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Here are some things you can do (I'm just making this up on the spot, based on somebody else's breakdown of the 10 areas of fitness, but they're things I've done in the past or currently to track my progress). They are mostly very standard ways to test these things and understood by any professional you'll visit. Cardiovascular/respiratory endurance Do the ...


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Let's take a look at what this method does: What you measure is the thickness of the subcutaneous fat layer on your suprailliac. That does not give you your total body fat percentage directly because body fat distribution varies from person to person. So what you need is an estimate of your total body fat percentage in relation to the fat on your ...


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Unfortunately, there are really no available facilities to do blood tests yourself, most likely because of the nature of how they get analyzed and the specific items needed to collect the specimens, as well as being cost prohibitive and federally regulated for portions of the process. For example, most blood tubes have some sort of additive to cause the ...


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They are accurate as far as they go, but they are rough estimates at best. VO2 max is a measurement of how much oxygen you are actually using at maximal exertion. The only way to accurately measure this is by using specialized equipment with a mask that captures all exhalations, and then measures the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide that is being ...


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What should be considered when determining if a person is completely fit. aerobic fitness strength fitness flexibility recovery What tests are available to calculate the areas from question one. The President's challenge - http://www.adultfitnesstest.org/ - which takes aerobic, physical and flexibility into cosnderation United States Marine Corps ...


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If you are going to use a body composition monitor, look for one that includes the upper and lower body. If you get one combined with a scale that you step on, get one that includes the hand held sensor so that your upper body is included in the measurement. Accuracy depends. A monitor can over-estimate or under-estimate, but if you are using it to ...


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Sarcopenia - The charts take into consideration the loss of muscle mass with aging (sarcopenia). Between the ages of 25 to 60 years old the rate of loss is 0.5-1% loss per year. After the age of 60 this rate can increase especially in the sedentary. Since body fat is expressed as a percentage of total body mass, as lean muscle mass decreases, your ...


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I also advocate using a tape measure for weekly measurements. However, monthly progress pictures are useful. The key is to be consistent with the progress pictures to help really determine if you are improving or your picture taking is improving. Have a consistent place where you take the progress pictures. It should have a plain background without any ...


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I would rely on the good old fashioned tape measure rather than weekly photos. As you said there are too many significant factors that could influence the outcome. A tape measure, however cannot lie. Set yourself small targets. An inch more on your arms and calves, chest and thighs. An inch or two less on your waist and you know you will be looking better ...


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There can be a couple things going on here: The strap needs to be wet to ensure good measurement of your heart rate. If you start dry, it takes time for sweat to do its job and the early readings can be thrown off because of it. The electrical impulses from the headphone wire can be interfering with the sensors. This is more probable if you listen to ...


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Both of these tools seem to primarily track power output over time. Per Peter Drucker, measuring power output will help improve it. So, this may help you improve that metric (within your physical abilities). Note that the programming for the MyoTest and Tendo Unit is for only a limited set of exercises and lifts. On the other hand, this probably won't help ...


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Another variable to track training (and life) stresses is heart rate variability (HRV). It will go up as fitness improves, but will go down as life stresses and overtraining impact the ability of your body to cope/recover. Here is an article by Dr. Phil Maffetone that discusses it. I use the ithlete app mentioned to track my HRV score. There may be other ...



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