Tracking Workouts

by Lisa on Thursday: Aug 09, 2012

If there’s one thing that everyone in my life knows about me, it’s that I love organization. And because of that, I feel the need to record the workouts I do so I can easily go back and take a look at how hard I worked, how far I’ve come and where I need to work harder. Over the years, I’ve tried out many different methods of keeping track of these details and still haven’t quite found just ONE solution that will do everything I need.

Here is my system right now:

  • I use my Polar Ft 4 to track how many calories I’ve burned and how long I’ve been working out
  • From there, once my workout is completed, I record the numbers in a notebook
  • I also record all of my weight-lifting activities (reps, pounds, type of exercise) in this notebook
  • However, I don’t stop there – I ALSO have experimented with numerous phone apps to do my tracking for me. Right now I’m using Cardio Trainer, which records pretty much everything I need to keep track of, except for specific weight lifting activities.
  • And to top it off, occasionally I’ll plan out my workouts in advance on my google calendar

I’d love to be able to consolidate all of my tracking within one app, but every one I’ve tried seems to make it really difficult to record different weight machines. I’m ridiculously picky when it comes to organizational apps. Sometimes I think I should just create them myself – that way they’ll have EVERYTHING I need! (Trust me, I’ve actually considered doing this). Pen and paper always seems to be the quickest, easiest way to do what I need, but then it’s harder to get stats and see trends.

So, I must ask you – what do you use to track your workouts?

6 Responses to “Tracking Workouts”

  1. Christina says:

    Not that I workout, but I wanted to say that pen and paper just can’t be beat for some things! I have a bazillion apps for just about anything I’d ever want…but I just love my pen and paper calendar and to-do list 🙂

    • Lisa says:

      I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who still loves good old-fashioned pen and paper!

  2. I track mine in an old school notebook (sorry trees..) I really want a Polar but will have to wait until we move! That device looks so awesome and needed in a fitness ladies life 🙂 Love and Shine CourtStar

    • Lisa says:

      The Polar is very useful to be able to track exactly how many calories you’re burning and how hard you’re working! When I was shopping for one, I found that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on them, as long as you’re not looking for anything too fancy.

  3. Sarabell says:

    A good post, just about where I’m at and what I’m focusing on in life! (Among other things, of course) I am a huge fan of, and I also have a pedometer. I have a heart rate monitor too, but it doesn’t really work. =[

    • Lisa says:

      MyFitnessPal is a great tool! I’ve used it a bunch of times and keep going back to it any time I want to keep track of my calorie intake.

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