Exercise Physiology Lab
The following assessments will help those interested in achieving their goals of improving their body composition, learning more about and optimizing their overall health status, and enhancing their fitness levels. Our purpose is to establish baseline measurements of body composition, fitness, and physical activity to create a custom exercise program to fit into your schedule and meet your goals. We can then re-measure these parameters as you progress!
We use the BodPod, which is quickly becoming the most practical “gold-standard” measurement of body composition today. We will measure precisely how much fat-free mass and lean mass your body is composed of. We will use this information to assess your current health status, establish a baseline, and help you calculate a realistic goal.
You will take home and wear a small research-grade armband accelerometer for 3-5 full days and return it back to lab for analysis. We will be able to analyze your activity patterns; specifically, how much physical activity, exercise, and steps that you take per day and make recommendations accordingly. We will also be able to examine your sleep efficiency- how much time you actually spend SLEEPING vs. simply lying down. This is valuable tool for measuring your true TOTAL energy expenditure per day, enabling us to recommend a specific caloric intake for your body composition goals.
This assessment will pinpoint your optimal fat-burning intensity during exercise. If you are exercising at a level that is “too easy,” you won’t be getting the best cardiovascular and calorie-burning benefits. If you are exercising at an intensity that is ‘”too hard,” then you will predominantly be burning carbohydrate instead of fat. We will give you a full report with your customized training zones as well as a suggested workout schedule.
Compare your “Body Age” to your “Chronological Age”! This series of basic health and fitness assessments will calculate your BODY age and compare it to your chronological age. You will also receive a report of your results and a plan on how to improve your weakness and maintain your strengths.
This assessment will measure your resting metabolism, or how many total calories you burn at complete rest (i.e. laying on the couch all day, no activity). Knowing your exact RMR is useful for individuals who suspect they have higher/lower metabolic rates and are seeking precise information about how many calories their body requires to function each day.