Having worked in the Health & Fitness industry for over 20 years, one of the most frequent reasons for individuals attending a gym or working with a Personal Trainer was for weight loss.
Now the interesting thing is that if you asked those people do they want to train like an elite athlete and get amazing results, the majority of them would say no – I just want to lose weight. This is what I call the Henry Ford response. Henry Ford the famous inventor of the motor car who stated “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have asked for faster horses”.
The above anecdote reflects knowledge. If you don’t know there are better options, you stick to what you know.
This is why your choice of facility and fitness professional is so important. You are seeking professional assistance for the best way of losing weight and getting into shape. You are looking for an expert who is a market leader, someone that is at the forefront of the latest fitness and weight loss research – not someone dishing out advice and programs from yesteryear.
Interestingly, the quality of your fitness assessment can have a significant impact on your long-term success of weight loss.
How much does your “Kettlebell” weigh?
Whilst nutrition is undoubtedly one of the most important factors that will determine your amount and rate of weight loss, other factors can also influence long-term success.
Being overweight is more than just a “number.”. Everyone that wants to lose weight has a “number”. 10, 20, 30, 40. This is the goal number. I want to lose 40 pounds. As you may have realised however, this doesn’t happen overnight!
So the “extra weight” that you plan to lose gets carried around for another “x” weeks or months. Now the impact of this can be massive and this is why it is so important to keep positive and stay on track with weight loss.
Ask yourself now how much weight you would like to lose.
Now imagine that weight as a Kettlebell.
Now imagine carrying that Kettlebell 24/7.
Bending, squatting, getting in and out of your car, shopping, walking up stairs.
Even if you have a “low number”, remember this is 24/7! Crazy isn’t it!
So planning to exercise regularly and having a good diet are both super important to decreasing the weight of your “Kettlebell”, but it neglects one thing. The past – History.
Just because you are now “doing it right” doesn’t mean that you can neglect the past. How long have you been overweight for? This is the amount of time that you have been carrying your “Kettlebell” of extra weight. And unfortunately, this can have a negative impact.
The good news however, is that in the majority of cases, the impact of carrying this extra weight will be overcome once you get back in shape! Stay positive!
The above practical example leads into why your fitness assessment is so important to long-term success. You see, you didn’t just magically put on those extra pounds overnight (even though it can sometimes feel like it!).
How does a Superior Fitness Assessment system help with weight loss?
Regardless of the amount of weight you want to lose, when you start exercising again it is very common to get sore and experience aches and pains in various areas of the body.
Sometimes, this is not an issue. This is just some minor muscle soreness or DOMS – Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. DOMS can occur anywhere in the body following intense physical activity or unfamiliar physical activity. Pain usually starts about 6-8 hours after exercise and peaks at around 48 hours post exercise.
In other cases however, the pain or discomfort lingers and gradually gets worse, even with continued training. This is where the effects of carrying that extra weight might be starting to have an impact. Drop out rates with new fitness routines are often very high. One of the key drivers of this high drop out rate is frustration and despondency created from ongoing soreness and lack of results.
And this is why a superior fitness assessment can be so important to your long term success.
Performing a quality fitness assessment will allow for better awareness and understanding of your body and eliminate the guesswork so your Fitness Professional can design you a better program. This will allow you to push hard when appropriate, and ease off if there are underlying areas of your body with issues.
One Percent Change, a world leading body assessment system uses specific testing to identify key areas of the body that are often flared up when you exercise. The system will identify any underlying injuries and then you alert to this. So you & your Fitness Professional will now know to be careful with certain exercises.
For example, if the One Percent Change assessment reveals that you have underlying issues in the shin & elbow you now have the knowledge to alter your routine and ensure you don’t get injured or create unnecessary pain and discomfort.
So you might decrease the loads with Kettlebell snatches or Power cleans, and you might hold off on Box jumps or running drills until you get better strength and control of your body.
By using One Percent Change, you eliminate the guesswork. “Yes, you do have some underlying issues and if it does get sore we can monitor it or if necessary we can refer you on to a Health professional for further investigation.”
Why is this important to YOU?
Remember, the most important thing is to keep exercising – keep up the routine. If you get injured you may lose the ability to work out.
By identifying a potential injury early, you can keep training rather than stopping or easing off your training intensity due to discomfort or pain.
This then means that you get to your weight loss goal quicker.
Which means that you feel “good” sooner.
Improved Overall Success
Another important way in which your fitness assessment can help you lose weight relates to the high dropout rate associated with fitness and weight loss programs – 50% of people who begin an exercise program drop out after 6 months.
Now there are a number of reasons why this may occur. Helen O’Connor, a specialist Sport and Exercise Psychologist based in London, UK, recommends taking a range of non weight-related measures to avoid the danger of using a single outcome goal (e.g. body weight), especially when the weight loss isn’t as quick as you expect.
Improvements in things like balance, core stability and muscle strength can help keep you motivated and therefore less likely to drop out from your exercise routine.
And as a result of increased training & your excellent program, a funny thing happens.
All of a sudden, your weight loss goal is not your 100% focus.
You’re moving easier and feeling stronger.
Your body awareness and goals shift from 100% focus on weight loss – to – “hey I might be able to enter a 5 mile fun run” or “I can play with the kids at the park again”. So you are now more aware of “improved performance”.
And as a result, you are now much more interested in working on “performance” – even if it is just normal activities such as getting out of a low based chair.
One Percent Change facilitates your focus on “improved performance” by providing an extensive and detailed report with information to target specific regions of your body to ensure that you getting quicker and easier results with your fitness.
Better Assessment = Better Results
So regardless of whether you want to lose 5lb or 50 lb, the importance of a good body assessment shouldn’t be underestimated.
So the question you need to ask yourself now is
“Why wouldn’t I want to have a better assessment to not only improve my weight loss outcomes, but just as importantly, improve my long term success?
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