Metabolic Cardio Respiratory (MCR) analysis with STONE
This selection of health assessment tests provides a unique snapshot of your current metabolic profile and cardiorespiratory fitness, giving insight into your health and risk status. A specialised STONE exercise physiologist will take you through a series of tests in 90 minutes to determine your baseline health and to better understand your current physical and metabolic condition. This information is then discussed with your lead Coach and presented back to you in a 45-minute session to help inform your training and lifestyle habits. Learn more below or head over to our VO₂ max testing page.
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Cardiorespiratory function testing: RMR test
Resting metabolic rate indicates how many calories the body burns at rest which can be used to identify a calorie intake value to match specific goals whether it be weight loss, gain or maintenance. The test will explore fat efficiency and which energy sources the body favours at rest. Breathing will also be looked at to identify whether there is chronic hyperventilation at rest.
A VO₂ max test is the gold standard for measuring cardiorespiratory fitness. It is a single predictor of exercise capacity, which has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease. Low cardiorespiratory fitness is associated to increase risk of several diseases including CVD, certain types of cancer, dementia, depression, and type 2 diabetes. The test can also investigate respiratory function during exercise and identify capacity or capability limitations of the respiratory system. For the more performance driven individual, accurate heart rate training zones can be identified to optimise cardiovascular training.
A single spirometry test provides several useful metrics to measure lung function which can be used to identify capacity limitations of the lungs. These can be indicative of obstructive disorders as well as poor thoracic/rib mobility.
Fasting blood glucose
Fasting blood glucose is used as an indication of blood sugar control and can be indicative of pre-diabetes and diabetes. Regularly having high blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Continuously high glucose levels suggest high insulin levels which promotes fat storage. Following on from this test, it may be recommended to wear a continuous glucose monitor which gives a picture on how different foods you eat affect your blood glucose.
Blood pressure is linked to risk of developing long term health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. It can provide an insightful discussion into lifestyle choices such as physical activity levels, alcohol consumption and diet. Blood pressure should be a key component of any health assessment.
Physical function tests assess muscular strength endurance, mobility and balance. Low levels of muscular strength endurance are linked to increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, whereas poor mobility and balance are associated with reduced ability to effectively carry out day-to-day tasks and reduced quality of life. All of these aspects of health are very adaptable and can be improved through training.
Waist circumference provides a great indicator into the level of fat storage around the middle of the body surrounding the vital organs, also known as visceral fat. A high waist circumference is correlated to high blood pressure and increases the chances of developing diabetes.
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