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About MicroFit

What does MicroFit do?
What are MicroFit's Origins?
What tradeshows does MicroFit attend?
Why is it so important to offer fitness assessment?

About Our Fitness Assessment Products

What is HealthWizard?
Is HealthWizard a web-based program?
Can I use my own computer, or do I have to buy one from MicroFit?
Can I use a MAC Computer?
What are the minimum computer requirements for HealthWizard?
Does HealthWizard work on a network?
How many clients does the HealthWizard database hold?
Do I have to buy the entire HealthWizard suite?
Can I purchase the HealthWizard software without the testing devices?
Can I purchase the testing devices without the HealthWizard software?
The FAS-2 Assessment System comes with skinfold calipers for measuring body fat. Can I use another method such as bioelectrical impedance or circumference instead?
Can I use a treadmill or a step test instead of a bicycle ergometer to measure cardiovascular fitness?
Can I use my own bicycle for MicroFit testing?
I have an older MicroFit system in my facility. Do you have an upgrade program?
Can I generate group reports?
Can I change the report text in the Fitness Profile?
Can I add my own tests to the Fitness Profile?



About MicroFit


What does MicroFit do?

MicroFit, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of health and fitness assessment products for the health club, medical, military, corporate, and education markets. MicroFit manufactures FDA-registered medical assessment devices as well as fitness and wellness-related software programs. Our products provide accurate and meaningful information that helps people lead longer, healthier more active lives. Our customers rely on MicroFit’s outstanding customer support and superior quality to help them build their businesses. With over 4000 systems sold in over 30 countries, MicroFit is a market leader in health and fitness assessment technology.



What are MicroFit’s Origins?

“Innovation is the brainchild of necessity.” Paul Vodak, MicroFit’s President and Chief Technology Officer established the company in 1986. While working as an exercise physiologist and research assistant at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Mr. Vodak performed hundreds of health and fitness assessments by hand. He envisioned an easy to use, computer controlled device that would enable medical professionals to perform fast, accurate and comprehensive assessments and track outcomes over time. He pulled together a team of talented experts from the fields of medicine, exercise physiology, health education, software and hardware engineering, design, and manufacturing, and the result was the first product in the market to offer a complete collection of fitness assessment devices with on-line, interactive technology. Though others have tried to imitate the MicroFit FAS-2 Assessment System, it has never been equaled. MicroFit remains the highest quality fitness assessment system on the market today.



Why is it so important to offer fitness assessment?

All accredited certification programs for fitness instructors, exercise leaders, personal trainers, and exercise physiologists recommend a basic fitness and wellness assessment for all individuals starting an exercise program. Fitness professionals need to get baseline measurements of blood pressure, body fat, aerobic capacity, back flexibility and strength to properly prescribe an exercise program and track their progress. A fitness assessment will identify important health risk factors and in so doing can help people avoid chronic disease.



About Our Fitness Assessment Products


What is HealthWizard?

HealthWizard is an integrated suite of four software programs. Fitness Profile is used to record, analyze and track physical health and fitness measurements like blood pressure, body fat and cardiovascular fitness. Wellness Profile is like a health risk appraisal and analyzes those lifestyle behaviors like exercise, nutrition and smoking that can affect an individual's health and longevity. Health History confirms your client is ready to start an exercise program and can document other health information. MicroFit Manager includes a collection of features and reports to help you run a more efficient and profitable wellness business. HealthWizard can be used as standalone software, with the MicroFit FitKit or with the FAS-2 Assessment System for standardized, computer-controlled assessment.



Is HealthWizard a web-based program?

No, HealthWizard is a desktop software application that is installed on your PC.



Can I use my own computer, or do I have to buy one from MicroFit?

You can use your own PC–based laptop or desktop computer as long as it meets the minimum requirements.



Can I use a MAC Computer?

MicroFit HealthWizard requires the Windows operating system. You can install the Windows operating system on the MAC and then install and run HealthWizard. You will also need a program like Boot Camp or Parrallels Desktop to switch the MAC to the Windows mode.



What are the minimum computer requirements for HealthWizard?

PC running Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win 7, 512 MB RAM, 200MB hard disk space, available serial COM port or USB port (optional for FAS-2 Assessment System), and printer (color recommended).



Does HealthWizard work on a network?

Yes, HealthWizard must be installed on each user's computer but the database file can be installed on a network server computer that is shared by all computers. Using this type of setup every user's computer will have access to all clients and their records.



How many clients does the HealthWizard database hold?

Well over several hundred thousand. As you add clients and fitness test records the size of the database grows. As long as there is room on the hard disk where the database is located, you can add more clients.



Do I have to buy the entire HealthWizard suite?

No, you can purchase just the modules you need. HealthWizard was designed with flexibility in mind. Its modular design allows you to buy one program now and add others at a later date. Likewise, you can purchase the Fitness Profile software to begin with and add the FAS-2 Assessment System at any time.



Can I purchase the HealthWizard software without the testing devices?

You bet! Each of the HealthWizard program modules can be used as standalone software without testing devices. Data for the Fitness Profile module can be entered manually (i.e. after using your own testing devices).

If you need testing devices, check out the FitKit. MicroFit’s FitKit is designed to help you build a profitable business on a reduced budget. It contains the highest quality manual testing devices, your choice of HealthWizard software and a durable rolling duffle bag.



Can I purchase the testing devices without the HealthWizard software?

You need the HealthWizard Fitness Profile software to operate the MicroFit testing devices (FAS-2 Assessment System). If you already have the Fitness Profile software, you can puchase the FAS-2 Assessment System without any software. If you do not have the Fitness Profile software, you must purchase it with the FAS-2 Assessment System.



The FAS-2 Assessment System comes with skinfold calipers for measuring body fat. Can I use another method such as bioelectrical impedance or circumference instead?

Absolutely. The body fat protocol can be changed at any time. In the Fitness Profile program, go to the protocol box on your body fat screen and select an alternative method such as circumference. If you are using a bioelectrical impedance device, simply change the protocol to “other”, then type in your score.



Can I use a treadmill or a step test instead of a bicycle ergometer to measure cardiovascular fitness?

The Fitness Profile program offers over 10 different submaximal protocols to measure cardiovascular fitness. These protocols utilize either a bicycle ergometer, treadmill or step. An ‘Other’ protocol is included so you can enter a cardiovascular fitness score measured from a protocol not available in the Fitness Profile program.



Can I use my own bicycle for MicroFit testing?

For accurate test results the bicycle you use must have accurate work load settings. Most all bicycles found in fitness centers are designed for training, not testing, and their work load settings are not accurate. The Monark bicycle is designed for fitness testing, is very durable and relatively low cost. Furthermore, you can add the MicroFit RoboBike to the Monark bike to transform it into a completely automated fitness testing bicyle.



I have an older MicroFit system in my facility. Do you have an upgrade program?

Yes, MicroFit offers its earlier users a very special program designed to upgrade their existing testing hardware to the latest FAS-2 Assessment System devices and HealthWizard software. Please contact MicroFit Sales or call (800) 822-0405 for more information about this exciting program.



Can I generate group reports?

Advanced reporting capabilities lets you assess and manage group health status of any captive population. MicroFit makes it easy to create comprehensive group comparison, summary, trend and client score reports.



Can I change the report text in the Fitness Profile program?

Yes, you can customize the report text to reflect your approach to health and wellness and to promote “other” products and services that your facility offers (i.e. personal training, yoga classes, nutritional counseling etc….)



Can I add my own tests to the Fitness Profile program?

Yes, Fitness Profile’s user-friendly design and flexibility lets you create and track an unlimited number of user-defined tests (for example: bench press, range of motion, blood glucose levels etc…) Additional tests will then appear as part of a single consolidated Fitness Profile report for each client.