Step Zero

May 6, 2008 · Print This Article

If you look at your bank statement, you expect to see an exact number, right?

Would you be satisfied if it only gave you a rating; Low, Enough, Good, or Rich?

Would you be satisfied if your bank statement only showed you a checking account
balance but, always kept the savings account balance a secret from you?

Why would you treat your fitness any differently?

If you are working with a good Certified Personal Trainer, one of the very first things they’ll do is take a few basic measurements. You should know these measurements too.

Numbers 1-3 are especially important for a person whose goal is to improve their
appearance; to lose weight, cut-down, tone-up, trim-down, shape-up, -down, -diagonal, or -whatever.

Get these measurements-

1. Weight
2. Body Composition
3. Circumference of Body Parts: Neck, Upper Arm, Lower Arm, Chest, Waist, Hip, Thigh, Calf
4. Resting Heart Rate
5. Blood Pressure

I remember starting my first job as a personal trainer.

A few months before, I had completed a college Philosophy course.

What the heck do personal training and philosophy have to do with each other?


Let me explain.

There were two words I remember from that class better than any of the others.

These 2 words turned on the light bulb in my head.

I already knew the words.

It was another reminder for me that humans need to be frequently reminded.

You probably already know these words too.

Here’s a reminder.

Every sentence in this paragraph is a subjective statement, except this one. I look fat. I’m dead sexy. I eat a lot of food. I don’t eat very much at all. I look stunning at 10% body fat. Insert Your Choice Here is the hottest woman/man on the planet. The system works. You get the idea…

Every sentence in this paragraph is an objective statement, including this one. I weigh 165lbs. A certified personal trainer measured my body fat percentage at 15.5%. I consumed less than 2,500 calories today. Tiger Woods is at the top of the PGA Tour money list.

1. of, affected by, or produced by the mind or a particular state of mind; of or resulting from the feelings or temperament of the subject, or person thinking; not objective; personal a subjective judgment
2. of or having to do with the perception or conception of a thing by the mind as opposed to its reality independent of the mind

1. anything external to or independent of the mind; something objective; reality
2. being, or regarded as being, independent of the mind; real; actual
3. something aimed at or striven for

You simply can’t argue with objective facts.

The facts are the facts.

How you feel is how you feel.

So, how do you measure up?

What do those measurements look like in the mirror?

How does that make you feel?

What are you going to do about it?

To find the shortest way from point A to point B, you have to know where each point is.

If you are working with a personal trainer, they should be doing measurements for you.

If you are not working with a personal trainer, you should still take these measurements
and demand objective results from your training program.


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