Imagine, for a moment that it’s 6 months from today …
You are frustrated, confused and almost ready to quit the gym. Everybody is ramping up for the slew of holiday fitness challenges. You feel compelled to make some kind of change in your fitness routine as you feel nothing works. You’ve tried everything. You glance around and see 12 or more “fitness pimp” workout plans. Those guys.. you want to throw a stone at them. You’ve spent more money trying to reach your goals through workout plans and dietary supplements that you want to contemplate. But let’s suppose…
There’s a tool you can use today that you probably are not using to the full potential that would make all those plans work for you. That would end your frustration. That won’t cost you a single dime. Is there such a tool?
It is called a workout journal.
As I glanced around my gym today, crowded as usual, I have to tell you. I was the ONLY person who had a neatly printed out workout journal. Everybody else had straps, iPods, cell phones and the 1 gallon water jugs. There were bags skewed around as usual. Yet in a gym full of 50 or more people, not ONE had a workout journal to track their current and past progress.
Nobody. None. Zero. Zilch. Need I say more?
How can you expect to make solid fundamental progress if you have NO CLUE as to what you did last week. Let alone the workout you are about to begin. Frankly …
If you do not have or use one, it should not come as a surprise as to why you are struggling and frustrated that today is much like the last six months. Seriously. In order to make forward progress, the workout you do today has to be in some measurable way harder than the workout you did in the past. The only way you can know that is to be diligent in tracking what you did before. Then trying to beat that in some way. That tracking method is a workout journal!
If you do not have one or use one, get one. But do not take my word for it.
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Take The Challenge:
* next time you are in the gym, take a look around. See who is using any type of workout journal method.
* post your observations in the comments box below.
Most people I know seem to think this is common sense like using a seat belt. But when confronted with the cold hard truth, almost nobody has this simple tool at their disposal when they need it most. In the gym, as a reference tool while doing a workout.
So the next time you are frustrated with your progress, rather than slap down yet another $69 dollars on the fitness program of the month plus monthly membership fees (it is the rage now) … go over to Target, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc and buy a composition notebook. I guarantee if you are not using this tool and you start to use it faithfully, there is no way you cannot make progress.
Even if you just did push-ups at home and used this concept, you would notice development in your chest. Relying on your memory or writing your workout down later is NOT the answer and is not the same. This is something you will want to have in the gym. You can later transcribe it to another type of tracking tool if you wish.
Workout Journal’s I Like:
- A composition notebook
- Gym Technik: Mobile Fitness Tracking
- The Truly Huge Bodybuilding Workout Journal
- Free Printable Workout Log | Exercise & Training Logs
- Mead Composition Book 12-Pack: 100 pages, wide ruled, assorted colors (09918)
- Free Printable Workout Log
Now if you use a workout journal, I applaud you. But you are making progress right? If not, a change up in routine is probably all you need to stimulate new growth. If you are like most of the typical gym-goers (no offense), you do not have one or you do not use one faithfully and that is a serious problem.
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
P.S. – I used to keep workout journals for years. You do need to do that. You only need to keep one to track your current progress. Unless you like being able to see many year’s worth of progress, just keep one that records what you have done over the past 4 months. It will be long enough to see progress or lack thereof and will allow you to make calculated adjustments for future workouts.