Lucky for us, our body’s readiness to perform activities can be calculated using a set of physiological, biochemical, and movement data. From these calculations we can produce bioenergetic power scores. Health and wellbeing is largely determined by our ability to balance energy production and energy expenditure (energy management). To produce energy we need to burn fuel. Bioenergetics is a way to measure the efficiency of our bodies energy management systems and therefore our ability to perform work. Put simply it is the bodies ability to create, store, and use the appropriate fuels to perform our intended activities
Every activity from sleeping, rowing a 2k, running marathon, or swimming a 50m butterfly can be defined along the human bioenergetic power continuum. For example, the bioenergetic power required to run a marathon is going to be different than that required to run a 3000 meter race, and different again to what is required for everyday activities. Physiological profile testing (PPT) can identify which energy systems are lacking the fuel required to perform optimally.
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The BioEnergetic Power Score™ (BEPS)
BEPS scores give us the ability to determine the whether each system has the capacity to provide fuel for your required level of activity. Using reference values created over the past 15 years from 150,000 samples we are able to give you an indication of what BEPS value you require to help you achieve your goal.
As part of your PPT report you will get a BEPS score and graph
How to read your BEPS results?
As part of the data analysis we will give you a rating in relation to functional capacity to perform at your required level. These ratings are divided into 5 categories;
NON functional;). This does not just mean that the individual is not a talented athlete or that their training is “wrong”. What it is demonstrating is the athlete has negatively adapted to the training load, and that the balance of the current training load and lifestyle is inappropriate for their current physiological state. The most difficult part of prescribing appropriate training load is that fact that an individual’s metabolic and physiological state is very dynamic and can be influenced by many factors. Without physiological testing it is hard to know what training load is appropriate. What their BEPS graph shows is that they currently only have ONE available energy system to produce the fuel for ALL their activity. Ideally, we would like you to have 6 or more Systems at all times in order to make the most physiological adaptations as well as optimal performance outputs. An analogy for this individual would be a car working on only one cylinder, it will still be able to move, but it will not be performing as well as it could do as if all 6 were operating. Non Functional athletets have a negative energy balance (between aerobic and anaerobic energy contribution) and are in an inadequate state of recovery. This state can be caused by a number of factors but the appropriate training prescription will address this current metabolic state regardless of the cause.
Low functional. These athletes haven’t quite got the balance right. They have adapted to the stress put on their body by shutting down energy systems. This results in a -ve energy balance; energy in is less than energy out. This means for certain activity levels they will be using inappropriate energy sources. If we use a car analogy; it would be like a race car trying to run on standard unleaded petrol. Except unlike the racecar which wouldn’t work, your body is able to adapt to using an inappropriate fuel source, but it means it is not functioning as well as it could. The first aim for these clients would be to increase the number of energy systems they have available, this will give them availability to use different fuels for different activities.
Functional; dependent on their activity, these people might have enough energy systems available to contribute to their activity. This will be dependent on their activity. Different activities have different requirements, in terms of their energy systems, and as such require different fuels. For these individuals we would be looking at increasing the ability to work at the specific levels required for their activity, whilst increasing the availability of the fuel to sustain activity at different intensities
Fully functional; This is the ideal state we would want people to be in prior to starting a training block. It represents a positive energy balance (between aerobic and anaerobic energy systems) meaning they are getting the appropriate balance between training and recovery. With these individuals we would look at their activity specific requirements with the goal to strengthen the energy systems that provide the largest contribution for their activity.
For each of these energy systems they will have a particular fuel source (naturally occurring organic sources such as carbohydrates). PPT allows us to test the availability of each energy systems to perform at a required workload
As this chart and graph shows, when initially tested in December, this athlete was totally lacking fuel in AF, PAC, ANRC-2, and ANRC-1 energy systems, as demonstrated by exhibiting a lack of a power score for that system. This results in reduced functional aerobic capacity, essential for building all other energy systems, and a reduced maximal anaerobic capacity. With a 12 week SBT program this athlete was able to improve her 800 meter time from 2;15 to 2;08