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The BodyFirst programme uses the Bodystat 1500 machine


training them. It’s important to check the lower body – people’s gait – but with the upper body you don’t really need to test. “For example, thanks to jobs involving


hours at a computer, about 80 per cent of my clients have a tight chest and weak rhomboids/shoulders. You don’t need to test for that. You can see it easily, and then you give them relevant exercises.” Interestingly, although based more


on observation and less on technology, Levin’s recommendations were very similar to my Nuffi eld programme (see HCM Sept, p32). His observations were also reinforced by the podiatrist I later went to see. All in all, a good illustration of the vital role of the individual instructor in any assessment, quite aside from the use of hi-tech gadgets.


AMSTELHOF


Amsterdam, the Netherlands – V-Check ASSESSOR: Jan de Jong, CEO, Vital Balance Group


THE ASSESSMENT: More a lifestyle check than a simple fitness test, and drawing on elements from both eastern and western healing practices, the V-Check machine was originally developed by German medical equipment company Wegamed. It has since been evaluated by


universities and research institutes in the Netherlands, Germany and China, and tested by professional sports organisations such as AC Milan and the McEnroe Tennis Academy. Six electrodes are placed on the body: two


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on the head, two on the hands and two under the feet. In 15 minutes, V-Check carries out electrograms of the whole body – full body and by segment – and claims to measure: how well muscles, joints and organs are functioning; energy reserves, and the body’s ability to make use of them; acid levels, and the body’s ability to neutralise them; the nutritional status of the body (including levels of vitamins and minerals); BMI; and optimum heart rate range. The machine then offers personalised, evidence-based lifestyle recommendations


THE VERDICT: Less in-depth than the Nuffield MOT, and perhaps more reliant on the expertise of the individual assessor, nevertheless in this case I felt it was very well executed and translated into good recommendations. The only downside was the lack of dedicated space to conduct the assessment – I had to lie on the floor of the GM’s office. There was also a very nicely produced takeaway folder: three glossy books


covering the tests, nutrition and exercising – the latter including diagrams for resistance exercises, for example, and instructions on how to calculate heart rates, with suggested heart rate zones. I did feel, however, that quality control of the assessment itself was perhaps


less rigorous than at other clubs: Levin was excellent, but a number of comments he made suggested that he incorporated a lot of his own ideas into the process. Had it been conducted by anyone less enthusiastic, or less qualifi ed, I suspect the result might not have been as good. I was also slightly disappointed to realise the impetus was very defi nitely


towards personal training, encouraging all new members to see this as the only real way of getting a fully-tailored programme.


The V-Check carries out electrograms of the whole body


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