Favorite Way to Measure Progress?

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  1. B3rserk3R

    B3rserk3R Brown Belt

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    Dan John has a new article on T-Nation here about measuring progress, and it got me thinking about the lifts I use most to see if I'm heading in the right direction. And realizing there's a ton of different kinds of "strength athletes" here I thought it'd be interesting to see what others measure themselves by.

    Personally, I train mainly to get better at my sport (recent transition aside) and prevent injuries from my other activities. So I find the OH squat and power clean to be able to tell me more about how effective my latest program has been more than anything. They're 2 brutally honest lifts, and one thing I like is that they actually seem to get easier the leaner I get which is another area I focus on at least part of the year.
     
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    I measure progress with everything I do whether it be a certain lift, 1 mile time, 5k time, etc. etc. Whatever I do I just make sure I do better next time.

    I write down all of my workouts and I try to either lift more weight, do more reps, run faster or farther, or do a circuit longer or faster.
     
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    I measure progress with everything I do whether it be a certain lift, 1 mile time, 5k time, etc. etc. Whatever I do I just make sure I do better next time.

    I write down all of my workouts and I try to either lift more weight, do more reps, run faster or farther, or do a circuit longer or faster.
     
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    as long as the distances, times, and/or weights aren't getting lighter everytime i hit the gym, its progress.
     
  6. Klotz

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    That CNS stuff was interesting.
     
  7. ThinkGreen

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    I measure my biceps to the nearest centimeter every 6-8 weeks
     
  8. the_harbinger

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    Considering I plan on competing in powerlifting eventually...the Big Three.

    OHP and Rows are a close second.

    Maybe chins...but I suck at bodyweight exercises.
     
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    LOL!

    This is similar measuring another favorite body part every once in a while...
     
  10. B3rserk3R

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    Yeah but you know you measure that to the nearest hundredth
     
  11. Orion

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    3RM chin-up, 1RM back squat, and broad jump.
     
  12. enright3060

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    Looks like someone has been reading Eric Cressey's new book.
     
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    I just bought that book. I started reading it today.
     
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    I mark my progress based on body composition. The more athletic I look, the more athletic I am.

    edit: Oh yeah, my deadlift, too.
     
  15. BJJ in Chicago

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    squat, deadlift, times of specific workouts (1k-2k rows, crossfit's cindy, etc.)


    most importantly... competition.
     
  16. BJJ in Chicago

    BJJ in Chicago Livin' la vida bomba

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    you just shattered the world of half of the guys at my gym.
     
  17. Merrill

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    Yeah but it's not free form so it doesn't count.:icon_lol:
     
  18. enright3060

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    I was disappointed with it. A poor effort by Cressey.
     
  19. Merrill

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    damn:mad:
     
  20. enright3060

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    It's ok. I would have just expected better from him. Let me know what you think when you finish it (in about 1.5 hours).
     

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