I make a note of all my lifts when working out, and note down the amount of weight lifted on each set as well as the number of reps I managed. I then try to beat my previous amount of reps or weight the next time I come in, based on what I made a note of.
Unfortunately at times I actually LOSE a rep the next week. Most of the time I’m able to add a rep, or at least do the same amount of reps as the week before, but what should I do if I lose a rep? For example, let’s say I managed 8 reps one week, so I note it down, but the next week I come in I only manage 7 reps.
Should I then update my notes to signify that I only managed 7 reps, and then base my progression off that, or should I just stick with my highest amount of reps which I got the week before? It just seems a bit strange to erase the 8 reps I noted down, and write 7 instead because I had a somewhat bad workout. The motivation to progress tends to suffer then as well, as I know that I actually managed 8 reps at one point, and now all I’m doing is trying to get back to it instead of actually progressing to more reps or a higher weight than I’ve done in the past.