This assessment, performed by certified kinesiologists using CPAFLA (Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness and Lifestyle Association) testing protocols and procedures, includes a series of tests to determine your flexibility, body composition, cardiovascular condition, musculoskeletal strength and back health.
Health & Physical Activity Interview
During the interview, we explain the assessment process and discuss outcome expectations as well as your lifestyle, activity, habits, injuries and preferences.
Body Composition Score
This is determined by your BMI (body mass index), waist circumference and Sum of 5 Skinfold results.
Standing height and weight is used to determine your BMI, which tells you whether your weight is appropriate for your height. But BMI does not tell us where fat is located, nor does it differentiate between fat-free mass and fat mass.
Waist circumference measurement provides information on the distribution of your fat, which is the strongest predictor of visceral fat (stored internally). An increased waist circumference can contribute to specific lifestyle diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Excess abdominal fat surrounding the organs, also known as visceral fat, is directly linked with higher total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower HDL (good) cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Reducing your waist circumference reduces your risk of developing these lifestyle diseases and helps you age healthily.
Sum of 5 Skinfolds is used to refine and interpret your BMI. This provides an indication of the overall amount of body fat.
Body Fat Percentage
Caliper testing involves taking skinfold measurements at different sites on the body to determine your overall body fat percentage and associated health benefits or risks.
Aerobic fitness refers to how efficiently your lungs, heart, bloodstream and exercising muscles take in oxygen and transport it through the blood to the working muscles, where it is used to fuel the body. With a larger aerobic capacity, daily activities are done more efficiently, leaving a bigger reserve for pursuing recreational activities and dealing with emergencies.
Our kinesiologist will choose the appropriate test protocol for your level of fitness. All tests are performed on a treadmill and you wear a heart rate monitor throughout testing.
This assesses the four components of muscular fitness: strength, endurance, power and flexibility.
Strength is the amount of force your muscles can produce. It is essential for daily tasks such as opening jars and lifting heavy objects.
Endurance is the ability to sustain activity for prolonged periods of time without fatigue. We require endurance for activities such as gardening and cleaning.
Flexibility allows you to bend, turn and reach with ease and comfort. It helps with proper posture, reduces stiffness and soreness from unaccustomed activity, and minimizes the risk of back injury.
Power involves a combination of strength and speed (explosiveness), and is important for activities such as shoveling, hammering or making quick movements to avoid collisions and injury.
A Customized Fitness Plan
Once your fitness assessment is completed, our team analyzes the results to develop a fitness plan suited to your needs, preferences, capabilities and schedule. This plan will be fully explained when you return for your review.