Why is tracking your progress important??
Unless you’re extremely new to training or very lucky, two things are absolutely necessary to see results:
1) Where you’re currently at (in terms of your goals)
2) The steps you need to take to get to where you want to be
Of course, there are a dozen steps in between 1 and 2 in order to actually get to #2, and tracking your stats is one of the key pieces of the puzzle.
Unfortunately, we can’t just make one change and get to #2 in a day. It takes days, weeks, months, or maybe even years, depending on how lofty your goals are. Over that time, we can’t just do what we think or feel like doing that day. Well, we can, but it will likely take you much longer to get there, if you get there at all.
In order to make consistent progressions and see results, we have to be constantly assessing. What’s necessary for assessment? Tracking our progress.
Tracking our progress/stats along the way not only allows us to see how we’re progressing from week to week or month to month, but it also
- let’s us know if we’re staying on track to our goal, or if we need to buckle down
- builds self-efficacy by showing us the results our hard work is getting over time
- shows us when it’s time to progress, or move on to a new phase
- serves as accountability for making our progressions and goals
- serves as guidance on how to progress to the next phase
Simply put, tracking stats is crucial.
That leads us to the inevitable question: What Should I Be Tracking?
- Exercise Selection: what type of exercise you’re doing? For example, there are many types of squats, so what squat are you doing?
- Equipment: are you using dumbells or the bar?
- Weight: How much weight are you lifting?
- Reps & Sets
- Clothes-ometer: How are your clothes feeling? Are you seeing them fit differently every other week?
- Pictures: it’s a MUST to take before photos, during photos and after photos
(This is my 6 month transformation eating clean whole non-processed foods, sugar or dairy & doing an exercise program from home and following a set nutrition plan)
- Measurements: Key to see where your progress of fat loss and strength come from
- Scale weight: Optional and ONLY if it won’t mess with your head and you’re ONLY weighing in 1x per WEEK!!!
If you’re interested in joining me for one of my groups where we can track your progress and see your changes, let me know! I’m starting a Bootcamp where I mentor, encourage, support you as well as provide meal plans and nutrition, let me know! I’m starting a Bootcamp on January 4, 2016 if you’re ready to take the plunge and start the New Year off right!!!