We are going to assume from the start that you have a training log.
If you dont have one, you can buy one for about $2 at a local drug store or supermarket.
Here are a few tips to help you get your training log dusted off and put to good use to help you improve your workouts and hit new personal records.
Do you think that Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lebron James, Michael Jordan or Derek Poundstone (Worlds Strongest Man) kept a training log?
This is just as important as your running shoes or gym shorts. It is critical to you succeeding as an athlete and make forward progress.
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Your journal will consist of your workouts, diet, sleep, rest and recovery (yoga session).
Write down your goals in your training journal. Make your goals precise and detailed and a date that you will accomplish.
Some athletes keep a written journal while others like the excel spreadsheet. Some use the Iphone or go online and post to their blog or a website like beyond the whiteboard. Here are some examples:
Project Mythology blog
Beyond the Whiteboard
WOD tracker Iphone App
Write in your training log daily (or keep notes in an online journal). Even if you had a rest day then write down how you felt, how sore you were or if any injuries. Note your diet for that day and sleep.
Note if you are working long hours and the type of work. You may be standing on the floor of Home Depot for long hours or doing back breaking work landscaping. This will have an effect on your workouts and you want to have that all recorded.
Take time to review your log as you will find clues to future performance. You can track times that are being lowered and seeing how many hours or days are needed to keep those increases going. Same for new PR’s on heavy lifts. Those days that you come in fresh after rest are often your days to hit a new high.
Track your rest so that you are very familiar with the amount of rest you need to be fresh. Each athlete is different so dont just go with what your friend or trainer says. Know how you feel and study your training log to find out how much you need to be rested to get that new PR.
I currently (since 2015) have been using Strava an online app. I write notes on the weights and reps. You can follow me here:
Keeping your training log up to date and full of information will help you to improve as an athlete. Get out there and clock that next workout and load up your log with good info to get you on your way towards that next PR. Good luck
If you have any questions on improving your training log or any exercises please email [email protected].
Question: Coach Brad; I have a couple of buddies and we are all trying to lose 200 lbs between the 5 of us and also get in better shape. Do you think I should sign up for a CrossFit gym or go to LA Fitness?
Answer: If you have enough money for a CrossFit membership and you feel comfortable with that type of workout then go for it. Make sure to do an on-ramp class to get you back in good form with the barbell and movements.
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