People who have difficulty articulating their fitness goals may begin a workout program with the hope that it will simply "build strength". Also, workout programs are not uncommonly recommended solely on this same merit, that any such program will "build strength".
Evaluating a program based on the progress it allows in performing its specific movements does not evaluate the program in terms of strength in general.
Deciding a formal definition of strength would allow objective evaluation, but it would also require tools which do this evaluation using a movement that avoids simply measuring one's ability to perform that specific movement. Such tools would likely not be readily available to non-professionals.
For the desired result of building strength, how does the layperson measure a workout program's effectiveness in achieving that goal?
For a program already in place, what measurements are to be compared between the present and the point before starting the program?
For a proposed program, what are the measurements that one needs to clarify that the program is presumed to improve?
- This question is not asking for possible properties or components of such a program (this is covered by answers to other existing questions). A measurably effective program may not necessarily hold the same properties as other similarly effective programs.
- It is acknowledged that clearly defining fitness goals allows a program's effectiveness to be more easily measured; this question is asking about cases where a program is being used or recommended without a more specific goal than presented above.