Friday, March 30, 2018

Logging your workouts, good; being neurotic about the results, bad


I love Hanna's log book. It's easy for her to look back and see what workouts she did, how much weight she used, and she's able to get a feel for how her training is going. You don't need to be as organized as she is, but having a log so that you can look back and at least see what weights you did for the last workout is useful. I also like when you put in your notebook what your plan is for the next time.

However the notebook is just supposed to help guide your training. If you aren't feeling great today, don't force yourself to use the weights from last time. Everything going on in your day, week, month, is going to affect how you feel in the gym and your self worth is in no way tied to the weights you lifted.

I never even thought I would have to say that, but I guess I do. I read a blog post today about how notebooks are good and that you should put all kinds of extra information in them to help you keep track of your mental state. The example was something like, if you repeat a workout a month later and notice that you're a minute slower, the negative thoughts start. And unless you have your detailed notebook that explained why you were faster the first time you'll get into a downward spiral mentally. Seriously! That was the topic!

The gym is supposed to be your fun place, the place where you go to de-stress, the place where you can recover your mental health from your busy day. Don't make it a place where you think you're a bad person because you had a bad workout. You don't judge yourself by your workout, you use your workout to make you better so that the rest of your day goes better. The workout is just one of the many ways you make yourself better, it is not the metric itself.

Notebooks are an important way to make sure you're putting the right effort in, but don't use them as a way to add more stress to your life.

I can't believe I had to write this post.



Today's Workout

deadlift 8-5-3x5
5 heavy swings between sets

then

AGT day:
1 arm swing, bell size +2, 5x(10R+10L)/1:00
TGU, bell size +1 5x(1R+1L)/2:00