The Human Performance Lab is equipped and staffed to perform a variety of tests that help determine a person's preparedness for an active physical lifestyle and/or athletic pursuits.
Our minimum wrestling weight, body composition, endurance, pulmonary function tests and our dietary assessments provide a service for coaches, athletes and individuals.
As certified technicians, we help wrestling coaches measure wrestlers' minimal wrestling weights (skinfolds) as required for all Minnesota high school and college wrestlers.
Body fat and non-fat mass can be estimated using skinfolds, bioelectrical impedance and/or underwater weighing. This assessment is most useful for tracking yearly changes in body composition. It allows comparison of an individual’s body fat with standard values. Except for wrestlers, we generally discourage body fat assessments of athletes younger than 18.
We perform a complete nutritional analysis for individuals who want to modify or confirm his/her diet. We review the results and answer questions in a follow-up counseling session.
We routinely measure the endurance (aerobic) capacity of Olympic endurance athletes (distance runners, Nordic skiers). VO2 max is the maximum amount of oxygen removed from the air and burned by working muscles during strenuous exercise. We rarely recommend measurement of athletes in intermittent sports such as hockey, football or basketball. Because this test requires multiple assessors, it is available pending staff availability.
We provide submaximal or peak testing that estimates your VO2 max or cardiovascular fitness for those who want to know their fitness level without completing a max test. These tests are better suited for the recreational athlete or individual and can be individualized based on needs.
We routinely monitor lactate thresholds in Olympic endurance athletes by a series of finger-sticks during a test that gets progressively more difficult. Endurance athletes sustain a pace that corresponds to 80-95 percent of their VO2 max. Exceeding that pace causes a rapid rise in blood lactate and premature fatigue. Lactate threshold is sensitive to training and a good predictor of endurance performance. Measuring lactate in non-endurance athletes is not recommended.
We measure peak muscle power with leg ergometers during brief (30-second) explosive efforts. Athletes in explosive sports such as volleyball, hockey and football generally have exceptional power.
We use a computerized pulmonary function test to evaluate athletes suspected of having air flow restrictions. The test is highly sensitive to flow disorders and results can be compared to established standards. Individuals exhibiting asthmatic symptoms are provided test results that can be presented to their personal physician.
A complete fitness test is recommended for anyone who wants to start a fitness program or is interested in a comprehensive analysis of their current fitness status. This test includes all three body composition tests, pulmonary function, submaximal or peak cardiovascular fitness testing, and a comprehensive dietary analysis.
|Body Composition (skinfolds)||$15||10|
|Body Composition (bioelectrical impedance analysis)||$20||15|
|Body Composition (underwater)||$30||25|
|Skinfold + BIA||$30||25|
|Skinfold + Underwater Weighing||$40||30|
|Skinfold + Underwater Weighing + BIA||$50||45|
|Submaximal Cardiovascular Fitness Test (bike or treadmill)||$40||30|
|Peak Fitness Test||$50||45|
|Anaerobic Power Output||$25||20|
|Submaximal Fitness test + Lactate Threshold (bike)||$70||45|
|Minimum Wrestling Weight (call for team pricing)||$15/wrestler||10|
|Full fitness assessment (includes body composition, cardiovascular fitness, pulmonary function and dietary assessment)||$150||2.5 hours|
|VO2 Max Fitness Test||$75||45|
|VO2 Max Fitness Test + Lactate Threshold||$100||60|
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