Why use a training log?
Whether you are aiming at completing a marathon in under five hours, to lose 10 kg in weight or win a gold medal you will need a plan to achieve your goal. A training log facilitates planning and enables the daily monitoring of accomplished training. A good training log helps you to understand what you must do to reach your goals.
All goal-oriented activities involve being systematic. Your training log will help you to remain systematic and to train in compliance with your goals. Perhaps the most important advantage of a training log is to help retain the balance between over-training and losing fitness. A systematically kept training log helps you to take a break on rest days and likewise to complete the hardest exercises as well as possible.
Using a training log will motivate you to strive towards your goals. When going for a run feels heavy or your training and diet seems unnecessary, it’s motivating to see how much progress has been made. It’s rewarding to see your weighting curve turn downwards and test run times that have improved by seconds or to check out a training period when you did a record amount of training.
Keeping a good training log provides you, your coach, doctor, physiotherapist or others with the opportunity to examine your training objectively. Keeping a regular training log helps you to examine the state of your training. This is especially important in the analysis of success or a lack of success and of good times and bad times.