Training Tips: Daily Logging

Nope, I wasn’t kidding when I told you how important it is to log your workouts. Every single time, as a matter of fact, I was dead serious. So, here’s me being an annoying again:

Leki says, "If you don't write it down, it never happened."

What’s your FFOTB Baseline time?

What’s your 2 minutes max sit-ups score?

800m run PR? How about 1RM Turkish Get Up?

These questions aren’t a test of memory. In fact, that’s precisely the point. We all have plenty of things on our minds, and unless your me (or Danny), I’d hope that you’re thinking about things other than strength and conditioning all day. Enter: The training log.

There’s no “right” way to do it, but it is critical to record your efforts. Maybe it’s just me, but I think the things you (we) do are pretty incredible. So, on the most basic level, I think it’s important to have a record of all your amazing accomplishments. The most practical, direct reasons are for training purposes like monitoring gains and aiding in decision making during training (i.e. scaling).

So, what works well? It depends…

The best solution is the one that you’ll stay committed to. That means if it’s a $0.99 spiral notebook, I’m all for it. Small calendars or daily agendas work well, too. I personally use a program called Evernote.

A screenshot from my mobile Evernote.

Evernote is an online platform that syncs with my computer, phone, iPad, and even online, where I can sign in from any computer and view my notes, lists, checklists, reminders, projects, etc. Evernote is great because it’s accessible anywhere, and it is searchable. Looking for a specific score? You can do a keyword search. It even stores photos with recognized text (aka Whiteboards), and GPS (Where the hell did I park in this massive Disneyland parking lot? Search notes made in Anaheim!).

Happy logging, everyone. This is your fitness, take charge of it!

 

Logan Gelbrich

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Thursday’s Workout:

“Tabata Face Off”
Tabata Squats
Tabata KB Cleans (Mash Up Style)

AMRAP 10
15 Lateral Jumps
10 KB Swings

 



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