Tracking my strength training

I’ve started out the new year with a gym membership, and my wife has set up some strength routines for me to work on. Everyone who knows me, knows that I am a bit of a data geek. I like to track and categorize things, especially when it comes to fitness goals. That led me on a search for a good strength training app that could simply track my workouts as I grow and progress.

I downloaded a couple different ones including Strong and Jefit. After playing with them both for a little bit I felt like my choice was between these two. Both provide custom routines that you fill with exercises. When you’re at the gym you simply click a button to move through the workout, selecting when you’ve completed the reps at the station you’re at.

For the past three workouts I’ve been using Jefit, and I think it’s the one I’m going to stick with. One of the big pluses, is that it has a full featured website, so that you can create your routines with a mouse and a keyboard if you so desire. I also like the built-in rest tracker. I do my reps, click ‘Save & Continue’ and a countdown starts. I put my phone back in my pocket and when I hear the beep (and buzz from my watch notification), it’s time to start the next set. When I finish all the sets it moves me on to the next exercise, and I start the process over again. Changing the weight and reps for a particular set is a simple scroll, and I never have had to type anything during my workout.

I’m starting my second week with Jefit, so we’ll see what I think of it in a month’s time, but I highly recommend giving it a try if you’re looking for a nice strength training tracker.



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