By: Michael Simmer BS CSCS LMT FST
When it comes to a complete training program, an often over looked aspect is getting our body composition checked regularly. Most of us rely on a traditional scale to keep track of our weight, but is that good enough? Weight is such a fickle idea; what is a healthy weight? What is the best way to lose weight? How can I drop the most weight in the shortest amount of time? So, what do we all do, we go out and buy a new scale believing that is the first step to staying on track to get to our goal body weight, but is that scale really a tool that is going to help on your journey? Or is it going to become an instrument that leads to failure?
Instead of daily or weekly scale checks there is a better and a more useful solution, and that is having our body composition tested monthly in an ideal world. There are several different ways to have body composition tested, that range from ok to great, but all methods have some value and can not only help you on your path to your weight goals, but it can also help your coach when it comes to developing a proper plan and training pattern to help guide you on your way to completed your goals.
Think if it like this, when we have a car we must keep up with its maintenance, so we bring the car into a mechanic to have them look, they will look under the car, open the hood to look inside and make sure everything is working and running like it should. Well think of getting your body like a car and the body comp testing is the mechanic, it will allow your coach to check and see if what you are doing is working properly, or if something needs to be changed, does the diet need to be tweaked. It can help us see if your weight loss is coming from body fat mass or are you losing muscle mass, things a scale can not show us. Remember the number on a scale does not tell us the whole story, it is not just about how much you weigh but what makes up that weight when it comes to body fat and muscle mass, which gives us our body fat percentage. Using this vital information will help your coach and you on your way to staying on course towards your weight goals.
We here at Pulse Fitness use an In Body as our standard of body composition testing, and we like our members to get on at the beginning of every month so we can track progress or make changes if the numbers start going the wrong way. Once a month In Body testing tells us much more then daily or weekly scale numbers will, so do yourself and your goals a favor and get your body composition tested today.