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???
Hi Rachel. Congratulations on the progress that you and your client have made so far!!! Your story is just one more example of what I’ve been preaching for years, and that I wrote about in one of my articles “Pounds versus Inches.” The fact that your client has lost a total of 10 INCHES certainly points to his probable loss of unhealthy body fat. Generally speaking, body fat, NOT pounds is one of the prime indicators of health, and also ties to the sometimes equally important (at least to many of our clients) goal of fitting into smaller clothes.
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.