7 Ways to Assess Your Physical Fitness ...

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As a trainer for over a decade, I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to train thousands of people of all ages, shapes and sizes.

I have always assessed my client’s fitness level at the beginning to design the right program for where they are starting at and where they want to be.

So if you want to just test your own fitness level you want to follow this guide to help you get started.

Just remember to listen to your body and never overdo it.

1. Step Test

The step test is a good place to start a fitness assessment.

Step up and down on and off a step bench for 2-3 minutes.

During this assessment, record how long you were able to step and use this as a gage of where you are starting at.

This marker will be a thing of the past in a few weeks as you build up your fitness level.

2. Perceived Exertion

At the end of each workout, ask yourself how you feel on a level of 1-10 (1 being easy, 10 being super tough).

Record this and pay attention to simple cues, like labored breathing.

If you feel stressed and cannot go on, stop.

Remember the purpose is to assess your fitness.

3. A Mile Run or Walk

Running or walking a mile is super effective in gaging your fitness level.

If you're a beginner, a run will probably be out of your thoughts but even a walk can help you to determine what fitness level you're at.2

Then you know what you have to work with.

And in a month you can repeat this same test to see how much improvement you have made and assess if your workout routines need adjusting.

4. Push up

If you do not lift heavy stuff on a daily basis, chances are your upper body is lacking in strength.

But do not be discouraged;

you have to start somewhere, so put your body to the test.

Assess your fitness level by performing as many pushups as you can in 1 minute.

Record the number and repeat this test in 4 weeks.

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