Understanding Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

RMR is the number of calories your body burns at rest in 24 hours. It can vary greatly between individuals based on age, body composition and metabolism. Establishing an accurate RMR is the key to successful dietary planning.

Factor in activities of daily life and exercise, and you know how many calories you burn per day.

To maintain your weight you need to eat as many calories as you use. To lose weight, you need to eat less. How much less? A metabolic test will tell you exactly what your caloric intake should be. It is much more accurate than online calculators or formulas, and tailored specifically to your needs.

Metabolic analysis can be used for weight loss or for meal planning when you're training hard and need a lot of energy to support the demands you place on your body.

Metabolic testing is painless and fast. In the comfort of your home or at one of our mobile offices you wear a breathing mouthpiece and nose clip, relax in a chair and after 10 minutes of normal breathing you'll have a full report. With this report, we can work together to develop a healthy plan for exercise and nutrition.

As your exercise demands change or as you lose weight, we advise that you re-check your RMR every 6 months until you're in a stable maintenance zone.

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Understanding VO2max and Lactate Threshold

VO2 stands for Volume of Oxygen. There is a direct link between your oxygen usage and your fitness level. The more oxygen you can use, the more fit you are. The amount of Oxygen you use can also indicate how many calories you burn at each intensity level.

The higher the physical demands you place on your body, the more oxygen is required to provide energy to meet those demands.

A VO2 test measures your heart rate and oxygen consumption during a treadmill or bike test that increases in intensity until you are at your max effort. The results of the test include your oxygen consumption and heart rate at key thresholds and at your max effort. They will inform training zones heart rate and/or pace for optimal training and peak performance.

The threshold markers that we measure are Aerobic Threshold and Anaerobic Threshold.

Aerobic Threshold is the intensity level at which your body can no longer provide all the oxygen required. Your body switches from a system that uses oxygen to metabolize energy (aerobic) to one that doesn't (anaerobic).

Anaerobic Threshold is the intensity level at which your body can no longer efficiently get rid of by-products of energy use, including lactate and calcium ions, among others. The result is a spike in heart rate, breathing rate, muscular fatigue and feeling like you're giving it your all. You can usually work above your Anaerobic Threshold for a short period of time until you voluntarily end the test and we have reached your VO2max.

VO2 max and lactate thresholds can be improved with specific training in your individual zones. When you train your body to use more oxygen more efficiently, your performance will improve.

Many successful athletes do not know their proper training zones. If you don't train hard enough you typically will fail to meet your potential and you own expectations. Worse, if you are training above your proper zones you could over-train, burn out, or injure yourself.


Resting Metabolic Rate Testing $100

  • Metabolic Analysis
  • Height, Weight, BMI
  • Nutrition report and recommendations
  • Additional programming available

VO2max and Threshold Testing $150

  • Height, Weight, BMI
  • Resting heart rate
  • Fitness report with recommended training zones
  • Heart rate and pace recommendations for exercise
  • Resting metabolic rate
  • Additional programming available