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.||$40|
|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)||$20|
|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.||$90|
|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|
|Lactate Threshold||This test is designed to pinpoint the lactate threshold during cycling or running. The test starts out with a warm-up and then increases quickly to a workload or speed just under your estimated lactate threshold. It is then slowly increased every 5 minutes until blood lactate levels indicate the lactate threshold. This test involves several blood samples taken from the finger. It is not considered a maximal test but does require a difficult intensity.||$90|
|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|
|Anaerobic/Wingate Cycle||This test is used to measure peak and average anaerobic power, which is useful information for anaerobic athletes (such as sprinters).||$50|
1Requires a 3 hour fasting state
2Requires an overnight fasting state
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