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Think Your Training is Tight?

The reason why I started this post is because I’d like to know what journals people keep and just how closely they monitor their training.
Whether we do it or not we all know its really important and that we should to get the best developement in strength and mass.

I suppose this post could be seen as a checklist for people wanting to start training properly, giving them an idea of the things they need to do in order to really get a grip with their training outside the gym.

In my opinion these are the necessities, and please correct me if I’m wrong!

  • Nutrition log
    (ie. Food diary w/ calories counted and diet monitoring in all phases of bulking/cutting etc.)

  • Supplement log
    (What supplements you used in each phase, introduction of new supplements, experimenting and so on)

-Training log (To monitor strength gains, mood in training, good day, bad day all that stuff)

I can’t think of anymore of the top of my head but the more experienced lifter who does it all might shed some light on what you really need to record to take your training to the next level!

(I couldn’t find a previous topic on the subject either so sorry in advance if there has been a previous post going through all this!)


I am in relatively early stages in my BB, but right now all I keep actual track of is my lifting stats on my cellphone. My theory is, the sooner I am able to do 5 x 5 or 3 x 10 with bigger weights, the sooner I will have bigger muscle, and the soonger I will be able to begin cutting and lowering my BF%.

When I input data into my cellphone I try to put every new record beside the old one so that in the end I can see how much I have advanced over ‘X’ number of months.

i don’t keep a dietary log although maybe I should. I just try to eat healthy and clean with as much protein as possible until my supplements arrive.