I don’t always log my training, but when I do I use Supergym.
Logging the stuff you’re doing is a very important part of training, especially in the beginning of a new program, cycle, or style of exercise that’s not something you’re used to. Not only does it keep you accountable, it allows you to look back and assess how things are going. The latter is very helpful for me and my crew when we’re trying to help people who aren’t getting the results they expect.
I can’t overstate the importance of accountability. People who train with others both get quicker results and are far less likely to quit their fitness regimen. This isn’t true across the board. We’re all wired differently and some of us do quite well on our own. But whenever numbers are kept, those who exercise with peers have a higher rate of success. Just think about how a group can help reinforce commitment when your motivation is down, or how just the thought that you can’t fill your log sheet up if you skip a work can be enough to keep you going. Each incident may be small, but those extra days you might have missed or exercises you might have skipped if someone wasn’t paying attention add up quickly. Workout buddies are huge. And if you don’t have any available, we’ve got Supergym, where you can log-in and find other people training 24/7. And it’s free, btw. You just need a TeamBeachbody account, which is also free.
It’s also great to have training logs. Most of mine were written on notepads and stuff and either stuffed away in boxes or lost. I wish we’d had all the electronic tool available today because it would be cool to look back on it. But even the act of recording data helps you remember things better. I can still visualize exactly numbers from some training log entries I made 30 years ago. Not only does this help you understand your body better when it comes to what works and doesn’t, it’s invaluable if you run into an issue and need to consult outside help. When I have a problem client it’s so much easier to correct their issue if I can dig into logs for both diet and exercise. I can change a situation from educated guessing to “this is your probably and this is how to fix it” with 100% certainty.
So log your training! Now let’s do the stats from day 1.
Power 90 Sculpt – Beachbody’s first hit holds up after all these years. For those who don’t know, this was the precursor to P90X. It’s a younger Tony Horton, resplendent in short shorts and sweaty tank tops but dishing out a solid workout that’s barely diminished over time. It’s simply a solid full body circuit training workout. And funny.
Reading & questions answered: /2809 (53/day) – 7 questions and 25 pages, so far, of Exercise Phys: Nutrition, Energy, and Human Performance, which promises to be fascinating bedtime reading.
Servings of Shakeology: /53 – 1
Days of Ultimate Reset: /5.3
Days taking supplements: /53 – 1
Days of no alcohol: /53 – 1
Days of no meat: /53 – 1
Coffee Cycles (more on this later): /5.3 – Have begun.
King Pin fritters: /5
Beachbody workouts: /53 – 1
Push-ups: /5300 – 70
Jumping jacks: /5300 – 200
Ab moves: /5300 – 60
Crunches: /5300 – 300
Ab Ripper X Moves: /5300 – 100
Beast back day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast chest day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast shoulder day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast leg day: /53,000 lbs.
Beast arm day: /53,000 lbs.
P90X2 functional warm-up: /53 – 1
Running drills: /53 – 2
Neuro-integrating stretching: /53 – 1
Iron Mind gripper and extensor band reps: /10600 400
Breath hold sessions: /53 – 1
Stabilizer sessions: /53 – 2
Internal Organ Training: /53 – 1
5.11 Climbs: /5
5.12 Climbs: /3
5.11 Boulder transverses: /5 – 1
5.12 Boulder transverses: /3 – 1
Campus board movements: /530 – 66
Climb-specific pull-ups: /530 – 60
Cycling on road bike: /53 miles
Cycling on mountain bike: /53 miles
Cycling on cyclocross bike: /53 miles
Cycling on time trial bike: /53 miles
Cycling on fixed gear bike: /53 miles
Cycling on single speed bike: /53 miles
Cycling on tandem bike: /53 miles
Hiking: /53 miles – 2
Running: /53 miles
30 minutes of rowing: /5 times
30 minutes of elliptical: /5 times
30 minutes of swimming: /5 times
Tasks for his wife: /53 – 3
Chores around the house: /53 – 1
Tasks for his dogs: /53 – heaps
Blog posts: /53 – 1 (4)
Team Beachbody Instructional Videos: /5
Team Beachbody Video Chat /5
Days keeping these stats: /53 – 1
(Further Reading) A Few Challenges of Yore