10 Ways to Measure Your Fitness Progress
Before you start a fitness program, it’s important to set a goal so you can track your fitness progress and determine if your efforts are successful. A fitness goal should be focused, realistic, and measurable, with an end date in mind.
Below we’ve outlined ten ways to measure your fitness progress. We don’t recommend setting out to achieve ten goals at once—or even five for that matter. Beginning your fitness journey with one, two, or three goals will ensure you are setting yourself up for success and fun along the way.
1. Take before and after photos
If your goal is to lose inches and build muscle, using before and after photos is an easy way to measure these physical attributes. Many of our clients use photos as motivation. We love before and after photos for their effectiveness!
2. Make note of body measurements
If you are on a weight loss journey, measurements can be taken before you begin so you can compare at the end of your program.
3. Track your energy level
We dare you to ask any of our clients if they’ve ever regretted a workout. There’s a reason why we’re busy in the mornings! Even though you might feel physically worn out after a great gym session, working out is a natural energy boost—and that feeling is addictive in the best way! Track your energy level throughout your fitness journey by keeping a log in a journal.
4. Stay consistent
Sticking to a workout plan takes dedication like you wouldn’t believe. In the beginning, there’s often a boost of adrenaline due to initial results. If you can remain consistent and push beyond any slumps you may encounter, then that’s a sign of success. To start getting consistent, set a goal to go to the gym a certain number of days a week.
5. Take notes on your mood and mental state
Many clients work out for internal benefits more than physical benefits. Because of this reason, tracking improvements in your mood and mental state is a great way to measure fitness success.
6. Build muscle and strength
Engaging in a fitness program to build muscle is ideal for those who want to get stronger. A goal like this isn’t about losing weight or inches, it’s about gaining muscle and strength. You might measure this goal by the amount of weight you’re able to lift at the end of your goal timeframe.
7. Defy negative body thoughts
Setting the intention to fill your mind with positivity is an important goal. Make it a goal with your fitness coach to focus on progress and positivity. Measure your progress by not saying or thinking negative thoughts about your body for a set amount of time.
8. Be part of a community
Feeling a sense of community through fitness is a positive way to measure your progress. One of the unique things about working out at Team Afterburn is the sense of community. There are no comparisons or judgments. We are protective of our people because we know our community is unlike any other gym!
9. Finish a program
Even if you don’t see the physical or internal results you thought you would, finishing a fitness program is a realistic goal to set. Measure your success by completing a certain number of hours and days spent at the gym or with your fitness instructor. When you complete the time, you achieve your goal!
10. Trying something new
Getting out of your comfort zone is a great goal to set in terms of fitness. Challenge yourself to try a different type of workout. If you’re a weight lifter, try yoga. If you’re a runner, try circuit training. Or take a group class that you wouldn’t normally try. Fitness success is all about pushing boundaries!
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