Following yesterdays article from Blaine Sumner at Juggernaut on volume is this one from Gabriel Naspinski at EliteFTS. Great information!
We often hear people at meets or in the gym talking about having great training cycles or about personal records. However, when lifters make these comments, they are not always certain of what led to the increase, or they are unsure of what they did in training to hit certain numbers. While they may have certain ideas, they often don’t have a concrete look or data to back any of this up. This is problematic because it can lead to inconsistencies later on, as the next training cycle may not build on what was gained previously or fit the new level of performance the lifter has attained. Since tracking volume is something that is controllable, it is important to learn the basics.
The thing about tracking volume is that it can be as in-depth or as simple as you care to make it. For some, this can be as easy as keeping a small written training journal. For others, tracking volume may consist of elaborate spreadsheets with every facet of volume, intensity, exercise selection, and so on reported. However, the purpose of this article is to take a look at a few ways of doing this and to give some suggestions so as to make this more worthwhile.