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    Training Logbooks


    I was in the gym tonight and noticed that hardly anyone uses a logbook to keep track of their workout. In fact, I don't think I saw a single person with a logbook. I've noticed this before. How is one to gauge his or her progress? Guess? I don't understand it. I believe having a logbook is a very important part of training. It tells you when you've hit a plateau on a particular exercise meaning it's time to move on. Exact weights you've used on previous workouts. How many reps were done, and if those reps were rest paused or straight sets or whatever. I also like throwing in notes on how I felt or how long the workout was. I mean the list goes on and on. I feel that when I use a logbook, that I must beat my previous best on a particular exercise or else I have failed. It gives you something to shoot for. A purpose if you will. I'd just like to know how everyone else thought about it.

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    Tell us how your routine goes! Keep it logged...
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    I dont, but I plan on trying one they seem like a good investment.
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    I have used a log for the past two years now. On each page there is a section for cardio, strength training, and diet/notes. There is also a weekly wrap-up to record gains, losses, thoughts, and week ending weight. I have found this to be a very effective method of measuring progress and a motivational tool. After all, we all want to continue getting better, and this lets you know where you are slowing down, slipping, etc. I use the diet section to record my supplement routine for the day. This way I can gauge what supplements I am getting the best results with. I doubt I could be as effective without my log and really couldn't imagine working out without one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwyckemynd00
    Tell us how your routine goes! Keep it logged...
    I just might. Lemme get my **** together first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joecski
    I have used a log for the past two years now. On each page there is a section for cardio, strength training, and diet/notes. There is also a weekly wrap-up to record gains, losses, thoughts, and week ending weight. I have found this to be a very effective method of measuring progress and a motivational tool. After all, we all want to continue getting better, and this lets you know where you are slowing down, slipping, etc. I use the diet section to record my supplement routine for the day. This way I can gauge what supplements I am getting the best results with. I doubt I could be as effective without my log and really couldn't imagine working out without one.
    Where did you get yours? Ive always just used a cheap spiral pocket notebook, but like the idae of a structured book, especially with an area for diet. Thanks.
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    Personally I used a plain green hardbacked lined notebook. These are very durable. I got mine from the military, but I'm pretty sure you can get them from Staples or Kinkos or one of those kinds of stores. This way I can structure it the way I want to, not by someone elses standards.
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    I did for the first three years but I stopped about 8 months ago.
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    A plain spiral works good for me. It's about half size or so.
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    log it on your computer and print it off,
    (after your workouts)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcn
    Where did you get yours? Ive always just used a cheap spiral pocket notebook, but like the idae of a structured book, especially with an area for diet. Thanks.
    Look in any bookstore. I picked mine up in Barnes and Noble, but I saw a few in Borders as well. Some are very detailed, offering a separate page for dietary information. The one I have covers a full year, two days a page with a weekly wrap up. I have also seen some logs online that you can just print, but it was easier to use this book. I think I paid like $15 or so for it. Hope this helps.
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    used to do it, now I don't. I wanna be on top of things, so I like the idea of journaling, laying out weeks, routines, changes, etc. Keeping notes, logs-sort of. I don't wanna log every damn rep anymore, however, and weight, etc. It's too much work and I found it to take some fun out of it. I suppose I may change my mind again some time. Especially if I am doing a specific cycle and so on, and I want to track very specific goals. Dammit, now I'm feeling guilty for being a slacker!
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    I use Excel and make my own cutsom logbooks, been doing this for years now I started to when in high school football, they made us. After that I didn't for a bit, and it was a stupid thing to do. You can "remember" things all you want, but written records don't lie and will show you progress over time, I can't believe alot of people at my gym don't either.
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    I used to, but now I do everything instinctively I guess. But I still keep in my mind how many sets I do and which exercises I have done. The weights I'm moving around don't really bother me much because I'm not a powerlifter.
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    I should, but I find I can remember what I used and how many reps, so I know when I'm at a platue or not
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    Dave Draper has a nice one called Iron and Steel Training Journal. $12.00 at davedraper.com and he autographs it for you too.
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    I generally find keeping a log is a pain in the ass. I know pretty well what my PRs are for the different ME moves I do, though sometimes the weight I'm moving won't seem to go up in assistance exercises and it'd be nice to have a record there... I'm making great gains lately so it's not as much of an issue as if I were plateaued.
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    using a logbook gives me goals each and every time i step into the gym
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    i use one ... if i didn't i'd never remember what i did for an exercise the last time i did it 3 weeks ago
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    I use one as well. I have too much crap to rember anyways.
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    Anyone got a website for a free program for the computer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fightercowboy
    Anyone got a website for a free program for the computer?
    you should just make one yourself using excel or a spreadsheet. I'm sure that u will be much happier with one customized to your needs.

    And considering that i sometimes forget my friends' (no joke!!) names, i definately need a logboob,
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    I use a tiny sprial bound notebook every workout. Lets me know progress of weight/reps for each exercise and I also make small notes for any odd pains (be it joints or other stuff) as well as mental state & energy state so I can judge similar workout conditions.
    I use a totally seperate notebook for my diet.
    I only see about 25% of the people at the gym using a notebook of some sort during working out...and that's a generous number.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jweave23
    I use Excel and make my own cutsom logbooks, been doing this for years now I started to when in high school football, they made us. After that I didn't for a bit, and it was a stupid thing to do. You can "remember" things all you want, but written records don't lie and will show you progress over time, I can't believe alot of people at my gym don't either.
    Im with Jweave, design my own in excel, good to look back and see your progress.
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    I think it's a must if you're serious, and want to see where you have been, etc.

    I go the excel route, but bring a pen and notebook to write down anything that i change during a workout, or if i decide to up my max during one.

    At my University gym, i hardly see anyone w/ a notebook/log. Maybe one or two regulars.
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    Logbooks, imo, are for the beginner and intermediate trainee. When you get to an advanced level, you start do develop a pretty intuitive grasp of your progress, your current work capacity and your strength levels. If ALL you care about is size and you're doing some sort of slow rep TUT stuff where strength gains are very slow coming and small in nature, you might want to keep a log of weight gain, bodyfat and your exercise results, since weight gain, fat gain and strength gain will be somewhat disparate with a routine like that. For a routine that focuses equal attention to strength and size however, there isn't really a need for a workout logbook, except to look back on and laugh (I kept a logbook for a while a few years back, kind of funny to see my 365x5 squat pr from back then )
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    Quote Originally Posted by exnihilo
    Logbooks, imo, are for the beginner and intermediate trainee. When you get to an advanced level, you start do develop a pretty intuitive grasp of your progress, your current work capacity and your strength levels. If ALL you care about is size and you're doing some sort of slow rep TUT stuff where strength gains are very slow coming and small in nature, you might want to keep a log of weight gain, bodyfat and your exercise results, since weight gain, fat gain and strength gain will be somewhat disparate with a routine like that. For a routine that focuses equal attention to strength and size however, there isn't really a need for a workout logbook, except to look back on and laugh (I kept a logbook for a while a few years back, kind of funny to see my 365x5 squat pr from back then )
    I'd have to disagree there, i think for the vast majority a note book is an essential tool, progress is key. But to each his own.
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    And with certain training programs a logbook is a must.
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    Not keeping a log is only cheating yourself. There's no way someone is going to remember each rep of each set from last weeks workout as well as the past few weeks. If your a PL then that's a different story but a bodybuilder no way man. Maybe if your doing the same workout day in and day out you can but your probably not making progress.

    I talk to people all the time and they say yeah I remember then you can see their making some bull**** up when you question them. I guess that's why they make no progress and i do. I can see right there on paper I'm stronger now then I was 3 weeks ago. Which in return will lead to new muscle growth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jminis
    Not keeping a log is only cheating yourself.
    Being a bit of a nerd and a workout at home person, I've set up a spreadsheet and carry my laptop down to the basement. You're absolutely right, there is no way that'd I would remember anything w/o recording it. Once it was setup, all I have to change is the weight/rep count. It totals per exercise and total day rep count and lift weight. I keep notes of how i feel or any variance that takes place. It really lets me look at my history and where my lift should start for a new day. The numbers are taking a beating due to the SD cycle I'm on.
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    When you're not trying to remember sets/reps/tempo/other bull****, when all you're trying to remember is how much weight you could put up for 1 rep, it's pretty easy
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    I'm not there Ex, still trying to build a framework. I don't know if I'll get to a point that I'm only looking at 1 RM. But hey, I'm going to keep at it.
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    I have been training for 15 years and used logs for about a month in total.
    While I like the logging, it slows me down and breaks my concentration.

    I suppose for some it might help them focus on the task at hand, but not for me.
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    I couldnt' train without a log book. I actually don't use a book but instead my pocket pc with an excel spreadsheet. That way I can view it on my computer also. I get kinda pumped up knowing, for example, that I'm at 315x8 on the squat while I was at 225x10 not so long ago...and knowing exactly what my goal is next workout (315x9) gets me riled up to make that improvement.

    But i train alone and at home...I can understand why, at a gym, someone may not want to carry around a notebook or a $500 pocket computer.
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    I love my logbook, I cant live without it
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    No, I dont bring a notebook to the gym. I do, however, keep a record of some lifts and all my meauserments on my computer at home.
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    dry erase & protrack software. pretty friendly.
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    i make up weekly workouts on an excell spread sheet and print them out. i mark down what i lifted the week before so i know to bump this weeks workout up.
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    if you train balls to the wall every time theres no need for a logbook. even if you are weaker, you are still training balls to the wall.....so who needs one?
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    I just bring my computer to the gym yea it can be a PIA trying to find an outlet carrying the key board, monitor etc but it REALLY has helped me.



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