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V-Check results are anonymously fed into university research programmes


off the back of these results. These cover areas such as nutrition, ideal type of exercise and the optimal time to work out by muscle group, plus amount of relaxation required. V-Check also assumes a connection between internal organ systems and specifi c muscle groups, so the system might, for example, recommend training your quads and abs to help with digestion, or your glutes to help with circulation. These recommendations are further


interpreted by the assessor, in conjunction with the information provided by the member in questionnaires on their medical history and lifestyle, to create a full fi tness and wellbeing programme. At Amstelhof, a V-Check – a lifestyle


consultation, the scan itself, and a Vital Balance lifestyle plan – is free for all members for an initial check. Any subsequent progress checks cost 89 for members or 129 for non-members.


THE PROGRAMME: A full report is printed out for the member. This includes an overview of how the V-Check works before going into the results. There’s an explanation of each measurement – the importance of training at optimal times, for example – plus clear charts and diagrams to bring that specific member’s results to life. In my case, we were a little pushed


for time, so the recommendations of the machine were only turned into a full lifestyle plan after the event. However, going on the V-Check’s recommendations alone would have been almost suffi cient, as these were already extensive – the results of my scan showed, for example, that I had a weak lower back and a thyroid problem. Other areas of revelation included a highly accurate assessment


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“THINGS I KNEW TO BE TRUE, BUT HADN’T REVEALED, THE MACHINE SIMPLY KNEW”


of my energy levels, and of toxin levels in my body – all things I knew to be true, but which I hadn’t revealed before the test. The machine simply knew. Its recommendations therefore


included clear requirements for rest periods during training, as well as guidance on the types of carbohydrate I should eat, advice on targeted back and pelvic training, the prescription of glucosamine for the joints, and suggestions for purifi cation of the body


– from regular saunas to the amount of water I should drink. Recommendations on the amount


of relaxation I needed to incorporate into my lifestyle (much more than I currently do), and the maximum heart rates I should currently be hitting during exercise (much lower than expected), were also very interesting, and tied in with what I was told at Lifesmart regarding support for my adrenal system (see HCM Sept 10, p34).


THE VERDICT: A very interesting, thoroughly holistic approach that offered insights I’ve never before come across in pre-exercise testing. I was fascinated to know which muscle groups I could develop to enhance my digestion and circulation, for example, as well as to find out when the best – and worst – times of the day would be for me to exercise those muscles. Although a trained V-Check operator will offer added value in terms of


interpretation of the data, as well as in creating a robust lifestyle plan, the interesting thing about the V-Check is the fact that it’s the machine itself that delivers the initial recommendations, leaving much less margin for human error or individual interpretation. All V-Check results are also fed, anonymously, into ongoing university research


programmes, with the fi ndings fed back into the system; the V-Check database is web-based and constantly updates itself in line with the latest scientifi c research to ensure the system’s recommendations are based on current thinking.


healthclub@leisuremedia.com kate cracknell


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