Weight-lifting program charts are used to track progress of a person's workout plan with statistics on gains in poundage used, repetitions, exercises added or removed from a program; in addition, notes on intensity, time spent or resting between sets, cardiovascular activity and duration may be included. These charts come in various styles, such as a basic worksheet form or a chart with more diverse categories, notes Building-Muscle 101.
Using a chart to track progress in a weight training program allows the user access to previous workout information such as weight, sets, reps, and ease or difficulty, to gauge when to make adjustments in the exercise program. Increasing strength or duration in an exercise are typical fitness goals, and easier to monitor using a chart. Knowing the amount of weight to load on a barbell or dumbbell based on the last entry for that exercise on the workout chart helps expedite a gym routine efficiently.
Pre-printed structured workout charts can contain spaces for the date, body parts worked, sets and reps, body weight, and training notes. A weight trainer can create his own personalized workout chart, as well, using a format more appropriate to their own needs. According to Vertex42.com, these charts should be updated according to the change in fitness level over time.