Why You Should Keep a Training Journal

Mono, ON (Adam Jones) We all have trained at some point in our lives. There’s a reasonable chance if you’ve ever taken your training seriously, you’ve kept a training journal.

Training journals differ from training logs mainly by what you write down after each workout. Basically, you’re just keeping a journal. They’re more like a diary and less like a log. Usually, you’ll talk about stuff like mental health and how you felt all day. You can get some statistical information, but that’s normally reserved for the training log.

Training logs typically start with a template. For instance. You fill in the same form every day. You can put things like your weight, your workouts, your diet, all of that in your training log.

There is no right way to do it, but both journaling and logging are helpful for keeping track of your history. Through experience I’ve found that it’s helpful to combine two in some way for convenience. This makes it easier to remember to do both.

Benefits of recording your training
Having a detailed history to look back on is the number one reason to record your training. That’ll come in handy when you’re planning. So you can figure out what works for you. You can use it to figure out why you’re burning out or getting injured.

Did you ever sit down to plan out training with nothing to base it on? Having a detailed account of what you’ve done over the past few weeks makes it easy to plan ahead and increase your workout intensity, etc in the future.

For personal use, a detailed journal is really handy, so you can look back on past months and years and remember the different things that happened.

1 Comment

  1. Tracking your workouts should be useful. We live in a world where data is everywhere, but it’s rarely used. It’s better to have a system that keeps track of what I am doing (so I can see my progress), that reduces errors when I’m working out (so I can be more efficient with my time), and that helps me make informed decisions about what to do next time.


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