Alternative Uses for Microsoft Excel: Exercise Programs

February 10, 2015

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Microsoft Excel may have started as a program made for numbers, formulas, and calculations, but it has evolved into an exceedingly versatile tool over the years.

One simple use for Microsoft Excel is to track and plan workouts. This requires no special skills, just some unique formatting and the motivation to stick with the program! It makes tracking progress and forecasting your results much than Microsoft Word or just winging it weekly.

The goal is to find + input or design a workout program in an Excel spreadsheet. I’ve tackled this in many different ways. The simplest way is to write out your workout week like this:

As you can see I am working out Monday – Thursday with Friday off. I don’t include Saturday or Sunday but you can adjust accordingly. This clearly outlines my workout for the week in a legible format that can fit on the screen all at once. Once I am done with the day’s workout I highlight it in light green to designate it as completed. Now every time I open my spreadsheet I know exactly where I left off. 

If I need more details and would like to input information, specifically the number of completed reps along with the weight used, I used this format:

 Here your week is stacked in a column; column H is the weight used for each exercise, and then we have TR (Targeted Reps) and AR (Actual Reps). This gives you an idea of your goals compared to your actual lifts.

So there are two ways of utilizing Microsoft Excel to organize your workouts. This has helped me a lot recently sticking to a workout program and it’s great to see actual results on your spreadsheet. Also if you take the time to make the spreadsheet there’s more incentive to do the workout!

 

What unconventional uses for Microsoft Excel have you utilized?

 



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