This week we take a look at body composition testing, fitness trackers, DOMS, gym culture and reasons to exercise beyond looking good naked.
Lyle McDonald on DEXA Versus Calipers for Body Fat Estimation. The conclusion is simple: whatever you end up using, use like for like measurements. As a trainer, I used Harpenden Bodyfat Calipers for years, then moved onto a BodyMetrix Pro. Recently, I’ve discovered the Skulpt Aim and will be testing that out shortly (it’d be fun to have some reviews up on here at a later date!). I like tech, my clients like tech, no problem. Just make sure you keep to using the same equipment when you want to measure like for like or someone might break down in tears.
Talking of reviews, here’s Gizmodo with their regularly updated page of “The Best Fitness Tracker for Every Need”. There’s a lot that trackers do, and a lot more that they don’t right now, and we here at TrainerSync are keeping a close eye on what the future holds in this arena, what our clients might one day want to integrate into our software, and what we simply might just enjoy using ourselves. We are, after all, massive geeks here.
Recently, Charles Poliquin was interviewed by Tim Ferriss. I haven’t had the chance to listen to it yet (you can find it here) but I will. In this 2013 blog post, The Poliquin Group discuss nine ways to reduce DOMS. If you’re one of our regular readers, then you’ll know this ties in quite nicely with the article we shared three weeks ago on DOMS and Muscle Growth which you can find here.
Update (27th July 2015): The Poliquin Group let us know that Charles has not been part of their company for the past two years. So we wanted to let you all know as well.
Sometimes, people forget that the exercise part of a healthy lifestyle is necessary, even if they’re already happy with their body shape. This Top 10 blog post from Lifehacker gives plenty of reasons as to why everyone should be exercising.