Week 4: From Solo Workouts To A Group Experiment
Hey everybody, welcome back to my blog!
This week has been pretty exciting regarding the physical aspect of my research. On top of tracking the results of my own workout routine from the first week to the last week of my on-site placement, I have also found three other teens who are interested in my project and willing to participate in my experiment. This is great news for my project, as I can now collect data from a larger sample size. These participants will be following a workout routine designed by Mr. Alvin, depending on how frequently they have been going to the gym. As for my own workout routine, I am fairly new to the gym, which is why I train one muscle group each week. This allows me to easily focus on one major muscle group at a time and ensure that I hit each muscle group with adequate volume. Frequently, beginners who train one muscle group more than once a week can overlook some important muscles like shoulders, which require substantial amounts of volume to grow. However, training one muscle group more than once a week is much more efficient, as your muscles don’t need a full week of recovery, and they will adapt to the training and grow faster. This is something that the teens in my research will be experimenting with, and I hope to see significant improvements in their muscle mass and overall body composition. As a result of these experiments, I hope to see a decrease in body fat percentage, a normal/healthy BMI (between 18.5 to 24.9), and an increase in muscle mass. These factors will all be found through a Renpho smart scale that measures thirteen tracks of data throughout thirteen different body compositions. The data collected from this project will be valuable in understanding the importance of a balanced workout routine and its effects on the body. I am looking forward to seeing the results of this experiment and sharing my findings with others.
In my next blog, I will share with you an anonymous survey that I am working on that will effectively measure a teen’s mental and social status when at the gym.