Tracking your workouts provides a lot of benefits and can show you where you might be going wrong. In this article I want to share why you should start tracking your workouts. Lets get into it.
Tracking ensures you remember what you did last time
Pretty obvious one but you will want to keep the same pace each time you go so you don’t take 2 steps back in your progress.
When you go to do a chest press for example and last session you did 3 sets of 45kg you will want to know thats what you did last time so you still keep the momentum and ensure you can still manage that weight. The more you do it the more your muscles will adapt to that weight.
You can see what needs improvement
Doing workout after workout without seeing progress can be demotivating and often tracking can tell us what is and is not working.
I found out recently that when I progressively overload by adding more reps that often I would add more reps all in one go e.g. I did it for all exercises in that one workout.
This lead to a longer and more exhaustive workout. I now know to stagger the exercises the I increase the reps on so that the workout doesn’t exhaust me.
Tracking helps you progressively overload
The way we make progress with strength training is called progressive overload. This means adding more reps/weight over time in order to make the muscles adapt to the new load you place on them.
It’s incredibly difficult to see if you are progressively overloading if you don’t track your workouts. Ideally you should track all exercises you do and each set with reps. You can log these into a diary or a workout log app. Remember to keep the habit up so you can see a good amount of data over time.
So do you track your workouts? What works for you in keeping up the habit and whats your method of tracking your workouts? I hope this post helped you understand why you should be tracking your workouts. Until next time.