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Old 05-09-2011, 10:52 AM   #11
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You know, the other day I had just finished my workout and saw another regular there who had just finished his. I asked him how his workout went, and he said just something like "um, ok". I asked him "hit any PR's? Personal records?" He said, "No", and then I responded "Well, every day you come here you should be trying to hit a PR of some sort. Whether that's weight or reps. You pick". He suddenly had this enlightened look in his eyes like I said something truly profound.
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You know, the other day I had just finished my workout and saw another regular there who had just finished his. I asked him how his workout went, and he said just something like "um, ok". I asked him "hit any PR's? Personal records?" He said, "No", and then I responded "Well, every day you come here you should be trying to hit a PR of some sort. Whether that's weight or reps. You pick". He suddenly had this enlightened look in his eyes like I said something truly profound.
I'm always astounded at how many people I see in the gym just wandering around with no obvious routine, seemingly picking exercises on a whim (more often than not these exercises are chest/biceps focused) and NOT TRACKING THEIR WEIGHTS! If you don't know what you did last time, how the hell are you going to beat it next time?! I now have almost 3 years of training logs and they are extremely useful. I can track the progression of my deadlift from its origin to the present day and see how far I've come. Who wouldn't want to enjoy that kind of achievement?

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I'm always astounded at how many people I see in the gym just wandering around with no obvious routine, seemingly picking exercises on a whim (more often than not these exercises are chest/biceps focused) and NOT TRACKING THEIR WEIGHTS! If you don't know what you did last time, how the hell are you going to beat it next time?! I now have almost 3 years of training logs and they are extremely useful. I can track the progression of my deadlift from its origin to the present day and see how far I've come. Who wouldn't want to enjoy that kind of achievement?

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i keep my journal log always handy and also thats why i started a training log on this site in the first place. to track my progress, and makes me feel more accountable when you put it out in the open
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Hmm.. You're expecting inexperienced lifters to understand that lifting takes experience. Perhaps that's a fail from the get go.

I didn't know jack from the get go, but I read and learned, tried my own methods, got feedback from that, etc. Journals are of course beneficial, but then again, did you have one when you started? Let's see it.

Lifting is a tough business, it takes time and overcoming a certain amount of inherent stupidity. Cut some slack to idiots and potential powerlifting monsters alike.

5kg said it. Just get in there and lift. But, then again, that's tough if your mind is tangled up in reps and sets. There's a lot of foolishness out there. Who's to say this 5-3-1 is better that one, etc?

Just .02 in sympathy of the poorly educated.
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