Keeping track of your workouts isn’t only for competitive or elite athletes. Anyone at any fitness level can benefit from a workout log. And here are some tips for keeping track of your workouts:
1. Track what matters most (to you).
When it comes to deciding what you’re going to keep track of, think about what matters most to you. Keep your fitness goals in mind and keep track of anything that’s related to your goals. You can track what you did in a workout, the weight you used, reps or rounds completed, PRs, etc.
2. Include measurable data.
As you tie your goals and your workout log together, determine the measurable information that aligns with your goals, and track that over time. For example, if your goal is to hit a new back squat PR, then make sure you’re tracking your back squat loads over time.
3. Use a method that works best for you.
It’s up to you to decide the method you’ll use to track your workouts. Some people use an app. Others prefer a pen and a spiral-bound notebook. Both of these methods will accomplish the same goal. The key is to use the one that you’re more likely to use every day.
4. Make a daily entry.
No matter if you work out or take a rest day, make an entry in your log. Rest and recovery days and workouts are just as useful to have a record of as your workouts themselves.
5. Understand the benefits of a workout log.
Understanding the benefits of having a workout log can keep you motivated to use it long-term. A workout log creates a record of everything you’ve done in the past. This information can then help you with goal-setting, staying focused and motivated, and even make your time at the gym more effective.
6. Use your data to see trends over time.
Because you’re able to look back on your workouts, it is possible to see trends over time. If you find yourself stuck in a rut or on the verge of overtraining, a workout log gives you information that could explain why you feel the way you do. You can see patterns in your training and adjust so that you continue getting closer to your fitness goals.
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