Every body is different. That’s why creating a fitness or training plan that will help you derive the maximum results in the training time you have available begins with fully understanding your body’s needs, abilities and current level of fitness. We gather this information by performing one or a combination of metabolic tests.
But just as important as gathering this information is the process of interpreting it. This is what really separates Bob Hanisch and Peak Performance Professionals from others offering similar services. Bob’s background in Applied Physiology and more than two decades experience in testing athletes of all levels provides him with the knowledge and insight to accurately analyze your results and incorporate them into a training plan designed just for you.
The metabolic testing services offered by Peak Performance Professionals include:
Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
This test allows us to determine how many calories your body requires to sustain your current body weight, and whether you burn calories at a normal, slow or fast rate. In turn, this information allows us to measure and adjust your current nutrition and exercise program in relation to your goals. This test requires a mask covering your mouth and nose and takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Anaerobic Threshold (AT)
This test helps us determine how efficiently your muscles use oxygen to produce energy, providing essential information about your current level of fitness. We use this data to determine your personalized heart rate training zones as part of a comprehensive plan that tells you how long and how intensely you should train to improve your endurance fitness. This test requires wearing a mask to cover your mouth and nose and takes 30 to 45 minutes.
Lactate Threshold (LT)
Like the Anaerobic Threshold test, this test helps determine your personalized heart rate zones in order to establish how long and how intensely you should train to achieve the maximum results. It can also be used to monitor your training progress and determine whether changes to your plan are necessary. Unlike an AT test, you don’t need to wear a mask for this test, but you will need to provide small blood samples obtained by pricking your finger. This test takes 30 to 45 minutes.
VO2 Max Testing
A VO2 Max Test assesses the ability of your heart, lungs and circulatory system to deliver oxygen to your exercising muscles when they are working their hardest. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of your cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. However, because of the intense nature of this test, physician approval is required prior to testing. This test takes 30 to 45 minutes.