As I mentioned in part one, I am, for the first time in a long time, really excited about my training in the upcoming year. While I have been staying fairly fit, and have even run a few races in 2012, I haven’t really trained for them. I mean going beyond building my endurance and trying to run, dare I say, faster.
So what has inspired and motivated me? Three things, as I mentioned in part one. The first was my new Polar heart rate monitor, which I feel will really kick my training up a notch. The second arrived in the mail the other day and almost immediately let me know it was time for some changes.
The EatSmart Precision GET FIT Scale really does it all. In addition to weighing you (duh), it also calculates your body fat percentage using bio-electrical impedance technology. That makes it a great tool for ongoing measurements during any kind of a fitness or weight loss program. We know that health and fitness goes beyond the basic numbers on a scale. The EatSmart scale will help you measure your progress by indicating your fat loss as well as weight loss.
In addition to body fat measurements, the Precision GET FIT scale also gives your complete body composition, including total body water, and bone and muscle mass. It can tell you if you are adding muscle with your new strength program in addition to losing body fat. I know that solves one of the things my clients find frustrating: you start a program, change your eating habits, do your cardio, hit the weights, but the numbers on the scale don’t change. Now, with the EatSmart scale, you will know exactly what is going on.
The EatSmart scale is very attractive, with a shiny top surface, thin profile, and large, illuminated digital display. It can keep data for up to eight people, and includes an Athlete Mode for those who train more than 10 hours a week.
When my scale arrived, I followed the easy instruction booklet to set it up for myself and Alan. Unfortunately, at the moment, neither of us qualify for Athlete mode, something we both plan to change soon. Once your data is input and you use the EatSmart Scale for the first time, you will indicate whether you are person number one or two (or three through eight if that applies). After that, the scale uses “Step On” technology. It can actually tell which person is stepping on the scale so you don’t have to press any buttons, just step on.
As for me, I found the EatSmart scale to be a great motivator. I don’t really weigh myself very often and I was unhappily surprised to find a few extra pounds when I tried out my new scale. I guess the holidays can even get to those of us who think we know better. Darn vegan pumpkin pie.
In any case, I will use my scale as a tool as I begin my new training program in 2013. I will discuss my complete plans in a later post (as well as motivator #3), but in general I will be able to track my progress as I increase the intensity, variety, and time of my training.
If you are looking for a quality, attractive, low profile scale that can help you track your training progress, I can definitely recommend the EatSmart scale. It is available at a discounted price on Amazon. You can also follow EatSmart on twitter, facebook, google+, and pinterest.
Do you track your body composition in your training? What method do you use?
Disclaimer: I was given an EatSmart Precision Body Fat Scale to try and review. All opinions are my own.