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August 19, 2012 2:34 AM
I've been weight lifting for awhile now, but i've not been tracking it on MFP. I keep my log in a notebook. How do other weight lifters here track there workouts? Is there a way to change your goals, and to track goals that aren't cardio? I know I can put in the name of the exercise, the weight and the reps on my exercise page. I hate not being able to meet my "goals" because I don't do nearly as much cardio now that the weights keep getting heavier.



edit: I hope this post makes sense, i'm tired enough my brain isn't working at 100% yet.
Edited by jadenwind17 On August 19, 2012 2:35 AM
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August 19, 2012 4:47 AM
I don't log weight lifting (and that's pretty much they only exercise I do) on MFP. Your goals should be increasing the weight and either losing weight or bulking up. It's difficult to get that to show on MFP so I just have a spreadsheet of my weights: Week 1, Exercise 1, Set 1,2,3 etc.
August 19, 2012 5:01 AM
This app might help

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jefit-workout-fitness-bodybuilding/id449810000?mt=8

The JEFIT iPhone Workout and Bodybuilding App



JEFIT is essential for bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts alike and the best way to keep track of your workout data without the use of a paper and pad.

Why JEFIT is the BEST Workout App:
- UI Friendly and Easy to use set up to begin your workout and fitness goals
- Largest exercise and routine database on the web
- Full Two - Way Synchronization with online JEFIT Profile
- Easiest way to track your workouts, create routines, body statistics and lifting progress, saves all progress to keep you motivated for further exercising, fitness and workouts
- Customizable routines and exercises to create a weekly workout routine all your own

Workout Routine Planner:
- User friendly workout and fitness routine manager
- Easily create own workout routines base on built-in exercises or custom exercises
- Adjustable sets for each exercise
- Support multiple routines. Easily switch among Bulking,Cutting,General and Sport Specific routines

Smart Logging System:
- Automatic input weight and reps when you doing exercises
- Automatic record your 1RM (1 rep maximum) for each set
- Automatic save your best lifting record for each exercise

Two-Way Synchronization:
- Synchronize your iPhone Workout Data with your Online Profile
- Store information and data on the JEFIT Server and recover workout info in an instant
- Synchronize to download workout routines onto your phone

Progress Tracking System:
- Graphic chart for tracking body, fitness and workout stats
- Tracking fitness data such as weight, body fat, height, chest, waist, arms, etc..
- Auto-calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index)

Progress Picture:
-Ability to take progress pictures after workouts
-View your body changes after intense exercises

Detailed Exercise Database:
- Built-in hundreds of weight training exercises categorized by body parts
- Search Function allows for ease of finding and searching exercises for workouts and routines
- Contains 500+ exercise, workout and fitness instructions, animations and tips
- Track Cardio, Weight Lifting, Fitness and Strength Training Exercises
- Instant Workout Function allows for users to perform an exercise without having to edit routine

Resting Timer:
- Adjustable resting timer between sets during a workout
- Reminder for what exercise need to do next for their workout
- Show previous training logs of the incoming exercise while taking break
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August 19, 2012 7:02 AM
^^^^^^^^jefit

That was a helluva Jefit promotion but it's all true. I used to use a notebook for years but Jefit is extremely convenient. Just a terrific way to track yourself
August 19, 2012 9:17 AM
+1 for JEFIT. I mostly use the Android JEFIT Pro app. I use the web based app for setting up my routines. It takes a little work to get your routine(s) set up, but once that part is behind you it's great. Very easy to use in the gym, keeps you up to date on your PRs based on reps, etc.

Their support for recording cardio/metcon exercises has improved in the last 6 months too.
August 19, 2012 9:27 AM
Just noticed that there is a second question buried in there.

To change goals, go to My Home, then click on Goals. You'll see Change Goals down there. Then put whatever you want. Or just leave it blank. It's kind of worthless. It doesn't affect your macros, and if you go over or under it really doesn't care. I set mine when I joined and never looked at them again.
August 19, 2012 11:01 AM
QUOTE:

I've been weight lifting for awhile now, but i've not been tracking it on MFP. I keep my log in a notebook. How do other weight lifters here track there workouts? Is there a way to change your goals, and to track goals that aren't cardio? I know I can put in the name of the exercise, the weight and the reps on my exercise page. I hate not being able to meet my "goals" because I don't do nearly as much cardio now that the weights keep getting heavier.



edit: I hope this post makes sense, i'm tired enough my brain isn't working at 100% yet.


I use the same weight lifting machines every time I work out, and do the same number of sets and reps on each machine. In the notepad app that came with my iPhone, I list all the machines in the order in which I do them. After each machine I list my highest in parentheses, and then what I did that day. So, if I do the same weight then no changes are needed. When I change something I just change the number. I take my iPhone with me while I lift at the gym, so that I can check and see what I am lifting if I have forgotten. Also I can make any necessary changes between sets.

As for goals, the highest previous weight is always a goal. Beyond that, I pay attention to how my body feels and when the weight seems relatively easy, then I increase it the next time. I don't have any specific goals other than improving on my personal best.

Guess this is sort of like your log. I don't like the JEFIT app because with that app apparently I can't list the exact exercise machines that I use, in the order in which I use them. I think it is probably great for those doing free weights, but I'm not.
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August 19, 2012 11:11 AM
QUOTE:

I don't like the JEFIT app because with that app apparently I can't list the exact exercise machines that I use, in the order in which I use them. I think it is probably great for those doing free weights, but I'm not.

Yes, you can, with both the Android app and the web based app. The description below applies to the web based app.

If the exercise machine that you are using is not listed, simply add it as a Custom Exercise under My Exercises. First, however, you may want to search for it in the database. It is probably listed already, but may just be under a different name than what you are used to calling it.

The order of your Exercises for a particular day in your Routine is adjusted using the "My Routines" interface on the left menu. Click the "Add/Edit" button for the particular day in your routine that you wish to re-order. Use the "order" column to change the order.
August 19, 2012 11:15 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

I don't like the JEFIT app because with that app apparently I can't list the exact exercise machines that I use, in the order in which I use them. I think it is probably great for those doing free weights, but I'm not.

Yes, you can, with both the Android app and the web based app. The description below applies to the web based app.

If the exercise machine that you are using is not listed, simply add it as a Custom Exercise under My Exercises. First, however, you may want to search for it in the database. It is probably listed already, but may just be under a different name than what you are used to calling it.

The order of your Exercises for a particular day in your Routine is adjusted using the "My Routines" interface on the left menu. Click the "Add/Edit" button for the particular day in your routine that you wish to re-order. Use the "order" column to change the order.


Thanks a LOT! That is great - - I'll try it again. :)
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August 19, 2012 12:39 PM
I must be old. I still use a notepad/pencil. Though sometimes I use the notepad app on my iPhone. Now I believe I will be looking up jefit app. I tried tracking each thing here with the strength training tracker but it wasn't really worth it. Took forever it seemed and I kinda like using a notepad.

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