Indoor Cycling, Spinning

Body composition and why weight is a bad indicator of your body’s health

Mim Kleiberg

As a trainer and coach the phrase “I want to lose 5/10/15/20kg/pounds” is something I hear all too often. In this day and age we are obsessed with the number on the scales that we see and what changes we can bring to it.

 

But is weight a good measure of our overall body’s health? Everyone has heard the phrase “muscle weighs more than fat” at some stage of their lives and this is absolutely, why weight is a poor indicator of body health.

 

Most people are familiar with the term “body fat,” usually associating it with obesity, heart disease, cholesterol levels and general unhealthiness. Even though our association with the word “fat” is negative, fat is actually essential to life and bodily function. Fat helps in absorption of vitamins, is the base of our hormones and has many other functions in the body.

Now whilst fat is essential to life, too much fat is detrimental to the body. Fat tissue is the body’s storage facility and stores excess energy for use at a later stage. Fat is used as a fuel source in everyday life and during exercise. Excess fat can cause obesity which comes with a whole slew of health problems including like arthritis, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, some cancers and respiratory problems.

What is a healthy amount of fat?

The amount of fat in your body is referred to by percentage of your body weight. Indicative amounts are specific to gender:

For men:

  • 2 to 5% fat for basic function
  • 6 to 13% fat for athletes
  • 14 to 17% fat for healthy fitness
  • 18 to 24% fat for acceptable wellness
  • 25% or higher is considered obese

For women:

  • 10 to 13% for basic function
  • 14 to 20% for athletes
  • 21 to 24% for fitness
  • 25 to 31% for  acceptable wellness
  • 32% or more is obese

When I train people i aim to decrease their body fat percentage in a number of ways, including changing their nutrition, increasing their cardiovascular exercise quantity and focussing on strength training.

Strength training is a great way to increase your muscle mass. Increasing muscle mass will have a direct effect on your body fat percentage by increasing your body’s requirement of calories (metabolism) to start to use excess fat storage.

 

How do you measure body fat percentage?

 

There are various ways of measuring body fat percentage including calipers, hydrostatic weighing and bio-impedance scales are the popular ways of measuring body fat.

At THE ROOM we use a device that is a bio-impedance scanner to discover your body composition and this device provides a range of data including body-fat percentage, muscle mass, bone density and hydration levels.

If you are a 3 or 12 month member or you have a personal training package with us then you are eligible for a free body composition analysis with one of our trainers and monitoring for the duration of your package or membership.

For further information or questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on info@theroom.ae

 

Mim Kleiberg is a Star 3 Spinning Instructor, personal trainer and Co-owner of THE ROOM Abu Dhabi. She is an avid cyclist and triathlon competitor and is currently training for long distance triathlon.

Design Your Fitness & Lifestyle Future At THE ROOM

Peter Pastijn, Power Specialist Master Instructor

At the change of year many of us have a moment of self-reflection. And it is up to you to decide to take actions or to let these ‘Moments’ pass.

THE ROOM encourages you to DESIGN THE FUTURE you deserve now!

End of year often makes you ask questions such as:

  • What went well last year?
  • What should or could I do better?
  • What do I really want to change in the next year?
  • How can I achieve these things?

You probably want one of the following changes when we speak about fitness and lifestyle:

  • I want to feel better, fitter, healthier
  • I want to look better, get back in shape like when I was younger
  • I recently got a health wake-up call and really want to do something about that
  • I want to set myself a ‘race/performance’ goal and this is the year for it

THE ROOM and its Care Team members are excited to share 20+ years of experience in Fitness and Lifestyle with you and has tailored different ways to train together based on how self-motivated and committed you are about your fitness and lifestyle goals.

Which of the below three statements applies most to you:

  1. ‘When I set myself a goal (fitness and lifestyle), I am fully committed and self-motivated. I don’t need much external help, just a great environment and quality classes.’
  2. ‘When I set myself a goal, I am quite ok at keeping myself motivated but could use a training buddie or coach to keep me motivated and on track.’
  3. Whenever I set myself a goal in the past, I often did not make it as fitness has never been my thing. Somewhere along the road I lost motivation and/or focus. I really need a personalized touch to my training to keep me committed.’

Now that you have given yourself this honest answer to these statements it is very easy to see how you could get the best out of your training at THE ROOM.

 

Here are your choices:

  1. You are self-motivated (but you do want to set yourself a goal or challenge):

Join us for the 6+1 month or annual unlimited group class membership and join the #100DayCommitment!

What else is included in these memberships?

  1. A brief consultation (with a selected or designated trainer) upon registration about how to use the timetable and various classes to best match your goals and needs. (same after 2-4-6 months)
  2. Body Composition measurements at these same intervals mentioned above.
  3. #100DayCommitment chart and follow up.

 

  1. You are intermediately self-motivated:

Join the unique NEW YOU program.

1 personal training session per week and a plan made by your trainer to join group classes for the remainder of the week! During the program you will receive body composition testing as well as receive a heart rate tracking monitor to gauge your training intensities!

 

  1. I need help or be part of a team to stay motivated:


iCHANGE is for you! Starting next on January 15th. A great 28 Day Kickstart fitness and lifestyle program unique in its kind.

  • 5 training sessions a week made up of a great combination of cardio, strength and conditioning, mobility and relaxatipon sessions.
  • The fun and engaging #28DayChallenge and the challenge tracker
  • fitness assessments
  • body composition and measurements
  • great nutritional advice
  • a team whatsapp group to encourage each other.

A truly great program for you if you have never had a healthy fitness and lifestyle habit or if you lost it for a while as life got really busy! Physically and mentally challenging surely for all levels, but the personal touch in a relatively small group environment makes it a program with a high sustainability and success rate.

 

As you can see, we are ready and excited to take you on #anextraordinaryroad of fitness and lifestyle in 2017!

Pilates for cyclists

Pilates for cyclists – Ivana Ostric

What is Pilates?

Maybe the best answer for that is asking yourself : “What is Contrology”

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.” – Joseph Pilates

Pilates involves a series of dynamic movements designed to strengthen the body’s core. It also aims to improve flexibility of the spine and joints. If your center is strong and flexible, all types of movement are easier to perform.

Why Pilates is important for cyclists?

Cycling doesn’t use all of the body’s muscles, but it does require strength, flexibility and balance. Cyclists tend to have highly developed legs, but don’t pay much attention to upper body muscles. Most cyclists have weak glutes and tight hips and Pilates will be here as a great complement to the Spinning programs. Also that will be the great reason to visit Pilates Workshop and check how you can improve these small disadvantages.

What does strong core do for cyclists?

Exercising Pilates you’ll develop strength in the deep intrinsic muscles of abdomen and spine taking pressure of the superfascial muscles. Initially more core strength will help support lower back. It will improve muscle flexibility, posture (all cyclists usually have quite rounded shoulders) and balance. Pilates will lead you to become more self-aware of what your body is doing – on and off the bike. This awareness allows you to correct the things that will increase your speed and power and enjoyment on the bike.

What we will do and learn in the Workshop?

Learn benefits of Pilates workout specifically related to Cyclist:

  • Learn and find neutral spine in different positions of our body
  • Learn difference between neutral and imprinted position of spine and pelvis
  • Find out what are the principles of Pilates
  • Correct the posture, prevent injuries and find the best exercises to improve your ride

If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an excuse.

Call – 02/ 4444 945.

Email – info@theroom.ae