CLIENT WHO HAS LOST OVER 10 INCHES, BUT NOT ONE POUND!
Hope you guys can help me out with one of my client. He is 22 years old, 5'10'', 276 LBS. We have been training together since January and he has lost over 10", BUT HAS NOT DROPPED ONE POUND! He is the exact same weight as when we started.
I have NOT done body fat on him because one of my fellow trainers told me that when a person is that heavy you should only measure them because 1. The pinches are all going to be "60" 2. It is really hard for their self esteem.
So, is this true? Also, could my client be replacing all that fat with muscle???
With the wonderful progress that you two have made, I would try to keep your client's focus on the reduced inches (i.e. body fat). Since he has made such wonderful progress in that department, I'm not so sure that I agree with your colleague about NOT wanting to do a body fat test on him. As a matter of fact, I'm hoping that you conducted that as part of your "fitness assessment" before you two began. Taking another now will only validate your client's wonderful progress now. I also would say that, in my opinion, I believe that when you're working with a heavy client, the focus should be on the body fat numbers NOT scale numbers anyway. Again, it's the body fat numbers that will be most closely tied to your client's improving their health by reducing unhealthy or unnecessary body fat. Look to keep moving that number towards the norm, and you've done your client a wonderful service!
If you'd like a copy of the article that I mention above, just send me an email and I'll forward a copy to you.
aside from that, congradulations, thats great progress!
I take it that you did measure him since you say that he's lost 10 inches?
Whatever method you started with is the method to continue on with.
Sometimes taking the advice of a fellow trainer isn't always in your best interest.
It's important to do a detailed assessment of your own so that you can have a comparative basis.
At this point focus on the positive, set new specific, realistic goals with him and you will succeed.
I thought I might add to the mix.
If your client has lost ten inches, then he/she ought to see/experience.
1. More definition
2. Better coordination
4. Greater kinesthetic awareness
5. More energy
6. More confidence
If that doesn't give your client more confidence, I don't know what will.
10 inches is almost one foot. That's a heck of a lot of inches! Do what I do sometimes and explain BMI to the client. When I wieghed over 200 pounds and was still lean (9%), my BMI was between 27 and 28. I was considered overweight (normal is between 18 and 24.9), but I was perfectly healthy according to my doctor. The trick of it is... Body Fat!!! I would never have known how much of my body was lean mass unless I calculated body fat!
It's never too late to get this measurement and then see how it changes in the future.
Have your client focus on image or sense of well-being as primary motivators until the weight falls off. Just some suggestions. I know how hard it is to work and work and work, and the pounds just don't come off of a client. Use food logs and see what the client is eating, just another suggestion.
Good luck to both of you!!!!
Here is a link to a similar question with some creative ideas to keep your client going.
Make a fist. This looks like one pound of muscle.
Make two fists. This is one pound of fat.
Muscle weighs more than fat. Huge bodybuilders can be dwarfed by morbidly obese people and still weigh as much as them because of the fat/muscle ratio.
If your client is looking to slim up, build a lot of muscle then move their workouts to HIIT training.
More muscle + endurance training will lead to a smaller client.
I feel bad for the kid who loss 10 inches, and the trainer is more lost than amazed.
Another well experienced trainer would have 1. Appraise him on his BMI loss,
2.Encourage him on his goal.
3. Be proud of what you've accomplished.
Not make him feel bad? No, your Job is to help him get fit, not wipe his face & give 'em a cookie.
How do you know exactly what your client loss and gained?
You have a great client .
Client has a Bad trainer.
Get more knoweledge on this , NOT on WEB.
dont use him as your first guinea pig. GROW from it .
Do you know what you can do with this ?
You can be the next Jane Fonda, or Zumba instructor.