How to Compare the Effectiveness of Fitness Classes Through Self-Tracking Data

Generally speaking, different types of fitness classes can have different values to the individuals participating in them. This is primarily due to the fact that each trainer will design a workout with a different routine and pace, and may focus more on weights, core or cardio than the next.  And while it is a good idea to generally sample from a variety of different workouts in order to give your body the full fitness routine it needs, each individual’s body is different as regards what type of workout is most effective for them.  Luckily, you can use self-tracking data in order to determine which fitness class is most effective for you.

Using Self-Tracking Data

When comparing the effectiveness of fitness classes using self-tracking data, there are a few things you should consider.  One is how many calories are being burned, another is how many steps are being taken, and another is how many minutes of vigorous activity is being undertaken.  Using a well-designed fitness tracker, you should be able to isolate these statistics during the time you are participating in a fitness class so that you can compare them from class to class.  In some cases, fitness trackers cannot measure just the specific time being given to a workout as they may track hourly statistics and your classes may begin fifteen or twenty minutes after the hour.  If this is the case, one simply needs to regularize their activities at the beginning of the hour, prior to their fitness class, so that they remain the same.  In other words, if your workout classes always begin at 1:20 p.m., you may want to ensure that whatever you do between 1:00 and 1:20 p.m. doesn’t vary.  Perhaps this is when you travel to the gym and prepare for your class–make sure you use the same mode of transportation at roughly the same speed.  In this way, your statistics should not vary widely from class to class simply because of your pre-class activities.

After tracking the effectiveness of each fitness class, you should compare the data for all classes side-by-side.  You may discover that all of your fitness classes are fairly effective, in which case you may choose to continue pursuing them all.  Again, different fitness classes can yield different types of physical results, so if several classes are proving highly effective you can reap the benefits of multiple workouts.

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.