Encourage your clients to stick to their programme and inspire them to achieve success with this essential information about muscle mass
Maintaining client motivation is crucial for any nutrition or fitness programme to be successful. One of the best ways you can help is by ensuring your clients understand the benefits that increasing muscle mass through exercise can deliver.
What your clients need to know
The human body has three types of muscle: skeletal muscle, smooth muscle in the walls of the organs and cardiac (heart) muscle.
The majority of the body’s muscle is skeletal: there are over 600 skeletal muscles in the body making up about 40% of total body mass. So when it comes to building muscle mass, they need to focus hard on building, or at least maintaining, their existing level of skeletal muscle.
And here's why...
Skeletal muscle is metabolically active. Build it, and the body will burn more calories, even when the body is at rest. Tracking a client's whole body or segmental muscle mass composition can help boost their motivation as they see it increase.
Strengthening skeletal muscle fortifies ligaments and tendons, ensures bones are held in the correct position and prevents joints from dislocating. All this minimises the risk of injury that can occur when a client is exercising or training for an event.
A good level of skeletal muscle mass will result in a toned physique which in itself can be a strong incentive for a client to stick to their fitness or training regime.
Having strong skeletal muscles makes everyday activities like carrying shopping bags or playing with the children easier. It also reduces any risk of injury when lifting, bending or stretching. When everyday activities are easier, the goal of leading a more active life becomes even more achievable.
Fatigue can occur as muscles adapt to increased, high-intensity exercise. If it happens, this can initially put a dampener on a client's motivation, so it's important you explain to them that as their muscles build up over time they will not only experience less muscle fatigue, they will have increased their overall metabolic rate too.
A good or high level of muscle mass is fast becoming recognised as a key indicator for longevity. Muscle tissue naturally declines with age and a person can lose up to 50% of their muscle mass between the ages of 20 and 90. Another reason why it's important to keep muscle mass levels in the healthy ranges.
More skeletal muscle means more insulin receptor sites, which help with the uptake and regulation of glucose (sugar) deposited in the bloodstream after eating. Eighty per cent of glucose uptake occurs in skeletal muscle so the more there is, the easier it is for the body to regulate insulin levels and minimise excess fat.
Find out more about aspects of healthy living relating to body composition, in our Healthy Living Guide