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Progressive training; Workout logs.

Saturday, October 18, 2008 by  
Filed under Daily Blog

October
18
2008

I’m three weeks into my bulk, and I can honestly say I’ve not had anything even close to what I’d call an “average” workout thus far. My goal with each workout is to build on the success of the previous workout, and always improve. I’m a huge proponent of the progressive training principle. Most of you probably know all about progressive training, but in case you don’t it is actually a very simple concept. Simply put, progressive training is making tangible improvements from one workout to the next. The basic idea is to always add weight, reps and/or increase intensity levels from one workout to the next. Your body is incredibly proficient at adaptation: if you don’t provide new challenges for your body it will quickly adjust to what you are doing in the gym. Once your body has adjusted to your workout, it no longer needs to grow bigger or stronger to handle it.

The subject of progressive training dovetails nicely with something else I’d like to talk about this morning: workout logs. I believe that every serious trainee should keep logs of all workouts. I have a log of every workout I’ve done since 2003, and my logs have proven to be one of the most useful bodybuilding weapons in my arsenal. I could probably tell you from memory how much I’m lifting for most the exercises I’m doing right now, but there’s no way I could tell you how many reps I did on every set for every exercise I’ve done over the past week. My training logs give me the cold, hard facts I need to constantly evaluate my progress.

Sigh. I should clean this morning, but I really don’t feel like it. I think I might have a lazy day and rest up. Yeah, I’ll clean tomorrow…

Enjoy your Saturday!

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