I wanted to explain to those that feel that taking a log or "diary" to the gym with you has a great deal of benefits and is A LOT better than trying to remember your progress as you continue to train. as I said before a journal will help you pin point plateau's and know what will work to break the low points. ON paper you can read where you start to see a drop in gains. Over time I was able to see that I wasn't increasing weight on particular exercises like I would before. I understand that it isn't supposed to go up ALL the time, and remain consistant, but this dropoff was drastic. I was also able to know what my diet was like at that given point, so if changing the workout didn't help my diet would. THis way I was able to say "well this many carbs didn't work for me, nor did this particular training routine at this time of day" so I changed it up and broke through those flat spots. also, you can maintain your goals better, and have a better road in sight to achieve them. I know guys that have been training longer than I have and haven't grown an inch...I don't see a book with them when they come in either. Not saying that its the book, but how can you really be serious and dedicated if you dont care enough to track progress? Now, its not the book that makes you get bigger, how foolish for one to say. But, it just goes along the lines that we are obviously more dedicated to our training than others and we're the ones that show gains...hey its no bones to us if you decide to keep it in your "head". It was made apparent that those that don't grow after the same amount of training under their belt is because of poor diet, dedictation and other factors. This can also be contributed to not knowing what youre taking in or what yor training on a daily basis. Some may be able to believe that you can infact remember what you trained and how you felt...but you'll be sad to know that you're missing out on A LOT of important details. keep a journal folks, and if its too much trouble,start getting used to the fact that it will take you a little longer to obtain your goals than you think Also, this thread is not to shadow trances decision to lock that thread. I have his permission to post this thread as there was a point I wanted to make and he is fully aware of this.