Recently, I had a client who came in, a bit bothered, because she had someone tell her there is NO WAY she burns as many calories as she says she does, playing soccer. In fact, they went as far as emailing her information from the internet that tells how many calories someone burns playing soccer. I find this quite humorous for a couple of reasons – one, that someone would get emotionally triggered over this (not my client, the one telling her she didn’t burn that many calories), and two – you can not generalize how many calories someone burns!! You just can’t! In the game of soccer – you have many positions and some require more running than others – that alone will play into how many calories you can burn in an hour or an hour and a half of playing. Then you have the fact that everyone’s, AB (aerobic base) and AT (anaerobic threshold) are different – I guarantee it. It simply needs to be measured so you know what yours is. Take someone who has been playing soccer for five plus years, verses someone who just started playing and has been playing for five months. The one that has been playing longer, will be much more conditioned and efficient then the newer player. There are simply too many variables involved to generalize – that’s the bottom line. And how do I know this? I know this because we measure it (metabolism), then we use it, then we track our progress and get results. (like in the charts and tables I’ve included in this post)
Speaking of results – yesterday was a fantastic day for me. I love getting results, accomplishing things, getting things done, feel like I’m moving forward and getting somewhere. I know that is “just my nature,” as a 3 type energy. It’s quite funny – In fact, I have this compelling NEED to haul all this crap I have, multiple computers, books, papers and just stuff, back and forth from the gym to my house – JUST IN CASE I can actually find some time to work on something and get it done, even though 95% of the time I run out of time and don’t ever get to it. I still need to bring it with me – just in case. A great day for me is being productive and/or achieving something. Getting results for clients is DEFINITELY achieving something and it makes my day and motivates me and moves me forward with excitement and energy.
So – there is always this feeling of uncertainty in the time of waiting to see what the clients results will be after a week or two of following their personal assessment information. Even though I’ve done this hundreds of times – I’m still holding my breath. It’s so much information and so counterintuitive, that I fear they won’t use it correctly. So – needless to say, it’s hard for me to take a sigh of relief, until I take their measurements for the second time, after they’ve been on the program for a week or two. And when their results come back like this:
I am one happy camper! Or I guess that’d be trainer, huh? Anyway – depending on whether I see you privately or in a group setting, we track your progress with pinches and measurements on a weekly or bi-monthly basis (unless they have requested to not be tracked). We keep the information in these great charts and data tables that allow them to see their progress, like this:
You can read more information on metabolic assessments here at New Leaf Fitness, and if you find that this is just what you need to move forward yourself, subscribe to my blog, comment on any post and you’ll receive 100.00 off a full metabolic assessment. Just email me for your appointment – firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh – and by the way, yes – these are real clients and their results, I just withheld their names.