"Numbers don't lie. Check the scoreboard." -Jay-Z
What would you do if you walked into your doctor's office for an annual physical and he or she looked you an up and down, and said, "You seem healthy. See you next year."
You, of course, want your healthcare providers measuring blood pressure, body temperature, and bloodwork at the least. So why would you lower your standards outside of the doctor's office?
Whether your goal is decreasing fat, building muscle, running better, or simply optimizing your health, you are flying blind if you don't measure at the start and along the way.
Our health and performance testing lab is designed to figure out just that.
From VO2 Max to Body Fat Testing, using the gold standard of body composition analysis, hydrostatic weighing; to testing your metabolism (Resting Metabolic Rate, or RMR); our tests will shed a lot of light on why you feel the way you feel or perform the way you do.
We perform this kind of health testing on world-class athletes all the time to help them optimize their training results and performance...
But it isn't just for them!
Having this information and knowing what it means will help you make educated decisions for improving your overall health, performing better, and living a better life.
Sound good? Read on.
VO2 Max Testing
I bet you didn't know this, but VO2 Max, how much oxygen you can metabolize, is a better indicator of health and longevity than obesity, high blood pressure, and smoking!
So why isn't your doctor testing this incredibly important health marker?
Don't get upset; we've got you covered.
So why is VO2 Max so important?
This may sound shocking, but it turns out we need oxygen -- right down to every cell in our bodies. Oxygen is what gives our body "fuel" to do things: from basic bodily functions, to burning fat, to performance in sports. You can go a for a month or more without food, you can go a week or so with no water, but most of us will only last minutes without oxygen.
Get the point?
With our VO2 Max test, the goal is to understand how well your body uses oxygen. The better it does so, the better your body (and mind) can perform. The less efficient...well, you get the picture.
There are a number of things that can affect your VO2 Max results - heredity, age, body composition, age, training and more. The good news is, the results can be improved through proper exercise.
Whether for sports performance or health, if you want to know where your oxygen "fuel for life" consumption levels are, fill in the form to the right.
Body Fat Testing (Hydrostatic)
Losing weight is easy. One day of dehydration alone can help you shed pounds on the scale. But unless you play a weight-dependent sport, weight is not what you want to lose; fat is.
And when most of us say we want to "tone up," we really mean change our body composition: increase muscle (lean mass), and decrease fat.
But again, most of us fly blind. Whether you are trying to bulk up or get leaner, how do you know your exercise and diet regimen is even working? Have you gained/lost muscle? Fat? Water?
The only way to know where you started, where you are currently, and where you are going, is to test lean mass and fat mass through a body composition test.
There are a few different ways to test body fat and lean mass, but the gold standard -- which we use -- is Hydrostatic Weighing (Underwater Weighing). The test is very simple and fast: you enter a jacuzzi-like tub, and then briefly dunk yourself underwater. The computer runs an algorithm in real time to calculate your precise body composition. It is actually one of the two most accurate ways to measure body composition, the other being "bod pod" -- but this water immersion method has been the clinical choice for decades. (For what it's worth, those hand-held units do not work at all, and we have found InBody to deliver unreliable results.)
With the Body Composition Analysis, you will get a result showing your:
- fat mass
- lean mass
- key body measurements
- insights into health risks now and in the future
We will also give you some pointers based on your results that will help you improve your lean mass while reducing the fat.
Metabolism Testing (RMR)
Have you ever been told that the number of calories you should be consuming per day is 2000?
Of course you have! We all have.
But.... this is actually a flat-out lie. That number was derived from an "average" amongst thousands of Americans.
Here's the thing, you are you, not an average American. Your body actually consumes calories differently than others. If you are more active, you burn more, if you are less active, you might use less. And there are many more factors including body composition (fat mass/lean mass), age, and genetic factors.
So how do you actually find out how many calories you, personally, should be consuming each day?
A Resting Metabolic Rate Test.
Using clinical-grade equipment, the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test provides you with your personal metabolic profile. From the results, you will be able to see how many calories you need to consume to lose fat, gain muscle, get leaner, or improve performance for a specific sport or goal.
Without this critical data, any changes you make to your exercise or diet regimens are nothing short of guesses. Schedule your test right now in a few easy clicks, to stop getting frustrated and start getting results!