VO2 max testing (cycling or running)
VO2 max testing is considered the "gold standard" to measure overall fitness. It measures maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) by the body and represents the body's efficiency at producing work. Many factors can influence VO2 max; heredity, training, age, gender and body composition. In general, VO2 max declines with age and males typically have a higher value than females.
VO2 max testing will measure your precise target heart rate based on anaerobic threshold and can then be used to calculate your unique target zones according to the intensity of your workouts. This will allow you to maximize your results and not rely on the charts you see in the gym that are only estimates based on age and weight.
If you are a triathlete using power for training on the bike, a treadmill VO2 max will allow you to adjust your target zones accordingly for the running portions of your training.
Call the office to schedule your test. Most people will opt to test on the treadmill but if you are a cyclist and would like to be tested using your own bicycle we can easily accommodate you.
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) testing
We can measure your unique RMR. This is the number of calories your body would burn if you did nothing but lay in bed all day. Your RMR is influenced by your lean body mass or the fat-free part of your body. This is extremely valuable information when you are trying to lose or maintain weight. Typically people will guess at how many calories they should be eating and this can greatly effect their efforts. For instance, many diets are based on 1200 calories per day which may be too drastic of a reduction for some people and actually slow their metabolism and make weight loss more difficult! On the other hand, if your caloric intake was 10% higher than what it should be, you may find yourself gaining about 1 pound per month! This information is also helpful for athletes who have difficulty maintaining their weight due to their high levels of exertion for several hours a day. By calculating how many calories your body requires every day, you can ensure that you are eating enough throughout the day.
Call the office to schedule your test. It is done fasting in the morning with no exercise prior to the test.