|Mark's List Fitness and Health||
|Your Measure of Success|
|by Tom Bonanti|
wonder if all that hard work in the gym is really paying off? Do you
ever doubt your progress because you always seem to look the same in
your mirror, even though others tell you that you look marvelous?
Why not consider taking your measurements and chart the course of
your workouts? By measurements, Iím not talking IQ, credit score, or
the proverbial and self-proclaimed ď9 inchesĒ you claim on Manhunt.
There are other more important measurements, and hereís how to go
about taking them. First, get a full length mirror if you donít
already have access to one. Secondly, buy a flexible tape measure
available in the sewing department of most stores. Thirdly, take off
all your clothes and be ready to be perfectly honest with yourself
as you stand naked in front of the mirror. Make mental notes of
areas or muscle groups that need work, i.e. droopy butt, jiggly
belly, etc. Donít be overly harsh or critical, youíve also got some
good points to your physique, note them also, i.e. perky pecs and
Aware now of the raw material youíve got to work with, use the
flexible tape and measure each muscle group. Measurements should be
taken before working out on relaxed muscles. No tensing up or
flexing, please! Be sure the tape is held snugly and evenly against
the skin at all times. Write each measurement down and keep them on
● Measure your neck right under the Adamís apple all the way around.
● The shoulder measurement is taken at the widest point.
● Measure the chest across the nipples while breathing normally.
● Measure upper arms around the widest point without flexing your biceps or tensing triceps.
● Forearm measurements should be taken at the widest part of the arm below the elbow.
● The waist is measured at the naval.
● Hip measurements should be taken across the widest part of the buttocks.
Calves should be measured at their widest point. Ditto your thighs.
Remember your body (Youíve got to love it!) is a work in progress. Training, eating right, measuring honestly, etc. are the tools you use to become the best that you can be.