Body Mass Index

What Is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

BMI Chart

If you don’t already know what your BMI is, it’s time you find out. Once you know this number, a personal trainer will be able to work with you to improve your level of health. Our Body Mass Index Calculator is a great benchmark tool that will help you to track your progress from month to month.

What is BMI?

It is a number that is calculated to help personal trainers and doctors alike determine your level of health by seeing the amount of body fat that you have. This is not a body fat percentage – instead it stands for body mass index. It’s an easy to calculate method of understanding what weight category you are in. The number is achieved by using height and weight.

Generally speaking, our Body Mass Index Calculator will determine your weight status.

  • Under 18.5 – Underweight
  • 18.5 – 24.9 – Normal
  • 25.0 – 29.9 – Overweight
  • 30.0 + - Obese

Everyone should know what their Body Mass Index is in order to determine if they are at a healthy level or not. This can be calculated on a regular basis as you see your weight dropping so you can track your progress. You also don’t have to try and reduce this number on your own – we have many great fitness programs that can help you to lower your weight and reduce your body fat to become a healthier individual.

What a BMI Calculator Indicates

It will indicate the body weight in relation to a particular level of health. Due to muscle weighing more than fat, some athletes and physically fit people will have a BMI over 25, which would indicate that they are overweight, which in fact they are not. When this is the case, often a body fat percentage is used as a better indicator, which can be calculated using a caliper pinch throughout various parts of the body.

Using a Personal Trainer to Improve

It’s important to work with a personal trainer in order to improve your Body Mass Index for a number of reasons. In addition to a better-looking physique, you can eliminate a number of health risks by removing yourself from the overweight or obese category.

Some of the health risks that you can avoid by using a BMI Calculator:

  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Certain cancers

Your personal trainer will be able to show you some of the many different exercises that can be used to lower your Body Mass Index.

  • Cardio training is one of the most popular forms of exercise. This will help you lose weight, which will in turn lower your number. When you work with a personal trainer, there are plenty of cardio exercises that you can do with or without a lot of gym equipment. If you don’t have an elliptical or treadmill, jogging in the park, swimming, or riding a bicycle can work as well.

  • Strength training is another great exercise. This includes using weights and resistance bands in order to strengthen your muscles and reduce your body fat. A personal trainer will be able to customize a plan specific to your needs and abilities.

  • Pilates training can combine cardio and resistance, allowing you to move smoothly from one activity to the next in 1 minute to 2 minute increments, depending upon your level of fitness. Our personal trainer will guide you through the Pilates exercises in order to maximize the results.

It’s all about customizing a plan. Once one of our personal trainers calculate your body mass number, they will be able to determine how much work you need. You may be in better or worse shape than someone else, which means you will have a fitness plan created based upon your own personal goals and abilities.


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As an athlete and dancer, Emily has always been physical. While earning her BA in Dance at Smith College, she studied Anatomy and Kinesiology and opened her world to Injury Prevention, Physical Conditioning, Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. As a result, she has faced contact injuries, non contact injuries, weight gain and weight loss.

Her extensive background and knowledge in dance and sport gives her a natural knack for fitness instruction as she specializes in Corrective Exercise from NASM, Pre/Post Natal training from Annette Lang, and TRX suspension Training. Her workouts incorporate functional movement, lean muscle toning and injury prevention exercises.
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