Veterans of our 6 Weeks to Chic program will tell you that the #1 rule is to banish the scale. Read on to learn why the scale can actually do more harm than good, and to better understand why measurements matter.
When we sit down together for the Six Weeks to Chic kick off meeting, one of the first rules is to banish your scale. Have you ever wondered why Danielle and the other instructresses emphasize that the scale isn't a useful tool in measuring your fitness progress?
The scale only gives a very small view of your overall health and fitness. Your weight is only a number, but the scale doesn't tell you the body composition that leads to that number. The classes at Studio Poise are designed to help you reduce body fat and build lean muscle.
Muscle takes up significantly less space than fat. As you work on toning your body and creating the long, lean muscles that we strive for in Poise method classes, the number on the scale may not change much - and that's okay. If you're relying solely on the scale to measure your progress, though, you may be tempted to feel discouraged and give up on your efforts. Well, we're here to tell you: DON'T GIVE UP! The scale isn't telling the whole story.
Measurements are the most effective tool for seeing your progress. We take measurements at the beginning, midpoint, and end of the Six Weeks to Chic program to get a thorough understanding of the progress made during the program. These measurements can help you to understand what's working well, and what areas you may need to focus on improving.
To make sure you get the most out of your measurements, we recommend that you have someone else handle the measuring tape. It's extremely difficult to measure yourself accurately, so ask a friend to help! It's also key that you have the same person measure you consistently. At Studio Poise, the instructresses who assist with 6 Weeks to Chic have all been trained to ensure that measurements are consistent across the duration of the program. You need to make sure that you're measuring in the same spot every time, and that the measuring tape is held with the right amount of tension. If you hold the tape too loosely, or if you hold it too tightly, you aren't getting an accurate picture of your progress. The measuring tape should lay flush against your skin, without too much slack or tension.
We recommend measuring yourself regularly - about once every 3-4 weeks. Keep track of your progress, either in a notebook or in a tool like MyFitnessPal. Celebrate where you're toning effectively, and ramp up your intensity on the areas that are slower to change. The instructress team at Studio Poise is always ready, willing and able to answer any questions you might have about how to focus in on specific body parts!