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gym-journalWelcome to Gym Journal! We will provide information, tools, tips, and benefits of maintaining a gym journal/workout log.

You work out hard every day to reach your fitness goals, but do you do it without a workout log?. Now it’s time to consider keeping a workout log. While a lot of people think that it’s more important to just work out, it is important that you keep track of your progress. This helps you to not just keep track of how well you are doing in working towards your fitness goals, but it also helps you to keep yourself accountable.

Keeping a workout log requires extra attention and effort. You may be questioning the benefits of keeping a workout log. So let’s look at some of those benefits and see if this is something that is worth your time and effort.

Workout Log Benefits

  • Increased effectiveness of your workouts – Most people don’t think that they should take the time to write things down. They just don’t want to bring extra stuff into the gym. Keeping a workout log requires a little extra time, and you may have to carry a clipboard or notebook with you.  The point is whatever gets measured also gets improved. When you know exactly what workout routine you’re working on and what exercises you’re going to do next, as well as the exact weight you are, then you can have a much more efficient work out.
  • Improvement of cycles – Your body can quickly adapt to exercise and supplements. Your body tends to get comfortable with a particular workout, especially if you’re doing the same routine day in and day out. This diminishes the effectiveness of whatever hard work you’re putting into it. Vary things up, and keep your muscles guessing and moving through new cycles.
  • No flattery – Most people tend to let their ego run away and they have a false sense of what their strengths are. The odds are that you are probably not working out as efficiently as you think you may. When you’re keeping track of your workouts, exercises, reps, and sets with a workout log, then you may be surprised as to what you’re really doing. Are you really increasing your stamina and endurance? How do you know? When keeping a workout log, you’re going to have crystal clear answers in black and white.
  • Create precise training goals – Most individuals only have a vague idea of what it is they are really trying to attain. They want to be stronger, faster, leaner, bigger, and full of stamina. The only way to attain these kinds of goals is to put in a little more effort each time you work out. That is truly how you progress. The biggest problem is that most people just don’t want to worry about the hassle of tracking and measuring their progress. The workout logs help you to see just how much you’re really improving and you’ll be able to know what to do to get the most out of your time spent working out. The clearer this is, the easier it is to attain your fitness goals.

Downsides of Maintaining a Workout Log

  • Extra time – You’ll spend a few extra minutes recording down your activity.
  • Extra effort – You’ll need to bring your phone or notebook and pen to each work out session.
  • Small cost in supplies – You’ll need to spend a few extra dollars purchasing pens, app/software, notebook, and clipboard.

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Why GymJournal.com?

We are working to provide an outlet for you to share your workouts, exercises, and gym sessions. We have noticed a great deal of increased production and dedication when you are sharing your results. It also helps you not skip workouts!

workout-log-templateWe are working to create an app as well as an online page where you can post and share your results. Almost like your own personal “blog” but basically just for you track workouts and sessions.

Creating a Workout Log

You can create a work out log by downloading workout log samples online. Just do a head over to our “free workout log page” and you’ll see a bunch of options. You simply pick the one you want and then print it out.

Alternatively, you can create your own, by using any word processing program and then listing the exercises you’re working on and then printing them out. Having a workout log is probably one of the most important things you can do, besides the exercises themselves.