I’ve always wondered how old my body is as compared to my chronological age. In tandem with the premier of Fit For Fashion, Season 2; Fitness First launches BioScore, a health and health and fitness assessment which determines our biological or ‘fitness age,’ compared to our real age.
What’s unique about BioScore, is it doesn’t look at bodyweight or body fat percentage, but instead, focuses on other key metrics. Conducted by a trained specialist, the BioScore assessment comprises a series of health and fitness tests, and lifestyle questionnaire, in order to obtain a holistic picture of a person’s health:
- Health test: Checking our key vital statistics including height to waist ratio, lung function and blood pressure.
- Fitness test: A series of simple exercises to assess aerobic fitness, power, strength, flexibility, agility and core endurance. Exercises include a TRX row, standing jumps, core endurance drills, hexagonal agility, and a 500m row.
- Lifestyle test: A questionnaire that looks at lifestyle choices in and out of the gym, such as nutrition, stress levels, sleep and drinking habits to build a bigger picture of one’s health.
Finishing the assessment, results from all three tests will be analysed to determine our BioScore – a number which will either be higher or lower than one’s actual age. A person’s BioSore is either a plus (+) or a minus (-) score displayed in years. For example, a person whose actual age is 33 years old, but whose assessment scores result in him or her being 30 years old will have a BioScore of -3. With this assessment, one can then develop a realistic strategy and action plan in order to improve our BioScore.
Introducing another tool by Fitness First – CustomFit app, which is free to download via iOS and Android platforms. Designed by Fitness First’s around the Theory of Intrinsic Motivation1, to help users to develop their intrinsic motivation to get fit. Featuring a library of more than 800 exercises (with video content) and a Fitness LogicTM system, which will get to know users’ preferences and deliver a set of inspiring personalised workouts to their phones.
By using CustomFit, users will be able to track, analyse and share their progress, while comparing their Personal Bests with other likeminded people via leaderboards – anytime, anywhere. It will also be able to collect data such as steps, weight and height from any devices that push data to Apple Health and Google Health, and collect its own data such as workout frequency and length, as well as calories burned, which users can use to fine tune their fitness programmes.
It’s easy to use CustomFit, just answer four simple questions ranging from your fitness goals to experience level. The app will generate a selection of personalised workouts, based on those preferences. To make it more convenient for users, 200 of the exercises available in CustomFit will be bodyweight exercises that do not require equipment, so users can workout at home or in the park.
Both of these tools also plays a role in measuring the progress of the contestants on Season 2 of Fit for Fashion. In conjunction with F4F, Season 2 premier – users of CustomFit will be able to access premium content in the form of the Fitness First 10-week Get Fit Programme. With this programme, viewers of F4F, Season 2 can understand better on what the contestants are going thru and also reflect the show’s weekly theme as well. The 10 weeks course is also supplemented by a nutrition plan created by a licensed dietician and it’s accessible at http://fitforfashion.tv/
Simon Flint, CEO of Fitness First Asia, concluded “BioScore, CustomFit, the Fitness First 10-week Get Fit Programme and Fit for Fashion are all born out of our in-depth fitness expertise and knowledge, befitting our reputation as the fitness leaders. Everyone wants to be healthier, and live a happier life full of confidence and vitality; there’s always room to improve your fitness levels and push yourself to go further than you thought you ever could. We hope that the tools and expertise we’ve made available will help people do so and turn back the clock. It’s never too late to make a start, and what better time to start than the new year!” This is a statement that I totally agree on as I’ve pledged to start my very own transformational journey this year. With the help of these tools, I hope I can achieve my objective soon 😀