How to take before/after photos to help you with your fitness goals
So you’re eating well, training regularly and being consistent. But then you step on the scale and are disappointed when the number appears. Do not panic! The number on the scale doesn’t lie, but it doesn’t tell the whole truth either. The big flaw is that it doesn’t tell you if you’ve lost fat, gained muscle, or are retaining water.
Even if you see your reflection in the mirror every day, it’s hard to tell if you’re making progress. The best way to monitor your improvement is to take pictures of your progress. When you compare pictures of yourself from when you started your new fitness regimen, you are sure to be pleasantly surprised.
Our 8 Tips for the Best Before and After Shots in Conditioning Progress
To ensure the best progression shots, here are our top tips. Follow these steps and you’ll produce images that will help you stay on track, effectively monitor your progress, and reach your fitness goals.
Tip 1: Show off your shapes
To compare the changes, you will need to see them. It’s impossible to do this if you’re wearing a baggy t-shirt or pants. A fitted swimsuit/swimwear is more suitable. Your stomach area should be visible as this is a great indicator of weight loss and/or muscle gain.
Tip 2: Wear the same clothes
If you can’t wear the same outfit, at least wear something similar every time you take your picture. If you’re proud of your progress, you may want to show it off to others, which is why we recommend that you avoid posing in underwear.
Tip 3: Use a smooth wall
Make sure there are no paintings, patterns, bright colors or distracting objects in the background. Also, use the same location each time you take your progress photos.
Tip 4: Take a full-body photo at eye level
No mirror selfies. If you can’t, ask someone you feel comfortable with to take your picture or use a timer function. Be sure to position the body straight and centered to fill the frame.
Tip 5: Shoot from 3 angles
To understand the full scope of how your body is changing, it’s important to capture your front, side, and back. For consistency, always choose the same side each session.
Tip 6: Stay in natural light
Try taking your photo in natural light. If that’s not possible, make sure your room is well lit and the light is as bright as possible.
Tip 7: Maintain good posture
Stand up straight with your shoulders back and down and your arms relaxed at your sides. Recreate the same pose every time.
Tip 8: Take photos monthly
It’s important to take pictures once every four weeks and schedule the same day of the month.
Don’t be in a hurry to get your photos in the best way – you’ll appreciate it. This is your journey and you should be proud every step of the way. Clear, well-captured progress photos will help you see how far you’ve come, and will further help you reach your fitness goals.
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