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Oh, I should also mention that the personal TrainingPeaks version (I've purchased the pro version so I can work with clients) is free to use, but as the name implies you can of course only use it for yourself. However, you could then use it to put together your own workouts and schedules.
I've been on active rest for the past week on the instructions of my new trainer which has been quite nice, but I'm getting pretty excited about my new program. The software looks great and I'm itching to try it out. Once Scott started inputting my new workouts I've been banned from checking it out - I think the unveiling is planned for tonight. All I know so far is that one of my new exercises will be a decline dumbell push crunch - ? Hmm, maybe excited and scared...
I really like the training Peaks software. As Scott mentioned, I've used it for a while now. I was worried when I first saw it that it might be 'clunky' to use, but it's really quite simple, from a client perspective, anyway. There are a few quirks to get used to, but they are very minor ('click', don't 'right click' for journaling) - and if you get it wrong, it's not that anything bad happens, you just don't see the pop up you are looking for.
It's very well laid out (much of this has to do with the way Scott set it up, not the software itself, but since that's the way we will see/ use it I think it is worth including in a software review). The calendar view seen in Scott's origianl post is the default and most useful for day to day viewing, with a quick visual of workouts in a two week block. Although the details of each workout (sets/ reps/ weight; or intensity & instruction for cardio) actually 'live' in the workout journal, they are visible in the calendar for a one stop view of everything you need to know to do your workout.
Once completed, the post activity comments section in the workout journal is used to record actual workout details and comments, along with specific 'pods' to record duration, cadence, power, speed, etc (pods are all cardio specific). I was worried that it might become onerous to record everything after a workout, but actually I find it helpful to go in and write about it. There's actually not much writing to do (if you don't want to) since most if it is preset to simply enter the numbers. A simple click on the workout brings you to the linked journal section.
The spreadsheet view is a great way to quickly review past workouts. It provides a list of each workout inlcuding the post activity comments so you can quickly see how many reps/ what weight you've been doing (without going in to each journal entry individually). I usually take a quick look to review my last workout before I start the next one to make sure there isn't anything I need to adjust or focus on during a workout.
There's also a dashboard to record daily metrics such as sleep hours, weight & body fat, various HR measures, and rate your quality of sleep, general health, amount of soreness, fatigue, stress, etc. I find it helpful to be more thoughtful about how I feel and I'm a lot more aware now about how much sleep I get (or don't!).
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