3 Reasons Why Workout Journals Will Help You

GOALS

“Proper Preperation Prevents Poor Performance” – Charlie Batch

We’re all in it to win it, right? Strength. Health. Prosperity. Goals. It’s no secret exercise and physical fitness will help get us there faster.

TMI

Here in the “Information Age,” we are deluged daily with news, updates, ads, pop-ups, and a barrage of stuff we definetly could have done without. (Why the fish gape selfie, I just don’t know) With practicly everything we’d ever want to know at our fingertips, knowledge is power. But sifting through it all can be exhausting. I know I am constantly learning what to keep and file away, and what to simply block out.

Our own data 

I do like my stats and statistics. When it comes to working out, I don’t like my data up in the clouds. I like it right in front of me. Workout logs are beneficial for several reasons. If I had to offer a thesis I’d narrow it down:

3 Reasons Why Workout Journals Will Help You

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1. Take the guess work out. 

Going to the grocery store list in hand, I know exactly what I need and can breeze in and out with relatively no issues. The gym is no exception.

I like to know exactly what my workout will be each session. Allowing for busy, peak times (Yes, “How many more sets do you have?” is annoying) the order of the workout may vary, but at least I have a clear idea of what the mish is.

2. Benchmark yourself

Just like I do for every client, I detail my own progress. With the last week’s rep counts and the projected counts, you have a clear way to see what to beat. And it’s not the “Bruh” next to you. Focus on you.

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Arnold Schwarzeneggar once said, “The last 3 or 4 reps is what makes the muscles grow.”  So keep track of them.

3. Staying focused

Let’s be honest, keeping our “eye on the prize” all the time ain’t always that easy. Perhaps for some highly skilled, lasered – focused overachievers it is. But for some of us amongst the general populace, we need all the help we can get.

I still use loose leaf, 1 subject notebooks kept in a worn out binder. I don’t know call me old school, but it works. I have plenty of room for “notes to self.”

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Next time you go to workout take a pad a pen. If someone asks you what your doing, reply:

“Bench marking myself.”

 

Why take it outside?

Because you can and you should.

“The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong” – Swami Vivekenada

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Mother nature has provided us an amazing place to focus and work on ourselves. Spoken as a true gym junkie, sometimes you just need a break from a crowded gym floor.

EXPLORE

Before leaving the Bay Area in California this summer, I made it a point to get outside and do just that. Look around, take it all in, and continue to make myself stronger.

Across the bay at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA, there is a nifty built-in workout station along the south end that allows you to kill the abs. I actually had to wait my turn that saturday morning.

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Lake Merritt Oakland, CA

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It also has parallel bars for working the upper body. I am definitely not a gymnast, nor do I claim to be, however they are good for dips.

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There was also temptation. Cruel and unusual punishment for someone trying to burn calories? Yes, so I went to check it out. Mini meringue pie and some black coffee. Okay, I cheated. It was good too.

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Along the north side of the lake were traditional pull up bars. There was, infact, a gymnast with incredible upper body strength.

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Later that week I ventured across the Bay to San Francisco. In the Marina District, along Marina Blvd, there is also a workout station. A bit well-worn but with an amazing postcard view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Bay, it still serves it’s purpose just as it should.

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The Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, CA

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Alcatraz Island San Francisco, CA

If for no other reason, go outside and see the world around you. Take a deep breath – Mr. Vivekananda was right.