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Before and After Fitness Photos: How to Get Them Right

Before and after pictures are a great tool for trainers. These pictures serve the purpose of referencing the progress of respective clients; similar to how a map or GPS helps to direct and navigate.

Having a client’s images prior to starting their fitness journey helps us trainers to make any changes in direction when need be, take an alternate route or simply heed a “Dead End.” Let’s look deeper at how having images of a client’s progression along the way can enrich his or her fitness journey.

Picture-Taking Techniques

As a trainer in this industry, you have either taken a before and after picture if a client or seen a ton circulating through social media platforms. Why do some garner more attention than others? Personally, I am drawn to the quality and professionalism of the picture taken in addition to seeing noticeable changes in the client’s body composition east london personal trainer .


What this means is that the background of these images should be clean or bare. This helps keep the focus on the client and not the clutter to his or her left or loud and disturbing colors. For the sake of simplicity and consistency I have clients take three separate pictures in three different poses (Front, back, sideways); this way those looking at your images get a better take of the breadth of changes that have taken place during the client’s weight loss/gain journey. Wellness Services Get Occupational Health Services and Solutions, On Site Medical Services, Wellness Services, Healthcare Services in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Contact Bluecollarhealth for Health and Productivity Management Services, Call us at +27 11 892 0627 or Email us at

Popular Body Parts for Before and After Photos

Arms – Typically where the changes are seen first; women are usually more concerned with the tricep area and men the shoulder area.

Abdominals – Usually where the changes are wanted the most yet the hardest to yield quick changes (requires a fair amount of cardiovascular training).

Legs – Where a great deal of weight loss/gain derives as the legs have the largest and most powerful muscles in the body (quadriceps, gluteus, hamstrings).

Tracking Weight Loss/Gain

Like the saying goes: “you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you came from.” With this in mind having before and after pictures helps you track subtle and huge changes in your client’s weight or body composition; this also helps with accountability (link article).

Your client’s  “Day 45” pictures would be noticeably better than the “Day 1” pictures. Having the day 45 pictures highlights your client’s fat loss/muscle gain and any other changes that have occurred during that 45-day span. Documenting weight measurements that you as the trainer have taken of the client along the way can als0 help reference progress made.

Now that we have your before and after photos ready, it is time to let the world see your “body” of work..or your client’s magnificent 42 LBS WEIGHT-LOSS! YAY! Before posting any pictures of clients online for social I get consent first. When sharing, I use quality images, properly edited and cropped – I keep the client and areas of greatest change as the focal point of the image (chest, legs, shoulders, nicely, hips, abs, which body part(s) that were the main focus during the fitness journey.

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