If you're looking for ways to track progress in your strength training, the scale might not be the best way to do so.
While the number on the scale can be a good metric in general, for a general idea about where you stand, when it comes to strength training the scale might not show the full picture.
You might be at a bodyweight that you're happy with or you might be looking to shave off a few pounds. Either way, with strength training the number on the scale, will change and so too will your body composition.
When you're doing a strength training program, you're essentially swapping body fat for lean muscle. Of course, this is predicated on good (and enough!) nightly sleep, proper nutrition, training consistency, and recovery time. Yes, so much goes into this!
And let's not overlook the fact when you're swapping muscle for fat, and changing your body composition the way you look will change and so too will the number on the scale. Muscle weighs more than fat, so even if you're losing inches and dropping dress sizes, do not be perplexed if the number on the scale increases. Muscle weighs more than fat.
All that to say that I'm not a huge fan of weighing myself daily - I might do it every once in a while - but for my goals right now it is not the best way to track strength gains.
In this video, I share three metrics that I use to track my strength progressions.
If your goal is to lose weight, then weighing yourself might be the way to go. But if you're focused on strength training and increasing lean muscle mass, you'll inevitably lose fat in the process but you might not necessarily “lose weight.” Again, think about how muscle weighs more than fat.
If you're looking to lose weight, I think one of the best ways is to recalibrate your mind to focus on building strength. Make the focus less about the aesthetics and more about how you feel (energy levels, mental clarity, confidence, productivity).
Everyone has different goals and if yours (like mine) is to build muscle, then maybe it's time to add a few other data points to your strength gains tracking. And maybe it's time to place less importance on the scale.
It's so easy to obsess over the number on a scale, but you know deep down, that you're more than just a number. So much more.
Let's get strong.🌟💪