Measuring fitness levels? But why? Simple answer- because we should
We want to approach fitness and strength training in a safe and effective way, right? Of course!
I promise to make this as easy as possible. So here it is… everything you need to know about measuring fitness levels before you take the plunge into strength training bliss.
If you are a complete beginner to strength training, or if you just feel like you need a quick refresher, please click here.
Use the following calculators, tools and charts to determine your base line measurements. Your measurements will be your starting point. The numbers will show you where you are compared to where you want to be. Simple stuff.
Start by getting my FREE progress chart. It will give you a nice and organized way to track your progress.
Enter in all the information that you already know or can easily find out. Here are a few that you may need additional information on-
Bottom line, you want to start measuring fitness levels the right way! You will use those numbers to develop your programs and routines. It’ll take you less than 10 minutes.
Got ‘em? Good!
Now that we know exactly where we are starting from we can begin to plan our fitness routine around our numbers.
We have to set realistic and tangible goals. Let’s bust out an example- I am a beginner with strength training and fitness. I weigh 203 pounds and have a body fat percentage of 37%. I am able to workout 5 days a week for about 40 minutes each time. I know all this great info because I measured my fitness levels!
My specific and tangible goals are:
– To drop 25 pounds and 6% of my body fat by July 28th.
– To complete a full body strength training routine on Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays.
– To do a 30-45 minute cardio routine on Tuesdays-Thursdays and Saturdays.
– To write each and every workout in my workout log.
…and so on.
Measuring fitness levels allows you to set real goals. It gives definition to your path. I recommend checking your fitness levels regularly and adjusting your goals accordingly.
The Melt the Fat program is a wonderful step-by-step guide that explains measuring fitness levels a bit more. It also details a complete workout routine and nutrition plan.