Body weight means next to nothing in terms of fitness. For instance, a young 5'8" person that weighs 200 pounds with a body fat percentage of 5% is a lean athlete with a metabolic age and average heart stress of a 12 year old. A young 5'8" person that weighs 190 pounds who is 32% body fat has a metabolic age of over 50, meaning that the stress on the heart could result in heart attack by the age of 45! Understanding that body fat puts a lot of resistance on the circulatory system and heart is only the beginning of understanding health and risk of heart disease.
Heart disease kills approximately 1600 women and 1800 men every day.
At Columbus Fit, we will use several quick and painless methods to measure your total body fat percentage, body water percentage, core body fat percentage, pounds of lean muscle, number of calories burned per day, metabolic age (adjusted for average stress on the heart from bodyfat), and pounds of high density bone. From this information we can calculate the amount of calories needed to be burned each month to reach a goal bodyfat by building muscle or performing cardiovascular exercise.
Remember that lean muscle burns fat while you rest, so the fastest way to attain bodyfat loss is to build muscle. Building muscle can be a relatively fast process if you can work out intensely and stick with a program. It only takes 1 hour per week 20 minutes per day 3 times per week to build a significant amount of muscle if you learn how to perform slow motion resistance. Slow motion resistance is part of Dr. Crump's Metabolic workshop class, which takes approximately 1 hour and costs $50.00 for non members and only $20.00 per member on 1 year contract.
Strength is a good rating of fat burning capacity too, so by measuring your 10 repetition load maximum on several exercises, it becomes easier to determine the time it will take for a program to yield an effect to burn fat. Remember burning fat while you rest requires muscle mass. Strength and muscle mass are relatively correlated. Your strength is a direct reflexion of how fat you are or will be in the (near?) future.