[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
Anyone here not keep a training journal or logbook?
I keep one, but I absolutely HATE it.
The only reason I keep one is because I notice I only make gains when I do. I stopped using one over the summer but ended up not progressing as I had hoped.
I would love it just to go into the gym daily and work whatever parts need it until they felt stimulated enough Ã¢?? without having to write everything down. But life isn’t so perfect. At least not for this dwarf.
it is in my warehouse gym,I never had a training logbook when I were lifting until 25ys of age,then -a looooooong stop- and 3 years ago I decided to have a logbook,have to say that I used both my blackberry as logbook than a diary but I really prefer paper&pen.
PROs; you know EXCACTLY what load to use in that excercise and (if you change the order of excercises;f/e wanna do first decline and then incline) you have a path to follow.
Any time (1 per week) I went to the public gym and trying new machines/routines I’m in trouble; too light loads,too heavy,have to do some “feeling” sets to have the groove a/o right loads.
very imo,the logbook pushs you harder,beyond your limits ;reading old logbooks you know that (for example) now you are using on CGBP 40% more load than you were using on bench press…
have also to say that my m8s/friends fooling me me when I said that i got a logbook and when I speak of 15% more of total lifting load per session after one month they open their eyes like a cat-fish LOL
but who cares? i’m confortable with logbook…
1/it make you guilty when you had a HEAVY day at work and could’t match former performances but in real world (life,business,love) this happens so you are more motivated next time to do enother rep or a PB
2/it’s a pain in the ass to write down the ENTIRE session ,if I write down after the session I make mistakes LOL so after each muscular group I write down exactly (load,reps,rest,feeling; “toasted” “hard” “not so hard” “this excercises sucks= one arm db raises laying on incline bench LOL”)