EMR Testing

EMR Testing

EMR Testing (exercise metabolic rate) - Within an EMR Test, we are able to determine three things as they relate to your individual energy systems, Aerobic Base (AB), Anaerobic/Lactate Threshold (AT/LT), and VO2max.

Aerobic Base (AB) is the exact heartbeat at which you body is most efficient at burning fats and carbohydrates for fuels. This is where our body's are most efficient at burning fuels for energy, and this is the zone in which we feel comfortable and can stay at for a long period of time.

Anaerobic/Lactate Threshold (AT/LT) is the exact heartbeat at which you body is burning predominantly carbohydrates for fuel. This is at a high intensity level and heart-rate, and thus cannot be held for long periods of time because we only have so much glycogen (carbohydrates) stored in both the liver and muscle cells before we run out and cannot sustain that level of intensity.

VO2Max- gives us an indicator of your overall fitness level, which is our greatest limiting factor. When we exercise and take in oxygen, that oxygen binds to fuels in our blood (fats, carbohydrates, and proteins) to be delivered to our cells for fuel. If we can only take in a certain amount of oxygen per minute (VO2max is measured in ml/kg/min), then we will only be able to perform that amount of work as it relates to our maximal oxygen consumption, which is what VO2max is. To put this in perspective, Lance Armstrong's VO2max when he was in peak condition and winning the Tour de France, was 85 ml/kg/minute. A great VO2max for an individual who is conditioned but is not necessarily an athlete is anywhere between 30-60 ml/kg/min, and taking into account whether or not the individual is a male or female is important too because females' VO2max's are usually a little lower.

By determining these three very important factors of your energy systems, we can design and implement certain workouts for you to perform to achieve your individual goals and aspirations as they relate to both your overall fitness levels and your weight management goals. Instead of just "doing cardio for 30 minutes", you can now perform your cardiovascular training for 30 minutes in your specific zones as they relate to your energy systems.
EMR testing can be performed on our stationary bike, treadmill, or on your own bike on our bike trainer.
We have had men and women who have lost 3-5 pounds in the first 3 days of implementing these individualized , specific workouts. Also, people close to them notice right way and are asking them what they are doing differently.

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