Brawn in the Gym
For those of you with a keen eye for detail, you might’ve noticed the giant TV screen suspended from the ceiling in the gym. This arrived with the install of Brawn InGym software; a handy new platform that acts as a digital diary for strength training and connects those who like to lift. As the first gym in London to get their chalky mits on Brawn, we’ve been busy putting members to the test and gathering their feedback on the benefits of tracking your training and now we want to encourage you to give it a go too.
If you’re someone who likes to lift, whether you train for life or for a specific goal; tracking your training is only ever going to enhance your experience and we’ll tell you why…
The big benefits
Avoid guessing by assessing
It can be hard to spot our own progress whether that be aesthetic, metric or otherwise. But by tracking a few simple metrics, you can pin point how external and internal influences can impact your training (sleep, fuel, hormones, time of day, nagging colleagues etc.) Regularly logging how much you can lift, how many reps you can perform, how quickly you recover or simply how you feel whilst doing what you do, will equip you with a deeper understanding around your training routine, as well as letting you look back and see how far you’ve come.
Accountability is a key motivator in sticking to a plan, and studies have shown that you’re much more likely to not only reach, but to surpass your goals if you are tracking your progress. By having a plan and logging the stats to refer back to, you’re tapping into an ongoing conversation with yourself, reminding yourself of the goals you’ve set and keeping an eagle eye on progress. And nothing provides greater satisfaction than keeping yourself in check.
Less clunky than a physical diary (or hectic notes page on your phone), Brawn allows you to free up space in your bag and in your brain so you can focus on more on the training itself. A digital logbook makes your session more efficient, saving you time when you’re in the gym; no more trying to figure out what load needs to be on the bar, or racking your memory over how many reps you did last week. A quick glance over your logged history can get you set up and get you in the zone in no time.
Through regular tracking you can easily spot shifts in progression or regression. The more data you can keep track of, the more information you equip yourself with which can enable you to make better, more informed decisions going forward. Let’s keep it real, declines in progress can be the gentle nudge you need to reassess your routine and make some beneficial adjustments to programming and lifestyle choices so whether the data is good or bad, either way, a wakeup call can help you stay on course.
There will always be times when life gets in the way; schedules change, and curveballs are thrown but having your history of tried and tested workouts to hand (literally) provides you with a regime that you know you can rely on. Knowing what worked for you by seeing the reps and weights you shifted previously gives you a reliable plan for the here and now. Good training is good training, let’s not over complicate things.
Save yourself the time and the stress, get cracking and get tracking!
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