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Know Where You Stand: The Fitness Loft Wellness Assessment

The Wellness Assessment is a complementary service offered to every Fitness Loft member.  The purpose of the assessment is to determine you current health and fitness level.  Whether you’re new to working out, or a regular exerciser, it is beneficial to know where you stand.  It will also give you the opportunity to meet with a member of the Wellness Professional team to discuss your results, create realistic goals, and develop a workout plan. 

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There are a lot of biometrics included in the Wellness Assessment and those include:

A finger stick blood sample to get total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and fasting glucose.  Knowing your current blood test numbers will give you a much better idea of what is going on inside of your body.  These numbers are each greatly affected by diet, and can also be improved with regular exercise by lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.   Understanding what each of the terms mean, and how they can be altered through diet and exercise can help keep you in control of your health. 

Blood pressure is also measured during the assessment and, like blood test numbers, give us a better idea of what is going on inside your body.  Cardiovascular exercise is particularly helpful in lowering blood pressure if you are pre-hypertensive or hypertensive.  Knowing your blood pressure is especially important because exercising with very high blood pressure can be dangerous, and something you would want to speak with your doctor about before starting a training program. 

Various body composition measurements will be taken.  This includes waist and hip measurements to determine your risk for heart disease or type 2 diabetes based off fat distribution.  Weight and height are used to determine body mass index, or BMI.  Body fat percentage is measured either by skinfold calipers or circumference measurements.  Body fat percentage is a better indicator of overall health then BMI because it differentiates healthy muscle from unhealthy fat. 

An overhead squat assessment is performed to identify any muscular imbalances, and look at the mobility and stability through the shoulders, spine, hips, knees, and ankles.  Specific exercises and stretches will be prescribed to help correct any problems.

General strength is assessed by a 1 minute push up testFlexibility is assessed using a sit and reach box. 

Cardiovascular health is determined from a six minute treadmill test used to calculate an estimated VO2.  VO2 stands for volume of oxygen and it is a good representation of your cardiovascular fitness level. 

After gathering all the above information, your Wellness Professional will go over your results with you, discuss your goals, and develop a plan to help you reach your health or fitness goals.  

It is a good idea to repeat the assessment 3-6 months after your initial assessment to check your progress (or lack of progress) towards your goals and make any adjustments in your plan.

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Fitness Loft member Alexa completed her initial assessment in January to get her starting measurements, then came up with a few goals. After five months of regular workouts and eating well, Alexa went through the assessment a second time to see how her measurements changed.  In that time, Alexa successfully lost 16 pounds, 7.1% body fat, and 4 inches from her waist.  She also decreased her triglycerides into the optimal range, improved strength, and improved VO2.  Alexa had this to say about the assessments, "I found it was important to retest, because it was statistically showing me, in addition to seeing body changes, that I was doing something good for myself. I decided to retest to see the growth I had made both physically and mentally. It really helped me see what I was doing was actually making a difference and was worth the hard work. I also benefitted from feeling further encouragement to continue what I was doing, and I set new goals for myself.”

Retests are $30 for Fitness Loft members.  Non-members can purchase a Wellness Assessment for $40.

To schedule your initial Wellness Assessment or retest, visit the Wellness Center desk or email Tessa Farry at tessa@fitnessloftcolumbus.com.

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