Know Thyself: Testing For Health and Performance

Before you start any new training or nutrition program have some assessments done, and retest often. You have to know where you are before you can decide on how to get to where you want to go.

Just like with any health screening or doctor’s visit, you should be getting check ups often, about every 3-6 months if possible. It’s best to evaluate trends and adjust accordingly rather than basing your plan of attack on a single screen shot from one particular moment in time. That one test can vary day to day based on different variables like stress, glucose levels, time of day, etc. Remember, if you’re not testing, you’re guessing. And the best results don’t come from guessing.

The best tests will not only help you improve your performance, but also your longevity. Hopefully being fit and healthy is a life long plan of yours and not just a New Year’s resolution or summer crash diet that you’re only sticking with for a month or two.

*Naturally, this is not intended as medical advice. You should always consult your primary health care provider first for advice and standard health screening.

Consider the following tests and tools to help you achieve your health and fitness goals:

General Stress Test

Your doctor should offer a general stress test to help gauge the health of your heart and your readiness for exercise.

Sleep and Stress Test– $249

This at-home test from EverlyWell evaluates sleep hormones and provides you with suggestions for lifestyle changes that you can use to get a better night’s sleep.

WellnessFX Premium– $925

Take a deep dive into 92 different biomarkers for Performance, Advanced Heart Health, Advanced Thyroid, Omegas, systemic inflammation, and male/female complete reproductive health hormones to name a few. (optional add-on consultation with a certified physician for an in-depth assessment of your results)

23andMe Health + Ancestry– $199

Discover what conditions and diseases you’re at risk for and what lifestyle choices you can make to reduce your risk.

Functional Movement Screen– $75 (usually offered free to current and potential clients/ members)

If your primary medical physician doesn’t provide a movement screening, ask for a referral to a personal trainer, chiropractor or physical therapist. The FMS will assess seven basic movement patterns to identify tightness and weakness in the body. You’ll want to correct any weakness or inefficiencies in your foundation before building on it. Schedule a screening with a provider near you.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Experiencing pain with movement? The SFMA is a movement based diagnostic system which systematically finds the cause of pain – not just the source – by logically breaking down dysfunctional movement patterns in a structured, repeatable assessment.

Heart Rate Variability

Track the health of your nervous system, your recovery, and even your mental, spiritual and emotional stability.

HRV Tech:

SweetBeat HRV App-$9.99

Whoop Performance Optimization System– $30 per month

The Oura Ring– $299

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