Take Your Measurements

How to Take Your Proper Measurements when Starting P90X

I often get this question when people first start out with P90X, “I have been doing P90X for 3 weeks now and the scale is not moving, what gives?”  First thing I ask is, “Did you take your measurements?”.  Most of the time the answer is no.  Most people are so excited to get started that they fail to do one of the most important steps before starting your fitness transformation, taking those measurements.  You also need to take a before picture but that will be in tomorrows post. Why do you need to take your measurements? You need to take your measurements so you get really see how your are progressing.  Sometimes the scale won’t cooperate but if you look at your measurements you will find that you are losing inches. This is a good thing.  I am sure you notice your clothes fitting differently but you just quite figure out what is going on. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat so you might not notice the scale moving right away but if you go and look back at your measurements you can see where it’s coming off. Team Beachbody make this easy.  If you haven’t already, go and get your free Beachbody account. Once you do just log in at TeamBeachbody.com and and click on the little arrow next to edit profile on the left. The just select progress and goals and you will be able to enter your start date, weight, waist size, hip size, chest size, arm size, thigh size, body fat%, hdl and ldl  cholesterol and your blood pressure. There is also a fitness test there that you can take every 30 days as well to track your progress.  This is great because it keeps everything in one place for you and you can updates your info whenever you like.  You can also add your before picture, personal pictures and much more.

So if you are doing P90X, Insanity, RevAbs, Turbo Jam or any other Beachbody workout, be sure to start out by taking your measurements and  taking some before pictures. Yes, taking your measurements this way applies whenever you start a new fitness regiment. You will want to do this each and every time before any new program.