There are several ways to measure the success of fitness program. There is the intangible “just feeling better” or the energy boost that powers you through the day without the need for a nap. The mirror usually tells the truth if your goal is an aesthetic change. Noticing that your cardiovascular program is becoming easier is another way to tell you’re coming along. Weights that once seemed overwhelming seeming not so unattainable is another measure of fitness success.
All of these things are important ways to measure how well you are doing when attempting to reach an ultimate fitness goal. They all give qualitative measurements of progress, and these are very important to notice, especially when first starting a fitness program.
What not to be ignored, however, are the classic, quantifiable, tangible evidences of fitness progress gathered through measurements of physical change and adaptation. These measurements include: weight on the scale, bodyfat percentage, circumference measurements, and quantifiable measurements of cardio improvement (i.e.- 1/2 mile run time) or strength improvement (i.e.- 3 rep max on an exercise) etc.
These types of measurements cannot be ignored because, at the end of the day, they are the true, unbiased yardsticks of progress. You (and your trainer) should keep yourself accountable to your fitness goals by keeping track of your progress with both qualitative and quantitative measurements of progress. If something in your program is not working, a regular schedule of measurements will let you know if everyhting is going well or if it is time for a change.
Emerge Fitness Staff