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2004/02/08 00:28:51 (permalink)
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Training Logs

How many of you guys use a training log?

I mean in my 8 years of training I have NEVER seen a guy who is gonaa compete or who I know is serious about their bodybuilding use one. The only guys I have seen using one are the "2 week wonders" who think they are gonna turn into hulk in a few weeks. I have been to many gyms and I rarely see anybody using them.

I have started to use one and the guys at the gym look at me as if I am stupid or something. I am very prone to injury so the training log helps me monitor the weights and exercises properly.

I have been using a simple training philosophy (not another you might think) - I start off using my base weights and every 3 weeks I add the smallest available increment in poundage to an exercise, i.e for Bench Press I simply add 2.5kg (smallest increment available in the gym) on each side. Within that 3 week period I simply try to do more Reps for that exercise than I did previously until that 3 week period is up.

The only way I can do this correctly is with a training log. In theory, if I eat correctly, get the right amount of sleep etc, it should work, and so far so good. How many of you guys use a training log, the guys at the gym are taking the piss out of me.....
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    Jazz
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 01:02:39 (permalink)
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    I think it's a great idea to use a training log. It makes accomplishing your goals easier and is a great way to measure your performance. I personally don't carry one to the gym although I have in the past and I see a few people with them.

    I'm doing a 5x5 routine so I try to make a mental note of what I lifted last time and only when I accomplish the desired reps do I increase the weight. Sometimes I find it's a good idea to write down what I lifted and for how many reps after each workout but I can normally remember.

    If people take the piss then just fill out your log outside the gym or better still not be bothered by them.

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    tyrob
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 02:02:43 (permalink)
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    i agree with jazz,
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    IrishRunt
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 02:50:24 (permalink)
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    i do what jazz said, i just remember how much weight i used last time and increase like jazz said.
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    bigmac
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 11:34:08 (permalink)
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    i use a log to scribble down weights and if the exercise felt good that day whatever, what you have eaten is also good to note down. who cares what the pencil geeks doing cable crossovers think
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    dirtyvest
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 11:50:02 (permalink)
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    I use a log, it saves having to remember all the diferent weights used, I can note things that were right or wrong with the session whether I was spotted or not etc etc. I've used one for about 8 years now.
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    jazzyjeff
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 11:55:52 (permalink)
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    Johnnyfive: Why am I prone to injuries? I suppose part of it is genetics but when I was a young kid I used to do some crazy things.... like once I was skiiving off school and some teachers spotted me in a housing estate near the school - they chased me into a broken down house and I jumped out of the second floor window to get away from them. I didn't hurt myself then but i think I did alot of damage to my body doing stuff like that and its caught up with me. I have had ops on both my knees, I think the docs really messed up my left knee as it swells up real fast if I put undue pressure on it.

    I have also ripped my left shoulder blade ligaments clean off my neck joint. I don't know how that happened but the specialist has said that the shoulder blade is always rubbing against my body causing me severe spasms and pain. They have said they can't do much with it (but I am sure if I put £10,000 on the table they would fix it the next day). Oh, and I broke my lower back in a car accident a few years ago (not my fault). If I don't warm up correctly I seem to get pain in my right chest, shoulder arm joint.

    My left wrist is playing up at the moment - I think there is an abormal growth in it.
    I have fine tuned my bodybuilding over the years to the point where I rarely get injuries during training. The real odd thing is once I get 2 - 3 months of solid, steady training under my belt everything clears up.

    I wanted to make a real go of my bodybuilding this year so I had six weeks complete rest. I have sorted out my routines, my diet, my whole lifestyle. My current strength levels are pretty weak, especially since I have sort of started from scratch 2 weeks ago but I know from experience my strength and size shoots up quite fast over a period of 8 weeks.
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    jazzyjeff
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 12:06:02 (permalink)
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    The real sad thing about my current situation is that I limited to certain exercises. For example, I don't do deadlifts, bent over rows, heavy squats. My flexibility is also limited but that will be regained in a matter of weeks. Each training session is a real challenge for me, i have sought professional advice and I think I have got it right, its just matter of applying myself now.

    The day I achieve my goals, which I hope to in the next 6 months, I am going to pat myself on the back (hopefully I won't break it) and have a big Cuban cigar.
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    RE: Training Logs 2004/02/08 12:46:05 (permalink)
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    i use a log, does come in handy as you can set realistic goals based on your known history.
    looking back on the log also helps keep the motivation high as you can see your weights going up and up.
    down side is that plateaus stick out a mile.
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