Despite the abundance of advice available in book shops, the internet, social media and of course “knowledgeable” friends, the overwhelming majority of advice you’ll read on how to train for a marathon is very generalised.
Due to the huge variances in our physiology - such as our muscle mass, gender and activity levels etc. all the “one size fits all” advice you’ll read is often very inaccurate and no more than a “rough estimate”
In short - every runner has different physiological & nutritional needs and unless you know your body compostion, it’s nearly impossible to offer accurate nutritional or injury prevention advice.
It is for this very reason that Body Composition Analysis is fast becoming an integral part of a runners race preparations.
A body scan takes the guess work out of training and can tell you:
What you’re made of has a huge affect on your ability to be able to tolerate the stresses of regular training.
Your percentage of lean tissue (muscle) water (inside and outside the cells) and your body fat can influence everything from how much water you should be drinking to how many handfuls of rice you need to replenish expended energy.
A body composition analysis takes just a few seconds and here’s an insight into what you’ll find out about your body:
Lean Muscle Mass - The higher your lean muscle mass %, the better your joints will be protected and supported during long training runs.
Hydration status - By finding out your Intra cellular and Extra Cellular water levels, the analysis can determine how well hydrated you are and whether your cellular water levels are sufficient to keep the muscles contracting smoothly - thereby reducing the risk of muscular injury and cramp.
Basal and Active Metabolic rate - How many calories / carbs should you eat every day to meet the demands of training?
Without a body composition analysis, it’s guess work - but once you know how much lean muscle you have, knowing how many calories you burn at rest and during exercise can be calculated incredibly accurately.
For a small (and significantly reduced fee) you will not only receive the results immediately, you will also be sent a detailed report with your full results - see Sample Body Scan Report.
GH Training will also donate a percentage of the fee to your chosen Charity.
To find out more about how a Body Compostion Analysis can help you with your marathon preparations - please click here.