Your progress when it comes to physical fitness and athletic ability are an important way to learn how to push yourself. You can begin logging your workout in a specific workout journal or stay organized in a fitness app that allows you to track your workouts. By writing down the date, specific move, weight used and amount of repetitions you can begin to track your workouts and learn how to challenge yourself and break personal records and goals.
Break You Own Records And Create New "Personal Bests"
When I first became interested in strength training, I participated in crossfit workouts. Every day I would log the Workout of the Day (WOD) in my journal. I would even write myself a note about if I was close to the edge of puking or if I felt the workout as not challenging enough. Then I would perform the same workout a month later and try to beat my record or make it more challenging. This was a great way for me to measure what my base line of athletic ability was on certain moves and exercises and also served as a great reminder of how strong I had become.
If I were to simply “think” about how far I had come when it came to physical strength and stamina, I would forget a lot of the small accomplishments that brought me to where I am today. But when I would look back at where I was 6 months prior in my journal and could visibly see that I had improved my maximum number of repetitions or could perform 3 more pull ups, it became hard not to be proud of myself and be motivated by my own accomplishments.
A workout log is also a great tool to use when you feel like you have hit a plateau in your fitness routine. Review old routines and try to make them more difficult and challenging by adding a few pounds of resistance or more repetitions that will push you a bit further each time you train.
Keep your workout log as detailed as possible.
After a while, you may get sick and tired of doing it, but I promise that if you stay consistent with logging your workouts each day, you will be surprised at how much YOU are able to accomplish. There are several ways to track your progress, so don’t feel limited. You may want to simply keep track that you worked out on a specific day or worked a specific body part. Feel free to share an example in the comments section below about how you log your workouts or fitness routine. Click here to download a printable workout log to help you get started on your Fast Track to Fittest!