Power of Progress Pictures
In this video, I’m going to be talking about the utility of taking regular progress pictures.
So, while taking progress pictures can seem like a daunting thing to have in your camera roll, I cannot emphasize how important it is to have a qualitative way to track your progress.
Now, before getting started I want to mention the freebie that comes with this video, which is Accelerated Fat Loss 101.
This guide is designed to give you all the necessary tools to master fat loss and expedite the process in which you can reach your fat loss goal.
Typically, when one talks about tracking your progress in the gym they refer to quantitative measurements. For example, weighing yourself, testing your body fat, or circumference measurements.
While quantitative measurements are extremely useful to give you a concrete answer on the progress you are or are not making, qualitative measurements will cover the progress you make that is more abstract and to the eye of the beholder.
By this I mean how are you feeling about the progress you’re making or for this video specifically, progress pictures.
Progress pictures are by far the most useful qualitative measurement you can record when it comes to fitness.
If I tell you I lost 10% body fat, can you truly imagine what that looks like?
Sure, from a body composition standpoint, I would have made a substantial amount of progress, however, without the ability to go back through my camera roll I wouldn’t be able to see how substantial that progress is.
Moreover, if you want to really blow someone away, the ability to show someone the progress you’ve made since you’ve started will allow you to open their eyes wider than a Tarsier monkey.
The caveat to that is that you have progress pictures to display, if you don’t have any pictures of how you used to look, then your progress ends up being lost in translation.
And yes, I understand that taking progress pictures can be intimidating or that you might not be content with your current physique, but how do you expect to see how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you started?
What’s more, is that you are under no pressure to share your pictures with anyone but yourself.
If you have any fear of someone stumbling upon your progress pictures, then go download one of those secret fold apps people use for sexting.
4 Tips to Taking Quality Progress Pictures
Now, moving on from sexting apps. I want to address a few points that will allow you to take high-quality progress pictures.
No. 1 Progress Picture Poses
First off, will be the actual poses you strike for you progress pictures.
If you want to accurately see differences in your physique your poses need to be as similar as possible.
This means you can’t take a front-facing progress picture, then a few months later try to angle the bejeezus out of yourself so you create the optical illusion of significant progress.
That’s not progress, that angling.
Now, back to posing, the most common poses are front-facing, profile, and back progress pictures.
It’s up to your discretion if you want to flex in your progress pictures, however, whichever you decide to do, make sure you stay consistent with the same poses, flexed or unflexed, angles, whatever you want.
Just strike the same pose and snap a picture.
No. 2 Lighting Conditions
Moving on! Let’s talk about lighting conditions. Lighting can truly make or break your progress pictures. If your lighting is amazing it can make you looked ripped to shreds.
Conversely, if your lighting is poor you can look like you’ve been making little or no progress at all.
Most often it’s easiest to take progress pictures in your bathroom with standard bathroom lighting, however, if you have a different kind of lighting you prefer, then, by all means, use it. Just make sure you keep the lighting conditions similar.
No. 3 Apparel Choices
Next, is what you choose to wear for your progress pictures.
If you so choose, you are more than welcome to take your pictures in your birthday suit or dressed like a snowman.
If you choose the former then you’ll literally be able to see ALL of your progress. Granted unless you are super comfortable with your body, showing people your “progress” might be a bit too risqué… but to each their own.
However, if you choose the latter, then your progress will be hidden behind layers upon layers of clothing.
Obviously, you want to see the progress you’re making, which makes lots of layers far less than ideal.
Which is why typically, for progress pictures, I recommend either your undergarments or form fitting clothing.
No. 4 Time of Day
And finally, try to keep your pictures at the same time of day.
For example, first thing in the morning after using the restroom or in the evening a few hours after working out.
Try to keep your timing similar and PS… does not take legitimate progress pictures with a workout pump.
That’s not progress, that’s your pump.
Wrapping up, progress pictures are great to use as a visual qualitative reference of the progress you’re making.
Not only that, but they allow you to directly associate your quantitative progress to a visual aid.
Finally, I want to thank you for taking the time to go through this Abridged Vigour post and I hope your progress pictures regularly depict the results of your hard work in the kitchen and in the gym.
That’s all for today’s post and I’ll see you in the next one.