One of the best tools for getting better training results is to keep a training journal. That is why we at StrengthLog aim to make the best workout log app in the world.
The main purpose of a training log is to see what you did last workout, so that you can try to improve upon that today. Constantly challenging your muscles to lift more is what makes them grow bigger and stronger, and therefore we place a lot of emphasis on helping you do just that with our workout log.
Here are four ways in which you can use the StrengthLog workout app to see and beat your previous workouts!
1. The Training Log
Perhaps the most straightforward way of them all:
- From the home screen, tap Training log.
- Scroll down to the last similar workout and tap it.
From here, you can choose if you just want to look at the previous workout, or you could tap the “…” in the top right corner and then choose to Train again.
The latter starts a new workout with the same exercises, sets, reps, and weight (100% free).
However, with a premium subscription, you can choose to modify the workout automatically. For example, increasing all weights by 2.5 kg / 5 lbs, or adding one rep to each set.
Of course, you can always change weights, sets, and reps manually when the workout is started.
2. The Exercise History
Do you want to see previous workouts for a specific exercise?
- Start a new workout.
- Add an exercise.
- Tap the “…” to the right of the exercise name.
- Tap History.
Here, you will see all previous workouts with that exercise.
You can import weights, sets, and reps from here too: just tap the copy symbol next to the workout. Then you will once again get the choice to import it identically or modify the sets and reps (once again: a premium feature).
3. Break Your Personal Records
A great advantage of a digital training journal is the ease with which it keeps track of your personal records. Not only your best single (1RM), but your best 2RM, 5RM, 10RM, 20RM, and so forth.
When in an active workout, tap the “…” next to the exercise name and then tap Records. This will take you to your records view for that exercise.
Don’t know what to train today?
Try to beat one of your old records!
4. Prefill Weights From Last Workout Automatically
Don’t want to have to check your previous workouts every time? Then just activate the setting to prefill weights and reps from your last workout automatically.
Activate this, and the next time you add a set of a given exercise (bench press in this example), the app will automatically prefill the weights and reps from the first set of the last time you trained bench press.
Add a second set, and it will prefill the weights and reps from the second set of the last workout, and so on.
There you have it: four ways to make it easier for you to beat your previous best performances.
To get started, download the StrengthLog workout app and create a free account! It is 100% free to download, and all of the basic functionality is free, including logging unlimited workouts.