Metabolic Testing With CardioCoach

Every person has a different metabolic rate—understanding yours can help you revise your diet, manage weight, and identify ways to improve overall fitness performance. Total Health Systems offers two quick, pain-free testing options: VO2 Testing by CardioCoach and resting metabolic rate test (RMR) by KORR. Our trainers can use results from each assessment to develop a custom-tailored program for your health and fitness goals.

Metabolic Testing Pricing Chart


Exercise Metabolic Rate


Resting Metabolic Rate

How the VO2 Test Works

  • You will wear a heart rate strap and face mask connected to the CardioCoach machine.
  • A trainer will guide you through the test, which lasts between 6 to 20 minutes and involves using a treadmill, stationary bike, or stair stepper at varying intensity levels.
  • The CardioCoach machine will indicate when the test is over and provide a comprehensive report that includes your VO2 max, peak oxygen consumption, anaerobic threshold, and target intensity zones.

How the Resting Metabolic Test Works

  • You’ll slowly relax and breathe into the KORR Metabreather mouthpiece in either a reclined or seated position. When you breathe into the machine, it uses an analyzer to measure your resting metabolic rate.
  • During the test, it’s important to keep your lips tightly sealed around the mouthpiece to ensure accuracy.
  • After 10 minutes of slow, relaxed breathing, the machine will display your metabolic rate.

Preparing for Metabolic Testing

  • For the exercise metabolic test (VO2 test), you can use a face mask available at our clinic or purchase your own for $40.
  • If you’re taking the resting metabolic test, you must buy your hose, which costs around $12.
  • Avoid eating for at least four hours before any metabolic test.
  • Avoid caffeine for at least six hours before any metabolic test.
  • Do not exercise on the day of the test. In general, avoid exercise 12 to 24 hours before any metabolic test.


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