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giegs
02-20-2014, 02:15 AM
This is something I used to do religiously when I was in highschool but really haven't done at all in years. Now it seems sites like mapmyrun.com make it a bit easier despite the website itself being a bit on the clunky side. Who knew my bike commute is a little over 9 miles? Super.

For the past few years I've really just kept kind of a mental log of what I've been up to lately, occassionally scribbling a note about how much I'm lifting or how many pullups I can do, but never anything fancy. Since a lot of my activity is mileage based it seems like it might be interesting to keep track of, but really whats the point? I don't see how it would affect my activity level. Maybe having a log of how lazy I am will encourage me to be more active, but I don't know.

For those of you that do keep track of this sort of thing, why do you do it? Does it influence the way you exercise? Is the mapmyrun thing just a means for people to humblebrag through the facebook feeds?

notdavidlynch
02-20-2014, 02:30 AM
fitocracy.com

stuck
02-20-2014, 02:30 AM
For those of you that do keep track of this sort of thing, why do you do it? Does it influence the way you exercise? Is the mapmyrun thing just a means for people to humblebrag through the facebook feeds?

I do it to make sure I'm progressing. I'm not in any kind of maintenance mode, I have had to be very serious about upping the intensity methodically in order to change my health.

pensive_pilgrim
02-20-2014, 02:49 AM
No. I probably should if I wanted to get serious about it but meh.

That mapmyrun site is pretty cool, turns out my estimated 2 mile jog is exactly 2.02 miles not including the end sprint(.1 mile).

scarydoor
02-20-2014, 03:31 AM
I just bought a Garmin Edge 800 gps for my bike. It'll arrive in the mail soon. I'm going to log my rides with strava or whatever seems good. I like being able to attach some numbers to things, but I can't be bothered organising that myself (e.g. writing down everything I eat? that's never going to happen). So the technology will help. I think it will be cool to be able to view maps of where I went and load more challenging routes into the gps to try. I also like that it can monitor heart rate; I think that will be fun.

(sort of similar to logging: Garmin has a camera called a Garmin Virb which is like a GoPro but with added GPS functionality, ANT+ input, and can be connected to other garmin products. So you can record a video of your ride and have the statistics (speed, cadence, heart rate, split screen with satellite position, whatever...) overlaid on top. I went for a ride on the weekend that included a fairly terrifying descent and I reckon it would have been great to be able to rewatch that and analyse how I handled it going through some of those hairpin turns after 20% declines)

skip
02-20-2014, 05:13 AM
Not online. My workouts are all Excel files. I print out blanks - each page = several days up to a week depending on the workout - and fill them in with weights, reps, cardio (when/how long), etc., during the workout. I also note any problems or issues or accomplishments that come up.

I generally hang on to the completed forms for several months after I fill them out but they just sit in a file folder. I mainly use it to track my weight training. I think it's good to track issues, too.

Fitz
02-20-2014, 05:20 AM
I used to, but the added work never proved to by useful. I only work out for aesthetics I couldn't careless if I'm actually getting stronger.

LordLatch
02-20-2014, 05:21 AM
Not online. My workouts are all Excel files. I print out blanks - each page = several days up to a week depending on the workout - and fill them in with weights, reps, cardio (when/how long), etc., during the workout. I also note any problems or issues or accomplishments that come up.

I generally hang on to the completed forms for several months after I fill them out but they just sit in a file folder. I mainly use it to track my weight training. I think it's good to track issues, too.

And you're not a J? I bet you're on the border. Like 55%

skip
02-20-2014, 05:37 AM
And you're not a J? I bet you're on the border. Like 55%

P is my strongest preference, it's almost like a handicap. I'm just one of those gym geeks you see walking around with a notebook and a pen (and a water bottle and a towel). Remember I had my own personal training business for quite a few years when I was younger. It's force of habit. I couldn't tell my clients to track their workouts if I didn't track my own. :p People are VERY NOSY when you're a personal trainer. They want to know exactly what you do for your own workouts - whether or not it's appropriate for them. They walk up to you in the grocery store and pick over your shopping cart to see what food you buy, they come over in a restaurant to see what you're eating. Most trainers won't work out where they work because you can't get through your own workout.

LordLatch
02-20-2014, 05:45 AM
P is my strongest preference, it's almost like a handicap.

Great! Now I've been wrong THREE times!

gator
02-20-2014, 08:19 AM
I used to when I rowed competitively. It was useful to me to track my progress and the types of workouts I was doing, and sometimes my coaches would ask for those records to make sure that people were doing their workouts between practices.

Now I'm not sure if I care much anymore. I exercise to run off steam and to stay healthy. I don't have concrete goals beyond that.

Thevenin
02-20-2014, 12:44 PM
I use a fitbit and log my workouts (both cardio and weight-lifting) and other health data on my fitbit.com database. This is part of the "quantified self" movement, although I'm not a fanatic. For some irrational reason, though, the fitbit device motivates me to push harder.

ObtainGnosis
02-25-2014, 01:00 AM
I log the distance of my runs in the calendar on my iPhone. I also log the amount of minutes I meditate, as well as whether or not I drank alcohol or smoked marijuana that day.

Ptah
02-25-2014, 01:31 AM
I log when I wake up each morning, for what duration I ran that day, what I weighed, and what I ate for each meal (and otherwise). Written in a small journal.

Lurker
02-25-2014, 04:54 AM
My God, no. I was bored to tears just looking at the Group Fitness Blog.

LordLatch
02-25-2014, 05:03 AM
My God, no. I was bored to tears just looking at the Group Fitness Blog.

What?! That's crazytalk! The numbers always change and you never know what number will be posted next. It's exciting! Imma head over there right now and find out!

stuck
02-25-2014, 05:05 AM
I WILL RIP YOUR ARMS OFF

giegs
02-25-2014, 05:10 AM
Even if it's not your back/shoulders day? I don't want to see you fuck up the program, stuck.

Lurker
02-25-2014, 05:12 AM
What?! That's crazytalk! The numbers always change and you never know what number will be posted next. It's exciting! Imma head over there right now and find out!


I WILL RIP YOUR ARMS OFF

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LordLatch
02-25-2014, 05:17 AM
I WILL RIP YOUR ARMS OFF

Unlikely, but I'll wait the 25 minutes it takes for you to get here to find out.

Thevenin
02-25-2014, 12:08 PM
Logging workouts can be useful for monitoring your fitness. I record various parameters of my cardiovascular workouts such as average heartbeat, maximum heartbeat, time and duration of workout, etc. If I take a couple of days off, this is reflected in the data, which again improve when I get back on schedule. Lifting weights is inherently trackable because you're always aware of how much you're lifting. Interestingly, even before I feel ill, I can sometimes predict a cold coming on just by looking at my numbers. Working out is like needing to continuously fill a leaky bucket--you have to keep working at it.

mthomps
03-01-2014, 01:30 PM
For the express purpose of making huge gains in body composition logging what you do and eat is the most useful thing you can do.

Mainly it's an explicit statement of exactly what you did that you can use to make changes as progress stalls and as a reference to make sure you are doing more work week and and week out.

Especially in regards to diet it's all to easy to THINK you ate better, less, more, or whatever suits your goal than you actually did. I'm a proponent of exact measurements of macros and calories with a kitchen scale and measuring cups. I