Why are Diagnostics important?
When getting into the realm of precision training, it helps to have a blueprint of what makes you tick. From figuring out what your body is made of, the efficiencies of your energy systems, the way your body likes to burn the food that you eat and your natural disposition for other various activities you were born with, we can help you make a plan which only works for you. You are unique, hence your strategy for performance must be unique as well!
A DXA scan can give you precise information about your body composition. Weighing machines can often be deceptive as they don’t give you a differentiation between lean and fat mass. The DXA is considered to be a gold standard and is a simple and powerful tool to visualise precise changes in lean and fat mass. This can be extremely useful when tracking performance goals. It also gives you an insight into your bone health which gives you an insight into your risk for osteoporosis.
Everyone has a different metabolic rate and finding out how your body fuels itself helps to plan personalised programmes. The Resting Metabolic Rate test identifies your metabolism and provides information relating to your fuel substrate utilisation.
Cardiorespiratory performance (VO2 Max testing)
VO2 is the volume of oxygen consumed at various intensities of exercise. It also gives the fuel substrates and their ratio of consumption at the different intensities thus helping us in designing a personalised program and giving us the ability to pinpoint point the intensities that would best suit your body and your goals. An initial VO₂ Max test can clarify the precise target heart rates that will enable each individual to exercise more effectively, with less fatigue and fewer injuries. Your test gives you your optimal training zones so that you can have an efficient workout.
Sports & Athletic Genetics
Although conditioning and performance are largely based on one’s own training, genes greatly influence our abilities and predisposition. Many studies have shown that individuals who train according to their genetic type have a higher chance at excelling in a particular field. Knowledge about genes can also be helpful while choosing a particular sport and formulating targeted training plans. A genetic test can give you information pertaining to energy, trainability, muscle fibre type, food sensitivity and intolerances. Find out whether you are a power, endurance or mixed type of athlete.