Are you frustrated with your workout routine and not getting the results you want? Or perhaps you have accomplished some of your fitness goals but want to shred just a few more pounds or inches but are stuck at a standstill? You should think about taking performance assessments to get a detailed look at the baseline level of your body to understand how to achieve your next level of fitness.
No matter where you are at in your fitness journey, assessments help you make educated decisions to manage your goals. Even the most elite athletes take assessments that help them understand how they are expending energy, the number of calories they should be eating in a day, and get a better understanding of what they should focus on next. Read our blog post to learn more about how performance assessments can push your fitness to the next level.
What Are Performance Assessments?
Assessments come in many forms with some including special technology and equipment, and others that are physical assessments focusing on objectives like balance, mobility, or agility. In a nutshell, assessments serve as a baseline measurement that trainers and clients can use to compare results over a period of time. Without baseline data, it is hard to measure personal growth in performance since you don’t have anything to compare to.
Assessments are focused on looking at the factors that are affecting your body and fitness level by using data to create a holistic overview of your current level. For example, measuring your resting metabolic rate, or body composition in terms of fat and muscle percentage, can give you detailed results on where you should be focused in the gym, which foods you should eat, and help you measure growth.
There are a multitude of fitness assessments. Anthropometric measures, or body composition measurements, help coaches and athletes understand where they are now by measuring resting heart rate, height, weight, waist and hip circumference, and blood pressure which requires little to no equipment. Other assessments like pulmonary function, Vo2 Max, and strength and power assessments can require special equipment to give you the best data for preventing injuries, making specific nutrition choices, and focusing on holistic health instead of only what you can achieve in the gym.
Why Should I Take an Assessment?
Assessments can help bring your fitness to the next level by helping you make meaningful and effective changes in your routine without compromising how you think about your body. When we look at the body mass index (BMI) for example, using only height and weight, it can discourage us from thinking that we are overweight or out of proportion since the data is flawed.
Something like a Bioelectric Impedance Analysis can show us a more realistic baseline by using higher-level technology to show us lean mass versus fat mass and the balance of each side of our bodies. The BMI does not show the difference between muscle and fat which can show that someone who is 6 foot tall and weighs 225 pounds is obese. That is not true for a heavyweight combat athlete who is made of sheer muscle.
Although working out consistently might help you achieve some of your fitness goals, assessments are important because they can help you notice patterns. According to Recsports, the adaptive assessment is modified to accommodate various levels of physical capacity. You don’t have to be a pro to understand your body. Anyone can use assessments to make the time in the gym more worthwhile for your specific body type.
NeuroForce1 Can Bring Your Fitness to the Next Level
NeuroForce1 offers assessments and holistic programs including nutrition plans, and home training programs that will help you achieve your fitness goals by exercising at home. Whether you are an accomplished athlete or just starting out, you will need to know your baseline measurements to maximize your fitness program.
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