Human Performance Lab

Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab deliver three separate but equally important functions; research, education and exercise testing. 

The UAA Human Performance Lab also provides a number of health, fitness and performance tests for individuals from the community, UAA employees and UAA students.

Appointments

Testing is offered by appointment only.

We accept cash or check only
Payment is due at the time of service.

U.S. first responders are eligible for exclusive discounts. HPL offers discount to active police, military, fire, and EMS personnel. Discounts taken at the time of service and documentation may be required.

Schedule an appointment by clicking the button below or contact us at hper@alaska.edu or 907.786.4083.

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Physical Requirements

Low/Moderate Risk

Clients must be "apparently healthy" and meet the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Risk Stratification criteria of Low Risk for a max test or of Moderate Risk for submax test. A physician's medical clearance may be required in some instances. All clients must complete and submit the following forms prior to their testing day: a health history, medical clearance (if Moderate Risk), and Informed Consent (provided at time of test).

No one with a risk stratification of High Risk will be allowed to be assessed in the Human Performance Lab. We regret not being able to provide the cardiorespiratory testing to this population though they may indicate higher performance capacities than some of lower risk. In all cases we encourage checking with your physician prior to testing and exercise training.

Note: At the start of your appointment we will complete remaining paperwork and briefly review test procedures.

Location

All testing is completed in the Human Performance Lab in Eugene Short Hall, Room 102 on the main UAA campus. The physical address of Eugene Short Hall is 
2601 Providence Dr, Anchorage, AK 99508.



Individual Test Options

  • Body Composition - BOD POD®

    The BOD POD® is becoming a gold standard for Body Composition testing. It is one of the best ways to accurately measure your lean mass and fat mass, and also provides an estimated resting metabolic rate (the number of calories your body needs to support its basic functions) and Total Energy Expenditure (the number of calories you need to make it through your day).

    Schedule a BOD POD AppointmentSchedule a BOD POD Appointment

    Research studies at major universities have established the outstanding accuracy, safety and speed of the BOD POD®. The BOD POD® analyzes how much you weigh, how much space (air displacement) you take up (volume) and calculates your density. Your body fat percentage is determined from that information.

    Test Length: 15-30 minutes

     
  • Functional Movement Screening (FMS)

    Functional Movement Screening (FMS) is a battery of movement screens that helps to both prevent noncontact injuries and facilitate more effective training techniques. The screening ranks and grades movement patterns key to normal function. It identifies functional limitation and asymmetrics. Clients are provided corrective exercises most effective to maintain or improve proper movement and build strength. 

    Inline Lunge Functional Movement Screen

    Test Length: 20 minutes

    Schedule a FMS AppointmentSchedule a FMS Appointment

     
  • Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

    The Metabolic Test provides insight into TDEE (total daily energy expenditure). Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is a measurement of the energy you burn each day for basic living functions. This test is highly accurate and uses the same technology utilized in hospitals to determine the amount of fat and carbohydrate you are burning (% fat, % carb, and grams) using the Parvo Medic TrueOne Metabolic Analyzer.

    Girl Laying Down with a Mask

    Testing is done in a fasted state while in a relaxed supine position for 30 minutes. This test includes the metabolic analyzer to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide gas exchange, which requires wearing a breathing mask.

    Data collected: RMR, RER (respiratory exchange ratio), metabolic parameters (calories, carbs (%, grams), fat (%, grams)

    Test Length: 45 minutes

    Schedule a RMR AppointmentSchedule a RMR Appointment

     
  • VO2 Max

    The VO2 (volume of oxygen) Max Test is considered the best measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness. It determines your maximum aerobic capacity, the body's ability to transport and utilize oxygen during exercise. A very high level of physical exertion is required to conduct this test.

    Schedule a VO2 Max AppointmentSchedule a VO2 Max Appointment

    The protocol for the VO2 max test starts with a warm-up stage then every three minutes the stage will increase in intensity (speed, incline and/or resistance). Data is gathered during each progressive stage. Upon reaching the maximum heart rate and/or peak values the exercise stages are stopped and the client cools-down for a period of time while additional data is gathered.

    Bruce Protocol

    Bruce Protocol Chart

    Data collected: VO2, VCO2, heart rate, resting blood pressure, grade, speed or watts, RER (respiratory exchange ratio), RPE (rate of perceived exertion), metabolic parameters (calories, carbs, fat).

    Equipment: The Parvo Medic TruOne metabolic monitor used in the UAA Human Performance Lab is also used at NASA, USOC (US Olympic Center), Cooper Institute, and many universities. The Parvo is one of the most accurate devices made for testing cardiorespiratory fitness. The Monark Cycle Ergometer or Woodway Treadmill is also used for this test.

    Test Length: 90 minutes

  • VO2 Submax

    The VO2 Submax Test follows a similar protocol as the VO2 Max but the test is terminated at approximately 85% of the client’s predicted maximum capacity (determined by heart rate). This is a less invasive test (without use of the metabolic analyzer) and provides data to determine appropriate training zones. The submax exercise test can be used to estimate maximal VO2. Metabolic Analyzer is not used with these tests.

    Data collected: Heart rate, resting blood pressure, grade, speed or watts, RPE (rate of perceived exertion), and blood pressure.

    Equipment: Monark Cycle Ergometer or Woodway Treadmill

    Test Length: 60 minutes

    Schedule a VO2 Submax AppointmentSchedule a CRF Appointment

  • Metabolic Efficiency Point (MEP)

    The Metabolic Efficiency Point Test is an ideal test to determine how much carbohydrate and fat is burned during aerobic exercise, as well as what proportion of these fuels your muscles prefer per stage (workload) using metabolic monitor measurements gathered from expired air. 

    Schedule a MEP AppointmentSchedule a MEP Appointment

    The test protocol is geared toward detecting your fuel utilization (carbohydrate and fat burning ratios) at various intensities/workloads determined by heart rate, watts or speed and RPE. This data is vital to adjusting macronutrient composition of your daily diet as well as fuel intake surrounding training.

    Knowing carbohydrate and fat utilization and how much of each fuel will provide valuable data for race day nutrition needs. The metabolic analyzer and accessory equipment is used with these tests.

    Data Collected: VO2, VCO2, HR, grade, speed or watts, RER (respiratory exchange ratio), RPE (rate of perceived exertion), metabolic parameters (calories, carbs, fat)

    Test Length: 120 minutes

  • Lactate Threshold (LT)

    The Lactate Threshold (LT) Test is conducted on a treadmill or cycle ergometer. Protocol includes step minute stages of progressive workloads with blood lactate collection (finger or earlobe pinprick) at rest, end of each successive stage and during recovery.

    Schedule a Lactate Threshold AppointmentBook a LT Appointment

    Lactate levels are highly correlated with performance and often used to determine training zones. Lactate threshold is the maximal intensity that one can maintain for a period of time without tipping the balance between production and clearance of lactate in the blood. Once tipped, muscle fatigue will ensue.

    We recommend the test be completed during a recovery period to minimize effects from overall training fatigue. This test may be combined with the VO2 Max or Metabolic Efficiency Point tests utilizing the metabolic analyzer for an additional fee.

    LT

    Data collected: Blood lactate (mmol/L), HR, speed or watts, RPE (rate of perceived exertion)

    Test Length: 60 - 90 minutes

 

Frequently Booked Test Bundles

  • BOD POD® + Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Test Combo

    Our most popular test combination! Provides the most accurate body composition assessment and measurement of the number of base calories you burn in a day.

    Schedule a BOD POD + RMR Test Combo Appointment Book a BOD POD + RMR Test Combo Appointment

    The BOD POD® is becoming a gold standard for Body Composition testing. It is one of the best ways to accurately measure your lean mass and fat mass. 

    Resting metabolic rate (RMR) is a measurement of the energy you burn each day for basic living functions. This test is highly accurate and uses the same technology utilized in hospitals to determine the amount of fat and carbohydrate you are burning (% fat, % carb, and grams) using the Parvo Medic TrueOne Metabolic Analyzer. RMR testing is done in a fasted state while in a relaxed supine position for 30 minutes. This test includes the metabolic analyzer to measure oxygen and carbon dioxide gas exchange, which requires wearing a breathing mask and light headgear.

    Test Length: 1 hour

  • Athletic Performance Profile Assessment (APPA)

    The Athletic Performance Profile Assessment (APPA) is a combination of specific tests:

    • Cardiorespiratory Test (VO2 Max or Metabolic Efficiency Point)
    • Body Composition via BOD POD®
    • Functional Movement Screening


    This assessment provides information to help individuals plan a fitness or sport conditioning program. 

    Test Length: 120 - 150 minutes (average)

    Schedule an APPA AppointmentBook an APPA Appointment

  • Personal Fitness Assessment (PFA)

    The Personal Fitness Assessment (PFA) is a combination of tests that provide a basic fitness assessment.

    PFA includes the following tests:

    • VO2 Submax
    • Body composition via BOD POD®
    • Functional Movement Screening (FMS)


    Test Length:
     90 minutes

    Schedule a PFA AppointmentBook a PFA Appointment

  • Know Your Numbers

    Know Your Numbers is a reduced cost exercise testing and exercise prescription program we offer each fall.

    The Know Your Numbers program is currently sold out for Fall 2018.

    To join our wait list and to find out more information about the program, please click the link below.

    Know Your Numbers Know Your Numbers Information

 

Add a Lactate Threshold test to another test

  • VO2 Max + LT

    The VO2 (volume of oxygen) Max Test is considered the best measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness. It determines your maximum aerobic capacity, the body's ability to transport and utilize oxygen during exercise. A very high level of physical exertion is required to conduct this test.

    Lactate Threshold is the maximal intensity that one can maintain for a period of time without tipping the balance between production and clearance of lactate in the blood. Once tipped, muscle fatigue will ensue.

    Test Length: 2 hours

    Schedule a VO2 Max + LT Appointment Schedule a VO2 Max + LT Appointment

  • MEP + LT

    The Metabolic Efficiency Point Test is an ideal test to determine how much carbohydrate and fat is burned during aerobic exercise, as well as what proportion of these fuels your muscles prefer per stage (workload) using metabolic monitor measurements gathered from expired air. 

    Lactate Threshold is the maximal intensity that one can maintain for a period of time without tipping the balance between production and clearance of lactate in the blood. Once tipped, muscle fatigue will ensue.

    Test Length: 2.5 hours

    Schedule a MEP + LT Appointment Schedule a MEP + LT Appointment

  • APPA + LT
    The Athletic Performance Profile Assessment (APPA) + LT is composed of the following tests:
    • Cardiorespiratory Test (VO2 Max or Metabolic Efficiency Point)
    • Body Composition via BOD POD®
    • Functional Movement Screening
    • Lactate Threshold

     

    Schedule an APPA + LT Appointment Schedule an APPA + LT Appointment


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