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???
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.
Here is a link to a similar question with some creative ideas to keep your client going.
I agree with what was said before. Ten inches is a great accomplishment! But using a food log to track what your client is eatting may help with them learning how what they do at home is just as important was what they are doing in the gym with you. also have them focus on how things fit, how are they feeling, how do they see themselves and not just the number in the scale.
Good luck to both of you!!!!
These are great answers. I can see why you didn’t take a body fat measurement to begin with, however, this is an important part of the “numbers game.” I like the answer “don’t tell your client the numbers” and talk about how you want to track the progress.
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.