One of the champions I trained with had me keep a journal. I had to record every meal and every workout. It was difficult at first, but I learned to enjoy it. When you can evaluate everything you’ve done, you’ll know where or what to adjust as needed. A training journal enables you to evaluate the effectiveness of your training program.
It will help you training goals workout to workout. You can look back at last week’s training and know what you have to beat today. Now it’s time to perform. There’s no guesswork. Approach your training like a professional. A journal is like keeping score so you can continually challenge yourself. It helps you tremendously to coach yourself when you’re trying to deciding how to organize the training from phase to phase.
I know champions who have training journals dating back 20-plus years. They know exactly what they ate, how many sets they used, how much weight, how many reps, the time they started and ended the workout. Success coaches like Tony Robbins, the late Jim Rohn and bodybuilder Skip La Cour have said… if your life is worth living, it’s worth recording.
In fact, this is one of the true secrets of the champs.