What’s get measured, get’s managed.
I know, I know. You’ve heard this before. This quote is so well known it has become a cliche. Regardless, I love it!
In the fitness industry this quote takes on a literal meaning. Here at Geelong’s Gym we routinely pull out the measuring tape and scales to take clients through a full body composition assessment. We encourage all new clients to undergo the assessment, especially if they are just starting out at the gym or with a personal trainer for the first time. This gives us and the client a baseline, setting the scene of where their health is currently at.
What to expect in your assessment
If you were to come in for an assessment it would involve a trainer taking your blood pressure, height, weight, body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, BMI, bone mineral density, estimated metabolic age and visceral adiposity. Next, we grab tape measure for girth measurements of the chest, abdomen, hips, thighs and arms.
This data provides us with a valuable snapshot of where you are at. We can also assess your level of risk for negative health outcomes and refer you back to your GP if required. We then use all of this data and combine it with your previous exercise experience and any past injuries as well as your current goals to create a program and workout schedule tailored to you.
There’s an unlimited number of ways to carve up an exercise program. Personally, I start with the types of exercise you like. For example, if you prefer high intensity group fitness classes over solo weights sessions I’ll make sure your program is geared more towards what you love. Maybe adding in supplementary exercises you can do pre and post class. Or perhaps you’d you rather small group PT training such as Tribe over sweating it out on cardio machines.
This is very important as your experience in the gym, especially initially, will go a long way towards making the new habit sustainable, ultimately determining your success.
When you track your progress on your program and have your measurements taken every 6-8 weeks, you can see whether your effort is moving you in the right direction.
Don’t want to jump on the scales?
Other progress tracking options
Have you heard of MyZone? MyZone is our club integrated wearable heart rate tracking system. It provides you with real time feedback of the heart rate zone you are working in. You will also see your cumulative and total calories burnt for the session. What’s better is that MyZone is also a cool mobile app which has features similar to a social platform. You can see your friends workouts, track your calories burnt over time and accrue MEP’s (MyZone Effort Points) based on your workout time at various intensities.
MyZone heart rate monitors can be bought from reception. There are multiple bigs screens up around Geelong’s Gym so you can track the progress of every workout.
Of coarse you could always do a timed run, or 1000m row. You can get quite creative with how you measure your fitness progress. The main point is that you measure something.
The more you measure your progress the more likely you are to make some.