How to Measure Your Fitness

Hungry and I make goals every month in a few different categories: Personal, Hungry & Fit, Home, and Fun. This month, one of my personal goals was to create and follow a training program that would help me with the upcoming Tough Mudder we have in a month. Yeah, probably left it a little bit late to start training, but better late than never, right?! Well, as you know from being a loyal subscriber, we are both personal trainers. So in all rights, I could make myself a training plan–I’ve done it many times before. However, even trainers need trainers and I happen to be married to a pretty fantastic one. I whined about making one so he took a pad of paper and drew one up for me instead. Perks! 

The first part of this training plan is measuring my fitness aka performing an assessment of sorts. Luckily, since I am a trainer and I know my away around a gym and loads of exercises, Hungry doesn’t have to stand over me and watch. It’s good to do this before and after a training program to test that program’s effectiveness. So if you’re gearing up to start a new training plan (perhaps from us), make sure to do this assessment first. 

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A heads up: this isn’t supposed to be easy. In every single exercise, you should be pushing yourself 100% since this is assessing your true current fitness. 60 seconds of push-ups? Go until you can’t push yourself up.  So, are you ready to learn how to measure your fitness? Let’s take a look below. 

  • Personal warm-up: whatever you need to do to get warm but not be tired (I did six minutes of AMT work)
  • 2.5 mile treadmill “run” for time. This means getting 2.5miles as fast as you can, I alternated between a run and brief walk rest periods since I’m heinous at running. 
  • 3 minute rest
  • Burpees — as many reps as possible (AMRAP) for 60 seconds
  • 3 minute rest
  • Plank for time (“for time” here and beyond means how long you can last)
  • 3 minute rest
  • Wall sit for time
  • 3 minute rest
  • Static hang (hanging onto a pull-up bar or something similar) for time
  • 3 minute rest
  • Push-ups — AMRAP for 60 seconds
  • 3 minute rest
  • Personal cool-down

See? Not easy. But it shouldn’t be. If we’re testing your ultimate fitness, you better give it your all. Don’t skip the recovery 3 minutes in between either. We want you to be full-force for each exercise. This whole thing took around an hour for me including warm-up, recovery, and cool-down. Don’t forget to record your results either so you can compare after you finish your new training program! Do you have any questions about these exercises? Are you about to start a training program or do you need suggestions? Tell us about it! Use this fitness assessment to stay hungry and fit!

BONUS KITTY PIC

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