How To Make or Break Your Progression   Leave a comment

Hey everyone! I just got back from the gym and I’m munching on a protein bar as I write this post.

Well, while at the gym I noticed something. Something that almost everyone was not doing.

No one was tracking their workouts! I didn’t see one person with a paper, pen, or anything. I might have been the only one!

Statistics show that people who record their workouts, weights, reps, tempo, rest, etc., obtain better results than those who don’t. Think about it, how can you progress or take the steps to progress if you have no record of what you’ve done. Unless you have a photogenic memory, grab a paper and pen and start recording your workouts; that way you can see the whole picture, the improvements you made as well as the improvements that are needed. When you get to the gym you should be prepared. Your workout should already be set up so that you are not just hopping on different machines or conducting random exercises.

Many people that I have met base their progress by how sore they are feeling the following days… That is NOT how you should calculate your progress!

By tracking your progress you can see:

-If your strength has increased compared to your previous workouts.

-If you are able to complete your workout faster compared to your previous workouts.

-If your rest periods are increasing or decreasing

In other words, you want to know exactly what you are doing. If you do the same exercises, use the same weights, and do the same amount of reps, how are you able to progress!!?!? Buy a little notebook and pen and bring it with you. It won’t hurt you, I promise. You’ll be more organized and you’ll feel a lot better about your routine ( that goes for fitness, nutrition, and your lifestyle).

And lastly, which I should have put at the top of the page; SET A GOAL DATE! If you set your goals and a date to complete those goals you are more likely to get the job done. For example, my boxing tournament is coming up on the 21st. So, with that in mind I am making sure I am doing exactly what I have to be doing until that day comes. I find that if you announce your goals to your friends and family, you are more likely to go through with the routine that you set up for yourself.


Here’s the information about my tournament coming up if you are thinking about checking it out and supporting me.

February 19, 2011 @ Boys & Girls Clubs Eastside Branch, 9 AM – 2 PM
– Weigh-In and Physical Examinations

2011 Regional Golden Gloves Tournament Dates:

February 22-24, 2011 @ Woodlawn Gym, 7 PM
– Preliminary Competition


Thanks again everyone Comments and Ratings are appreciated!



Posted February 10, 2011 by garretrumbeaplan in Blog

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