The Next Generation Workout Tracker That Pros Are Already Using
Fitness results are more evident based on how personalized your fitness routine is. And while fitness apps have quickly changed the fitness world and expectations, even the most personal app can lack some vital information. But a new type of training and tracking could change that. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, a leading laboratory services provider, will be launching a consumer diagnostics testing service in 2016 aimed not only at athletes, but also you.
The service, which includes an interactive app and website, known as Blueprint For Athletes, will take blood samples and in return will provide personalized test results reported from Quest labs. Your blood information will provide you with vital personal information that a normal app or personal trainer might miss, such as health markers and how they relate to your fitness and performance.
Specific fitness tracking takes all the question out of your fitness routine. And paired with other fitness tracking that you already may use, such as heart rate monitors or food logs, the extra information could be what you need to take your training to the next level.
Richard Schwabacher, executive director of Blueprint for Athletes, broke down exactly how the process will work: After going to the lab and having a blood sample drawn, the athlete will get an app notification or email, telling him his information is ready. Then, when logging onto the site or app, you will be able to see your blood results, giving you a wide variety of information from allergen information to health markers showing if you need more recovery time. [Correction, 12/9/2015: A previous version of this article incorrectly spelled Richard’s last name as Schwab. It has been updated to reflect the correct spelling of his last name.]
The site will also provide the athletes with information from some of the best in the business. “On the website, we will have a ton of information from athletes who have been using Blueprint in their training, as well as members of our world renowned medical advisory board. We really have assembled a powerful group of individuals,” Schwabacher says.
Using the information provided by the tests allows the athletes to make changes in training so the body can continue to preform and peak, because as important as training is, realizing when your body needs time to recover may be even more important.
The service, which will be available in the New Year, is already being implemented on professional athletes and high level collegiate teams such as the Ironman athletes, the New York Giants, and the Rutgers University Women’s Soccer team, who, with the help of the technology, advanced to the NCAA D-1 Final Four for the first time in program history.
“There was a certain point in the year when the Rutgers Women’s team wasn’t doing as well. So we took the data, and altered their training so that they could recover. After we did this, the results were evident in the game,” Schwabacher explains.
The test works so that you have an initial reading and then have the ability to go back to the lab during different periods to get another blood test, so you can then compare the data to your initial base line. The benefit of the program is its ability to make educated changes to your workout routines, based on personalized information that is unique to your body.
When you make certain changes to your training or recovery regimen, Blueprint for Athletes give a base line from your test results it is also a tool when you can look back and see what changes are affecting you positively or negatively no not changing the bio markers. “Athletic performance is really the body adapting under stress. And the more you put the body under stress the more you see how well it is able to adapt and preform,” Schwabacher says.
Blueprint for Athletes sheds light on the future of fitness trackers and how, above all, personalization proves to be key to success and allows you to test your limits, in a safe and specific way.