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Body composition analysis spurs newcomers to the gym

Matt Lawson, nutrition coach, licensed nutritionist and spokesperson for Tanita, explains how body composition can encourage and support new members of the gym on their way to better condition.

Although the concept of “strong instead of thin” has become more and more important in recent years, many people still only come to the gym at the beginning because they want to lose weight.

Of course, that's a big reason too - nearly 30 percent of UK adults are obese, according to the latest World Health Organization figures, and the long-term damage to the health of the population is a heavy burden on the public health system. However, it is important that those looking to lose weight not only focus on tumbling the pounds, but also watch out for exercise and a healthy diet to improve the overall health of their body.

For example, the industry has deviated from the common but outdated BMI, which only takes into account the basic size and the basic weight, without the muscle density or water weight. Today bioimpedance analysis is considered the most accurate and comprehensive measure of health. She takes a holistic approach, measuring visceral fat content, muscle mass, bone density, metabolism and water content to give clients an accurate analysis by body part and point out problems or inconsistencies in the body.

For those new to the gym, the abundance of equipment on offer may already be daunting, but it's important to make them aware of body composition analysis from the start. It should be an integral part of the gym routine, with a detailed explanation of how the technology works and what each of the metrics mean.

After the client has used the body composition monitor, trainers should use the analysis as a basis for creating a personalized fitness and nutrition plan aimed at solving the identified health problems. For example, measured values ​​can indicate a low metabolic rate, which can be improved by changing your diet, or inconsistent muscle mass in individual limbs, which can be compensated for by a special training program.

Body composition analysis is becoming increasingly popular in UK gyms - for example, Tanita scales can now be found in every Virgin Active and David Lloyd gym. However, there is an apparent lack of understanding of how this technology works, or how customers can use it to accurately measure their progress.

To address this need for education, Tanita has developed a special training program to increase the fitness industry's understanding of body composition and how it can be used to provide customers with a tailored, holistic offering.

The Tanita Training Academy is CPD accredited and will take place on September 26th in London and on October 24th in Edinburgh. Registration is now open.

To find out more and to secure your place in the Tanita Training Academy, please click here: Register