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I would say that 98% of the people who train worldwide, at any level, do NOT record, track and measure their exercise plan. And only about 1% of the 2% who do track their training, do it fully.
So what do I mean by fully? I mean tracking your training in a proper training diary (tracking log book), not just on odd scrapes of paper, or in scrap books.
Why should you track everything you do in the gym?
1- It stops you from second guessing what you did in your last workout.
2- It keeps you highly motivated.
3- It keeps you disciplined.
4- It’s a good way to see what works better, and what doesn’t work so well (for you).
5- It gives you a sense of constant achievement. You can see the amount of weight you can lift go up, the time your run takes go down, etc,etc.
In the picture below, you can see my current training programme being tracked in the Stuart McRobert’s Training Tracker.
I have been using Stuart McRobert’s Training Tracker for several years now, as it is the best training aid I know of. I highly recommend that you use it also.
At the back of it there is also a log to record your sleep, food and measurements. It’s mainly designed for weight training, but you can use it for cardio/circuit training, if you set it up correctly.
Sometimes I decide not to use the Training Tracker for a week to a month. This is because recording and following a certain training plan is a very left-brained activity, and just doing my training “off the cuff” is a more right-brained activity. It just helps to keep things interesting and fresh.
I can get away with doing that as I have been training for so long now, but I use Stuart McRobert’s Training Tracker at least 10 months out of the year.