The most important workout equipment isn’t free weights, cardio machines, or even my favorite suspension equipment.
It’s the humble pen and paper.
Tracking your workouts and keeping a journal can make all the difference in the world. Remember, no one ever achieved their goals by working their tail off in the gym. Hard work doesn’t always pay off, and it often doesn’t for millions of hopeful gym-goers every year.
A workout log is like a training GPS. It shows you where you’ve been and, most importantly, keeps you focused on your next moves, so you continue making progress.
However, do you need to keep a workout log? Is it all that necessary if you always know what you’re doing?
Again, think of the GPS analogy. No, you don’t need a GPS to drive to work each morning because you’re traveling a familiar route to a destination you know well.
So if you’re working out to relieve stress, feel good, or recreate, you don’t need a log.
But if you want to go somewhere you’ve never been before; it can ensure you don’t get lost and waste a lot of time and energy.
Keeping a log can seem tedious, so I created my Scoreboard Progression Log. It’s a simpler, easier, and more productive way to track workouts, and it only requires a single sheet of paper or Google Doc.