A training diary is a great tool to use to see your progress in training. Have the workouts given the results you’re after, or if not. What needs to be changed?
communication always takes place on the recipient’s terms. And this is true, even when we are talking with ourselves. When back-tracking in your notes in your journal, you need to understand what it was that you wanted to communicate. The numbers are great! And serve as a big part of your quantification of sports. But, you also need communication in the form of words to get the big picture. So, write comments, even if not long ones, so that your feelings can be read out as well.
Get in on the action
So, why don’t all athletes keep a training diary? Well, two main reasons come to mind. The first being that after a workout, a lot of us start rushing to our next activity. The second is that the athlete doesn’t yet know how valuable that information is!
3 reasons to use a training diary
- Keeps structure when forgetful.
- A basis for analysis and adjustments.
- Keeps you motivated.
The diary will show you what you have done, and gives you an overlook of how structured you are.
Training is about how often, how hard, and how long you should train. And if you continuously fill in your stats after your sessions. You will sooner than later start to see patterns. For example, what does, or does not work for you. To be able to analyze your ups and downs over time, it’s a good idea to not only rely on your memory alone.
In periods, your motivation for training may dip. And as a result of this, you may start to take out sessions from your training schedule. Looking at your diary, you can see if the plan and your reality differs. If that’s the case, then you won’t be surprised when the results don’t come.
So, in a sense, your training diary will hold you accountable for your training and success.
Our training programs don’t promise you success. They are a tool for you, but you supply the work in the workouts!
What works for you?
We have created a digital training diary that you can download and use (it’s free!).
In the diary, you fill out sport and duration. In addition, you will keep track of:
- Resting heart rate – A great way to keep track of your overall health.
- Sleep quality – Nothing compares recovery wise to a good night’s sleep.
- Motivation – Training is supposed to be fun, and thus motivating to do.
- Training quality – Keep track of how you felt during the session.
- Stress in life – The body doesn’t react differently to stress from work or from workouts. Keep track of your wellbeing.
Are you more of an analog person, there is something special about the paper and pen. We supply a diary with all our training programs for you to fill out in connection with your session.