Put the PERSONAL Back into YOUR Training
Updated: Feb 7
Are you interested in an effective weight loss strategy with increased overall health and wellness? Or maybe you’re an elite minded athlete interested in improved performance? In either case, how can you “truly” evaluate your program? Is it a question of proper training and/or nutrition?
Certainly you don’t still abide by the “no pain-no gain” approach?! And by now you’ve learned that a restrictive diet might yield "weight" loss, but FAT loss is what we're really after! For the general exercise enthusiast as well as the elite minded athlete, is it possible your approach is actually counter productive to your specific goal-the answer is an alarming YES!
What we need to do is get back to basics. Understand that exercise (and proper training intensity) is a way to introduce “stress” to your body. If the level of stress you introduce is at an intensity level beyond your physiological capability, your body will interpret the need to adapt. However, your body also needs the proper amount of time between higher intensity training sessions, rest and nutrition to allow change to occur. In order to tip the equation of stress, rest and nutrition in our favor, we need to learn just exactly what level of each will result in the adaptation(s) we desire. This process in quantified through “metabolic profiling.”
The common denominator is energy. All plants and animals (including humans!) depend on energy to sustain life. The main source of all energy is the sun. Sun light radiates energy and plants absorb, convert and store energy such that when we eat the plants (and the animals that eat the plants) we derive the energy necessary to move, work, and exercise. The key concept as it pertains to health, fitness and performance is learning how to balance the amount of energy coming “in” with the amount of energy going “out.”
Energy in biological systems is commonly referred to and measured in calories and obtained from the basic macronutrients in the foods we eat - specifically, protein, carbohydrate, and fat. So in order to know specifically how to determine the amount of energy (calories) one should “take in” (consume), they would need to first determine the amount of energy (calories) they “put out” (expenditure). And at varying levels of exercise intensity, your body uses “fuel” from varying energy systems within your body. This is a quantifiable process and is unique to each and every individual - your “personal” metabolic profile.
Metabolic Profile Assessment
A Metabolic Profile Assessment is as easy to perform as breathing! VO2 is the rate of oxygen uptake, or consumption, by our bodies measured at rest (RMR) and/or during exercise (Graded Exercise Test) and answers the question of how many calories we burn and from what sources (carbohydrate and/or fat).
Measurement of VO2 will also provide a true assessment of fitness level. A VO2 test will show the anaerobic threshold. Knowing the unique anaerobic threshold can be used to design a workout plan that will improve fitness, train your specific energy systems and maximize calories burned. A Metabolic Profile Assessment will additionally provide the data that is vital to proper fitness training including how many calories are burned during a workout at every exercise heart rate level. This information, along with a heart rate monitor can be used to calculate the precise amount of calories, and the type of calories, burned during a workout.
We are located in the Mount Pleasant / Charleston, SC area and have helped many people learn what is necessary to get RESULTS! If you truly want to put the PERSONAL back into YOUR training program - whether its in a bootcamp, group exercise class, small group training, personal fitness training, or for improved performance with respect to nutrition and diet - TEST, don't GUESS!