Take quick stock of what you know about your body. You probably know your weight. Shoving two fingers under your jaw will reveal your resting heart rate. Important numbers for sure, but if you’re starting a new fitness regimen, you should build a more detailed fitness profile of your body.
The problem? Detailed physiological data for athletes requires a visit to a lab with fancy machinery. Or so you thought.
Seann McArdle runs one such lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He tests students and athletes with an armada of machines, and says you don’t need any of them to measure five important fitness data points.
“You want to be able to figure out what your strong points are and what your weak points are,” McArdle says. Not just to know how healthy you are, but also to know if the workout program you are using actually works. “By testing regularly you can see if the things you are paying for are actually giving you a quantifiable result.”
While most measurements vary based on the type of athlete and his specific goals, these are five at-home fitness tests you should conduct to track your progress and gauge your general fitness level.
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