In the Synergy ONE Wellness & Performance Lab, we provide clinical metabolic testing and nutrition & exercise testing, analytical, & consulting services. We conduct Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) testing for use in determining precisely how many calories an individual should consume daily to reach weight loss, lean muscle gain, sports performance enhancement, or general health & wellness goals. With RMR test results, client history, and client goals, we provide personalized nutrition programs with daily meal plans, grocery lists, web-based utilities & smartphone apps to provide you with the tools necessary to effectively & efficiently reach your health, fitness, & body composition goals. An RMR Test is simple & non-invasive. The process consists of relaxing in a recliner for 15-20 mins while breathing into a plastic tube. Click HERE to schedule your RMR Test appointment.

We also provide professional Cardiovascular Fitness (VO2) testing services. Based on your gender & age, we assess & categorize your relative & absolute level of cardiovascular fitness. With the data collected from this test, we are also able to precisely measure individual Aerobic Threshold (AeT), Anaerobic Threshold (AT), and VO2max. The test also calculates Respiratory Exchange Ratio (RER), carb/fat utilization, and calorie burn at different heart rates & exercise intensity levels. Click HERE to schedule your Cardiovascular Fitness (VO2) Test appointment.

With VO2 test results, our Exercise Physiologist, Jeff Smith, MS, CSCS, CES, designs & prescribes personalized cardio exercise programs for weight loss, endurance sport performance enhancement & training programs, and general cardiovascular health, fitness, wellness, and for the prevention, intervention, & treatment of chronic illness & disease, including:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Metabolic Syndrome

The Synergy ONE mission is to promote sound guidance to the general public on strategies for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight & lifestyle through Optimal Nutrition & Exercise. We practice our mission daily by applying science, math, and state-of-the-art technology to health, fitness, and overall wellness.


THE TESTING PROCESS

Body Composition Analysis – Bioelectrical Impedance

In order to obtain the most accurate results from your BCA, please ensure that the following conditions are met:

  1. No alcohol 48 hours before the test.
  2. Avoid intense exercise 12 hours before the test.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking (especially caffeinated products) 4 hours before the test.
  4. Empty bladder 30 minutes before the test.
  5. Avoid all diuretics for 7 days before the test (except prescribed medications).

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing

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Preparing for the RMR Test:

  1. You need to arrive at your appointment prepared to recline & rest. This includes not exercising the day of the test.
  2. You should be fasting for 4 hours prior to your appointment (no food or fluid).
  3. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine or cold medications. Prescription medications should be taken according to schedule.

During the RMR Test:

  1. You will be invited to recline in a comfortable position.
  2. You will place a padded nose clip on your nose.
  3. You will be given a MetaBreather mouthpiece to breathe into. You will be breathing in fresh air from the room, but the gas that you breathe out will go through a tube into the metabolic analyzer to measure your metabolic rate.
  4. Maintain a good seal with your lips around the mouthpiece to insure that all the air you exhale will be analyzed.
  5. Relax. After 15-20 minutes, the device will beep, indicating that the test is complete. Then, we interpret and apply the results to your personalized nutrition program.

VO2max & VO2submax Testing

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Preparing for the VO2 Test:

  1. Complete the Exercise Readiness Questionnaire (ERQ) or Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and the Informed Consent for Exercise Participation and Testing form.
  2. Dress in comfortable exercise attire.
  3. Refrain from exercise or endurance training fro 24-hours prior to test.
  4. Fast 4-5 hours before testing, including no solid/liquid food intake and no caffeinated or stimulating beverages. Water at room temperature can be sipped until the test begins.
  5. Continue medications as usual.
  6. Warm-up per your usual exercise routine.

During the VO2 Test:

  1. The client puts on a mask and a heart rate strap. The mask is connected to the CardioCoachCO2 device via the VO2 hose.
  2. The client exercises on a stationary device such as a bicycle, treadmill, or a stair stepper. They gradually increase their intensity over a period of 6 to 20 minutes until the client determines that their max effort has been reached (VO2max), or until the CardioCoachCO2 indicates that the anaerobic threshold (AT) has been detected. At this point, the client may stop exercising and begin a cool down phase.
  3. The CardioCoachCO2 compiles the data, analyzes the results, and will print a fitness profile in a simple, insightful report where exercise zones are identified. Data is visible that allows fitness professionals to evaluate each individual client’s numbers to customize the client’s training program.


THE SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

The CardioCoach CO2™ from KORR Medical Technologies delivers the BEST in VO2 Max Testing for the EXPERT fitness professional. It provides V-slope and Respiratory Quotient (RQ) data which the experienced exercise physiologist can use to customize an individual’s exercise plan. CardioCoach CO2™ also measures Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and reports Respiratory Quotient (RQ) to maximize efforts in personalized weight loss programs.

What is Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)?

Metabolism, quite simply, is the conversion of food to energy.

Metabolic rate is a measure of how much food, or fat, is converted to energy in a day. Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the measurement of how much food, or energy, is required to maintain basic body functions such as heartbeat, breathing, and maintenance of body heat while you are in a state of rest. That energy is expressed in calories per day. So, an RMR test shows how many calories you burn at rest, doing nothing more than sitting in a chair.

How Metabolic Testing Works

Indirect calorimetry (a measurement of metabolic rate) relies on the fact that burning 1 calorie (Kilocalorie) requires 208.06 milliliters of oxygen. Because of this very direct relationship between caloric burn and oxygen consumed, measurements of oxygen uptake (VO2) and caloric burn rate are virtually interchangeable.

Oxygen uptake requires a precise measurement of the volume of expired air and of the concentrations of oxygen in the inspired and expired air. The process requires that all of the air a person breathes out be collected and analyzed while they rest quietly. The KORR™ indirect calorimeters contain a precision air flow sensor that measures the volume of expired air, and an oxygen sensor that measures the concentration of oxygen. Once the factors of humidity, temperature and relative humidity are accounted for, the KORR™ instrument provides the most accurate results available in a compact metabolic analyzer.

What are AeT, AT, and VO2max?

Aerobic Threshold (AeT) is an exercise intensity level where oxygen supply is adequate for the major muscle groups. Below the aerobic threshold, lipid oxidation (fat) is the primary source of energy, indicating a level of effort that can be maintained for many hours. Training just below this exercise intensity level is ideal for a sustained caloric burn. Aerobic Threshold is typically on the lower end of sustainable aerobic capacity and is detected by a KORR™ VO2 Max test.

Anaerobic Threshold (AT) is the exercise intensity level at which the muscles are not supplied enough oxygen and begin to incur an “oxygen debt.” At this exercise level, lactic acid production in the muscles increases and fatigue sets in. Vigorous effort can be sustained for an extended duration at exercise intensity levels below the anaerobic threshold. The anaerobic threshold is measured as a part of a VO2 Max test and is generally on the upper end of sustainable aerobic capacity, on the threshold of transitioning to anaerobic metabolism.

VO2 Max reflects the total capacity of the cardiac, respiratory and muscular systems during an individual’s absolute maximum exertion. To achieve an elevated VO2 Max requires that the heart is capable of supplying sufficient blood to the muscle tissue, that the lungs are capable of supplying the needed oxygen to the blood and that the muscle tissue is sufficiently conditioned to use all of the oxygen supplied by the blood. It is a measure of fitness that is adjusted for body size, allowing values to be comparable between individuals.

What is a VO2max Test?

A VO2 Max Test is a measurement that reflects a person’s ability to perform sustained exercise. It is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. The actual measurement is “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight.” It is suitable for a wide range of individuals, from the sedentary to elite athletes.

How VO2max is Measured

VO2 Max is the maximum rate of oxygen consumption that can be attained during the most intense exercise possible. The measurement requires that the subject breathe into an oxygen consumption analyzer during an all-out effort (usually on a treadmill or bicycle) as part of a graded exercise protocol. These protocols involve specific increases in the speed and intensity of the exercise. While exercising, the person wears a mask to collect all the air he breathes in and out for a measurement of the volume of exhaled gas and the concentration of oxygen in that exhaled gas. This determines how much oxygen is used during each minute of the exercise test.

A person’s oxygen consumption rises in a linear relationship with exercise intensity — up to a point. There are specific physiological markers (AeT, AT) that can be detected throughout the test as oxygen consumption is measured. Eventually, oxygen consumption plateaus even if the exercise intensity increases. When the person is no longer able to keep up with the oxygen demands of his muscles and complete fatigue forces him to stop exercising, then his oxygen consumption has reached a maximum, and VO2 Max can be calculated. The test usually takes between 10 and 15 minutes.


NUTRITION PROGRAMS

Weight Loss

It’s time to shed those excess pounds and have the body you’ve always wanted. Look better, feel better, have more confidence, & be more attractive.

Whether you want to drop weight for an upcoming event, lose pounds that have slowly accumulated over the years, or just get a slimmer beach bod, learning how to eat a diet based on nutrient-dense whole foods will allow you to accomplish your goals.

While fad diets are restrictive, expensive, ineffective, and often unsafe, adopting a healthy eating style will result in fast, safe, and sustainable weight loss for the long term. It is easy to stay slim and trim when you are eating a nutritious diet that tastes delicious.

Don’t waste any more time. You deserve to look good.

Optimal Wellness

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? The majority of Americans are overweight and suffering from obesity-related chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, constipation, & high cholesterol. What many fail to realize is that medications are not the answer to these problems. The health complications of obesity can only truly be resolved by addressing the root cause of the obesity epidemic: the Standard American Diet (SAD).

The SAD diet invariably results in over-eating on calories and under-eating on nutrients, leaving people overfed, but malnourished. The key to feeling better, reversing disease, decreasing medications, having more energy, and losing weight is learning how to break free from food addiction and choosing to eat a nutrient-dense diet that adequately nourishes the body and is naturally capable of preventing disease.

Sports Nutrition

As an athlete, your goal is to attain peak athletic performance. To achieve this, athletes invest an incredible amount of time in their training and often an equally impressive amount of money on the fastest equipment, the newest technology, top of the line coaching services, and advanced testing protocols. At the same time I often see athletes overlooking one of the most impactful investments you could make: proper nutrition. Optimizing your diet to properly fuel your most important piece of equipment — your body — will take your training and racing to the next level. Eat to win.

Benefits:

  • Increased energy
  • Faster recovery
  • Higher levels of motivation
  • Less fatigue
  • More stamina
  • Better mood
  • Reduced body fat
  • Increased lean body mass
  • Better sleep
  • Less stress
  • Greater consistency in training
  • Improved performance in racing/competition
  • Better overall health

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The Synergy Optimal Nutrition & Exercise Package includes:

  • Body Composition Assessment – We measure your current weight, body fat %, circumference measurements, and calculate lean body mass. Then, we compare your current measurements to statistical norm charts relative to gender & age, and we categorize your current body composition accordingly. With this information, we can set realistic initial goals and long-term goals based on goal body fat % and calculated goal weight.
  • Dietary Assessment & Nutrient Analysis – Then, we assess & analyze your diet and nutrient intake. You keep a 3 Day Food Journal that we input into our professional nutrition management software to determine the quantity & quality of your total daily energy intake (caloric intake), macronutrient ratios (carbs, fats, & protein), and micronutrient (vitamins & minerals) consumption. We then generate a report that illustrates some of the following critical nutrition information:
  • Estimates of the number of calories you typically consume on a daily basis
  • Estimates of the amount of carbs, fat, & protein (macronutrient ratio) in your daily diet
  • Potential deficiencies in your vitamin & mineral (micronutrient) intake
  • Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test
  • Precisely measures the number of calories your body burns to maintain basic body functions, such as heart beat, breathing, and core temperature while at rest in a fasted state
  • RMR accounts for approximately 60%-75% of your total daily energy expenditure
  • Used to calculate your Daily Caloric Intake target (the number of calories you should be eating) for your personalized meal plan designed to reach your body composition or sports performance enhancement goals
  • Functional Movement Screen (FMS) – The screening tool we use to identify your limitations or asymmetries in seven fundamental movement patterns that are key to functional movement quality in individuals with no current pain complaint or known musculoskeletal injury.
  • Assesses your mobility (flexibility) & stability (balance)
  • Provides quantified baseline score and basis for Corrective Exercise Prescription (CExRx)
  • Cardiovascular Fitness (VO2) Test – The graded exercise test on a treadmill or exercise bike that we use to determine your level of cardiovascular fitness compared to relative norms for gender & age.
  • Precisely measures the number of calories your body burns (caloric expenditure) at various exercise intensities measured by heart rate in beats per minute (HR in BPM)
  • Calculates the amount of fat & carbohydrate (Respiratory Exchange Ratio – RER) your body burns (energy substrate utilization) at various exercise intensities (HR)
  • Used to identify the Target Heart Rate Zones for your Cardiovascular Exercise Prescription designed to reach your body composition or sports performance enhancement goals