We are excited for you to begin your fitness journey with us here at Chadwick’s Fitness. As you already know, each of our clients (that’s you!) will start their training off with an evaluation. Hopefully you already have your evaluation scheduled, if not, go ahead and give us a call at 615.915.4181 so we can get that set up for you.
Here’s what you can expect during your evaluation with Chadwick’s Fitness. Don’t forget to bring some water or you can purchase that here. We have towels, lockers, and a smoothie bar if you should need anything.
- HEALTH HISTORY
First we ask you to fill out a health history form and then we will briefly discuss this form with you, but more so just talk to you about your past fitness journey… your experiences, successes, struggles and frustrations. Basically we just want to get to know YOU.
Next we will take a quick measurement of your heart rate and blood pressure. A decrease in your resting heart rate and blood pressure is expected with training and correlates strongly to other health benefits.
Taking pictures is totally your choice. That said, we strongly recommend you taking photos before your training begins and then again around the twelve-week mark (or whatever dates you and your trainer decide). The main reason why we believe that it is so important to take photos is to simply track your success and literally see the results. We are confident that you will see major differences in your body with our training program, and we want you to remember exactly where you started and know how far you have come. We will NEVER share or post any body composition photos without your specific consent. Upon reaching weight loss goals, if both you and your trainer want to share your success, we will email you with the exact pictures to get your permission before ever posting or sharing anything.
That being said, we know that taking pictures can be very uncomfortable and very nerve racking. To help ease some of these feelings we want you to know what we do at Chadwick’s to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible. First, you will be in a private room with only the evaluator; we can bring in a male or female for this step if you prefer and can bring a second person into the room as well if that is more comfortable. We will have you take three photos: one facing forward, one facing sideways, and one from behind with you facing away from the camera. We take these with you standing in front of a “posture grid” because we are also taking photos to evaluate more than just your physique.
What to wear: We want you to wear whatever you are comfortable in, however, the more we can see your actual body, the more change we will see when comparing photos. We recommend men wearing shorts only and women wearing shorts/tights and a sports bra. If you prefer to wear a shirt, then we recommend tank tops and tight fitting clothing. Also, wear a smile! Whether it’s your first photo or one down the road, we want you looking your best.
- CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENTS
For this assessment the evaluator will use a tape measure to measure your neck, shoulders, chest, waist, abdomen, hips, thighs, biceps, and calves. We will track inches lost on each body part and also your total number of inches lost.
Next we will put you through some exercises to create a baseline of your fitness level. These exercises include a push up (this can be a kneeling variation), a squat variation, a plank, and an incline treadmill walk/run. Don’t worry if you are unsure of how to do any of these exercises, we will be sure to walk you through exactly how to perform each of them safely. If there are any other specific measurements that will help track your specific goals, you and your trainer will discuss those.
The last assessment you will do is called the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). The FMS is a tool that we use to analyze your movement patterns and see areas of weakness, restricted motion, and instability. Knowing these areas of weakness allows us to first prescribe exercises that can improve these areas, which can often lead to chronic pain and injury, and also helps us to be sure that we do NOT prescribe exercises that could exacerbate these areas of weakness and increase the risk of injury long term. The last thing we would want is to begin a workout regimen that your body is not yet ready for. This screen helps prevent that. It also allows us to help you move in ways that will make your body stronger and safer for the rest of your life.