Hi all, I started a new training routine about five or six weeks ago. The goal is to build some strength and muscle while lowering body fat. I did my first set of comparison measurements last week. I knew its only had been a short time so I wasn't going to see any dramatic changes but it got me wondering, "what exactly am I looking for?"
I thought I'd throw that question out here and see what the more experienced folks use to judge progress. Are there key measurements you go by. Are there ones that will highlight fat gain/loss more than others? I've got calipers but I can't do the multi-spot measuring myself and the wife isn't horribly consistent.
If you are curious here were my one month changes:
Scale: I'm up somewhere between three to four pounds.
Measurement changes in inches:
Wrist -no change
BF % - .5%
Mirror: Before and after pics don't show a lot of change (didn't really expect them to at this point). The moobs seem to be going away which could account for the drop in chest size even though I've been working the chest and shoulders twice a week.
Clothes: Still on the same belt notch. The boxer briefs are more snug around the thighs.
Hard to make comparisons on my lifts because I changed programs significantly. About the only way I can think to summarize is on the big lifts:
Used to max 3x5 @ 235
Currently do 5x5 @230 (& still adding)
Used to max 1x5 @ 220
Currently do 1x5 @240 (& still adding)
Used to max 3x5 @ 90
Currently do 5x5 @110
Used to max 3x5 @ 180
Currently do 5x5 @160 (& still adding)