Physical fitness covers five main areas
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 tests:
Motor sensory control Balance
An important fitness factor that is often ignored in the gym, 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. As we age, our ability to balance decreases. This can be exacerbated by living a sedentary lifestyle where motor sensory control is not challenged on a regular basis. Good motor sensory control not only helps avoid injuries, but it also helps us perform better at sport (e.g. maintain balance whilst kicking a ball). Therefore, balance exercises are just as important to maintain overall physical fitness as any other exercises.
Getting the best balance results
To ensure repeatability during the balance test, users should keep their hands on their hips. This makes the test a little harder and more sensitive.
Users should lift a foot off the floor rather than tucking their foot behind their other leg. If the user loses their balance or is not happy with the score, they can repeat the test immediately afterwards by pressing the
button on the screen.
Upper body strength Press ups
Muscular strength is important at all ages. Lack of upper body strength can lead to various age related diseases such as sarcopenia and osteoporosis which can lead to health issues.
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.
Getting the best press ups results
It’s all about technique. To obtain consistent results, the user should perform the test with your back straight and with no bending of the hips or knees, starting with arms straight in the ready position. When FitQuest tells the user to start, they should lower themselves as far as possible without touching the floor.
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
What can effect Upper body strength results?
The user should not start the test prematurely and wait until FitQuest says
The users should not slow down or stop before FitQuest tells them to stop. This could severly penalise their result. The user should keep going as fast as possible throughout the whole of the test period as it's better to make one too many press ups rather than do one too little.
Explosive leg power Jump
Muscular strength is important at all ages. Lack of muscular strength leads to all sorts of age related diseases such as sarcopenia, osteoporosis and falls, all of which can lead to serious health issues.
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 lower body strength through the JUMP test, helping them track their progress towards their goals.
There are many ways to measure muscle strength and each has their advantages. For practical reasons, FitQuest calculates human lower body strength from the Jump test.
Getting the best jump height results
It’s all about technique. To obtain consistent results, FitQuest asks the user to perform the test with their hands on their hips. If the user uses their arms, then the results may fluctuate from test to test. Remember, this is not meant to be a competition, but a tool to see where user’s need to improve and to track their progress.
The best technique is to quickly bob down until the user’s knees are at approximately 90 degrees and then immediately push up as fast as possible in one smooth movement. Landing lightly reduces the stress on the user’s joints. It’s important that the user doesn’t start the test prematurely.
The user should wait until FitQuest says
FitQuest will only measure the better of the two jumps the user makes. If the user is unhappy with their jump, they can always try again.
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.
However, speed ability is not the same as agility which is often confused. Speed ability is usually considered as how fast we can move our bodies over a fixed distance. Measuring this can be a bit more complicated as it is difficult to maintain the same speed throughout the entire running distance. For example, during running, there is an acceleration phase, then a maintenance phase in which maximum speed is achieved and then a fatigue phase where the maximum speed can no longer be maintained. These phases vary with the distance run and personal ability.
FitQuest measures speed ability by employing an alternative measure known as the STEP test. This test requires the user to run on the spot as fast as possible for 30 seconds. This eliminates the first phase of accelerating the body to maximum speed.
Getting the best step results
FitQuest measures every step and counts how many steps the user made over the 30 second test. If users step high, then users cannot go as fast as if they just lift their foot off the platform. Technique plays a big role, so it might be a good idea to practice at home before they take a test. Rarely, some people seem to lose their rhythm during the step test and this really does reduce their score, so practice is important in order to get a fair result of their speed ability.
Getting the Best fatigue results
The step test is quite intense, so unless the user is very fit (or they don’t run as fast as possible) they are likely to fatigue during the test. FitQuest measures the time between each step, so by calculating how much the user has slowed down throughout the whole test, we can calculate their fatigue.
It is very important that the user runs as fast as possible from the very beginning of the test, right through to the very end when the machine says
If the user slows down even one second before the end of the test, their score will suffer.
Cardiovascular fitness 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 immediately after the STEP test as the user's 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.
Getting the best recovery results
FitQuest measures the user’s heart rate through the multifunctional handles. This is more convenient than using a heart rate monitor, especially if the user doesn’t own one.
However, measuring a user’s ECG through the hands is more difficult than using ECG close to the heart. The biggest problem is the electrical signals (EMG) generated by the muscles in a person’s arms. This so-called ‘noise’ can interfere with the ECG signals that we want to measure. Therefore, to obtain the best results, the user should try not to tense the muscles of the upper body whilst ensuring full contact with the integrated electrodes in the handles.
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