The past 7-weeks I’ve been training as hard and as smart as I ever have in my career. About a year ago, I was fortunate enough to run into a trainer from the Beijing Games, Scott Weiss, who also runs a full-service physical therapy clinic Bodhizone (Bodhizone.com) in NYC and he’ sbeen sponsoring my physical training ever since.
I love numbers and setting goals based on data so the physical training we’ve been doing which has been much more data oriented has been very motivating and exciting for me!
TEST #1 The test in the picture above is the BMR Metabolic test which measures the speed of your metabolism and helps you figure out how many calories you need to consume in a day to maintain or lose wait. You have to take it on an empty stomach and it measures your heart rate and breathing at a resting level.
Results: My metabolism rated as fast on the high end. My maintenance zone is 2707-3247 calories a day. For weight loss, 2167-2707 calories daily. I’m 200 lbs right now and my ideal weight is 195 so I’m looking to lose another 5 lbs. I’ve dropped about 10lbs since last season.
Test #2 The Wingate Anaerobic Test. This seemed like it should be easy. I would pedal this bike which is hooked up to a computer and then once I’m at a sprinting speed weight is added determined by my height. I have to pedal for 30 seconds with the resistance and it measures how you maintain that speed. This was seriously the longest 30seconds ever! I felt like I was running in quicksand once the resistance was added!
Results: I rated in the 90th percentile for overall power. It’s kind of cool because there are websites where you can see your results versus other professional athletes. I ranked below 50th percentile in power per lbs so this is an area I can improve.
Test #3 VO2 Max Aerobic Test: “VO2 max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity) is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual. The name is derived from V – volume per time, O2 – oxygen, max – maximum.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VO2_max
During this test, I ran on the treadmill at 7.0 MPH while they slowly increased the incline every 90 seconds until I reached my maximum aerobic level.
Results: I rated above average aerobic capacity.
Other data, my BMI is 25.7 and Body Fat 14%. Thanks to Scott Weiss, Mark and the whole crew at Bodhizone for testing me!