Today I’m going to share my system for recording my workouts using a workout tracker. (If you’re just getting started working out, check out How to Start Working Out When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing and 3 Simple Ways to Make Exercise a Habit.)
In my opinion, tracking your workouts (whether it be with a workout journal, a fitness app, or something else) should accomplish three goals…
- Your workout tracker should be quick and easy, so that you can spend your time exercising. Your time should be spent doing the work, not recording it.
- Your workout tracker should be useful. Our modern world is overflowing with data and most of it is never acted upon. I prefer a system that records the essential information of what I have done (so I can see my progress), that reduces errors while I am working out (so that I can be more effective with my time), and that helps me make informed decisions about what to do during my next workout.
- Your workout tracker should be versatile. I don’t want to have to find a new app or develop a new system every time I want to do a different style of workout. I should be able to adapt my current system to any style of training.