DEXA FAQ

+ Do I need an appointment to get a DEXA scan?

Yes. Please make your appointment in advance. We can serve walk-ups if there is room in the schedule, but our appointments receive first priority. Additionally, our NW DC office is by appointment only, and our technician staff may not be present if there are no reserved appointments. Finally, many of our scan dates do sell out, so there is no guarantee that we'll have room for walk-ups. If your plans change, you can always change your appointment up to 24 hours beforehand.

+ How long does a DEXA scan take?

On average, your appointment will take around 20-25 minutes. The scan itself will take approximately 10 minutes, then you’ll get your results right after your scan, and briefly discuss results. To ensure an efficient appointment, please be sure to fill out your paperwork beforehand!

+ How often should I get a DEXA scan?

When you are entering into a new fitness or nutrition program that's a drastic change from what you've previously been doing, it can be extremely beneficial to rescan around 30 days after your baseline (first scan). Measuring the impact of well controlled nutrition and training allows you to determine if the changes are producing the desired results. If you're making smaller tweaks to your fitness and nutrition, stop in for a scan every 3-4 months to make sure you're achieving your personal goals.

+ Will working out have an impact on my DEXA scan results?

Nope! Working out before a DEXA scan typically decreases your level of hydration. The accuracy of other methods of body fat testing, such as bioelectrical impedance, would be impacted by this, but the accuracy of the DEXA scanner is not. Keep in mind that there may be changes on your body composition due to hydration differences that will be reflected in your scan, so you should try to scan under similar circumstances each time.

+ How should I prepare for my DEXA scan?

Just come in your workout clothes (but avoid clothing with metal, such as zippers or bra underwires) and lay down on our scanner bed for 10 minutes. Remember that for best accuracy, you'll want to do the scan under the same circumstances each time. So if you you came first thing in the morning, prior to food/drink for your first scan, consider doing the same for subsequent scans. This will ensure that changes in your body composition are a reflection of actual change, rather than the presence of food.

+ Can I use my HSA/FSA account for my DEXA scan?

Yes, we take HSA/FSA cards!


VO2 Max FAQ

+ Do I need an appointment to get a VO2 Max test?

Yes. Please make your appointment in advance. We can serve walk-ups if there is room in the schedule, but our appointments receive first priority. Additionally, our NW DC office is by appointment only, and our technician staff may not be present if there are no reserved appointments. Finally, many of our scan dates do sell out, so there is no guarantee that we'll have room for walk-ups. If your plans change, you can always change your appointment up to 24 hours beforehand.

+ How long will my VO2 Max test take?

On average, your VO2 max appointment will take about 30 minutes. 5 minutes to get set up, 15-20 minutes testing, and a few minutes debriefing with the technician.

+ How should I prepare for my VO2 Max test?

Don’t consume food or caffeine for at least 4 hours prior to testing. Also, avoid smoking and strenuous exercise for 24 hours prior to testing. Come in (or bring) wearing comfortable clothes and shoes, and bring a towel! If you have a respiratory illness or any other condition that may affect your ability to run or ride at max effort, please schedule your test at a time where those conditions will no longer affect you.

+ What will the VO2 Max test tell me?

VO2 max quantifies of your cardiovascular fitness, and allows you to measure progress when training for competitions, or throughout your fitness program. The VO2 max tests also measures your max heart HR and target heart rate training zones. This tells you at what heart rate you should be training at to meet different fitness goals.

+ How often should I get VO2 Max tested?

After your initial baseline, re-testing your VO2 max will depend on the changes in your fitness training. If you’re training for a competition or event, you might find it useful to test at the beginning of your training program, and then re-test immediately prior to their competition to see measurable change in cardiovascular capacity.


RMR FAQ

+ Do I need an appointment to get RMR tested?

Yes. Please make your appointment in advance. We can serve walk-ups if there is room in the schedule, but our appointments receive first priority. Additionally, our NW DC office is by appointment only, and our technician staff may not be present if there are no reserved appointments. Finally, many of our scan dates do sell out, so there is no guarantee that we'll have room for walk-ups. If your plans change, you can always change your appointment up to 24 hours beforehand.

+ How long does an RMR test take?

On average, your RMR appointment will take around 30 minutes. The first 5 minutes will be spent getting you set up on the test equipment. Your testing time will vary depending on how quickly you are able to stabilize your resting heart rate and breathing - usually about 10 minutes. After the test, you'll receive your results immediately, and sit down with a technician to understand the results.

+ How do I prepare for my RMR test?

Don’t eat for at least 4 hours prior to testing. Don’t consume caffeine or nicotine for at least 6 hours before testing. Lastly, try to not do any strenuous exercise for at least 12 hours prior to testing.

+ What is RMR?

RMR is an important piece of data for anyone monitoring their caloric intake. Without knowing your RMR, it is impossible to set accurate daily energy (calorie) intake targets. While there are predictive formulas for calculating RMR based on your body measurements, an actual RMR test ensures that you have the most accurate quantification of this critical figure. Even the best predictive formulas for determining how many calories your body burns are only within 10% of measured results, steering many people to predictions that were 20-30% off what was actually measured. For an individual with an actual measurement of 2,000 calories a day, an RMR estimate that is 10% higher (2,200 Calories) can have significant impact on weight and body fat goals. That additional caloric intake would result in 21 pounds gained in one year!

+ How often should I get my RMR tested?

After getting your initial baseline RMR test, re-testing should be based on changes to your body and changes in your fitness and nutritional goals. For example, if you experience a significant percent change in your body weight/composition, re-testing your RMR will let you know the effects of your weight change on your metabolism and help set an appropriate caloric goal for you new weight. Multiple RMR tests also work extremely well if you’re trying to monitor the effects a specific diet or fitness program has on your metabolism.

 

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