Do you guys keep one? I just read an article that suggested it's a necessity. For those of you that do what do you do? Do you take a big book of paper and a pen with you and write in it or do you keep track once you get back home? It makes sense but I don't know if I'd feel right with that stuff at my gym. People would probably be thinking "this is a place to work out, not draw pictures or write stories". I guess I wouldn't really care if it was important though. Anyway, what do you guys do?
I have one everytime I go to the gym. I log weights, sets, reps, and duration of workout. Also, if I do cardio, I log HR info from my HR monitor. If I have time, I enter it in my journal I keep here. I use these little pads, about 80 pages per pad. It's nice to see what almost 3 months looks like at a glance.
I always bring my log book. I write down the reps/weight and rep/weight increases over last weeks numbers. Lots of people do it man, no need to feel weird about it. It shows you're serious about your training.
If you're just starting out, it's quite helpful.
I have one in my gym bag, but I never use it. I remember the important ones and post them in my journal when I get home.
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screw all that paper and stuff i just use my palm pilot to keep track of progress..this is the 21 century ya know...j/k
Yes, I keep a training log, and IMO, its one of the most important tools you can use.
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I has a blog.
I has a facebook.
I take a little notebook and a pen with me to the gym everytime, i see a couple others do the same.
somewhat what I eat...
It's very surprising to see how many people don't have a journal in my gym. I'd say on a busy day/night, I might see 2 or 3 peopl, not including myself, with journals.
One of my friends keeps one, not because of me. Other than that there might have been an old lady keeping one but that's about it at my gym. I don't use the pen and paper but I don't forget what weights on used and I just record it on my computer when I get done.
i just write my lifts and stuff in my online journal after i work out.
I just remember all of my sets/reps/weights and record them sometime later on when I get home.
Best Meet @ Lifts@181:...............Best gym lifts
Squat...- 403..........................Squat....- 395 w/belt
Bench...- 303..........................Bench....- 300....Paused in meet - 281
Deadlift.- 503.....Unofficial 513...Deadlift..- 490
Total....- 1,203...IPF Class II......All done raw, Touch'n go bench
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I can barely remember my name after a set...dunno how you guys remember how much weight you do, how you feel, or how much you'd want to do the following week...
I think a notebook is a pain in the butt....you have to flip pages to see progress..
print out a spreadsheet, hook it onto a clipboard and off you go...that way you can go into the gym knowing exactly how much weight you did the week before and how much you want to go up this week (assuming you write future +/- weights in) all at a glance
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I worked my brain for .002 seconds so now I can use all my strength for my exercises and not wasted on flipping pagesOriginally Posted by Max-Mex
I bring one in the gym, I change exercises up quite a bit and I find it hard to remember what I did last time I was in there, so rather than waste x amount of minutes trying to figure out what I need to be lifting, I have it written down.
and I draw in it too, I pretty much draw/sketch on everything in sight.......
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22OCT04 = 960 Total - Bench 275, Squat 305, Deadlift 380
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Holding a pen and writing in a notebook gives you grip strength.
I have a small notebook I take.
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Yeah I can agree with that. When I'm working out I kind of go brain dead while I'm there. I may not even have the mental capacity at the time to write down the information.Originally Posted by geoffgarcia
At the same time though I could bring one of those notepads. I've got a couple kicking around the house. I'll probably give it a go for a few weeks and see how I like it.
Yeah I must seem really stupid to the people I talk to during my workout because I can't think and lift at the same time ..
If I'm not sure what weight I'm on or the exercises I'm doing I can check on my computer before I go to workout but I am always thinking about setting PRs all week on every little exercise I do and so I rarely have a hard time remembering. When I'm in the gym I'll either be pissed off I didn't PR and remember what I did or I'll be really pleased from hitting the PR.
..I guess it also helps that I don't usually train to failure and I keep the weight and reps constant through the sets on most exercises so as to train more for strength ..
I always take a folded sheet of A4 paper (folded like 3 times) so its pretty small and a pen in there. On it are the weights im going to do and the reps. As i perform them i basically mark down how the set felt whilst im resting..like easy, medium, hard, very hard or failed...then i tap it all into a spreadsheet at home. when i come to train again i open the spreadsheet, and i can see what i did last time and set new goals this time. always have something to shoot for. Oh and i hardly ever see anyone else with a log. guess im just anal. anal but focused.
for those of you that don't write stuff down, how do you do workouts like HST?
I don't write anything down. I keep it up in my noggin. I don't even count anymore. I just go till I die.
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Well, I don't have a PDA but I went the cheap route and since I have a graphing calculator it came with a little spreadsheet program. It's great, after I get home I plug into my PC and download into Excel. From there I can make graphs to keep track of my progress. Some people can do it in their head, but I find that it's harder to keep up the progression that way.
I used to write down everything then suddenly out of nowhere i just couldnt be arsed anymore