Health & Fitness Assessment
At ShipShape your safety and well-being is our first priority.

At ShipShape your safety and well-being is our first priority. That is why we incorporate health-screening and a fitness assessment into your initial consultation before we consider engaging you with a fitness programme.

Test of Aerobic Capacity

Our portable field test, designed by researchers at Chester University, uses simple physiological principles to give a repeatable estimation of your VO2max without the need for expensive gas-analysis equipment or pushing you to exhaustion.

The test is easy to perform and can be undertaken almost anywhere, including the comfort of your own home, but more importantly, it provides us with an indication of your aerobic ability and a benchmark by which we can set your exercise targets, as well as monitor your progression.


Blood Pressure

Regardless of your age, gender or fitness level, we will provide you with a resting heart rate and blood pressure check and then continue to monitor you throughout our time with us.


According to the British Heart Foundation, for most adults a systolic BP of 120 over a diastolic BP of 80 (120/80) is the ideal blood pressure for good health. At this level, we have a much lower risk of heart disease or stroke. For example, someone with a BP reading of 135 over 85 (135/85) is twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as someone with a reading of 115 over 75 (115/75).

If your blood pressure is optimal, this is great news. By following our healthy living advice, we’ll help you to keep it this way.


Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid and is vital for the normal functioning of the body. However, having an excessive level of lipids in your blood can have a negative effect on your health.

Cholesterol is carried in your blood by proteins, and when the two combine they are called lipoproteins. The two main types of lipoprotein are:

  • High-density lipoprotein (HDL) – which carries cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it’s either broken down or passed out of the body as a waste product. For this reason, HDL is referred to as “good cholesterol” and higher levels are better.
  • Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – which carries cholesterol to the cells that need it. If there’s too much cholesterol for the cells to use, it can build up in the artery walls, leading to disease of the arteries. For this reason, LDL is known as “bad cholesterol”.

ShipShape can provide you with a full blood-lipid analysis and support you with the training and nutrition advice to help improve, or maintain, your blood-lipid status.

Functional Movement

This assessment involves completing a series of low-intensity movements which will indicate how your body moves and highlight any muscle imbalances which could increase your chance of injury, limit your performance or reduce your general mobility and functionality.



Blood Lactate Profiling

A lactate test can be used in both clinical and exercise training settings. In a clinical setting a lactate test may be requested to help detect and measure the severity of low levels of oxygen in the body (hypoxia). Lactate tests are also used by coaches and trainers to determine an athlete’s aerobic ability. For example, an individual with a higher lactate threshold ought to be able to perform endurance exercise for longer and/or at a higher intensity than an individual with a lower lactate threshold, with reduced overall fatigue. Lactate profiling can also be used to measure the effectiveness of an endurance training programme.

Blood lactate profiling requires taking one or two drops of blood from a fingertip. This requires a small needle-prick to break the skin using a safety lancet. Please let us know if you have an aversion to needles or the sight of blood.

Body Composition

We can provide you with an accurate assessment of your body’s composition to help track your progress towards your goals.

You can find more about this service on our Diet Analysis and Nutrition Reporting page