When people join Fitness In Time, the first question I always ask them is "Why are you joining a gym" and I'm sure it won't surprise you to hear that 99% of people answer "because I want to lose weight".
"Weight" is one of these unhelpful words that has been hijacked to mean a lot of different things to different people. Weight should refer to how many stones, pounds, or kilograms it shows when you step on the scales.
Is it easy to measure - Yes
Does it tell you how fit or healthy you are? - Absolutely not!
Yes it's true that if you look at a group of people, statistically it is more likely that the healthier ones will usually weigh less than the unhealthy ones, but it is by no-means a foregone conclusion.
The example I would ask you to look at is the England rugby team. Collectively, they weigh a whopping 1560kg - an average of 104kg each.
Now lets look at the other end of the scales - Mo Farah weighing in at 58kg
a little over half of the rugby player. All of these people are incredibly fit (by pretty much any method you wish to measure) yet their 'weight' is vastly different.
This is why we do lots of different measurements during your reviews because it is only when you look at the whole picture, do you really get an idea of what is going on. Measuring fitness is a tricky thing to do, because it means so many different things.
Blood pressure, body fat, stamina, flexibility, endurance, strength, muscle, speed, stamina - these are all different types of fitness and so we need to consider all of them. Weight is not an area of fitness!
Yet this is where the issue lies. If your goal is to burn fat, whilst increasing strength and tone, then chances are your actual weight will fluctuate as you do this. The reason why? Muscle takes up less space than fat, but it is much more dense, which means it weighs more!
You may be burning off fat, and toning and shaping your body just how you like it, yet the scales may reflect weight gain.
This is why we always recommend going by how you feel as opposed to what the scales say. If weight loss is your goal, then use other methods in conjunction with your scales, such as measuring tapes, or even better… Take photos to record your progress!
Remember you don’t always get what you wish for, but you will get what you work for!
Don't forget that reviews at Fitness In Time are included in your membership and here we can keep track of your progress, update your routine and help keep you motivated, so please book yours in today!
1Lb of Fat vs 1Lb of Muscle
Both weigh the same, but look at the difference!