Ever since I first started training with weights, I’ve always kept a workout journal.
Early on it was notebooks and tablets, later it became digital on website forums. Now I actually do a combination of both.
Some people simply track reps & sets, some get a little more detailed with specifics of diet, and some do all of that plus chronicle other facets of their lives—“Dear Diary……… :D”
I remember being at a gym in the late 90’s and jotting down some details after a set and one of my fellow gym-members jokingly say “Hey John, stop doing your homework and hit some weights.”
We laughed about it, but to me recording the details of my training was crucial for future progression.
As the saying goes, “If you don’t keep score, how do you know when you are winning?”
In the commercial gyms I have been in very few trainees seemed like they were recording their workouts and the truth be told, most of them never really seemed to make any significant changes in strength nor body-composition at all.
With benchmarks created by recording training goals in your journal, you will lay a foundation that will keep you accountable, interested, and motivated and it will surely amaze you when you see how far you have come.
A journal is a great accountability tool and a very cool item to not only track progression, but to also look back and see what was going on at that point in your training career.