In the post High Intensity Training My 6 Month Update, I confessed that I no longer collect data from my workouts.
I violated a core HIT rule. I didn’t record any workout. …My training philosophy is the Minimal Effort Approach. As long as I feel I’m moving in the right direction, I wont try and complicate things.
Back when I had a home gym I did go through a long period where I recorded my workouts. I did find it useful to see the numbers prior to initiating an exercise. Instead of using a pad and pencil, I had a huge whiteboard with markers in my gym.
My most successful workout journal to date was a huge whiteboard in my old home gym.
Two workouts from July 2004.
Once I sold my home, I stopped recording my workouts. For a few years, I struggled to find a balance between making gains in the gym and avoiding injury. The numbers became less and less meaningful. Instead of looking at my numbers to determine what to lift, I really listened to my body. If I felt great, I’d dial up the weight. If I didn’t, I’d lower it. Success went from lifting an ever-increasing weight to leaving the gym without hurting myself.
I had been thinking about starting a workout journal again when Roger from HIT Charting Journals saw my 6-month update post and offered to send me one of his workout journals. I just got it in the mail and it is pretty nice. I’m going through the pages and thinking about how I can get back in the habit of recording my lifts. I’ll probably start slow and record dates and exercises first. Then if I can keep that up, I’ll begin entering weights and then finally times.
We will see if I can start up my old habit of recording workouts. It has been *gasp* 5 years since I stopped keeping track.