If you choose to start at Midtown Trainers in Atlanta, GA, expect to undergo a fitness evaluation before you begin your training. It’s the first thing we do so we know your starting level. That’s important for a number of reasons. Getting from unfit to fit or starting any fitness goals begins with a starting point, just like any journey would. In order to map out that trip, you have to know where it is. While you might have a vague idea of how many sets of an exercise you should do or how hard to work yourself, you won’t get the best results. It’s necessary to know where you’re at and use that information to maximize the workout, without making it too hard and unsafe.
A fitness assessment helps you set a realistic goal.
Maybe you want to do a Spartan race that’s coming up in a month or you want to get down to 160 lbs. You have to know where you’re starting to set achievable goals. If you’re completely out of shape, you may need more than one month to get in shape for the race. If you’re trying to lose weight until you reach 160 pounds, it’s not realistic to expect that to happen in a couple of months if you now weight in at 260.
The fitness assessment sets a baseline to measure your progress against.
Just like any journey, you don’t know how far you’ve traveled if you aren’t sure of your starting point. The measurements used in a fitness assessment is how we determine your progress. We can assess not only how much weight you’ve lost, but also how much muscle mass you’ve gained. It’s just as important for the trainers to have the information as it is for you. You may use it as motivation, but trainers need it to tweak your workout program.
What do we look for in a fitness assessment?
Your height and weight is recorded and so is your Body Mass Index—BMI—and body composition. BMI shows whether you’re overweight, underweight or normal for your height and weight. Body mass composition is the ratio of fat mass to lean body mass. Finding your cardiovascular fitness and aerobic capacity is also a must, just as identifying your strength and flexibility. All this information gives us a starting point.
- Fitness assessments keep you accountable. If you’re working out to your maximum, but not losing weight, it might be that you’re not eating as healthy as you should.
- It may seem like we ask a lot of questions when you first start, but each one is important. If you have any physical limitations or a medical condition, it’s extremely important to let us know before we begin any program.
- Tracking your fitness is just as important as the original fitness assessment. You can see how you progress and if there’s any slowing or reversal of that progress, so the trainer can evaluate your program.
- Assessing your nutritional intake is as important as the fitness assessment. That’s why we have you do a food journal.