When I was in second grade, I got an apron, a tray and a little notepad for my birthday. I was SO ecstatic. I could finally take drink orders on my notepad while my grandparents were in town. Then I could wear my cute apron and use my tray to deliver the drinks. While you are probably imagining cute little seven year old Kara, which I was obviously! The story doesn't have a happy ending. On my first delivery of drinks, I spilled them everywhere and then proceeded to run in my room and cry out of embarrassment.
The point I am trying to get across is this - I have always loved taking notes. In my cubicle at work I have about 13 miscellaneous notebooks ready to use at any time. I can't even tell you how many I have at home. It's an obsession really, and one that I do not want to go away.
In keeping with my love of taking notes, I have always used a workout log. I created my first log in excel and haven't looked back. I've tried to just use a sheet of paper, or even one of my many notebooks, but it is so difficult for me to compare my last workout. A coworker then told me about an app that they used. I downloaded it, tested it out and promptly deleted it. My trusty workout log is where it is at!
Several of you have asked me about these logs.
Just like I have an obsession with notebooks, I am a closet excel nerd! No shame here!!
I've shared with you one sample workout log that you can cater to your workouts. I have 5 that are in my weekly rotation - back & bi day, check & tri day, leg day, delt day and touch up day. At the beginning of the month I figure out how many times I am going to do each workout, and I go as far as filling in the date section so I am already committed to working out on that day.
Then if for whatever reason I need to adjust the day I workout, I simply cross the date out and write the day I actually worked out down on the paper.
This is so convenient for me and a huge motivation too. I love seeing the progression of last week's back and bi day to this week's. Granted, I'm not exactly trying to lift any heavier weights. If it happens, it happens. But mostly my lift exercises stay the same. What can change is how many meters I row on the rowing machine in my pre-workout and post-workout cardio. Just yesterday in my pre-workout cardio I rowed 869 meters in 5 minutes. Then in my 5 minutes post-workout cardio I rowed 905 meters. I increased my meters after a full pump session. I take that as a big win for this 32 week pregnant body!
Below is an example workout sheet that you can download and use. It is in excel, so you can easily change the information to adapt to your workouts. And, you can use it however works best for you. I have these same workout sheets for my husband with his workouts, but he doesn't write anything down. He just uses them as reference.
Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping track of your workouts? Or are you one of those people, that I can easily get jealous of, that just goes to the gym and busts out a workout session and can remember what you wanted to do, what you did, etc.? KUDOS if you are!
Hi there! I'm Kara, of taking KARA myself! I've dabbled in blogging off and on for a while now. Mostly off. But I'm trying to change that and make a dent in this side of the world wide web. Enjoy!