Training | POSTED March 31, 2024

Tracking Your Workouts for Optimal Progress

Let’s talk about that little habit that can make a BIG difference in your journey to becoming the fittest and strongest version of yourself and for optimal progress: tracking your workouts. Now, I know what you might be thinking – isn’t it enough to just show up, choose a weight or exercise and sweat it out? While showing up is definitely crucial, tracking your workouts is like adding the icing to the cake to your fitness journey. Let me break it down for you.

Here at Ivy Training, we track and log our clients workouts with an easy to use app, TrueCoach. We keep track for our clients to ensure optimal progression.

First up, tracking your workouts gives you clarity on where you’re at and where you’re headed. It’s like having a map for your fitness journey. Imagine setting out on a road trip without a GPS – you might end up lost, confused, and frustrated. The same goes for your workouts. Without tracking, you might not know if you’re making progress, plateauing, or even regressing. But with a simple log of your exercises, sets, reps, and weights, you can easily see what’s working and what trajectory you are on over time.

Consistency With Motivation and Results

Let’s not forget the motivation factor. There’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing your progress in a tangible way. Whether it’s lifting heavier weights, running faster, or simply being able to do more push-ups, tracking your improvements can be a major confidence booster. It’s like getting a high-five from your past self every time you glance at your workout log. Speaking of push-ups, we have done a blog here about how to master and progress your push-ups. 

Here’s a perfect example below on where tracking your workouts can be useful: details like how many reps you performed, if you lowered slowly with an eccentric variation, which surface height you used and more! You’ll need to check out that blog for details!

But tracking your workouts isn’t just about patting yourself on the back – it’s also about holding yourself accountable. When you write down your workouts, you’re making a commitment to yourself to show up and put in the work. It’s a way of saying, “Hey, I’m serious about this whole fitness thing.” Plus, let’s be real, nobody wants to leave blank spaces in their workout log. It’s like having unfinished business staring you in the face.

Tracking Kept Easy

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking – tracking your workouts sounds like a lot of extra work. But fear not, we live in the age of technology, and there are plenty of apps out there that make tracking a breeze. Whether you’re into weights, running, or yoga, there’s an app for easy tracking. Here at Ivy Training, you have probably seen your coach logging and making notes during your workout. We use an app called TrueCoach, which is very user friendly for both parties. As your coach, we want to assess how that session felt and what weights were being used for that specific exercise to give us a trajectory of where to progress you on to. We love to see that consistent progress and share it with you each week. 

And of course, tracking your workouts isn’t just about what you do in the gym – it can also be what you do outside of it. Keeping tabs on your nutrition, sleep, and stress levels can give you valuable insights. Such as how your lifestyle habits are affecting your progress. After all, you can’t out-train a bad diet or sleep deprivation.

At Ivy Training we always keep a log of what our clients have done in their workouts.

Sticking To The Plan

And let’s not forget about the power of consistency. They say that consistency is the key to success in just about anything, and fitness is no exception. By tracking your workouts, you can ensure that you’re staying consistent with your training. Plus, there’s something incredibly satisfying about seeing the numbers and transformative results over time.

In conclusion – this is the importance of tracking your workouts in a nutshell. Tracking your workouts can help you stay on track, stay motivated, and ultimately, ensure you’re making optimal progress. It helps us go from exercising without clarity to training with intent and a purpose. So start logging and get ready to take your fitness journey to the next level! Contact us here to learn more about what we do at Ivy Training.