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Workout Logging

by Michael Petresky on November 22, 2013

Can you recall with 100% accuracy your previous week’s workouts?

Weight load, the number of reps, sets, and how long your rest periods were?

Whether your partner assisted you on your last 2 reps?

The order you performed each exercise?

Logging your workout can be infinitely helpful in breaking plateaus and seeing the gains you want to see. When it comes down to it, the bottom line of any training program is fixated upon your progress in the gym. If you are constantly doing the same weight, the same reps, and never improving in each exercise week after week then you will never see your goals met, or at least in any reasonably amount of time.

By logging your workouts you remove the guesswork, and eliminate reliance upon memory. Instead of spending time trying to remember whether you did 5, 6, or even 12 reps at whatever weight, you can focus completely on the task at hand: the next set. You will know exactly how many reps you did, and how much weight you lifted for each and every set. By doing this you can then make it a goal each and every week to improve upon the previous week. Whether you do 1 more rep, or 5 more pounds, all that matters is you are gradually improving, and constantly making an effort to do so. There will be weeks when you will fail to improve as well as weeks when you regress, but as long as you’re making an effort every workout you will eventually reach your goals.

Remember that many small, and seemingly meaningless progressions add up to make a very large, noteworthy improvement.

Trust me, the people you see in the gym with their composition books, note pads, etc are the people who will be reaching their goals the most efficiently. Many people know that a training log is beyond helpful, but few actually take advantage of it, and those that do usually keep a misshapen, inconsistent, and disorderly log, which can be near impossible to reference over a reasonably long period of time. You want a log that will hold together over months at a time. This way you can easily refer back to, and see the gains you are making to evaluate whether or not you are achieving your desired goals.

A training log is indispensable for keeping you on track for training success. No matter where you are now, the systematic organization and focus upon achieving goals that a training journal enforces will help you to get bigger and stronger.

It is not always enough to just go to the gym and train hard. Training hard is just one part of a large equation. Once you get past the beginner stage of training, and the results slow down or come to a standstill it becomes necessary to train hard with a target to beat in every workout.

If you train hard with no consideration toward all of these different workout factors then you cannot be sure that you are training progressively. Progress is directly related with your aesthetic results, and by progressively improving a small bit week after week, those small improvements add up to a very significant improvement. That major improvement will be reflected by changes in your physique, and you will feel the surge of pride in accomplishing that which you set out to accomplish.

Now go out, evaluate your routine, create a log, and take charge of your training!

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