To be honest, when I started lifting I could care less about a training log. As time progressed I found it was necessary for me to keep record of my lifts and diet. I would spend weeks doing the same amount of weight for each exercise. That was until I decided to keep a daily log of everything I would do. Sure it takes a bit of effort and time but it worth it. Today I look back and ask myself why didn't I start my journal earlier. So lets explore some reasons why you should keep your own training log.
Measuring Your Progress
Believe it or not measuring your progress is very important. Keeping an eye on what routine works best and which does not can save you tons of time. Would you keep doing a routine that has not worked for you? Of course NOT! But how can you really tell that your routine is not working out for you if you never kept records of your lifts.
Look at the great progress Dan Boylan made in 70 weeks!
You won't like to waste 6 months with the same old routine that has not worked for you. The key here is learning more about your body so you will increase your knowledge on how it works. You want to learn more and more so that next time you won't waste time on useless routines and grow. I too spent a good 6 months with a routine that was not working for me. Don't be foolish and buy yourself a training log start recording those lifts.
Supplements / Diet
Similar to measure progress, supplement record is also very important. The whole purpose of keeping record of supplements you take is to know which to take and when to take it. When you are taking 5-7 supplements daily you will often forget to take one or two. And I am talking from experience cause this happens to me all the time.
Also when you cycle certain supplements like creatine you may forget when to end each cycle. Keeping record of your supplements goes right in hand with measure progress. You can, with a daily record of your supplementation, tell which supplement has helped you gain mass or lose weight. Many of you are aware that there are many B.S supplements out-their that don't work. With record you will be surer if X supplement is living up to its claims for you. This is the whole point of keeping a daily journal/log and that is to tell which supplement is working for you.
Keeping your diet in check is by far the most important element. Whether you are bulking or cutting is very important to keep track of the food you eat. Don't just assume until you have taken the time to analyze how many calories, grams of fat, grams of carbs, or grams of protein you intake daily. You'll be surprise by the amount of calories you are over-eating (cutting) or under-eating (bulking). Personally, when I keep my diet in high check, I tend to cheat much less then when I don't keep my diet in check.
Every once in a while when I lose motivation I open my training journal to the very first pages. And make a comparison of how much I've improved. Heck if that does not get me motivated then I don't know what will. Yes, keeping a training log can have that kind of effect on someone and it should on you as well. You see, if you train hard at the gym everyday, you want some type of way to look how you improved. Theirs nothing better then when you look on that mirror and say "Gee, I am looking so much better!" No one wants to work hard to see no results, its just not what we work hard for. I FEEL no pain
|You don't want to ponder on the question of whether working hard yields good results, because you'll be questioning your will power to achieve greatness. With your logbook /journal at hand you'll notice the little improvements along the way.||No pain No fear|
You don't want to ponder on the question of whether working hard yields good results, because you'll be questioning your will power to achieve greatness. With your logbook /journal at hand you'll notice the little improvements along the way. It may not seem like much but without the logbook you would not notice. Don't forget to add small comments to your journal to keep you on the edge ex. GET PSYCHO -Time for WAR- Lets RIP SOME HEADS Off- No pain No fear - I FEEL no pain, ect.
Well I hope I got my point across and a few of you will decide to start using a training log. I don't keep a notebook for my diet, however, I keep my diet on my computer. I open up MS Word and write everything I eat everyday and every week. It does not take long maybe 10-15 minutes tops and well worth it! So remember if you are using a routine that does not work for you, you are wasting your time and not growing at the same time. Also keeping your diet in check is the best way to go, stay motivated and keep it natural, and buy that training log.