Metabolic Profiling – assessing your metabolic rate
Over the years improvements in technology have brought many benefits, one such benefit that was previously only available to the elite athletes and runners of the world is now readily available to all. That is Metabolic Profiling, assessing your metabolic rate at rest and also while running gives you the data that you need to improve your running and lower your times. The assessment requires you to wear a comfortable face mask which in turn is connected to an analyser which measures the oxygen you breathe in and the Carbon dioxide you breathe out at rest and while running, in turn, this is connected to a Laptop computer so the software can use the data gathered to pinpoint accurately the calories you are burning and more importantly the fuel source being used, either stored fats, or glycogen.
A Metabolic Assessment can give you information about your resting metabolism and how many calories you require each day. Whether that is to fuel up for your training or to lose a few unwanted pounds. It will tell you about your exercise metabolism, how efficient you are while running and at what heart rate zone you best perform in. It will tell you where your Anaerobic Threshold currently is so not to overtrain.
Many runners start a race at too quick a pace working anaerobically, knowing your threshold and having an efficient aerobic base allows you to run at a sustainable pace and prevents fatigue in the latter stages of the race or training session.
If too much of your training is spent at or above your threshold you may find your fitness level plateau’s or may even decrease, the metabolic assessment will help you prevent the negative effects of overtraining. You will know your heart rates for your base training sessions, the intensities you need to train at for your speed work, interval sessions, and where to train on your recovery days.
The assessment will tell you the heart rate where you reach your anaerobic threshold. It will tell you all about your Aerobic base, how wide your base is and how aerobically efficient you are. The exact amount of calories you need to consume to fuel up for your training and event. With this valuable information and correct training regime your body will make adaptations which will improve your aerobic capacity and efficiency, help move your anaerobic threshold higher, train your body to burn fat as a preferred fuel.
As your heart rate training zones move higher you will notice how your times improve, how much stronger you feel, how training becomes less stressful & challenging, how your body composition improves. If too much of your training is spent at or above your threshold you may find your fitness level plateau’s or may even decrease, the metabolic assessment will help you prevent the negative effects of overtraining. You will know your heart rates for your base training sessions, the intensities you need to train at for your speed work, interval sessions, and where to train on your recovery days.
Metabolic Profiling similar to the old VO2 Max tests but with some valuable additional information which can be gained without the necessity for you to work to exhaustion, something that can worry individuals just starting running and even those more experienced runners. It is becoming more readily available as the Health and Fitness Industry has realized it’s huge potential not just for fitness levels but also for weight management, for more information and to find out how having your profile assessed will benefit you even if you are a beginner a fun runner, athlete or an Elite athlete please contact us via the Contact Page