TOH recognizes the importance of establishing an initial base line or starting point so that an athlete can gauge progress.
A base line represents where an athlete’s energy level, strength, skill, performance and any other athletic attributes lay — providing a source of comparable evidence of the benefits attained through TOH.
Experience has shown TOH, that some form of indicator is necessary to gauge mental and physical progress and/or results. TOH deems that the best indicators for gauging progress are: feel, function and appearance (FFA) — with all three generally occurring in that order.
When change is introduced to an individual’s exercise and/or eating regime, generally the first indicator for gauging progress occurs in the form of feeling. Feeling relates to an increase of happiness, well-being and positive attitude and/or affirmation — apparent within a week or two.
The second indicator for gauging progress is function. Function relates to improvements in physical function in the form of power, strength, endurance, speed and agility. Progress can generally be observed within a few weeks — apparent during training sessions where an athlete will notice an ability to lift greater weight during resistance training, efficient breathing during aerobic exercise and quicker recover between training sessions to name a few.
The third and longest indicator to occur for gauging progress is appearance. Physical changes such as decreased body fat, increased muscle tone and definition are generally noticeable after a few months —evident through the observation of before and after photographs and/or observing one’s self in front of a mirror. TOH highly recommends taking photos for future reference.
An important element required for an athlete to notice changes relating to: feel, function and appearance is awareness. Heightened awareness allows an athlete to gauge the most subtle of changes to the body, a skill that is acquired and refined over time through observation, experience and patience.