What are some good ways to monitor my fitness progress?
May 6, 2014
FT Basking Ridge
"Doing an assessment every six to eight weeks is a good way to monitor one's fitness progress. The assessment is the same test each time to see exactly how well one has improved. You assess body fat percentage, exercise recovery heart rate, flexibility, measurements, and any specific goals one may have. From this information you set new goals and make the necessary changes to achieve those goals!"
FT Morris Township
"We will do a strength assessment as well as physical measurements to monitor progress. We are big on tracking not only body fat percentage but strength numbers and cardio progress. In our opinion, the more ways we can measure a client's progress, the better. If you have a couple different areas of evaluation more goals can be set, which in turn equals more personal records being broken!"
"One's "fitness" is a composite state of physical well-being composed of several different facets: muscle strength, cardiovascular efficiency, joint flexibility, tissue composition, and functional movement patterns. A good fitness assessment should test all of these components so the client receives a more global picture with regards to their general state of well-being. Given the specialized nature of this kind of assessment, a retest conducted every four to eight weeks is recommended.
"On a more regular basis, looking for progress between workouts is key to making sure you're on track. Everyone has "on days" and "off days." But a general snapshot of your workout records should see a gradual increase in performance, whether that be in weight, reps, time, etc."
"Monitoring your progress depends on setting baselines to begin with in your assessment/evaluation process. So, for example, if you want to lose body fat percentage you have to establish a baseline and then regularly re-check that to ensure you are on the right track toward your goal. If you're not, then adjustments in program design and nutrition are in order in this case."