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Fitness Using Evernote to track workouts?

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Is anyone using Evernote to track their workouts? I'm specifically referring to lifting weights. I have always used a small notebook and pen for this, but I'm trying to go paperless, so I'm considering using EN on my phone instead.

Would be interested in people's experiences with this. Do you use a stylus? Some sort of workout template note? Do you feed the data into a spreadsheet for tracking over time?

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3 hours ago, tavor said:

Do you feed the data into a spreadsheet for tracking over time?

A spreadsheet is a good idea if you want to work with data - for example charts
Otherwise a simple note(s) would work.  A note for each workout, or a single note with a table

>>Do you use a stylus? Some sort of workout template note?
Another alternative is a simple audio note
I would later transcribe and put the information into the note title/template/spreadsheet
You want to make the entry part as simple as possible, otherwise it won't get done

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2 hours ago, tavor said:

Is anyone using Evernote to track their workouts? I'm specifically referring to lifting weights. I have always used a small notebook and pen for this, but I'm trying to go paperless, so I'm considering using EN on my phone instead.

Would be interested in people's experiences with this. Do you use a stylus? Some sort of workout template note? Do you feed the data into a spreadsheet for tracking over time?

I do.  No real template per se.  Before I go to the club I create a blank note in the form yyyy.mm.dd name (hh:mm) with Workout as the tag.  name can be a partner if I am working out with someone or just me, hh:mm is the time of day.  On my phone I will select the new note and my last two workouts of that type so they are visible in recent notes

Then as I workout I add the exercise and/or machine and reps/weight using the keyboard.  Easy if  straight sets of something, a little more time if a pyramid set or whatever, but still fits in the between sets break.  

When I get back to my PC at some point I will enter the workout into a spreadsheet.  I store the spreadsheet on DropBox and access it with a link in a note in EN.  I have shortcuts to the Workout tag and the Workout Log note.  This works better because I have pivot tables in the spreadsheet.  I keep the notes.

Not particularly sophisticated, but works for me.  I started recording in 2014.  FWIW.

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23 minutes ago, csihilling said:

When I get back to my PC at some point I will enter the workout into a spreadsheet.  I store the spreadsheet on DropBox and access it with a link in a note in EN.  I have shortcuts to the Workout tag and the Workout Log note.  This works better because I have pivot tables in the spreadsheet.  I keep the notes.

Since you are manually entering workouts into a spreadsheet at home, why not just do it at the gym, and skip using EN as the middleman?

That would also save you the hassle of switching notes to see your prior workout since that info will be in the same spreadsheet you are logging current workout into.

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11 minutes ago, tavor said:

Since you are manually entering workouts into a spreadsheet at home, why not just do it at the gym, and skip using EN as the middleman?

That would also save you the hassle of switching notes to see your prior workout since that info will be in the same spreadsheet you are logging current workout into.

The spreadsheet is in Excel, not sure how or if I want to modify it when at the gym.  Even if it was live in Excel, there may be as many as 20 plus lines between a like workout, 40 between two workouts   Easier for me to just hit a couple of presses to get the data.  I can view the spreadsheet via drop box if need be.

Plus I have some sequence numbers, look ups, and the like that I replicate when in Excel.  A copy/paste of some lines from a previous workout and then enter the current workout is easy enough for me.  Again, works for me, may not be everyone's cup of tea.  :)

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Got it. I was thinking Google Sheets. 

After searching online, I couldn't find any uses of EN for workout tracking that appealed to me. I'm thinking I'll try using one of the Sheets workout templates available online and modify it for my needs.

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I use it for my workout. Now the caveats: 

1) Seldom deviate from the plan, other than add more weight or reps.

2) Built a table with thick borders to help see. See attachment.

3) When I go to the gym just add the date at the top and if I increase weight or reps I make updates, otherwise that's it.

Pretty simple.

 

 

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