A comprehensive fitness test is the ideal approach to determine your overall level of fitness. This package includes evaluation of maximal aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility, and muscular strength. Your fitness will be evaluated and assessed in accordance to national standards. An individualized exercise prescription will be developed to help guide you in your training.
VO2 Testing (cardiorespiratory endurance)
Cardiorespiratory endurance is defined as “the ability to perform large muscle, dynamic exercise for prolonged periods”. This ability depends on the functional state of the pulmonary, cardiovascular and skeletal muscle systems. A low level of cardiorespiratory endurance is associated with an elevated risk of premature death from all causes. High cardiorespiratory endurance is strongly protective against coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. VO2max will be determined by a maximal graded exercise test.
Body composition refers to the percentages of body weight that are comprised of fat and lean tissue. Percent body fat is important for health-related fitness because individuals who have an excess amount of body fat are at greater risk of developing chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease, hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes and osteoarthritis. Body composition is more useful and descriptive than body mass index (BMI) because it discerns between fat and non-fat tissue in the body. Body composition will be determined via iDexa.
Flexibility is defined as the ability of a specific joint to move through a full range of motion. In general, greater flexibility permits an individual to perform activities of daily living easily and with less risk of injury. The flexibility of the hip and low back will be assessed using the standardized Sit-and-Reach Test.
Muscular strength is defined as the maximal amount of force that can be generated by a specific muscle or muscle group. This is an important component of health-related physical fitness because individuals must carry, push or pull objects during activities of daily living.
Upper-body muscular strength will be assessed using a one-repetition maximum (1RM) chest press. Lower-body strength will be assessed using a 1RM leg press. Your 1RM values are then divided body weight. The resultant ratios are compared with age and gender specific standards. This enables rating of both upper and lower-body strength.
Using the results of the aforementioned tests and considering individual goals, an exercise prescription will be written. The program will include type of exercise, frequency, intensity, and progression considerations. A staff member will review the prescription with you and answer any questions. You will also be oriented to exercise equipment and given explicit instruction and demonstration regarding proper use of equipment.