Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club Differentiates with KORR
KORR’s CardioCoach delivers simple and accurate fitness testing based on oxygen consumption. This data can be used as the foundation for customized exercise programs that truly meet the needs of the individual.
Over 500 members of the Los Gatos Swim & Racquet Club in Los Gatos, California, have been tested on the equipment. Brian Dean, the club’s fitness director, explained how this has aided members with their weight loss and performance goals.
CS: Why did you want to offer KORR’s CardioCoach equipment at your club?
BD: I first heard about KORR when I was researching metabolic testing carts, such as the CardioCoach. I wanted to offer a service to my members that your ordinary gym doesn’t offer. I learned even more about KORR at an IHRSA trade show, where I spent most of the day talking with the company’s techs about the ins and outs of the test, and all of the information we would get from it.
CS: How does the equipment benefit your facility?
BD: It does so in a number of ways. We are one of the few gyms within a 50-mile radius that offers metabolic testing through the CardioCoach. There is one Registered Dietitian’s clinic within five miles of us that uses the KORR CardioCoach, but they primarily use it for resting tests only.
Having the ability to accurately test someone’s metabolism and tell them exactly how many calories they should be consuming to meet their weight loss goals is an invaluable tool to have for our facility and our members. In addition, through the CardioCoach we can accurately test members’ metabolism and performance based on heart rate and threshold.
CS: Why did you choose to use KORR’s CardioCoach as a stand-alone service, versus pairing it with personal training?
BD: We felt that packaging the CardioCoach with personal training or any other service would have devalued metabolic testing. We market metabolic testing as the same testing that elite and high-level athletes do, and didn’t want to take away from that. So far that method has worked.
CS: Many of your CrossFit athletes use CardioCoach and compare and contrast their results — what have they found?
BD: I’ve tested some of our die-hard CrossFitters just for fun and have found that their ability to maintain a high level of work, in and beyond threshold, is far greater than your average gym goer.
CS: What would you like other club owners to know about your partnership with KORR?
BD: Metabolic testing with the KORR CardioCoach can be a phenomenal addition to your training department and service for your members. My staff and I have brought a great addition to the club and to our members by offering a service that is traditionally only offered in elite athlete testing centers or universities.
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