VO2max & Metabolism Testing Happy Valley & Sandy, OR

Metabolic Testing


Why can some people eat like a teenager their entire life? Why does a “2000 calorie diet not work for other people?” In a word, “metabolism.” Your metabolism changes over your life. To make it more complex it can change over the years or even in the same year. The amount of fuel that your body needs changes and if you don’t change how you fuel it can make dieting a guessing game.

Accurate testing is a challenge but can be comfortably and quickly determined with specialized equipment. The good news is that we have that equipment and are now offering it to you.

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Metabolism is the measure of how you use food energy as fuel to power your body. Your body requires a constant supply of food (carbs, fats, and proteins) that can be converted into energy (calories) to do work.

Your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) is the measurement of the amount of calories your body needs each day just to survive in a state of rest (basically asleep). Your RMR can be used to get an accurate measure of the minimum number of calories you need. This allows you to move beyond the generic “2000 calories.”

Eating fewer calories than your body requires to preserve its basic function may slow down your metabolism by causing your body to enter a “protective state.” It may also prevent you from building muscle, cause fatigue, and slow healing of injuries.

In extreme cases, you can also begin eating up muscle tissue during and after exercise as an energy source (catabolize). In other words, in deeply caloric deficits or poorly fueled states, high-intensity workouts can break down the muscle or even cause muscle loss.

In other words, it is about training smarter, not harder. It is hard to know how to train when you don’t know what your baseline is, how your body runs, or what type of fuels you are using. We like how our local strength coach puts it best, “I see a lot of lifting but not much training.” – Derek Lawr

Let us take the guesswork out of your training. Contact us at Happy Valley & Sandy, OR centers today and get set up for your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) or Metabolic capacity (VO2 Max Test).