How is it already Tuesday?!!?
said no one ever.
Except me right now because I have a million and one things to do before I head out to Baltimore on Thursday and not nearly enough time to do them. First world problems.
- Plan outfits
- Buy toiletries – what are the requirements again for airplanes?
- Get Fall clothes out for H & C
- Make chili for Travis so he doesn’t starve without me.
- Pedicure/Manicure (thanks to Katy!)
That’s all I can think of at the moment. I’m sure more things will pile up. Per usual.
Last week, I told you that I made my clients do FIT TESTS. I want to expound on how useful and ENCOURAGING they can be in training.
What is a Performance Assessment (Fit Test)?
One part of the overall fitness assessment, a PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT is a tool used to gauge improvements in cardiovascular health and strength gains. As a personal trainer, I use performance assessments in addition to postural and balance assessments.
Why should I do Performance Assessments?
Performing regular fit tests will help you gauge your progress – to verify that what your current fitness plan is working and to identify any areas that need to be improved upon. Fit Tests basically set you up to compete against yourself. That’s why I love them so much! It can also be a VERY encouraging tool for trainers in keeping their client morale up.
Progress on Fit Test = Client SUCCESS and Trainer SUCCESS!
How often should I complete a Performance Assessment?
Performance assessments should be implemented at regular intervals. I shoot for one test every month, for myself and for my clients.
What type of exercises should be included?
Your Fit Test should include a good mix of exercises that showcase improvements in stabilization, strength and cardiovascular endurance.
Below, you’ll see the type of assessment that I use (with blank spaces so that you can print this off for you own use – just right click on the image and choose PRINT!). You can add or subtract from this list – that’s the best part – you can come up with as many exercises (variety/number) that you want! Just be consistent in your technique while performing the exercises AND in the intervals at which you test (first of the month, every two weeks, etc).
So basically…..Performance Assessments = Awesome testing tool that you need to be using!
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QUESTION: Do you give yourself (or your clients) regular fitness assessments? What type of exercises do you test?