GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Technogym
Technogym
Technogym
Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Study: resistance training triggers far greater fat-burning than calorie count suggests

The results of a new study suggest that counting calories might not be the best way to measure the effectiveness of exercise as a means to lose fat.

A study, conducted by Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, shows that different workouts have different effects on the hormonal and physiological changes that take place in people’s bodies, even if they burn the same number of calories.

Published this month in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, the study showed that certain types of exercise can trigger far greater fat-burning and other healthy responses in the body than simple calorie counting suggests.

The study looked to identify the causes of differences in body fat reductions, which an earlier study had identified, between resistance training and cardiovascular workouts.

For the research, the Auckland University team compared the levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) present in subjects after they had completed resistance training – in the form of Bodypump, a low-weight, high-repetition resistance training class created by Les Mills International – and cardio cycling workouts.

The results showed that those completing a resistance training session had HGH levels 56 per cent higher than those in the cardio test group.

Bryce Hastings, head of research for Les Mills International, said: “HGH oxidises fat and builds lean muscle tissue.

“That’s important for ongoing calorie expenditure because muscle burns more calories than fat. The more muscle you can build, the more calories your body will burn long-term. Combine that with increased fat loss and the result leads to rapid changes in body composition.”

Resistance training also resulted in higher blood lactate levels.

Those doing resistance training showed lactate levels up to 81 percent higher than those completing cycling sessions.

Lactate levels build when the muscles work hard, and it is the accumulation of lactate from exercise that sparks the growth hormone response.

The study strengthened the view that the beneficial effects of certain exercise types – such as resistance and high-intensity training – can last long into the recovery period after the actual workout is over.

According to Nigel Harris, the study’s lead author, the results also have implications for the exercisers relying on wearable devices to measure their calorie output during workouts or training sessions.

“Calories matter, but so do the effects of an exercise session on hormonal and physiological responses, which are known to have positive, long-term effects on body composition," Harris said.

“A wearable device which only measures heart rate and calorie count may therefore be too limited a tool to get an adequate understanding of the other, arguably more important, adaptations taking place in our bodies when we exercise.”

Hastings added that the study points to how much more people need to know about the effects of certain exercise types.

“It’s complex," he said, “and just counting calories misses a big part of the jigsaw. We now know that.”

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The results of a new study suggest that counting calories might not be the best way to measure the effectiveness of exercise as a means to lose fat.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,RES,SSC
THUMB25769_370951.jpg
Latest News
People with depression should be prescribed exercise and then monitored for the first 12 weeks ...
Latest News
Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people with ...
Latest News
The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing ...
Latest News
Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness ...
Latest News
People experiencing homelessness are being offered free access to leisure centres by Oxford City Council. ...
Latest News
IHRSA has appointed Elizabeth Clark as its new president and CEO. Clark joins the industry ...
Latest News
Boutique studio operator TRIB3 has launched its own-brand range of luxury toiletries. The operator, which ...
Latest News
Rainer Schaller's RSG Group is bringing its John Reed brand of health clubs to the ...
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Daniel Jones is the brains behind Orbit4, the world’s first digital ecosystem to manage and facilitate the entire commercial fitness product cycle. We caught up with him at Orbit4 HQ in Cheshire
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
As the UK’s first dedicated development framework for leisure comes to the end of its initial four-year term, Jamie Groves and Sarah Watts discuss the impact
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
An ongoing partnership between Active Leeds and Hussle has created exciting results in the form of increased usage and memberships
HCM Magazine
HCM people
Once we grow beyond Manchester we’ll go head to head with Equinox and Third Space
HCM Magazine
Insight
As the industry enters a phase of regrowth following the loss of members during lockdown, it’s crucial to understand customer acquisition cost versus the lifetime value of each customer, as Paul Bedford and Jamie Owens explain
HCM Magazine
Research
Physical activity gives structure and meaning to people’s lives, according to new research
HCM Magazine
Strength
CV kit has been fully connective for some time, but with the rise of the hybrid gym goer, what are strength suppliers doing to meet the demand for a fully connected offer?
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
We’re targeting an additional 30,000 beds over the next five years, through a mix of the group’s own developments and third party projects
HCM magazine
Safe Space Lockers has extended its partnership with boutique fitness franchise TRIB3, in a new 10-site supplier agreement, following the recent installation at TRIB3 Edinburgh
HCM magazine
Moving Communities is our chance to demonstrate our value and develop a universal service for all, argues Martyn Allison
Opinion
promotion
While much of the fitness industry has reopened its doors across the UK over the past weeks, many members are yet to return.
Opinion: Re-engaging your post-lockdown absent members
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Is broken gym equipment killing your business potential?
You’re pumped and ready for your workout. Then you see it, the dreaded ‘out of order’ signs hanging from treadmills, weight machines or cross-trainers.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Celebrating the return of group exercise – Les Mills to host free ‘Fastest Way Back’ livestream event for the industry
Last month (May) saw the welcomed return of group exercise classes. Group exercise is the heartbeat for so many clubs, with in-studio and instructor-led live experiences at the pinnacle.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Company profiles
Company profile: Premier Software Solutions Ltd
Premier Software was founded in 1994 and has proven experience developing business management solutions specifically ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Precor
Precor has been a pioneer in delivering fitness experiences for commercial customers for more than ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Study: resistance training triggers far greater fat-burning than calorie count suggests

The results of a new study suggest that counting calories might not be the best way to measure the effectiveness of exercise as a means to lose fat.

A study, conducted by Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, shows that different workouts have different effects on the hormonal and physiological changes that take place in people’s bodies, even if they burn the same number of calories.

Published this month in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, the study showed that certain types of exercise can trigger far greater fat-burning and other healthy responses in the body than simple calorie counting suggests.

The study looked to identify the causes of differences in body fat reductions, which an earlier study had identified, between resistance training and cardiovascular workouts.

For the research, the Auckland University team compared the levels of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) present in subjects after they had completed resistance training – in the form of Bodypump, a low-weight, high-repetition resistance training class created by Les Mills International – and cardio cycling workouts.

The results showed that those completing a resistance training session had HGH levels 56 per cent higher than those in the cardio test group.

Bryce Hastings, head of research for Les Mills International, said: “HGH oxidises fat and builds lean muscle tissue.

“That’s important for ongoing calorie expenditure because muscle burns more calories than fat. The more muscle you can build, the more calories your body will burn long-term. Combine that with increased fat loss and the result leads to rapid changes in body composition.”

Resistance training also resulted in higher blood lactate levels.

Those doing resistance training showed lactate levels up to 81 percent higher than those completing cycling sessions.

Lactate levels build when the muscles work hard, and it is the accumulation of lactate from exercise that sparks the growth hormone response.

The study strengthened the view that the beneficial effects of certain exercise types – such as resistance and high-intensity training – can last long into the recovery period after the actual workout is over.

According to Nigel Harris, the study’s lead author, the results also have implications for the exercisers relying on wearable devices to measure their calorie output during workouts or training sessions.

“Calories matter, but so do the effects of an exercise session on hormonal and physiological responses, which are known to have positive, long-term effects on body composition," Harris said.

“A wearable device which only measures heart rate and calorie count may therefore be too limited a tool to get an adequate understanding of the other, arguably more important, adaptations taking place in our bodies when we exercise.”

Hastings added that the study points to how much more people need to know about the effects of certain exercise types.

“It’s complex," he said, “and just counting calories misses a big part of the jigsaw. We now know that.”

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The results of a new study suggest that counting calories might not be the best way to measure the effectiveness of exercise as a means to lose fat.
HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,RES,SSC
THUMB25769_370951.jpg

News

People with depression should be prescribed exercise and then monitored for the first 12 weeks
Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people with
The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing
Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness
People experiencing homelessness are being offered free access to leisure centres by Oxford City Council.
IHRSA has appointed Elizabeth Clark as its new president and CEO. Clark joins the industry
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition
Active IQ has launched two new qualifications – the Level 2 Diploma in Health and
Boutique studio operator TRIB3 has launched its own-brand range of luxury toiletries. The operator, which
Rainer Schaller's RSG Group is bringing its John Reed brand of health clubs to the
The government needs to urgently set out its plans to support physical activity and fitness
Glofox will begin offering health clubs, gyms and fitness studios instant access to financing, following
Hong Kong-based Bricks Group has revealed plans to launch its health club chain, U Time,
A £30m luxury leisure development scheme which has been more than a decade in the
Crown Sport Lockers (UK) Ltd
Crown Sport Lockers (UK) Ltd
Apple has previewed its much-awaited watchOS 8, the operating system for its Apple Watch. The
Chinese health club chain Supermonkey has finalised a series E funding round, valuing the company
Gymbox has signed a partnership agreement to provide members of flexible workspace provider WeWork with
The number of health club members returning to gyms since lockdown has beaten all expectations,
The Jumeirah Group has reopened the 186-room The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, in the heart of
David Lloyd Clubs has enrolled former Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson to help raise
JP Lennard
JP Lennard
Orbit4 is the first digital ecosystem that manages and facilitates the entire commercial fitness product
TRIB3 has secured a franchise deal which will see it open 20 studios across Belgium,
ukactive has published new data from the National ReferAll Database (NRD) – the UK’s first
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited
1 - 20 of 11,921
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Daniel Jones is the brains behind Orbit4, the world’s first digital ecosystem to manage and facilitate the entire commercial fitness product cycle. We caught up with him at Orbit4 HQ in Cheshire
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
As the UK’s first dedicated development framework for leisure comes to the end of its initial four-year term, Jamie Groves and Sarah Watts discuss the impact
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
An ongoing partnership between Active Leeds and Hussle has created exciting results in the form of increased usage and memberships
HCM Magazine
HCM people
Once we grow beyond Manchester we’ll go head to head with Equinox and Third Space
HCM Magazine
Insight
As the industry enters a phase of regrowth following the loss of members during lockdown, it’s crucial to understand customer acquisition cost versus the lifetime value of each customer, as Paul Bedford and Jamie Owens explain
HCM Magazine
Research
Physical activity gives structure and meaning to people’s lives, according to new research
HCM Magazine
Strength
CV kit has been fully connective for some time, but with the rise of the hybrid gym goer, what are strength suppliers doing to meet the demand for a fully connected offer?
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
We’re targeting an additional 30,000 beds over the next five years, through a mix of the group’s own developments and third party projects
HCM magazine
Safe Space Lockers has extended its partnership with boutique fitness franchise TRIB3, in a new 10-site supplier agreement, following the recent installation at TRIB3 Edinburgh
HCM magazine
Moving Communities is our chance to demonstrate our value and develop a universal service for all, argues Martyn Allison
HCM magazine
Aneurin Leisure Trust used lockdown to transform and digitise its gyms, ready for reopening
HCM magazine
HCM People

Ben Alderton

Founder, Solo 60
We see a world where every major city has access to Solo 60
HCM magazine
As our sector starts to recover, there will be changes in the needs of communities, consumers and the provision of opportunities. To explore this subject we hosted a virtual round table to better understand views on key workforce questions
HCM magazine
When we questioned our customers on what they liked about The Claremont Club, they all mentioned that we were helping people who were in dire need
HCM magazine
Choosing the right flooring is critical for gym and health club operators. Suppliers share their latest news, tips and product launches to help you choose wisely
HCM magazine
The industry can be the catalyst for recovery from the pandemic, as well as addressing many of the underlying issues which enabled COVID-19 to wreak such havoc
HCM magazine
Opinion
promotion
While much of the fitness industry has reopened its doors across the UK over the past weeks, many members are yet to return.
Opinion: Re-engaging your post-lockdown absent members
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Is broken gym equipment killing your business potential?
You’re pumped and ready for your workout. Then you see it, the dreaded ‘out of order’ signs hanging from treadmills, weight machines or cross-trainers.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Celebrating the return of group exercise – Les Mills to host free ‘Fastest Way Back’ livestream event for the industry
Last month (May) saw the welcomed return of group exercise classes. Group exercise is the heartbeat for so many clubs, with in-studio and instructor-led live experiences at the pinnacle.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Company profiles
Company profile: Premier Software Solutions Ltd
Premier Software was founded in 1994 and has proven experience developing business management solutions specifically ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Precor
Precor has been a pioneer in delivering fitness experiences for commercial customers for more than ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Fitness equipment
Octane Fitness: Fitness equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Technogym
Technogym