What FitQuest Measures

1 |  Fitness Assessment

Every fitness assessment should include tests that can measure the components of health related physical fitness. These are motor sensory control, muscular strength and endurance, speed ability, cardiovascular health and flexibility. With the exception of flexibility, FitQuest is able to measure all these aspects in a quick and simple series of tasks.

FitQuest measures human performance over eight parameters: upper body strength, upper body endurance, cardiovascular fitness, lower body strength, lower body endurance, speed ability, explosive power and balance (motor sensory control). It combines these to provide an overall fitness assessment for the individual user.
As soon as an individual steps onto the platform, FitQuest prompts them for some basic information. It then guides the individual through 4 simple exercises and a heart rate recovery measurement.

The overall assessment takes only four minutes. Once the tasks have been completed, the results are displayed on the screen immediately.

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FitQuest BIA in use

New for 2018

2 |  Body Composition Analysis

Introducing FitQuest BIA for body composition measurement.

FitQuest uses standard bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) and bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (BIS) techniques to determine body composition. BIA is a technique that estimates body composition by injecting a very small electric current into the body and measuring how it travels through the body, with BIS using multiple frequencies to further refine the results.

The speed the current passes through fat is slower than the speed it passes through the rest of the body, and as such, BIA devices are able to determine the impedance of the signal through the body and therefore estimate the subject’s total body water (TBW). This can then be used to estimate the fat free body mass of the person.
Together with other parameters, such as your body height, weight and gender, body fat can be estimated.

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Motor sensory control |  Balance

An important fitness factor that is often ignored in training, is improving motor sensory control.

This is a technical term used to describe your body’s ability to react to the three sensors it uses in maintaining balance. The body controls its position through the eyes, inner ear and muscle-nerve receptors called proprioceptors. Good motor sensory control not only helps avoid injuries and maintain our independence as we age, but it also helps us perform better at sport (e.g. maintain balance whilst kicking a ball). FitQuest measures this using a 15 second single leg balance on each leg.

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Motor sensory control

 
 
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Upper Body Strength |  Press Ups

Many members join the gym to lose weight, improve their appearance or increase their strength. FitQuest can help members to measure how effectively they are increasing their upper body strength through the PRESS UP test, helping them track their progress towards their goals.

The results are based on several parameters, including how many press ups the user can perform in 15 seconds and the effort made (work done) to make the press ups based on the user’s weight, applied force and speed. FitQuest also measures how long it takes the user to make each complete press up. This allows us to track how much the user slows down over the test period, so we can then calculate the user’s fatigue rate

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Upper body strength

Upper Body Endurance

Upper body endurance

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Explosive Leg Power |  Jump

FitQuest can help members to measure how effectively they are increasing their lower body strength through the JUMP test, helping them track their progress towards their goals.

There are many ways to measure muscle strength, FitQuest calculates human lower body strength using the jump test. The user performs two countermovement jumps with their hands on their hips from the force plate, using the jump height, and taking into account a user’s weight, FitQuest is able to measure the explosive power generated during the jumps.

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Lower body strength

Explosive Endurance

Explosive muscle Power

 
 
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Speed Ability |  Step

Most sports require some degree of speed ability. Speed ability helps all games players to move into position or get away from opponents quickly. FitQuest measures speed ability using the STEP test.

This test requires the user to run on the spot as fast as possible for 30 seconds. This enables us to measure how many steps have been made as well as the time between each step, enabling a measure of the user’s fatigue level over the duration of the test to be taken assessing lower body endurance as well as speed ability.

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Speed ability

Lower body Endurance

Lower body endurance

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Cardiovascular Fitness |  Heart Rate Recovery

One of the most popular methods of measuring cardiovascular fitness is by measuring how quickly the human heart recovers after performing hard physical exercise.

The fitter our cardiovascular system is, the quicker our heart recovers from the exertion. The most common test is the one minute Heart Rate Recovery test (HRR). FitQuest performs this test using integrated electrodes in the multifunctional handles to measure a user’s heart rate immediately after the STEP test when the heart rate should be at its maximum.

HRR is calculated by measuring the heart rate immediately after the step test and then again 60 seconds later. The difference between the two readings provides the HRR result.

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Cardiovascular fitness

 
 
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Body Composition Analysis |  FitQuest BIA

Our newest product line, FitQuest BIA, measures body composition analysis in addition to the fitness measurements.

FitQuest uses standard bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) and bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy (BIS) techniques to determine body composition. BIA is a technique that estimates body composition by injecting a very small electrical current into the body and measuring its impedance. The impedance value changes depending on the frequency of the injected signal.
Using multiple frequencies provides a more accurate estimate of the subject’s body composition. Our unique technology allows these measurements to be made in less than 10 seconds.

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Body Composition & Hydration

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