Posted on January 8, 2019 by adminTracking Your Progress How often have I told myself the exact same thing? Answer to both: too many. Writing something down has been demonstrated to be an effective memorization technique. It’s also the key to the past that can help shape your future – and I do mean shape your future. To know where you’re going, it helps to know where you are coming from. Irrespective of how much fish oil or ginkgo you require, it is far-fetched to expect you will remember every set, rep, mile and nuance of your last workout or the one before that. Why do you want to recall what you’ve already done? Same reason people write down recipes: to boost the odds of success the next time you’re in that situation. And I’m not speaking only sets and reps. In fact, anything that affects your senses can affect your workout, even in the event that you’ve mastered the way to block out distractions. Recreating a situation in which you are able to tune out those annoyance increases the possibility of a favorable gym experience. Control what you can, have a back-up plan for what you can not and ignore the rest. Food and supplement intake, including quality, quantity and timing, also impacts your exercise, so make some notes. At the gym, temperature, light, music, accessibility to the equipment you’ll need, the gym’s layout and how busy it is are all factors in your workout. Things you noticed on a particular day that affected your training, good or bad, are worth jotting down. After a while, taking notes will become second nature – a frequent occurrence within your day-to-day workouts. It doesn’t have to be prose; it may be bullet points. Next time you are in a slump, flip back to a great work out and see why it worked. Draw from that adventure. It will not always work, but it may mean the difference between a bad day, week or even month. If you harness creativity with discipline, you can make a masterpiece.