There are a lot of fitness tools out there, and I mean a lot. They can track everything from the frequency at which you workout to the level of effort you put into each lift. They come on ipods, probably ipads, computers, cell phones etc. But in my personal opinion - they’re all just too much for me.
At the end of the day, the only thing I care about is how much I lifted today, and how much I lifted 6 months ago. I want to see if the weights I’m lifting now are heavier, if I’m plateauing, if I’m gaining at a steady rate. I want to see if I’m getting stronger in one muscle and not another. It should be relatively simple - the only data I need is the weight I lifted.
This is why I recently built liftrr.com. It only tracks a few exercises (after a quick survey - I determined these were the ones people cared most about) - but all you need to do is enter the maximum weight you lifted on the site, each time you lift. It takes less than a minute, is easy to do, and gives you some really great charts to visualize your progress.
Whats the real benefit though? Besides the ease of use, and the neato charts - the benefit is charting multiple exercises on one graph and being able to compare your progress across exercises and muscles groups.
This is of course just the beggining of the site however, so I’ll be adding some deeper statistics as I get more data points, but for now its really just about keeping it dead simple.
Also, I’d love to hear any thoughts/feedback etc.