After giving it your all in your Speedflex sessions it’s nice to know that your hard work is worth it. That’s why we like to give you an idea of how you’re doing through our various health assessments.
Speedflex offers three different types of assessment which are all carried out in our centres with our Physiologists.
The types of assessment Speedflex offers are:
Carried out on the InBody720, the body composition health assessment can give you real insight into what your body is made up of. This involves you standing on a very fancy set of scales which sends gentle electrical currents through your body. This gives you a lot more information than the scales at home. Body composition is one of the most important assessments to establish a starting point and verify the progress of your training efforts. The analysis demonstrates what the body is composed of in relation to muscle, fat, water levels and visceral fat – to name but a few.
Blood pressure and blood chemistry
Blood pressure measures how strongly blood presses against the walls of arteries (large blood vessels) as it is pumped around the body by the heart. If this pressure is too high it puts a strain on the arteries and heart, which can create health problems later in life.
Blood pressure is measured with an inflatable arm cuff and a pressure-measuring gauge. A blood pressure reading, given in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg), has two numbers. The first, or upper, number measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats (systolic pressure). The second, or lower, number measures the pressure in the arteries between beats (diastolic pressure).
Cardiovascular risk factors in the blood are assessed via a fingertip, capillary blood sample. This is then used to analyse levels of both good and bad cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose levels. Both cholesterol and triglycerides are risk factors for cardiovascular problems, while elevated levels of blood glucose can be indicative of an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
Aerobic fitness assessment (VO2max) measures your body’s ability to utilise oxygen to produce energy during submaximal and maximal exercise. This is the ‘gold standard’ of fitness evaluation as well as providing a good indicator of overall health status. This is assessed using a gas analysis device called the ‘Cosmed Fitmate Pro’.