Fitness Challenge: Before and After How to

Spread the love

The best part of doing a fitness challenge is the sense of accomplishment when you are done, can look in the mirror and see the kick ass results. Even better? Being able to compare your before and after. Seeing the results side by side is such an amazing experience and is a great motivator to continue with your hard work after the challenge is over. Setting a SMART  Goal and tracking your progress is needed to keep the motivation and to truly show your improvements.
So lets get to it, below we will discuss and share links and pictures for taking your before and after pictures, measurements, and what not to do!

Before and After Pictures

Make sure to take a few shots and get help if you can. Wear shorts/underwear and a sports bra. The more body you can see the better for showing off those results.
Front:
-One relaxed (be natural don’t suck it in, let your body be as rest with good posture)
-One flexed with at least one arm up and flexed in the bicep curl position (both if you have someone else taking the picture)
Side:
-One Side: have good posture, keep your hand in the middle of your thigh so your butt and gut shape is visible.
Back:
-One at a natural state with your arms by your side with good posture
-One with arms flexed in the bicep curl position.
this site has great visual aid and descriptions!
https://www.fitwatch.com/blog/how-to-take-before-and-after-photos-for-weight-loss
great site to see what a difference consistency, posture, and clothing choice make in doing the before and after pictures.
On to Measurements:
Make sure to use a handy dandy tracker like this one to keep a record. This image is from the site and a great spot for the before and after.

Setting Goals 

Next you want to make sure to set SMART Goals.
A smart goal will help you focus in on specific details that you want to obtain. Instead of “lose weight” it would be “lose 5 lbs in 1 month”.  See how that shifted? Instead of the vagueness of lose weight, you now have a specific amount, in a specific amount of time, and its realistic. You can measure it with the scale and 5lbs in one month is attainable, healthy and safe.

A smart goal will help you focus in on specific details that you want to obtain. Instead of “lose weight” it would be “lose 5 lbs in 1 month”.  See how that shifted? Instead of the vagueness of lose weight, you now have a specific amount, in a specific amount of time, and its realistic. You can measure it with the scale and 5lbs in one month is attainable, healthy and safe.

 

My example of my Smart Goal: to gain 1″ of muscle in my butt in one month. This is me making the active choice to focus on eating calories in a surplus to put on muscle mass, as well as shifting my weight training to a lower rep and higher weight set up to allow for muscle growth.

You can set multiple SMART goals to align with the different areas you are looking to focus on. Maybe have one for fitness goals and one more eating habits. A SMART eating habit goal would look something like this: I will increase my fruits and vegetable servings by 2 each day for the next month. I will log my food and eat my calorie goal daily for the next month.

 

When you set goals this way, and have the measurements and photos to support your changes, you will see and feel the results a lot faster. It brings the accountability level up a notch and helps you track your progress on multiple fronts the entire way.

 

 

Best of luck to you on  your venture! Comment with you SMART goal below so we can help encourage you along the journey.

 

Ready to get started but don’t know where to begin? Check out my 2 week workout plan with tips here!


Spread the love

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *