Forward or onward movement towards a destination.
Whether you have been training for years or just starting out one thing we all want to be able to see is improvement or progress.
We could say progress is getting from point A to point B. But how do you know what or where point B is??
What is it you actually want or need to achieve??
One thing ALL of us do is compare ourselves to others.
Maybe it’s other people in the gym?
The whole social media Instagram thing?
Not everything you see on Instagram is true? So you’re not doing yourself any favours expecting you can look or lift the same as these people do?
Example: comparing yourself to a 22year old fitness model who’s sole purpose is looking good,
has time to spend in the gym,
has time to prep food or has it done for her and does not have to worry about stressful job and kids.
Realistically not the best person to compare yourself with
Nonetheless can still serve as a great motivator to train harder and eat better.
But don’t be disappointed when you don’t get the same result or don’t make the same progress OR look the same!
Focus on being the best you can be, use social media to inspire you rather than compare yourself too.
Same goes for comparing yourself to other people in the gym, use these people as inspiration not comparison.
We are all different,
Training age (the amount of time you have been lifting/exercising)
All these things will dictate your success in the gym.
So how do we measure progress?
First thing you need to know is what do you want?
Secondly to know what you need to do to get there and understand it may take a lot of hard work!
6pack abs, big biceps, losing body fat
Achieving all these things can all be classed as progress but how did you get to this point? What did you do to change?
If you can work on improving these things, progress will follow no matter what your goal is.
So the simplest way to measure all this
TAKE A PICTURE
TAKE MEASUREMENTS (use a tape measure)
WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DO IN YOUR SESSION (weights, reps)
KEEP A FOOD DIARY (controversial maybe? But it’s a tool in the tool box)
The more information you have the easier it will be to see progress.
If you want to make progress these things won’t lie!
Progress is up to you!
Remember too, strength training is never linear, we can’t just keep adding weight to the bar every week.
It just doesn’t work like that.
That’s the physical.
But let’s not forget the emotional progress too.
Coming and training when you don’t feel like it, grinding a session out and feeling rubbish at the end of it.
This doesn’t mean you aren’t making progress, it was just a hard workout!
You still did the workout, it’s still better than not doing it, it’s still moving forward, even though it might not feel like it.
Without sounding too much like a hippie!
Feeling better in yourself.
Feeling more confident.
Grinding sessions out when you feel rubbish.
Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Getting involved with the group more.
These things are huge!!!!
How do you measure emotional progress?
I’m no psychologist but,
Example: starting the gym not knowing anyone, then few weeks later having a laugh training and socialising with new friends.
If you feel good about yourself, chances are you will have loads more motivation to train harder and make…
So to wrap up,
1. Don’t compare yourself to other people in the gym or on social media. Use them as inspiration not comparison.
2. There are many factors that will influence your progress. One bad workout doesn’t mean you’re not getting better
3. Take pictures and measurements these two things won’t lie
4. Write down your workouts make a note of your weights/reps each session
5. Measure progress both in the physical and mental/emotional
And finally, understand your training plan be it fit or strong. Know why you are doing what you are doing. The more you understand the process the more you will see your progress.