Why do people have little notebooks with them?
- 02-25-2009, 01:36 PM
- 02-25-2009, 01:37 PM
training logs.......record your reps/weight/exercises/etc...
- 02-25-2009, 01:38 PM
I used to do this, now I just wait until I get home to fill it in Excel.
02-25-2009, 01:39 PM
I use a notebook to record weights, reps. etc....because I'm getting on in years and can't remember from week to week.
02-25-2009, 01:41 PM
I wonder if i should start. It would be nice to see my gains I guess. I have to change my clothes upwards of 2 or 3 times per workout. So i dont think writing with paper would be beneficial, since I would probably wet everything and I dont even know most of the names of the lifts i do. I guess i should start learning.
02-25-2009, 01:42 PM
02-25-2009, 01:43 PM
02-25-2009, 02:06 PM
02-25-2009, 02:07 PM
strange...I only have to change clothes after squats....
02-25-2009, 02:09 PM
No lol, its fully air conditioned and always at very cool temperature. I just SWEAT A TON, always have and always will. My brother is the same way as my father. I sometimes start sweating when im changing my clothes. Luckily i dont spill or drip over everything, its self contained so I can get pretty damn wet before I change.
But Now that I started taking dcp its really enhanced that sweating effect. Not tooo much, but i am sweating more.
02-25-2009, 02:10 PM
And I use a little notepad to record reps, sets, date etc. Great way to track progress and ensure progression; knowing you do 4x8 last time helps me push myself to 4x9 this time around.
02-25-2009, 02:14 PM
I might start typing this out, Im sure it wouldnt hurt to be doing it.
02-25-2009, 02:18 PM
02-25-2009, 02:20 PM
that reminds me of something interesting, 3 weeks ago I could barely do 225 on deads like 1 time. Im now doing 315 x 5. Ive gotten some crazy gains on dead, I think it also had to do alot with form. Took my awhile to get the right form since I had never done deads before.
Im gonna start trying to write out my workouts. Do you think you could post a sample workout sheet that you do or use? for ideas.
02-25-2009, 02:23 PM
02-25-2009, 02:26 PM
02-25-2009, 02:44 PM
I train DC so keeping track is paramount. I put a stick-it note in my wallet and write down the exercises, weght and reps there. When I go home, I copy them in a word document and stack them. Before each workout, I look at the doc to see what weight/reps I have to beat. Every now and then I will do a Ctrl+F on an exercise and F3 to go through all the workouts I've done it in, looking at my strength progression.
When I was young I used to remember every set but now I am so indifferent that it has affected my memory for important things.
02-26-2009, 01:07 AM
02-26-2009, 10:25 AM
02-26-2009, 12:58 PM
Yes, the book is your motivation!!!!
Think training's hard,. try losing!
02-26-2009, 01:09 PM
I always thought it was people writing poetry. oh well
“We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit.”
02-26-2009, 01:14 PM
02-26-2009, 01:15 PM
02-26-2009, 03:31 PM
im gonna use it to write love letters to the hot chicks.
02-26-2009, 04:03 PM
I use it for structure so I don't have to think about what weight I'm doing next, instead the next % and the stretch % (if I feel like going heavier than normal) is listed.
"I am legally blind and if I can Squat,deadlift and over all get myself to the gym then anyone can get their a$$ in gear and get strong!!" - malleus25
02-26-2009, 04:11 PM
I track EVERYTHING in spreadsheets...body measurements, bodyfat tests, workouts, etc...it allows me to look back at my progress and set new goals for the future...it makes it much easier to determine goals that I know will be achievable.
02-26-2009, 04:16 PM
Plan your work - work your plan. I never train without my notepad.
If I'm gonna guess I might as well stay at home in bed.
02-26-2009, 04:54 PM
thanks for the advice guys. Didnt realize how key the notebook could be.
but i guess with everything its always the little things that count.
02-26-2009, 04:56 PM
The logbook, along with progress pictures also helps me when I start to lose motivation...We all get to that point occasionally where you wonder why you even bother...when I look back and the log book and my pics it helps keep me focused on my goals...
02-26-2009, 04:57 PM
02-26-2009, 04:59 PM
I can't stand when my training partners write their logs because they always seem to start doing it when they should be spotting, coaching, or cleaning lol. We have a board at our gym to keep track of PR's and to plan out our training cycles which I think is way easier to use then writing everything down in a notebook. I know most people won't have this option because they train at commercial places, but if you can put a whiteboard up in your gym it will help keep you motivated to break your PRs as well as anyone elses that is on the board.
Muscle Pharm Rep
02-26-2009, 05:03 PM
02-26-2009, 05:43 PM
Depending on the program I just keep an old fashion black and white composition book...I look at what I did the week before and say I'm tryiing for high volume high reps, say incline bench 225 10x and 11x the last two weeks this week I'll put a 2.5 lber on each side and go for 11 or 12 at 230...
Me personally I can't keep a close track of my #s in my head, I mean I roughly know where I am but I find the gains come in when you just go to the edge of your limit put a little more on and drive to a new edge, hence the notepad.
02-27-2009, 02:58 PM
02-28-2009, 05:10 AM
02-28-2009, 11:19 PM
If i dont have my notebook with me, i would probably have a heart attack....seriously. I couldnt lift without it. I dont see how else you can progress correctly without seeing what your lifts were a WEEK ago. I cant remember what the hell i did 15 minutes ago, much less how many reps of 275 on squats I did a week ago. Its great for mentally knowing you are doing the correct weight and not just haphazardly doing a workout that "could" be correct. i dont roll like that.
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