The power of this little red book is undeniable.
This book is going to keep me on track, as well as track my progress over the next few months.
J. Alabama bought me this little red book so I can write all my strength workouts in it. This way I can visually see the progress I am making as I lift weights.
Just looking at my first entry compared to mental notes we compared, and we were both ecstatic to see some real improvement over a month’s time.
And we aren’t talking measuring tape measurements either. We are talking I lifted 65 pounds for the first time ever on the Lat Pull Down Bar last night!
This book will also give me a reference as to which muscle groups I worked and what exercises I have done.
I can never remember which workout works what. This method will assure me that I am in fact working my biceps on biceps days!
A little explanation of the system. You’ve got your warm-up repetition marked as WU. That should be your lightest weight. The 45 x 15 means 45 pounds pulled 15 times.
The 1 is the first repetition after the warm-up. Same system of 60 pounds pulled 20 times.
I typically shoot for 15 repetitions, but we were trying to see if I could move up to 65 pounds. And to determine that would be to try to do as many as I could before burning out. And 20 was all I could do, but was 5 more than the 15, so meant I could up my weight on the next round.
Oh yeah, and I made J. Alabama write in my book as another form of motivation. He probably thinks I’m a HUGE dork, but he wrote in it anyways. 🙂
Do you track each strength workout with a notebook, or do you just go to the gym and do what workouts call to you?
Life before the notebook meant I would go to the gym and do the same 5 random arm workouts that I knew and a few random machines. I seriously didn’t know which muscle group I was working and had no method to madness. I am so excited to have a system now!