How do you measure progress? Some of us measure it in pounds lost/pounds gained, change in body fat percentage, change in BMI, change in circumference measurements of certain body parts, or even feeling better or a higher or lower results in certain medical tests.
In some ways, your measure of success is tied to your mini goals and your long term goal. If your goal is to increase your leg press, then a consistent increase in pounds used during leg press training is a measure of success.
A more undefined or immeasurable road to progress is a goal such as ‘tight and toned’ ‘fit’ or ‘in shape’. In my personal opinion, I am trying very hard to ‘see’ tight and toned in my mirror when I look at myself, but another person will probably see an entirely different picture when looking at me. So who is right? Neither! Because the question is subjective and not relative. I am comparing my idea of tight and toned to the idea in my mind and someone else may be comparing the idea of tight and toned to a female frame that wears a small size in clothing.
When determining your road to success, make sure that you are using standard units of measure to record and report your results. If, during your journey, you need to discuss or include others to help you along the way, like a personal trainer or you discuss your results with a friend…. TRUST ME! It is much easier if both parties involved are speaking the same language (real units of measure) X number of pounds, X number of inches, X% of bodyfat, etc.
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