The strategy can come from Aspria’s wellbeing advisors and personal trainers, but what are the options in terms of objective feedback?
In fact there are many, not least Aspria Pro – Aspria’s very own in-depth health and wellbeing assessment, which covers everything from blood pressure to cardiovascular fitness – where follow-up appointments track your progress compared to previous readings.
But if you’re a member of a club that doesn’t yet have Aspria Pro, fear not: there are plenty of other ways to keep track of progress.
If weight loss is your key objective, you might like to invest in smart scales which can tell you your balance of fat versus muscle – you may not have lost weight, but if your muscle mass goes up and your fat mass drops, you’ll look better and will burn more calories even at rest.
If improvements in fitness or run times are your goal, there are now hundreds of apps and wearables out there that can complement the input from your personal trainer or wellbeing advisor: apps that show graphs of your steps walked, calories burned, time taken to run set distances and so on. You name it, there’s likely to be an app out there that will show you the exact data you want to track.
You can also go low-tech, as Lionel Gonnet – personal trainer for Aspria in Brussels – explains: “Standing on normal scales to weigh yourself makes no sense, because this doesn’t measure fat mass and can be very demotivating.
“If my clients don’t have access to body scanning and intelligent blood tests, I encourage them to learn to recognise results for themselves: simply standing in front of a mirror, for example, or feeling the change in the fit of their clothes.”