BioMetrix takes a different approach to nutrition and exercise

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Michaela Roman

BioMetrix is located at 935 Sunland Park Dr. in west El Paso. The clinical gym is taking a different approach to modern exercise.

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter

Local gym turned medical and wellness clinic, BioMetrix has introduced an unorthodox solution to the problem of staying healthy. Besides providing El Pasoans with a gym and accompanying exercise programs, BioMetrix looks into the biology of health-related issues. With a range of scans, tests and processes, clients can attack more complex health problems such as hormone imbalances rather than just their eating habits.

  Alexander Catucci, CEO and founder of Biometrix, believes that physical fitness is more than just curls, squats and avoiding Oreos.

  “Everyone goes through extensive blood work to see where the imbalances are and a strength evaluation to see where you are from a physical standpoint,” Catucci said. “You have a 48-year-old male that has low hormone levels and we’ll supplement him through hormone therapy to get those levels back up to where he was when he was 20, 30. Eventually he’ll start losing weight, have more energy, even sleep better.”

“The fitness center houses body mass index and bone density scanners, enhanced counter pulsating machines to increase blood flow, platelet-rich plasma injections for healthier skin, all of which are overseen by the American Medical Association certified in-house doctor.  Although the technology sounds futuristic, all the machines used are currently housed at doctor’s offices and research labs here at UTEP.  The only difference lies in the fact that most parts of the technology is under the BioMetrix roof.

“A doctor will say you need to eat better, sleep better and exercise,  and then turn you lose into the world,” Catucci said.

“Here we can monitor you and quantify your results in a scientific way to make you understand how you’re doing and where you are going.”

Dr. Blane Alost, a client of BioMetrix for three and a half weeks, has already lost 20 pounds.

“For a place like El Paso, which is considered one of the unhealthiest places in the United States, it needs to be a lifestyle change, and BioMetrix helps with making that choice to go with something that will better you, and it’s not just the weight,” Alost said.

Alost is not far from the mark. Although dropping down the list in the Top 10 fattest cities in America, according to Wallethub.com, El Paso was once number one.

Marcos Ramirez, senior kinesiology major and employee of BioMetrix, said he sees the benefit of working with a clinic that invests in the scientific aspect of weight loss and health wellness.

“I like knowing I’m helping improve someone’s well-being,” Ramirez said. “Results come with steady habits, and people want to go exercise for a couple of months, but be disappointed because nothing is working. We look at every aspect of a person’s life, that’s why it’s successful.”

Ramirez said the monthly consultations, which include fitness training and evaluations, are approximately $200-$300.

For more information, go to biometrixlife.com.

Mike Vasquez may be reached at [email protected]