So this week, the kind folks at Powerzeit conducted a metabolic test for me which is pretty useful as it measures your metabolic DNA and you can use the data to achieve your fitness goals faster and better. Be it losing weight, maintaining your fitness level or training specifically for a competition (eg: 5km or 42km among others), this is where science and fitness meets.
What is Metabolic Testing you may ask? (Taken from their website)
They are physiologic evaluations based on actual oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced for:
» Resting metabolic rate (RMR) – a measurement of calories used to maintain basic life functions such as circulatory, respiratory and brain function. RMR typically accounts for 60-75% of total energy used in a healthy person. (meaning what you burn when totally at rest)
» Exercise metabolic rate – measurements used to determine the efficiency and types of fuels used (fats or sugars) during exercise.(which refers to the below three points)
» Aerobic zone – a zone based on heart rate that tells you where you are most efficient at utilising fat as an energy source.
» Lactate threshold (LT) – a marker that determines your maximal sustainable exercise intensity during which you burn fat and sugars. Beyond the LT, anaerobic metabolism begins to take over and glucose is predominately used as an energy source.
» VO2 max – the maximum volume of oxygen that the body can consume during intense, whole-body exercise, expressed as litres per minute (L/min).
First, they calculate your resting metabolic rate by giving you an apparatus to breathe in and out. It is important that you are in a relaxed state of mind to get an accurate measurement.
After that is calculated, you continue on to the treadmill where you set out on an initial speed which is slowly increased so that your heart rate can be monitored and measured accordingly to the pace you are running at. This then calculates your fat burning zone, lactate threshold and VO2 max.
How it can help you:
Ever wondered why you run so much but hardly lose weight or maybe you train so much but have yet to achieve a personal best in running? Whereas others who seems to train lesser than you achieve better results in a shorter period of time?
The answer is training smart.
First you got to know what you want to achieve. By knowing what your aerobic zone and your lactate thresholds are, you can then use them to tailor your training schedules to suit your goals.
So excited now to go for my run. I was previously running above my aerobic zones but now I have learnt that I have to stay within 151 – 159 HR to achieve the best results for fat burning. That’s when my Garmin Forerunner comes in handy, haha (see review).
In addition, I did my first EMS session ( see how it can help you get in shape here) on Tues:
above: Getting ready to do my EMS session.
If you are interested in metabolic testing or EMS, feel free to ask me for more info. Or you can also contact powerzeit for more info here
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