Whether you’ve been working out for a while or you’re completely new to the gym, we all have goals when we hit the gym. Lose weight, set the bench, press PR (a personal record), run the fastest mile, or even finish a group fitness class, we’re all working toward something!
The best way to make sure you’re moving in the right direction toward any of these goals is to log your workouts (not for the ‘gram but for yourself). Over time, you’ll be able to compare where you are, where you are now and how close you are to reaching your goal. Recording your progress makes it easy to compare Results.
There are many ways to keep track of your workouts. You can do this with a wearable, such as the Myzone MZ-Switch, or simply with a training app. These devices and software will make your workouts more motivating, and you will be able to easily see your progress.
Here are some easy ways to keep track of your workouts:
MZ . key
The MZ-Switch is a versatile wearable device from Myzone, which gives you the option of wearing a heart rate monitor on your wrist, arm or chest. This device can connect to Myzone TVs inside the VASA fitness facility or the Myzone app when you’re outside the gym.
Heart rate is the best and perhaps the easiest way to track exercise intensity, and while strength training is not considered cardiovascular training, there is a cardiovascular spike and recovery during more intense workouts. The better you can recover and move more weight, the more fit you will be.
Trainer advice for those looking to build muscle*
Managing the intensity during cardio sessions helps you build strength and size gains.
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pen and paper
Writing down your workouts, including exercises, sets, reps, weight used, and exercise RPE (Rated Perceived Effort), is a straightforward way to track your strength gains. It can be as simple as holding a notebook or writing in the notes section of your phone.
Looking back after months of hard and diligent work and seeing positive results in the number of repetitions or weight, you will feel even more motivated and determined to keep going.
Not seeing the scale or changing individual scores can be frustrating, but if performance continues to improve, these other scores will eventually catch up.
Tips on setting your tracking goals
For those starting out on their fitness journey, tracking your workouts is a great accountability tool. Setting a MEP (Myzone Effort Points) goal for yourself each week helps remind you to hit the gym and get moving. The more you move, the better you feel and the more you want to keep moving.
Once you reach your total weekly MEP for a few weeks, you can increase that goal and try to achieve more MEPs for a few weeks. The Myzone app keeps a log of every exercise, and you can always look back and see your progress since you started.
For beginners, gym vets and everyone in between, logging your workouts is a helpful way to keep the gym motivated and energetic month after month. Typing it down or using a wearable device like the MZ-Switch can be as effective as it is simple. Choose the best route for you on your fitness journey!