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Log Your Training

Log Your Training
January 15, 2018 Dan Raimondi

“Keeping track of that stuff takes the fun out of it.” A guy in the gym saw me record my training in a little notebook. I’ve been doing this for years, and it’s useful to look back and see what works, where I began, etc…He said he didn’t track his training because it took the fun out of it.

To me, progress is fun, and being able to see what works, how you need to move forward, trends, peaks, valleys- that’s fun. It reveals the process. Moving forward blindly with little or no guidance isn’t a long-term strategy for someone serious about improving. Want to get better with your personal finances? Create a budget, and then track where exactly the money goes(Everydollar is a great tool for this). Having a plan and tracking along the way is a small input that yields very big output. Same goes for training.

Note:
-You don’t need an app to log your training. A basic composition book will do. Read Bay Strength’s article about how to set it up here.
-If you also want to visualize the data over time, you can create an Excel sheet for yourself, or use the RTS free TRAC tool

Update: September, 2018

Greg Nuckols wrote a great article on his site about overcoming laziness. When training, one simple way to bypass our inherit laziness is to record our data- sets, reps, weight, effort level, etc…In Greg’s words:

“I added 90lbs to my overhead press in 4 months using this simple method.  I’d always done a bit of overhead pressing, but my press was embarrassingly bad compared to my other lifts.  When I started, I could bench 445lbs, but only overhead press 185.  I kept track of my 1rm, 3rm, 5rm, 8rm, 10rm, and 12rm.  I did three sets per session, trying to beat three different rep maxes, and succeeded in doing so about 80-90{e18ed2371f09e71a3757b9c079724507f9c8fbf367ae51cfed9a8a84db31045b} of the time.  Within 4 months, my overhead press had improved to 275.”