Every once in a while, the skillset I’ve honed over 15 years in software development helps me out in my everyday life. If I were a carpenter or a plumber or a diesel mechanic, this would probably happen a lot more often, but given how weirdly divorced my profession is from the real world, I’m just glad it happens at all.
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I’ve been doing Crossfit for a while, and part of the program is weightlifting. When I first started, I had a paper notebook where I kept a log of what movement I was doing, how much weight, and how many reps. Then, the next time I did that movement, I’d have some idea of how much I could do. For example, if I deadlifted 185 lbs. in a set of 5 last week, I can probably do 195 in a set of 3 this week, and maybe more. This is much better than complete guesswork.
For a while I was going to a gym where this wasn’t so important; most of the movements were body weight, or light weight with lots of reps, and we’d do them maybe once a month, so writing them down seemed silly. But now I’m back at a Crossfit gym, and it has once again become useful to know how much I deadlifted last week.
Pen and paper would work, but it’s hard to search. So I wrote a simple web page where I can record my lifts, and look for them later.