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The Importance Of A Training Log
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The Importance Of A Training Log

Its your last day at the gym, time for two days off and then BOOM! your back in the gym the following Monday, you get there walk up to the squat rack and then it happens.... you haven't forgotten what weight you was lifting in your last session, or you can't remember if you added an extra 5 or 10 lbs to the bar?

This was a problem I always faced until I started to write everything down. I was fed up of thinking what I thought I lifted only to realize after a full 4 sets I was lifting less than last week.

I went out and bought a small notepad, looked for some template examples on-line, found one and drew the table in my training log. I wrote all the exercises down in the left hand column. Reps in the next column, and weights I've lifted in the next column. To help me progress I place an arrow next to a weight I found easy to lift to indicate to go up the next week but if I found it hard I would put a subtraction symbol next to it instead indicating not to go up.

The next time I went to the gym I was armed and ready, training log and pen in one hand and lifting belt in the other.

I was training Chest and Triceps, It was a tough workout! But I went away with every rep that I did and every weight that I lifted all noted down in My new training log, BOOM!

The next session of Chest and Triceps came round again, Instead of being confused with which weights I should be lifting I just turned the page back to the last session in the training log and everything was there, All reps, sets and weights. This session felt even better than the last because I was able to progress from the last session thanks to noting everything down.

3 Good Reasons To Keep a training log.

  • You never forget any of the reps and weights that you lift, It allows you to always progress from workout to workout.
  • You can also use to look back and see which lifts or body parts you struggled to progress with and prioritize these.
  • You can adapt your training log to keep tabs on your diet too. E.g Calories consumed, Protein and carbohydrates consumed, number of meals eaten, Vitamins and supplements your taking etc.


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