Walking in a gym, approaching the free weights and resistance machine, I always thought something was missing. Was it the barbell bar clips? Sometimes. Paper towel dispenser empty? Occasionally.
No, I’m talking about a notebook.
How many times have we seen the public wading through the gym floor, scratching their heads, looking at what machine to have a go at. Not thinking about what part of their body they need to work on next, rep range? I can’t remember.
Ok, it might not seem “cool” to be seen using a notebook on the gym floor. Let’s face it, we must carry our water bottle, phone, towel, protein shake, locker key etc. I’ll be doing a workout before I even hit the squat rack!
Hear me out
I’ve got a brain like a teabag. I forget things. It could be my age or I’m just a lazy sod and can’t be bothered to remember things. Ask my wife. But the one thing I am hot on, is my programming. I need to know what reps and sets I am training. Should I increase the reps? Hit another set? Is it too hard? too easy?
Take it or leave it
The idea of taking notes will not work for everyone. Some people are not inclined to go to the gym and write stuff down. They know what they should work on and just get on with the task. This is fine, go forth and be happy. That’s not me.
Benefits of taking notes
You will see (hopefully). Personal trainers taking note about their clients, even sometimes mentally. They need to know how to progress their clients towards their goals. I’m lucky enough to have my fabulous whiteboard, in which they can see their training programme for that day. I even write my own up before I train. [insert photo]
These days you don’t even need a pen and pad to take notes. With the use of smart phones, we have a notebook at the ready. Just tap in the information like, exercise, set, reps, notes and you have got a record to keep for when you next hit the gym. So, instead of taking a selfie, in front of the mirror for your next Instagram update. Tap in your results and you won’t have a brain fart when you do the exercise next time!
Oh, you can take it further!!
Why not create a spreadsheet and take it to the next level? If you have Microsoft office account then you can easily set up a record of your exercises. Failing that, set up “sheets.” A free and great spreadsheet from google I use this myself.
Use a ready-made app that you can record your results on. Check the App Store and look around. This can be a little hit and miss. So, check the reviews on the App Store and google to make sure it does what you want it to, then make your choice. Some people even do a review on YouTube, so it’s worth checking the website out.
There is a lot of benefits to keeping track or your programming. Give it a go and see how you get on.