My ‘Overweight’ Client Jim

Howdy!
If you’re a regular reader of my articles then you’ll have heard all about my clients that currently train with me at HQ in bynea.
Jim has definitely had a few mentions this year (I went to his wedding in Amsterdam). You may recall me singing his praises and saying how fit and in shape he is.
So has he let himself go?
Well unfortunately Jim is ‘overweight’.
I’ve spent the last 5 years working with people of all different shapes, sizes, fitness levels, strength, ages and gender. Out of all of the 100s of people I’ve worked with Jim is up there with the best.
He’s in his late 60s but as he’s looked after himself all his life, that age is just a number and nothing more.
Inspiration to all of us.
He had a bit of an MOT the other week, it was very thorough and looked into blood pressure, strength, bone density, weight and all sorts of other things. It’s a great idea and I recommend everyone does something similar just to see how healthy they are.
Jim brought his results to me and laughed when he showed me  the results stating he is overweight and needs to do something about it.
What they used is a measure called BMI (body max index) which is just basically a calculation of your height and weight and gives you a score which classifies you into a underweight, healthy weight, overweight, obese etc.
You’ve probably all had this calculated for you if you’ve been to the GP. It is a pretty appalling measure. Basically anyone who is tall and has a bit of muscle mass will be calculated as overweight or even obese. The Welsh rugby team would all be classified as overweight or obese according to it!
A better way?
A much better measure is body fat percentage. That is the thing you want to be cutting down, not just your weight. If you chase weight loss at all cost you WILL lose precious muscle which is a big no for your health!
Certain fancy scales can measure your body fat, also good measurements are skin calipers and using a tape measure around arms, chest, waist etc.
I use all of these tools for my clients to measure how they’re doing and making sure they’re staying on track.
If you want to get a real picture of your health and body shape and then learn to improve it then my one-one/small group training sessions could well be for you.
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Catch you soon!
Jamie Stedman

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