I have a hell of a lot more fun than if I had to plan it all out like some scientist.
Isn’t training supposed to be fun, to challenge ourselves, to scream and really pound those weights? The personality change from training animal to dweeb accountant between sets just doesn’t suit me.[/quote]
I am a scientist. I had fun in math class. I could have done something else, and made more money, but I love being a scientist: making measurements, keeping records, analyzing data, identifying patterns and trends – that’s fun to me.
So is lifting something I couldn’t lift a month ago. Or doing reps with my old 1RM. Or walking out of the gym, feeling like I could walk through a wall. Two different kinds of fun, of course.
But the scientific approach does work. You do make progress, and the structure is a source of motivation for me. I want to go to the gym, partly because I have goals I haven’t achieved, and I know what steps I need to take to get there. If I don’t take step one today, I can’t take step 2 tomorrow.
Doing DLs today was an opportunity to move myself one step closer to my goal. I was a little scared by the combination of weight, sets and reps I had planned, because I’d never done so many reps with that weight. But I didn’t want to miss my opportunity. And I fucking nailed it. Walking out of the gym with those little numbers written in my book was a great feeling.
But that’s just me. If keeping track of your diet & training data isn’t fun for you, don’t do it. You’re right, it’s not your job, it shouldn’t feel like work. As long as you are happy with your results, keep doing what you’re doing. For me, NOT doing that stuff would feel like work.