Vo2 Max Testing

Predicted maximum heartrate is calculated by 220-age.  For most of the population this number will be accurate, for a percentage (10-20%) it is not.
65-85% of maximum heartrate is where most other fitness facilities or health clubs will tell you to exercise for cardio fitness.  Everybody your age will get exactly the same prescription regardless of fitness level, training background, etc.
At Lifestyle Management we use a bike/treadmill/etc. VO2 test to determine at what heartrates you should exercise. This helps us to individualize a program for you.

The VO2 test simultaneously gives information on how much oxygen you are breathing in, how much carbon dioxide you are exhaling, and your heartrate.  We determine your fat utilization zone and heartrate zone you burn the majority of your calories from fat.  We also determine your cardiovascular training zone, which is the heartrate zone that is optimal to increase the function of your heart and lungs. 

The VO2 test gives a baseline indicator of your cardiovascular fitness level.  Your VO2 maximum is a measure of how much oxygen your body can consume during maximal exercise.  The more oxygen you can consume, the more aerobically fit you are and the more work you are able perform. 

Another important component from the VO2 test is the anaerobic threshold (AT).  AT is the point of which exercise/activity is too difficult to maintain it indefinitely. I ask you to go outside and walk, how long could you maintain it for?  Probably forever.  Now lets say you walk faster, and faster, and faster.  Eventually you will get to a speed, workload or heartrate in which you will not be able to maintain forever, you will either have to slow down or stop.  One of our main goals will be to increase your AT.  By increasing your AT you will be able to exercise closer to maximum for long periods of time, which will use more calories in less time.  

Resting Metabolic Rate and VO2 Max Testing

When weight loss is your primary goal, our registered dietitian can assist you with menu planning to ensure the time and effort you put into exercise and dietary change results in healthy, long-term, weight loss goal achievement.

  • After a 12-hour fast, in the comfort of a relaxed, non-clinical setting by an exercise physiologist, using a state-of -the-art metabolic gas analyzer.
  • Once oxygen utilization is measured, the value can be converted to its energy equivalent which is more commonly known as calories
  • In addition, body fat percentage is calculated, to differentiate between muscle and fat weight. This ensures your weight loss is from fat stores and not lean muscle mass. 

How Is Ree Measured?

Individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Overweight individuals who’ve been unsuccessful at conventional dieting and weight loss.
  • Any individual attempting to fine-tune their weight loss or initiating a weight-maintenance phase of their diet. Individual metabolism can vary greatly, depending upon a person’s age, gender, and muscle mass and activity level.

Who Benefits From An REE Measurement?

Also known as RMR, or REE (resting energy expenditure), this metabolic assessment is one of the most scientific and accurate ways to evaluate a person’s daily calorie requirements.

Do you know how many calories your body requires to maintain your current weight, lose weight, or add lean muscle mass? Knowing your body’s daily caloric needs will help ensure optimal results from your diet and exercise program.

Resting Metabolic Rate

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