With fitness, nutrition, healthy living and vitality, knowledge is imperative. The more we know, the more we get to find what truly works for us. The more we do what truly works for us, the more our daily stresses will fade away.
Back in May, I had my body mass tested in a dunk tank that comes around the studio every few months. I didn’t want to do it at first, because I didn’t want to know. I was convinced that knowing would rattle my perceptions of myself for the worse.
But I did it anyway. I realized that I really did want to do it because not knowing was keeping me stagnant. Knowledge is the power to make the right choices for your life, for your health and for your strength training.
The graph here shows my results from my body mass test back in May, and from yesterday, August 21st. I lost a small % of body fat and gained a small % of lean mass. Yay! That’s exactly what I wanted. And now I know!
I learned that I am in the healthy and normal ranges of lean mass and fat mass. I expected that. What is interesting to know from this, is how much my own strength training program is working for me. We just don’t know if we don’t know. It’s as simple as that. We can guess all day and think we’re doing all the right things, but if your goals include anything even remotely in the areas of ‘fat loss’, ‘lean muscle gain’, ‘weight loss’, ‘weight gain’, or ‘muscle gain’, testing and monitoring your body mass is a valuable tool in finding the right program for you.
What did I do to get these changes? Well, not a whole lot actually. My diet is fairly simple, I do nothing extraordinary or extreme because speedy fat loss is not a goal of mine. My strength training and workouts have been heavy and consistent. During this period, I also had a minor injury that I needed to rest, so I did not workout at all for a few weeks. Other than that, my workouts have been consistent and the weights that I lift are consistently getting heavier. I always include some sort of conditioning and metabolic workouts, though for me those are less frequent. The process is slow, but if I can show that progress is there, then I know I’m on the right track for my goals and intentions.
My point is that, knowledge is power! I now have solid proof that what I’ve been doing is having an effect on the results that I want for myself. I’m not after any quick changes. I’m after sustainable, long term health and strength.
Whatever your intentions are for your life, health, fitness and nutrition, ask yourself if you truly know if what you do is working for you. If you don’t know, then you must take steps to know. Test, retest, try, try something different, trust the process, keep track of your progress, and take the necessary time to allow for the changes you make to become habit.
If you’d like more information on this type of body fat testing, follow the link on the image or feel free to contact me directly and I’ll be happy to help you out!