don't have to worry about catching some disease off the sweat from the Dumbells/ Bars/ Bench/ etc.

    Finally, the single best argument for having a home gym is so that you and your wife can work out in the buff! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Braun View Post
    I just got back from the gym, and a couple dudes actually were laughing at me for writing down my numbers as I did my workout.
    Keep up with the log, and in a year or two those same d-bags will be asking to see your log instead of mocking it.
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    [QUOTE=Lloyd Braun;2298747]I just got back from the gym, and a couple dudes actually were laughing at me for writing down my numbers as I did my workout. I don't care.

    I carry a 3ring binder, tupperware of chalk and a can of cope. I find the log keeps me accountable. I get some weird looks when putting in a dip of cope before squatting or pulling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Braun View Post
    I just got back from the gym, and a couple dudes actually were laughing at me for writing down my numbers as I did my workout. I don't care. People who don't log their numbers are usually the same people who wander around the gym aimlessly picking up a dumbbell here, doing a couple reps on some crappy machine there, then jumping on the stairmaster. They've got no plan, so they don't make any progress.

    Whenever I "arrange" a routine I like, I make a workout sheet of it in MS Word. I can see what move to do next, write my reps and weights, and make any other notes. Then when I get home, I make a log entry in my binder.

    So you're not alone. The #1 thing you can do is have a plan, and for many of us that means writing things down.
    Great screen name! If George could have only sold em like you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joey54 View Post
    Great screen name! If George could have only sold em like you.
    Yep, too bad all my sales were bogus. Gum?

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    I keep a log of my workouts in Excel. I print out 2 weeks worth of workouts in rather small print and then cut the day's routine and fold it up, put it in the pocket of my gym shorts and carry a golf pencil to record what I do. I've been told I'm anal about it, by several, but I'm one of the very few that makes consistent gains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd Braun View Post
    Yep, too bad all my sales were bogus. Gum?
    Serenity now!

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    Well they could be like me, I don't carry a notebook around, but when i get home from the gym i note down my lifts on my PC then upload them to my log next day. But you are right it is good to keep track.
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    I keep a full log in excel. I concatenate strings of exercises, reps and sets to create a cut down easy to read/ modify version of the routine.
    Just before I go for a session, I transfer it to notes in outlook and sync my phone.

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