I am really excited about a new service coming to Vision Quest Coaching in July. Your VQ team is being prepped and trained on DexaFit: a DEXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scanner that measures body composition.
Since my first DEXA scan 15 years ago, I have longed for a repeat and the follow-up data it provides. This particular machine is the gold standard in measuring muscle mass, body fat and bone density. It is more accurate than any product I have ever used or researched. It really portrays the entire picture when trying to figure out the next steps to a healthy body. There are many people who “look fine”, but in actuality might have unknown issues that limit being able to reach the best level of health and fitness. The information provided through DexaFit helps identify potential physiological blind spots and allows for prescribed alterations to current workout routines or lifestyles.
An example of this unknown is low bone density. An individual with low bone density needs to incorporate more weight-bearing activities to help build this area. This is not uncommon amongst cyclists and swimmers, but the only way to know is to measure.
DexaFit also measures lean muscle mass. It does so in all areas of the body and adds a valuable piece to the body composition puzzle. For those people who have low body fat, but really lack muscle, gaining a few pounds of muscle will make them significantly healthier. This information is hard to know unless it is measured through an accurate tool. Understanding the amount of muscle one has is just as important as understanding how much fat one has and where it is located. The DEXA scan also measures body fat, both subcutaneous and visceral. High amounts of visceral fat (fat surrounding key organs) can be far more damaging than subcutaneous fat that is sometimes found in the arms or other areas away from the organs. Understanding where fat is located and how much is key to figuring out next steps.
DexaFit measures these various factors precisely through low grade x-ray. Now don’t get scared about this level of x-ray. There is more radiation on a flight from Chicago to New York than in a DEXA scan. This technology is completely safe and incredibly accurate.
Obviously, the DEXA scan itself cannot make you healthier, but it can isolate and measure what needs to change so the proper steps can be taken to achieve better health. To my knowledge, this is the only machine that does all of these things–and at a level of accuracy I can support. DexaFit offers reliable, objective data which is something I love. I am thrilled to be able to offer this service and I think we can continue to change lives and help people become healthier.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the summer. I am really eager for the weather to become a bit more consistent and typical for this time of year. With our seasons getting more and more mixed up, we really have to adapt our training to the ever-changing weather patterns. By that I do not mean ride six hours every time it is nice or not ride when the weather is poor. I am saying that when there is a nice day and you have a 75-minute interval day planned, consider tacking on an extra hour or more after the hard work is done. Conversely, when you have a six-hour day planned and it is 42 degrees and rainy, you may be better served shortening the day a bit and riding more tempo intensity. Save that longer day for when the weather gets better. The key is to have an idea of what you’re trying to accomplish each week/month/cycle and focus on that goal, but also allow for some flexibility when training with inconsistent weather. Of course, there are critical times in your training that require appropriate work on the appropriate day no matter what the weather, but those really specific weeks are only essential a few weeks a year and most training can be adjusted slightly as long as the focus is there and the intensities and durations for “key days” happen. The order in which they happen can be changed as long as rest and recovery are accounted for.
The more you know and understand about your goals and your areas of needed improvement, the more easily adjustments and modifications can be made in response to unknown variables. I encourage you to fill your toolbox with all of the information you can. Knowing your power and threshold numbers, understanding the purpose and intention behind your scheduled workouts, being aware of your body composition and balancing your nutritional needs all help you make well-rounded decisions.
Please be on the look-out for other new and exciting services coming to VQ this fall. And come by and get a scan: you will not be disappointed! Click here to book a Dexafit scan.