One of my clients who had a week off from work decided to full take advantage of it and instead of going to Hawaii, Santa Barbara or Europe, he did what every one of you should consider the next time you want to plan a vacation… He attended a Bill’s Boot Camp Week instead. This was his idea, not mine!
Here were the parameters. He was going to commit to a six day (yes, in a row) training program (including cardio) and would follow exactly what I told him to eat for seven days.
Here are his particulars (somewhat). He is 5’10”, in his early 50’s and has had very good success training with me since December of 2005. But he had reached a plateau.
Of course I weighed him and measured his body fat the session before we started.
He was 167 pounds and 20% body fat. That’s 133.6 pounds of muscle and 33.4 pounds of fat. At the end of the seven days, he was 162.5 pounds and 18.3% body fat. That’s 132.7625 pounds of muscle 29.7375 pounds of fat. The results were right on! In fact, even better!
This client lost 3.66 pounds of fat and only .84 pounds of muscle in one week! I am being particular about how I am rounding off the numbers because, as you may remember, when losing weight the rule of thumb is that for every three pounds of fat lost, it is allowable to lose one pound of muscle as well.
Now, that’s not the end of his story. This week, he was back to work, back to training on three days and week and back to a less strict diet. What did we find? Well my faint of heart, he actually progressed! Yup! That’s right! Since muscle takes longer to build than fat takes to burn, his numbers after two full weeks were as follows:
Weight – 164
Body Fat – 17.6%
Lean Weight (muscle) – 135.136 (That’s a pound and a half increase from Day 1)
Fat Weight – 28.864 (That’s more than 4.5 pounds of fat lost since Day 1)
Last but now least, I know at least some of you are curious about the title of this installment…”Exercise infutility”. I know the “word” is non-existent! Furthermore, I know it’s a double negative. But, I couldn’t resist! Maybe one day Webster’s will add it to the dictionary as they did with the verb “Google”.
Anyway, I hope this story provokes some of you to think outside the box a bit.