Weightlifting exercise charts should be seen as a roadmap to your ultimate goal. If you do not keep a track of your weightlifting, you do not know what you have achieved and where you stand in terms of achieving your goal.
It is not difficult to maintain weightlifting exercise charts and you should keep them in a place where you can see them regularly. Ideally these charts are created by your trainer but if you do not have one, you can create your own charts.
It does not take long to jot down the details about each weightlifting exercise you do, the duration and intensity. This can be done even when you are resting between sets. Make sure you have rows and columns in your chart. The rows are for jotting down each exercise and the columns are for mentioning the number of reps, sets and weights you used for each type of exercise.
The main benefits of weightlifting exercise charts are as follows:
- Having weightlifting charts will allow you to plan your next exercise in advance. While most people go to the gym and then decide what type of exercise to do, you can plan ahead. This will allow you to workout each muscle group and you will have realistic goals for each exercise. Of course, you will also see the results in due course.
- Weightlifting exercise charts allow you the luxury of going back and analyzing your exercise program and plan. This way you can see where you are making mistakes and rectify them before it is too late. For instance, you want to increase your bench press by 30 pounds in 12 months, analyzing your weightlifting exercise chart will allow you to see whether you are reaching your goal. If not, you can figure out where you are going wrong and then weed out the mistake.
- In addition, weightlifting exercise charts allow you to analyze and avoid injuries. For example, if you get a shoulder problem, you can check your charts to see where your workout is going wrong and with analysis you will figure out that maybe you were doing too many exercises that involved the usage of your shoulder muscles and this did not give the shoulder joint time to recover between the workouts.
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