We are very excited to announce 2 new programs we are using at Fitness Together Belmont. We have been testing them out this month, and are looking forward to a full roll out in the new year!
BREEZING METABOLIC RATE TESTING
The Breezing devices uses indirect calorimetry to calculate a person’s resting metabolic rate (RMR), or how many calories they would burn if they sat on the couch all day watching tv! From that base number we take your agreed on exercise program and calculate a daily caloric intake based on your personal goals and level of physical activity.
To understand how that works and why (we promise it does!), a quick explanation of what indirect calorimetry is and why it’s useful to know. Indirect calorimetry is a way of using gas exchange measurements to calculate the heat generated by a person. It does this by measuring oxygen consumption as well as production of carbon dioxide and nitrogen waste. Performed in a lab setting with state of the art equipment indirect calorimetry is accurate within 1% when used to determine a person’s resting metabolic rate, and the less invasive Breezing device used here at FT Belmont is within 10% variability of the Douglas Bag Method (the “gold standard” method of determining indirect calorimetry).
POLAR HEART RATE MONITOR
Heart rate monitors are highly beneficial to training since your heart rate is a reliable way of telling you just how hard you’re working. With a heart rate reading you will be able to tell if you’re working too hard, if you’re not working hard enough. It can even motivate you, especially if you find out that your usual pace is way below what you’re actually capable of!
When you run or work out with a heart rate monitor, you will be aiming to work out in a specific ‘zone’, or percentage of your max working heart rate to ensure you’re benefitting from your training.
In your 1:1 or PACK sessions, your trainer will be able to see YOUR INDIVIDUAL heart rate throughout your workout, and coach you accordingly!
We will also be able to monitor all of your "on your own" cardio activity, and make sure you are where you should be in terms of time, frequency, and difficulty. More accountability means more success!