Do you keep track of your workouts? If you don’t, perhaps you assume it’s only something that a competitive CrossFit athlete would do. But a workout log is not just for elite athletes.
If you have fitness or performance goals, which we hope you do, then you will benefit from keeping a workout log. Here are a few tips for tracking your workouts:
1. Personalize What You Track.
There is no expectation for the type of data that you should or shouldn’t keep track of. Stick to what makes the most sense for you and your goals. Your workout log can be super simple or as complex as you need. If you’re just starting to track your workouts, keep it simple. As you figure out what is most helpful to track, then you can start adding to your daily entry.
2. Include Numeric Data (metrics, dates, etc).
Take a look at your goals, figure out the numbers that align with them, and track that data over time. For example, if your goal is to hit a certain weight for your back squat, then make sure you’re tracking your back squat numbers over time.
If you’re using a blank notebook to track your workouts, make sure that you write down the date when recording a workout. In addition to the numbers, it’s also helpful to include a few notes. Jot down if you could’ve gone heavier or pushed to run a little bit faster. Adding these details helps you know what you can do differently the next time a similar workout pops up in the future.
3. Go Digital or Use Paper.
Is digital better than paper? It’s up to you. Some people use a spiral-bound notebook; others prefer an app. Both methods accomplish the same goal. So, go with what you’re most likely to use and stick with it.
4. Make Daily Updates.
By recording a workout entry every day, you’re keeping yourself in the habit of workout tracking. If you didn’t do a workout, then add that as a rest day.
5. Understand the Purpose.
If you struggle with remembering to write down your workouts, think about why it’s important. Having a record of all of your workouts can help you with goal-setting, focus, and making your time at the gym more effective.
6. Compare You to You.
By keeping a long-term workout log, you’re able to look back and see how you’ve progressed. The only person that you’re comparing yourself to is yourself. Looking back at all you’ve accomplished can motivate you on the days that you feel like you’ve fallen behind or you’re stuck in a bit of a rut.
At Contender CrossFit, we want to help you get the results you want. To learn more about how to get started, contact us today.