By Kerry Greer, Athletes’ Performance
Whether you’re a seasoned exerciser or a recovering couch potato, assessing your current fitness level using the miCoach assessment or another assessment can help you get the most out of your exercise program. Not only will taking an assessment provide you with a clear understanding of your current fitness, but it can also help define your goals and keep you moving toward them. Below, Joel Sanders, a performance specialist at Athletes’ Performance, shares three of the most important ways fitness assessments can help you.
1. You’ll get a baseline view of your current fitness level.
Kickstart any new training program with a fitness assessment. This will provide you with a baseline to see your current fitness level. It will also give you something to compare your improvements to over time.
2. Assessments can help motivate you.
Timing of your assessment is critical for meaningful results. Take your initial assessment prior to your training plan, and then follow up with an assessment every four to six weeks. This gives your body time to adapt to and benefit from your training plan. “It’s easy to get stuck on weight loss or appearance and get discouraged,” says Sanders. Focusing on fitness improvements like endurance and strength shows that you’re making improvements, even if they aren’t visual yet, which can improve motivation.
3. Evaluating your assessments helps tweak your program.
Comparing your assessments lets you see how far you’ve come as you progress toward your ultimate goal. If the progress or results aren’t what you expect, you can adjust your program to reach your goals.
Do your zones fit? Take an assessment run, select your training plan and see where miCoach takes you.