Logging your training and diet is without doubt one of the best decisions you can make for physique improvement.
Take a little notepad with you to the gym and note down your sets, reps or times for cardio. If you have a good memory you could take mental notes and write it on the forum when you get home.
Benefits of Logging your Training
– Motivation: You’ll look back on previous months and be motivated by how much you’ve progressed.
– Objectivity. If you through a dry patch, you’ll be able to look back at the variables and SEE what was wrong at the time. For example, looking back on my log I can see that the periods that my strength stagnated the most was when volume dropped too low.
– Feedback and tips
– Accountability. This is the big one. By displaying your training on the forum, people start to ask questions if you haven’t updated in a while, or if you’re not progressing. Personally this has been one of the biggest positive influences on my progress.
– Competition with yourself. You got 3 reps at 100kg last week? Get at least 4 reps this week. It’s a cliché, but you are your best competition.
Some people log their diets or macronutrients in the following format using cron-o-meter:
Again, by having an accurate record of how many calories, carbs, protein and fat you were eating during a given time period and how your body responded, you can start to make informed decisions about how to respond. Outcome based decision making. Don’t let your progress be at the mercy of random chance!
Start logging your training on the forum and watch your progress skyrocket. We all do it – you can catch our logs here along with progress photos and training videos.