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Active Metabolic Assessment Results Part 1

Friday, December 23, 2016

As mentioned in my last blog, I purchased an active metabolic assessment as part of my new gym package. I went to my appointment yesterday to get tested, and got my results and workout schedule today.

During the assessment, I wore a mask that recorded my oxygen levels, fitness level, and fat burn during differing stages of physical exertion. The result is I have a very personalized data sheet on what my real 'fat burn' zones and heart rate max are, not just based on broad statistical estimates.

Heart rate exertion is broken down into zones:

Zone 1: Promotes fat burning and aids in recovery from days of more intense exercise. Easy. You could do this for hours

Aerobic Base: Heart rate at which your body most efficiently burns fat.

Zone 2: Trains your body to burn fat efficiently and improve endurance. Breathing is heavier, but you are comfortable.

Zone 3: Increases your tolerance for anaerobic training. Improves anaerobic threshold. Breathing is heavy and you're working hard.

Anaerobic Threshold: Point at which your body shifts from burning mostly fat to mostly carbs.

Zone 4: Increases your peak VO2 and anaerobic threshold. You feel winded and you're pushing yourself very hard.

Zone 5: Increases your peak VO2 and anaerobic threshold. You can barely catch your breath. You are at your body's absolute max.

I have to cut this short, so I'll share my personalized results on what my test found in a Part 2 follow up blog.
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    You've piqued my interest!
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    Very interesting - I'll be looking forward to your results.
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