It is from this video. It is at around 9 minute and 31 second. Here is the context:

He does this one a little bit differently in terms of the weights you use, and the the volume that you use on it. And the rep totals that you are logging on here.

I have checked all the meanings of it in The Oxford Dictionary but still have a hard time understanding what the coach means there.


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logging seems to mean, perhaps figuratively rather than literally, "adding to a log maintained in a training regimen". You may not be writing anything down, just noting mentally the number of whatever you're doing. I think you might paraphrase it as "accumulating" or "tallying".

  • I find it very common to hear I've logged many hours on (the machine / the track / the court). While the example sentence is phrased slightly differently, I don't find it outside the mainstream. In fact, I'd find accumulating to be less normal. Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 16:18
  • @Jason Bassford: are you taking rep totals as equivalent, functionally, to hours? That is, they are what is being logged. And on here to be like on the track or on the court? If so, to what does here refer? The gym? You are logging hours on here sounds very strange to me.
    – TimR
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 17:00
  • Yes, you can "log" any number of things. Enemies kills in a video game, hot dogs eaten in a contest, reps, or hours. (Although some of those things wouldn't sound natural in such a construction because we simply don't refer to them that way—or, at least I don't . . .I probably shouldn't make such a universal statement given our different perspectives.) All I can say is that the expression in the question doesn't sound strange to me. No doubt because I've heard it used a lot in that sense. I assume that the rep totals are being logged on "the weight machine." Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 17:11
  • But doesn't logging in the sense you're using it (e.g. hours on the court) mean much the same as "putting in" something which can be tallied? We wouldn't say "I've been logging effort on the tennis court".
    – TimR
    Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 17:26
  • Yes, that's how I'm using it. And while I've always said and heard "logging hours on the tennis court" rather than effort, hearing effort in that sentence sounds perfectly natural to me. In short, logging X (on / at) Y is a very common phrase here (in Ontario, Canada—or at least where I've lived specifically), and is quite idiomatic. Commented Aug 8, 2018 at 17:34

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