Getting Started

StrengthMark is easy to get started. Whether you're training for a strength competition, getting in shape, or simply want to track progress, start here with StrengthMark.

Logging a Workout

When you open StrengthMark for the first time, you will see an empty session. This empty session is labeled New Session. New Session is the starting point for any training sessions you create. Add an exercise set to get started.

New Session

Add a Set

To add your first set:
  1. Type an exercise name in the field Add a set..., e.g. “deadlift”.
  2. The search results will populate below the search bar with the closest match to “deadlift.”
  3. Tap the top row to create a new deadlift set.
Deadlift Search

After you add the first set, you’ll notice a few things have changed:

Deadlift First Set
  • The session has been named “Session 1″.
  • There is a deadlift set with a blank light blue bar below it.
  • There is a new session placeholder to the right of the current session.

By adding your first set, you have created a training session. With this training session, you can:

  • Add more exercise sets.
  • Rename it to indicate purpose.
  • Copy it to another date.
  • Reuse it as part of a template.
  • Delete it if you've made a mistake.

When you save values on the detail screen, those values will show up as fields below the exercise name. The “New Session” placeholder is there for you to add another session to the current day, e.g. if you want to separate active recovery or mobility work from your weight training.

Choose the numbers for your set

You’re ready to put in the weight and reps for the first deadlift set in your new session. Tap the middle of the row in set 1 to pull up the set details.

Set detail
Enter a weight in the goal weight field and reps in the reps field. This will automatically update the corresponding actual fields. If what you did in the gym differs from your goals, such as more reps, then flip to the actual view by tapping the Actual button. Enter values on this view if they differ from your goals.

When you complete the set, tap the Done button.

If this is a max effort set, then tap the Max Effort button.

Max Effort and Done

Any time a set is marked as both Done and Max Effort, it is identified as a possible personal record. These are the best sets for a given exercise on the Personal Records tab. Once you're satisfied with the values of your first set, tap Save to return to the session view.

First Set Entered

Now that you have entered reps and weight for the deadlift set, you will see that it has updated to include some new fields: reps and weight. These fields, and any others that you choose to enter, are the plan for what you're going to do, or have done, in the gym.
First Deadlift Set

What's Next

Sets are the starting point for many of the features of StrengthMark. Now that you have your first set, you can:
  • Duplicate the set.
  • Cut, copy, paste one or more sets in Edit mode.
  • Track personal records.
  • Create supersets of two or more sets to track sets that are intended to be done back-to-back.
  • Add a one rep max for percentage based entry.
  • Create a template.

To explore these topics and get the most of programming your sets, see Advanced Sets.

Further Reading

See the sections Shortcut Tips and Navigating Workouts.