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    I don't keep track on paper. I just try to push a little bit more each lifting workout. Except on the days that I go light. I only do 4 exercises so I remember what weight I am at. Once 3 or 4 sets feels good I add a 2.5 plate and take a couple weeks to get it feeling good. Like first day I will do last set with extra weight. Next day do last two sets. Till I am comfortable with that weight. Once it feels OK to do 4 reps at that weight but I don't feel ready to go up in weight I will do 6 or 8 reps instead. And then for some reason I have to take some time off and have to go back and do it again Seems to be what I do. One of these days I'll have a long enough run at it to reallly improve... On the light days I just back off and work on better form.

    Every time I have tried to document either exercise or food intake, it last a day or two and I quit. Just not my way I guess. Some people need it though.

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    Yeah, I'm like that, too. I usually don't keep up any kind of documentation for anything and any attempts usually end in me quitting after a try or two. But I'm finding that if I don't write down what I did, my memory fails me. Did I do all 8 reps last time or did I fail at 6? What weight did I try last time? I forget. Maybe after a while the progress won't be so fast and it'll be way easier to remember.
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    I can squat 180lbs, press 72.5lbs and deadlift 185lbs

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    I find it helps to have my book with me at the gym and write stuff down as I do it. Most of the serious lifters at my gym do the same. If I try to recall later when I get home, I can't remember stuff and usually forget to write down anything at all.
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    I use the notepad app on my iPhone as a running record and workout ideas page. I always have it w me!

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    I create a doc with my program on it. I keep three days between work days so I can track to her activities like sprinting long walks biking climbing etc. Three days is the MAX between working days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirlot View Post
    Three days is the MAX between working days.
    +1

    Planning ahead makes a big difference. I currently lift every other day. I know what my main lift and accessory work will be. It saves me a lot of time messing around in the gym figuring out what to do, and even if I don't really feel like doing squats walking in, if it's squat day I squat (barring injury or serious illness of course).
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    I printed out a weekly calendar from Microsoft Outlook and layed out my workout by the week on that. For next year I have a cheap weekly planner to do the same thing. I write out what the exercise is and what the # of reps and sets, then I also write what I actually do. I also track weekly weight, chest and waist measurements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owly View Post
    +1

    Planning ahead makes a big difference. I currently lift every other day. I know what my main lift and accessory work will be. It saves me a lot of time messing around in the gym figuring out what to do, and even if I don't really feel like doing squats walking in, if it's squat day I squat (barring injury or serious illness of course).
    +1

    You have to hit those big lifts if you are going to gain and too many lifters I know avoid certain lifts, or let lifts they are not fond of slide. Having the program set also means that you can see progression which becomes a good positive feed back cycle.
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    Exactly. I believe that if you don't keep track at all, then you have no way to look back and see what worked, what didn't, and how you're progressing.
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    Excel. Each week I make a plan (i.e. days/types of cardio, lifting, polymetrics, pushups, pullups, etc.). I track some movements to see the progress: bench, deadlifts, squats, pushups, pullups.

    I wish I had the time and resources to track everything to fully understand my optimal regime. Calories & water consumption, sleep, weight, fat %, lifting schedule, cardio metrics (heart rate, calories burned, resting time).

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