Community Fitness and Performance
In our Exercise Physiology Lab, fitness and health assessments include cardiovascular fitness, body composition, and muscular fitness.
Underwater Weighing (Hydrostatic Weighing)
|This method is currently the gold standard of estimating body fat. It has an error range of 1-2%. Subjects are weighed underwater in a specially designed tank. During the underwater weighing procedure, subjects are required to exhale as much air as possible while being weighed underwater. Subjects must wear a bathing suit for this test.||$50|
|Skinfolds||With an error range typically between 3-4%, this method is very common for measuring body fat. Skinfolds at three sites on the body are measured using research grade calipers. (Men = Chest, Abdomen, Thigh; Women = Tricep, Hip, Thigh)||$25|
|Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA)||
BIA is a quick (10 minutes) and accurate (<4%) method of measuring body composition (fat mass, lean mass, body water). BIA functions on the premise that body tissues conduct electricity at different rates. Measurements take place with subjects lying down while attached to a machine with sensors at the ankles and fingers.
|Maximal testing involves performing an activity, usually running or cycling, until exhaustion. Subjects first start out at an easy exercise intensity and then systematically increase to more difficult intensities (referred to as a graded exercise test) until the subject cannot physically continue. This type of testing gives a direct measurement of VO2 Max. Subjects breathe into a mouthpiece which is connected to a metabolic cart. This metabolic cart directly measures the amount of oxygen that subjects are consuming. This is the most accurate method for measuring VO2 Max.||$100|
|Sub-Maximal Aerobic Test1||Submaximal testing involves performing an activity according to certain protocol to estimate VO2max. Subjects do not exercise until exhaustion like the maximal testing, but some tests may still use a graded intensity protocol. There are many types of submaximal tests. We choose a submaximal test that will work best for the subject.||$45|
|Resting Metabolic Rate2||The subject's oxygen intake is assessed while quietly sitting for 30 minutes to determine the resting metabolic rate (8 hour fast required).||$60|
|Sweat Rate and Composition Test||Sweat rate and composition measurements can be useful in tailoring race and training hydration/nutrition plans. Testing takes place inside of a heated chamber for 1 hour on a treadmill or cycle ergometer. Body weight pre and post exercise is used to calculate sweat rate. A series of pads placed on the forehead and back collect sweat to measure sweat sodium and potassium concentrations.||$75|
1Requires a 3 hour fasting state
2Requires an overnight fasting state