DEXA Scans: What They Are, and Why You Should Get One With Nick Holt

In this week’s episode, we talk with Nick Holt, a passionate health coach and personal trainer, who has all how clients do a DEXA scan as part of their work. These scans, Nick explains, are not just for measuring body fat and bone health (which is important to keep an eye on as we age) but are also vital for understanding overall metabolic health.

Additionally, Nick shares insights on the difference between subcutaneous and visceral fat, emphasizing the health implications of each. We also explore the significant role of muscle mass in our bodies, not just for physical strength and function, but also for metabolic health and glucose regulation.

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Key Moments
“I think it’s a powerful tool to see how your training is going and if you’re on the right track or if you need to change or modify anything which gets into the muscle mass conversation too, which is just as important for metabolic health in addition to performance.”

“So a lot of the guys that I’m working with, we’re on sort of a 6 to 12 month cadence with the test. I think it’s a really good idea to have it as sort of like a baseline test at first and then chart out sort of a goal 6 to 12 months later to try to hit either a body composition goal, or a lot of people use it for some of their female friends who have had some osteopenia, osteoporosis.”

“Visceral fat, which is in and around your organs is really inflammatory and can be quite problematic. But subcutaneous fat, the stuff that’s kind of in between muscle, the jiggly stuff that’s soft, and maybe doesn’t look as nice, but is pretty innocuous.”

Get In Touch with Nick
Nick Holt is a personal trainer and health coach based out of Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

Surfing transformed his body from a debilitating back injury and got him in the best shape of his life in his 40s. He’s created a unique system of training that uses the principles of surfing, functional mobility, and strength training to help guys over 40 get leaner and stronger.

You can grab a free copy of his Unlock Your Body Guide to learn the basics of how to build a strong, lean, and fit body at any age

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