Body Composition Analysis For Runners

One size does NOT fit all - What are you made of?

Despite the abundance of running training advice available in book shops, the internet, social media and of course “knowledgeable” friends, the overwhelming majority of advice you’ll read is generalised.

All articles or books on virtually every aspect of running - from nutrition, injury prevention or the training itself, feature advice that is often preceded with phrases, such as “in most cases” or “approximately” etc.

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 can sometimes (and often is) be incredibly inaccurate.

In short - every runner has different physiological needs and functions and unless you know what your made of, it’s nearly impossible to offer accurate nutrition 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:

  • Your risk of certain injuries, such as cramp and muscle strains.
  • How many calories you need to consume to meet training demands.
  • Your intra and extra cellular hydration status.

How Body Composition Influences Performance

What you’re made of has a huge affect on your ability to be able to tolerate the stresses of regular training.

Despite popular belief that the term “body composition” refers simply to ones “body fat levels”, a detailed body analysis provides more information about your body than you’d have thought possible.

For a scan that takes just a few seconds, 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.

  • Cellular Health - The healthier your cells, the healthier your body. It’s that simple. Healthy cells are more nutrient rich and can hold more fluid, meaning your muscles are replenished with vital nutrients faster both during and after training. Our analysis can find out your “Phase Angle” and even indicate if you have an increased risk of injury.

Interested in a Scan?

If you attend a Marathon Preparation Day organised by any of the following Charities, you will be given the opportunity to sign up for a a body composition scan:

  • Oxfam
  • MS Trust
  • MS Society
  • Prostate Cancer Research Centre

For a small fee, you will not only receive the results immediately, but also be emailed the detailed result in a full report.

For every scan, GH Training will donate a percentage of the fee to the Charity you are running for:

Click here for more information.