These days using your Apple Watch or FitBit to track your athletic performance without the facts is like having a yahoo email address – you clearly don’t know what you’re doing. I know what you’re thinking – it’s data – and data is good. But data that is WRONG is actually pretty pointless.
To really be able to take advantage of the biometric boom you are going to need measurements that go far beyond weight, height, age and sex. Metabolic Workout Atlanta
Want to lose weight? You need to establish your metabolic baseline. Want to gain lean muscle mass? You need to establish your metabolic baseline. Not interested in either of those? Good for you, Misty Copeland.
Not sure what a metabolic baseline is? Great question:
- Your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) Metabolic Workout Atlanta
- Shows how many calories you burn in a resting state (i.e. just sitting on the couch)
- Your Metabolic Heart Rate Assessment (Anaerobic Threshold + VO2 Max) Metabolic Workout Atlanta
- Identifies your precise target heart rate zones so you can exercise more effectively with less fatigue and potential for injury. AKA workout smarter, not harder, to earn those bottomless mimosas at brunch.
So, where does one find these numbers? Unfortunately, they aren’t on your Garmin tracker. You need to visit a studio that offers this information. If you’re in Atlanta, Athens (GA) or DC the best place to go is BLAST.
Still not convinced. Okay, I get it. If you’re like me you may be thinking that this kind of testing is better fit for the US Olympic team than a ClassPass enthusiast. HOWEVER, what Sarah at BLAST helped me understand is this kind of knowledge is actually going to allow you to adjust your nutrition and exercise regimen so you can spend less time in the gym but see better results. It’s for everyone. The only side-effect is you become a data-junkie that will (temporarily) be as annoying as a Crossfitter when you talk about your workouts. Or so I’ve heard….
V02 (Volume of Oxygen) max:
The VO2 max – the maximum amount of oxygen that a person can use during a super intense workout -was the coolest measurement of the test. Basically, it gives you a better understanding of your overall fitness.
To get an accurate measurement of VO2 max you have to head into a sports performance lab (like BLAST.) The entire test takes about 12 minutes, and you have to wear a goofy mask and a heart monitor the entire time, but Barrett – my test case -said it was super interesting and only challenging for the last two minutes when they max out your heart rate. Throughout the block they were looking at specific increases in the speed and intensity of the treadmill run coupled with how much oxygen he is using (the volume and oxygen concentration of his inhaled and exhaled air.) Science!
You can see on the chart that his oxygen consumption is increasing as the exercise intensity is increasing in a linear pattern—up to a point. Where it plateaus (regardless of increasing intensity of the run) marks his VO2 max. Pretty cool stuff!
So, what does this mean for you? Metabolic Workout Atlanta
This is where training smarter, not harder, comes into play. It comes down to this – amount of oxygen you consume has a direct impact on the amount of calories you burn. That means, having target heart-rate workout zones, and a customized workout plan like you get at BLAST, can show you not only how many calories you will burn in an hour – but how to maximize the number without a ton of wasted effort. CHA-CHING.
Are you guys interested in learning more about the difference between high and low intensity workouts? If so, I’ll grab one of the BLAST experts to give us the deets!
Thanks to BLAST for letting me be part of the CREW pro bono since I already talk incessantly about how much I love it here! Let me know if you want to take a class together!