Hacking the Workout Journal: How to Track Your Workouts in the Simplest, Most Effective Way Possible

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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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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