Guest blog by Vojin Soskic
The New Year is here. Predictably it is back with a bang and not just if you saw some fireworks. On the crest of that wave, we can exclusively reveal a brand new product at The Hogarth.
We introduce to you… The Hogarth Octagon Health and Fitness tests!
January is a popular time in gyms but we know there is danger of not maintaining the momentum in the coming months. One of the ways to stick to it is to set goals which are specific and measurable. These can then be reset as you reach one to target another. The Octagon tests will be a great way of achieving long term success.
Whether you are a beginner or a more seasoned exerciser everyone will have areas for improvement and the Octagon measures 8 categories in Health and 8 in Fitness, which will give you a starting point from which you can aim to improve and retest down the line.
Photographs above: Octagon Health testing
The Hogarth Octagon Health test will screen for 8 cardiovascular disease risk factors: age, family history, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes and cholesterol. Whilst risk factors like age or family history cannot be affected the other six can be tackled proactively. Whether you need to lower your blood pressure or increase your activity levels we will help you do that. Even if you are not at risk from any of these, don’t wait until you are and keeping fit will combat them ahead of time. Think of it as a health M.O.T.
We can get through it all in less than 20 minutes and you will be much better informed about your health status. It might feel like being back at school as you will be graded from A-E at the end.
Photographs above: Octagon Fitness testing
As for The Hogarth Octagon Fitness tests, do not worry it is not an entry exam for the army! In half an hour it will look at strength and cardio as part of it, but it will also look at the quality of your movement. We will assess control, flexibility and mobility. The 8 tests will each determine a score out of 5. The range of motion of your muscles will directly impact what you can or cannot do in exercise and everyday life.
For this we will check ankle, posterior hip, anterior hip and upper body mobility. An overhead squat will be assessed for depth of movement and control. Single leg stability will test both sides individually as the ankle, knee and hip joints work in unison during the exercise. Your core strength will be scrutinised with an abdominal curl test. You will finish with a 3-minute Watt Bike test from which we can measure your aerobic capacity.
The variety of these tests will paint a comprehensive picture of your fitness and you will get an overall score from 1-5 alongside the individual categories. This should give you the impetus to work on areas of improvement and consolidate your strengths.
You can book in for either the Health or the Fitness Octagon. Or you can do both in under an hour.
The new decade has begun and at The Hogarth we are always looking at evolving in our quest to help people improve in their aspirations. We feel The Octagon will be able to enhance a clearer vision for everyone’s goals in 2020!
Hope to see you at the gym desk soon.
Vojin Soskic runs the gym at the Hogarth Club
The Hogarth Club sponsors The Chiswick Calendar and offers Club Card members an exclusive membership deal.