By Heather Casey, CSCS, Pn2 — Most of us choose to improve both health and performance through exercise, not one over another. When it comes to reaping the best results from your training program, metabolic analysis is the gold standard. Not only is metabolic analysis scientifically based, but it’s proven to work. Keep reading to find out how metabolic analysis will help you reach the results you seek!
Before we dive in, let’s clear something up. Sports performance services like metabolic testing are not just for elite athletes. The information provided through metabolic testing will allow riders to set more accurate training zones for heart rate and power based on your physiology rather than calculated mathematically using a single number, FTP derived from a Functional Threshold test. Accurate zoning based on physiology highlights areas of metabolic inefficiency. With appropriate programming, your metabolic efficiency will allow you to drive the aerobic engine with a broader range of power and heart rate. This translates to increasing your magical mitochondria density, the ultimate source of energy at the cellular level. Kody King undergoing a cycling active metabolic test. Photo by Pat Casey Furthermore, caloric requirements and macronutrients don’t have to be so confusing. When to eat, what to eat, and knowing if the quantities and timing of food are helping fuel your body properly is no longer in question with metabolic analysis.
Through metabolic analysis, we look at the relationship of Oxygen to Carbon Dioxide and determine where you are most efficient, at what […]