VO2 (volume of oxygen) testing may be defined as discovering the maximum amount of oxygen consumed by the body at near maximal or exhaustive exercise. This highly sought after testing protocol is deemed the absolute best indicator of cardiorespiratory endurance as well as a suitable insurance policy for fitness enthusiasts to burn more fat during cardiorespiratory workouts.
The two most valuable pieces of data an individual can receive from participating in a VO2 test are the particular point during performance which the onset of CO2 and blood lactate accumulation exceed the body’s ability to remove it (anaerobic threshold) and, whether the body is using carbohydrate or fat as a predominant fuel source at that particular time (substrate utilization). Through proper training we can teach the body to use higher percentages of fat at higher intensities. This will allow the body to preserve stored sugar, which may be a preferable source of fuel as intensities rise. For an athlete this simply means you go longer and harder before running out of gas, and for the general population…you are using more fat as a source of fuel. Understanding these components is absolutely necessary when designing a program, which seeks, improve performance and/ or burn more fat.
RMR (resting metabolic rate) may be defined as the maximum amount of oxygen (O2) consumed by the body at rest. Since there is a direct correlation between O2 and calories (energy), this allows the specialist to determine the appropriate amount of food (energy) that is needed to sustain normal physiological processes such as breathing and digestion. Of this needed energy, 60-75% of those calories account for the total calories expended each day. Measuring ones RMR will allow the professional to determine a valid plan with respect to healthy weight management and/or performance. This highly sought after testing protocol is deemed the absolute best indicator for determining the number of calories burned at rest, which makes it a suitable insurance policy for both fitness enthusiasts and athletes alike.
Losing weight is no easy task. The average person gains 1lb. per year after the age of 25, and loses 1/2 lb. of fat-free mass per year! Here at Dynamic Fitness High Performance Kinesiology we rely on current best evidence in order to offset this physiological decline and assist the client with achieving maximum and attainable results. Research shows that for optimum fat loss an individual must combine optimal caloric reduction, eat right for ones metabolic type, as well as participate in a sound exercise program. That being said, our current population still seems to struggle with this once perceived “battle of the bulge”. Questions such as “will carbs make me fat?”, “how many calories should I be eating?” or “how do I shed these last 5 lbs.?” have plagued our nation for decades. Look no further. Indirect calorimetry such as the use of an RMR test is the missing piece to the fat loss puzzle.