VO2 Fitness Testing
As exercise intensity increases so does your heart rate. As your heart rate increases your body’s preferred energy source shifts from primarily burning fat to burning carbohydrate. Whether your goal is to lose weight, look better or perform at your best, finding the “Optimal Fat Burning Exercise Heart Rate Zone” is the starting point for all science based exercise programs. By training in the proper zone you will teach your body to burn more fat all day long and during exercise; allowing you to achieve your goals faster and with greater efficiency while reducing unwanted body fat. Proper heart rate training is essential to optimizing your exercise efforts. Only VO2 testing provides the precise exercise heart rate zones you need to improve your health and achieve ideal body weight.
Resting Metabolic Rate Testing
This test is the starting point for all science based nutrition programs designed to achieve optimum health and body weight. The RMR test measures precisely how many calories your body requires to keep your metabolism revving and burning more calories all day. Consume less than this minimum number of calories and your metabolism becomes sluggish, going into an idle to conserving every calorie you consume and storing more fat. With the RMR calculation we will determine the number of calories you need everyday to support your activities and address your weight management goals. The RMR test unlocks the secrets of your unique biology and provides precise data necessary to help you reach your goal weight. Is your metabolism slow, normal, or fast?
PHASE IV FUEL© Weight Management
The foundation for all weight management programs is science. The science of your metabolism is learned through metabolic testing. Science based weight management begins with deciphering the science of your physiology (testing results) and utilizing that science to unlock the secrets of how your body responds to diet and exercise. At PHASE IV we translate this knowledge into your training program. To maintain your current weight, your daily calorie consumption should equal 1.5 x your RMR or Resting Metabolic Rate. To lose weight at a healthy rate (i.e., lose fat mass instead of muscle mass & water weight) you need fuel between your minimum calories (gleaned from your RMR testing) and your maintenance calories (i.e., 1.5 x RMR). The best way to reach your competition weight and conditioning through training, is to train in your prescription heart rate zone, and make recommended food choices. Our PHASE IV registered dietitians will create a weight management program based on deficiencies and excesses in your nourishment and training program. You will receive a personalized dietary report specific to your needs based on your prescribed activity level and heart rate training zone. We are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals, creating the fitness you’ve always wanted, and fueling your body with exactly what it needs to manage your weight and optimize your performance!
PHASE IV FUEL© NUTRITIONAL OPTIMIZATION
PHASE IV uses science to fine-tune your daily nutritional intake as well as your fuel and hydration for before, during, and after your workouts and competitions. To maximize athletic performance and good health, proper nutrition is vital. PHASE IV wants you to be the healthiest you can be by making the foods you eat work to positively impact your fitness. As athletes, we know the nutrients we deliver through food are our bodies’ building blocks; but which are the best foods to eat, when do you eat them, and in what proportions? To maximize your performance PHASE IV Registered Dietitians, with a focus in Sports Nutrition, will analyze your macronutrient (calories, carbohydrates, fat, and protein) and micronutrient (vitamins & minerals) intake and then compare it to your basic requirements in accordance with your desired athletic goals. We provide the answers that are right for you. We have deep expertise in managing the intricate interactions between your diet, training regiment, competition event calendar, work schedule, age, medication, genetics, etc. PHASE IV uses scientific evidence to fine-tune your daily nutritional intake as well as your fuel and hydration before, during, and after your workouts and competitions. We decipher the science of your unique metabolism, and then translate that knowledge into a practical and individualized strategic nutrition plan easily incorporated into your training regiment, recovery period, and lifestyle!
Heart Rate Exercise Zones Self Assessment
Finding the line between aerobic and anaerobic heart rate zones will give you the starting point for building metabolic fitness and fat burning potential. These simple self assessments or field tests are designed to give you an estimate of your lactate threshold or LT. Exercising below your LT is considered low intensity training or exercise; and is essential for base training no matter what shape you are in! Watch this short video to learn more about how to identify your fat burning heart rate zone!
FORSTER’S CHOICE FOR HEART RATE MONITOR
The most efficient training is personalized. With V02 testing, you will discover your individualized training zones. These zones are not based on height, weight, age algorithms; rather on the measurement of your exhaust when training. Whether you are on land, on your bike or in the water, the Suunto Ambit3 Sport GPS watch is your invaluable multisport tool to be certain you are training in the correct heart rate zones and for the precise duration. We believe that exercise is medicine, and the Suunto heart rate monitor measures the dose and frequency of your exercise. To be the best that you can be, you will track your exercise and performance as well as analyze sleep recovery. Use the Suunto Movescount App to schedule your workouts. With the app you can adjust the watch on the go and relive and share your experience.