Keeping a strength training log is a great way to keep track of your exercises and progress. It also allows you to set new goals for yourself to reach those goals over time. Follow these guidelines to start and keep a strength training log.
Print or Online Training Log?
One decision you will have to make is whether to keep your strength training log in a notebook/book of some sort or on a website.
If you are not on the computer that much, writing down your log may be easier for you. It is also more convenient to take with you, whether you are going to the gym or working out at home.
An online strength training log may be for you if you are on the computer on a regular basis. It is also much easier to see your progress this way.
Your Print Strength Training Log
You can buy a pre-formatted strength training booklet to keep your log in, if you would like. Otherwise, you should consider using a dedicated notebook to keep you log. You need something which is easy to carry around, and something that you will not lose.
You may choose to divide your notebook into sections for the date or the area your are working. These two are the best ways to divide a strength training log.
Make sure each page in which you keep your progress also has a column for the date, name of the exercise, targeted muscle(s), weight, sets, reps and comments. Other labels, such as intensity, may also be added. The comments section is important; leave enough room to describe your reactions to your workout and anything else necessary.
Your Online Strength Training Log
There are a number of websites in which you can use a strength training log. There are also a number of good free websites which offer this service, such as Fitday.com. These websites offer a free and easy way to keep track of your workouts. If you have a mobile phone capable of accessing the internet, you will be able to conveniently access this data.
Simply sign up at the website to begin your training log. Most websites (such as the example previously mentioned) will also allow you to keep track of cardio work and nutrition as well. Keep track of your progress by entering the correct exercise(s) for your workout and supplementary information. If the website has a comments section, you could use this to remind yourself to gradually pursue a certain goal.
Keep With Your Training Log
Regardless of how you keep track of your progress, you need to stay motivated and keep with your program.
Make sure you set both short and long term goals. Make sure you always have something to aim for; if all of your goals are far away from your current strength level, you may be more likely to lose your enthusiasm. Find a partner or do whatever it takes to stay on top of your exercise program and training log.