Workouts Tab vs. Exercises Tab
Okay, you have your exercises and workouts set up and you're ready to hit the gym and record some sets. There are two ways to enter sets: from the Workouts tab or from the Exercises tab.
What´s the difference? Not much actually. Sets entered from the Workouts tab are assigned to the particular workout being used at the time, whereas sets entered from the Exercises tab are given the workout name 'None'. That is essentially the only difference. The Workouts tab gives you an ordered list of selected exercises and the possibility of a planning note. The Exercises tab gives you quick and easy access to all your exercises. So say you are at the gym and your usual machine/equipment is busy and so you decide to use a different one. Do you have to add that new exercise to your workout? No. Just select the Exercises tab, select the exercise and enter your set. Then switch back to the Workouts tab and continue your workout. Because GymACE separates sets into workout sessions defined not by how they were entered, but by when they were entered, any sets within a 4 hour period will be assumed to be from the same session. This allows you to easily adapt your workouts on a whim, or to the availability of equipment, or just to try something new.
The Training Screen
The training screen is a scrollable table made up of three sections. The top section is where you input your data and includes any exercise notes, and also three countdown timers. If it is a strength exercise, your record [one rep maximum](#one rep maximum) for that exercise is shown. The middle section is a list of all your sets grouped by sessions. The top session is the current session. By selecting a set in this list, you can edit that set. The bottom section contains buttons to see exercise information or a chart of your exercise performance. If you're in the workouts tab, there are arrows for moving from exercise to exercise.
Entering a Set
After you perform a set, you'll need to enter your results. GymACE will pre-fill the input fields with default values based on the following:
- If you have never performed a set of this exercise, the defaults are all zero.
- Otherwise, for the first set of an exercise in a session, the default values are taken from the first set of your last session. For the second set, values are taken from the second set of the last session, and so on. Some other rules come into place if there is no matching set number in the last session, or if it is your first session of an exercise.
If you want to use the default values, all you have to do is hit the enter button (the big circle with the checkmark). Or you can replace one or more values by touching that field and using the keyboard. You can additionally enter a note in the note field. A set note is a good place to enter specifics about that set - such as the weight was too heavy, or a spotter was helping - and will appear attached to the set in all the histories. If you want a field to be zero, you will have to select it and actually enter zero (assuming the default value is not zero), otherwise the default value will be used. For example you'll want to enter zero in the weight field for a bodyweight exercise, where only the number of repetitions counts. Once you are done updating all the fields to the correct data, hit the enter button. Your set is stamped with the current time and now appears in the set list. If you need to change it, no worries, just select it. A set may be edited anywhere it appears just by selecting it. You can change the date and time it was performed, its values and the note. Make sure you hit 'Save' when you are done.
What about units?
You may have noticed so far that the weight field doesn't have a unit, such as kg or lbs. The reason for that is simple: It is not needed. In the weight field you can count whatever affects the weight. It can be 10 kg, 10 lbs, or 10 plates in a weight stack. It only needs to be consistent. Count the same thing each time.