Biometric Screening & Cardio Metabolic Testing now available at CrossFit Ignis
Are you tired of guessing where you are with your fitness? Tired of using on line calculators to figure out your caloric needs? Think your metabolism is “broken”? We at CrossFit Ignis, along with our partners at Integrated Corporate Wellness Solutions, are giving you access to real scientific data so that you can finally have those answers.
Using a state of the art metabolic breathe analyzer (PNOE) we can give you the most accurate snapshot of your current physical fitness, cardiovascular health, nutritional needs as well as predictors of certain diseases. Read on to learn about each test we provide, along with its benefits. Then, click the button above to schedule your appointment for your first test! (Pricing listed in the appointment site – payment to be rendered at the time of the testing)
Why do metabolic testing?
Measure energy expenditure – Measure your body’s true fuel consumption in real-life conditions to optimize your nutrition and workout intensity for every race or event*.
Determine training zones – Find your optimal pace and true training zones based on
weather conditions, landscape and sport.
Assess muscle fatigue – Measure muscle exhaustion to optimize training intensity and avoid injuries.
Synch with your smart-watch – Synchronize your metabolic profile during exercise and rest with your smart-watch and measure 24-hour caloric expenditure with 5x greater accuracy compared to standard smart watches.
Dial in your nutrition – Working with our nutritional coaches, RMR and VO2max tests can accurately determine nutritional needs, anywhere at all times.
VO2 Max test
VO2 Max Testing is an excellent indicator of cardiovascular fitness, the number one indicator of health.
As with any medical grade cardio-metabolic analyzer, PNOE measures a person’s oxygen consumption (VO2), carbon dioxide production (VCO2) and ventilation (VE) during resting and exercise conditions.
The combination of these metrics provides unique insights into our body’s physiology including the amount of energy it expends, the type of fuel it utilizes (e.g. fats or carbohydrates) the level of muscle fatigue etc.
Today, cardio-metabolic analysis (AKA VO2max, metabolic testing, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing, ergospirometry) is being used in the competitive fitness industry to assess the following:
- Physical exercise intensity
- Fuel utilization and caloric expenditure
- Fitness level and progress
- Optimal training zones depending of goal
Moreover, in the medical and weight loss industry cardio-metabolic testing is used for the following:
- Cardiovascular & pulmonary disease (CVDP) detection
- Predicting myoskeletal problems (i.e. lower back pain)
- Diet prescription and “weight loss plateau”* detection
- Workout prescription for patients and individuals recovering from injuries or operations
- Health-risk stratification for healthy individuals
- Predicting healthcare expenses & longevity
The VO2 peak test is conducted on an air bike utilizing a staged protocol where the watts held on the bike increase every 2 minutes until the participant hits the point where they do not want to continue. The VO2 peak test takes from 8 to 14 minutes to complete. The watts used for each stage is dependent upon the participants fitness level. This VO2 provides information around peak VO2, anaerobic threshold, how fats and carbohydrates are used during exercise, muscle composition including Type I
(slow twitch) vs Type II (fast twitch), as well as an insight into the overall cardiovascular health of each participant. VO2 peak tests are accurate predictors of all causes of mortality and cardiovascular disease.
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test
Metabolism is the process of converting food (calories) into energy. The efficiency with which your body does this is referred to as your metabolic rate. Many factors affect a person’s metabolic rate: weight, age, body composition, hormone levels, and gender making it a highly unique number. Understanding your body’s unique metabolic rate will allow our nutritional coaches to customize your weight loss or maintenance program around your needs.
The resting metabolic rate test takes approximately 8 minutes and is performed in a complete state of rest (lying down or laying back in a zero gravity chair). The
RMR test provides a baseline metabolic rate for the individual when the body is at rest and can help answer the question of whether a person’s metabolism is “broken” or too low.
The RMR test also provides resting RER (respiratory exchange rate) that informs the participant how their body uses fat and carbohydrates as fuel.
According to the CDC, a biometric health screening is defined as “the measurement of physical characteristics such as height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, and aerobic fitness tests that can be used as part of a health assessment to benchmark and evaluate changes in health status over time.”
During your test, you will complete your Biometric Screening and also meet with a Health Coach to review your screening results. Your screening visit will last about 15 minutes. All data collected from your Biometric Screening is confidential and will not be shared with anyone.
Biometric testing provides a complete cholesterol measurement of four types of lipids, or fats, in your blood:
- Total cholesterol: This is the total amount of cholesterol in your blood
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol: This is referred to as “bad” cholesterol
- Too much of it raises your risk of heart attack, stroke, and atherosclerosis
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol: This is referred to as “good” cholesterol because it helps remove LDL cholesterol from your blood
- Triglycerides: When you eat, your body converts the calories it doesn’t need into triglycerides, which are stored in your fat cells. People who are overweight, diabetic, eat too many sweets, or drink too much alcohol can have high triglyceride levels
Biometric screening also provides a blood glucose test to identify blood sugar levels that are high or low to help determine any predisposition to Diabetes.