Human Performance Lab

at The DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness

  • Contact Us

    For more information please contact:
    Kris Wisniewski, Ph.D., CES, EIM-III
    Coordinator of Human Performance Laboratory
    DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness
    Phone: 814-471-1132
    Email: DiSepioHPL@francis.edu

    Assessment fee chart

    Map and directions

    Pre-testing instructions

    DiSepio Institute Human Performance Lab (HPL)

    The DiSepio Institute's Human Performance Lab (HPL) is a state-of-the-art facility offering the latest in physical fitness assessments.  Through a combination of cutting-edge technologies and world class multidisciplinary experts, including exercise physiologists and physical therapists, the HPL enables individuals to attain their maximum physical conditioning. Using a preventative model of care combined with in-depth assessment tools, the HPL staff can help people of all-ages accomplish their goals by clearly identifying their current health and fitness status and establishing a road map forward. 

    Mission

    The mission of the Human Performance Laboratory is to assess,evaluate, and disseminate knowledge of human performance as it relates to health, wellness, physical fitness, athletic ability,and exercise physiology through education, research, and service.

    Areas of assessment include:

    • Aerobic Fitness
    • Lactate Threshold
    • Body Composition
    • Muscular Fitness
    • Resting Metabolic Rate
    • Metabolic Efficiency Point
    • Resting EKG
    • Personal Fitness Package

    These types of approaches can also assist individuals in understanding their risk in developing chronic medical conditions,such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.  Many such conditions can be more effectively prevented, managed or even reversed with detailed physical assessments and appropriate pre-emptive actions. Through detailed assessments and direction, HPL staff can provide individuals with a path toward optimum health.

    Who Should Use the Human Performance Lab?

    The HPL's services are relevant to anyone who wants to operate at their physical best, regardless of their age or vocation. Examples of individuals who would benefit from these services include:

    Vision

    The Human Performance Laboratory provides assessments of health and physical fitness to the faculty, staff, and students of Saint Francis University and residents of the surrounding communities through proficient skills attained by Professionally Certified Exercise Physiology Faculty and undergraduate Exercise Physiology students.

    1. Athletes who want to train more specifically to their sport and reach their full performance potential
    2. Individuals preparing to begin a new fitness regimen or increase their overall level of workout intensity
    3. Individuals wishing to more effectively manage their weight or chronic illness
    4. Older individuals who want to maintain their independence

    Facilities/Equipment

    The Human Performance Lab offers access to equipment and technology not found at any other location in this region,including:

    • A Cardiovascular-Metabolic unit that can analyze the exercise tolerance, capacity, and energy expenditure of any individual,including competitive and recreational athletes, children, and the elderly.
    • A BOD POD, an egg-shaped module used by hospitals and research centers world-wide to measure total body fat and lean body mass.
    • A Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer that evaluates specific deficiencies in strength in all the major muscle groups of the body, comparing one side to the other through varying speeds of resistance.
    • A NeuroCom Dynamic Posturography unit that analyzes the reasons for a balance problem and provides useful information in diagnosing the reasons for lack of balance or a tendency to fall.  This equipment is commonly used for assessing concussions and return-to-play status.
    • A private, single-subject testing room that allows for a variety of psychological and behavioral response testing.
  • Schedule an Assessment Test

    Get Started

    To schedule your assessment(s):

    • Please schedule your assessment at least 1 week in advance of your preferred assessment date.
    • Individual assessments may be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Group (≥ 5 individuals) assessments may be scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
    • Complete the Contact Information Form and Health History Screening Form, save the forms to your computer, and then email the form as an attachment to disepiohpl@francis.edu or fax them to 814-472-3140.
    • Based on your responses, you may need medical clearance from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) before participating in any assessments involving exercise. If this is required, you will be notified. Please have your PCP complete the Medical Clearance Form, and then email the form as an attachment to DiSepioHPL@francis.edu or fax it to 814-472-3140.
    • Include your name and proposed assessment date in the subject title of the email or fax. Include the assessment(s) you would like to perform in the body of the email or fax. You will be contacted to confirm your assessment information and date.
    • You will be notified of proper pre-testing procedures to follow to ensure the most accurate results on your assessment(s).
    • Please notify the HPL Coordinator no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled assessment if you would like to change, reschedule, or cancel your assessment(s). Payment type accepted: cash, check, most major credit cards.
    Aerobic Fitness

    Aerobic Fitness2

    Maximal Aerobic Capacity Test - 60 minutes

    Maximal Aerobic Capacity is considered the best measurement of cardio respiratory (aerobic) fitness. This test assesses your maximum VO2 (volume of oxygen consumption), the body's maximum ability to breathe in, transport,and use oxygen during exercise.   This test provides the MOST accurate method of prescribing appropriate training zones to meet your fitness and training goals.  The standard protocol for the test is displayed below. However, a different running protocol is used for competitive endurance athletes. This test may also be performed on a stationary bicycle where intensity is increased by increasing resistance every few minutes.

    Submaximal Aerobic Capacity - Test - 45 minutes

    Submaximal Aerobic Capacity testing follows the same protocol as the Maximal Aerobic Capacity Test, but is terminated at approximately 85% of your predicted maximum capacity (determined by heart rate).  This is a less invasive test (does not measure VO2, but may be added for additional charge) that can estimate your Maximal Aerobic Capacity and help to determine appropriate training zones to meet your personal fitness goals.  The test can be performed on either a treadmill or stationary cycle.

    Why are Maximal/Submaximal Aerobic Capacity Tests performed?

    The test is used to:

    • Determine your likelihood of having coronary artery disease
    • Identify abnormal heart rhythms
    • Evaluate your physical fitness level
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of your aerobic exercise program
    • Evaluate how you compare to other individuals of the same age and sex.
    • Help you develop a safe and effective exercise program

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information
    Body Composition

    Body Composition - Bod Pod2

    This testing determines percent of lean body mass and body fat, and body fat distribution. Both are considered determinants of disease risk and performance. A higher percentage of body fat is related to lower health and athletic performance.

    BOD POD, Skinfolds, BIA, Waist Circumference, and Waist:Hip Ratio - 30 minutes

    The BOD POD is one of the best ways to accurately measure your lean mass and fat mass, and also provides an estimation of Resting Metabolic Rate and Total Daily Energy Expenditure (amount of calories you burn each day for basic living functions). The BOD POD is widely used in hospital and research settings around the world. The skinfold test involves measuring the thickness of your skin at 7 various body sites to determine your body composition. Bioelectric Impedance Analysis (BIA) measures your body fat by sending an electrical pulse (you don't feel it) through your body and measures your body's resistance to the electrical current. More resistance equals more body fat. For the most accurate results, testing should be performed in the morning approximately 3 hours after waking. The Waist-to-Hip ratio test involves measuring the circumferences of your waist and hips with a special tape measure. This ratio is used to determine body fat distribution, and has several health implications.

    Why are Body Composition Tests performed?

    The tests are used to:

    • Determine the total amount of fat and lean tissue in your body.
    • Evaluate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes.
    • Evaluate how you compare to other individuals of the same age and sex.
    • Determine safe and effective weight loss goals.

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information
    Lactate Threshold

    Blood lactate levels are highly correlated with endurance performance and are often used to determine training zones in competitive athletes.  The lactate threshold is the maximal intensity that an individual can maintain for a period of time without causing muscular fatigue.

    The is typically performed on a stationary bike, and involves 3 minute stages of progressively increasing intensity with blood lactate collection (finger pinprick, method similar to blood sugar testing) at rest, at the end of each successive stage, and during recovery.  We recommend the test be completed during a recovery period in training.

    Why is the Lactate Threshold Test performed?

    The test is used to:

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of your aerobic exercise program
    • Help you develop a safe and effective exercise program

    Cost: Add $20 to either maximal or submaximal test.  Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart.

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information
    Metabolic Efficiency Point

    Metabolic Efficiency Point - 60 minutes

    Do you want to know exactly how many calories you're burning or what energy source (fats or carbs) you're primarily using during aerobic exercise?  This test will give you the answers.  The metabolic efficiency point test is considered a submaximal test with the protocol depending on your personal goal.   This test is ideal for individuals trying to lose weight or those trying to maintain their energy stores to compete at their maximal potential during a race. This test is done on the aerobic equipment of your choice (treadmill, stationary cycle, stair stepper, etc.).  You choose which protocol you would like to perform (Choose one).

    "Show me the Calories" Protocol

    Aerobic equipment and online equations often over-estimate the amount of calories you burn during an aerobic exercise session.  This protocol is designed to show you exactly how many calories you are burning while you exercise at different intensities as determined by different methods of regulating aerobic exercise intensity (Heart Rate, RPE, watts, and speed).  This test will give you the information needed to ensure you get the maximal benefits from your diet and training.

    Competition Protocol

    This protocol is designed to assess your calories burned and fuel utilization (carbohydrate and fat burning ratios) at yourself-selected race pace.  This test will provide you the information you need to ensure your diet is meeting all your training and competition nutritional needs.

    Why are Metabolic Efficiency Tests performed?

    The test is used to:

    • Caloric expenditure required for your sport/event.
    • How to preserve carbohydrate stores in order to decrease the amount of fuel replenishment required.
    • How to train to increase fat as fuel so you can run or bike faster and longer.

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information
    Muscular Fitness

    Muscular Fitness - Muscular Power

    Muscular Power, Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility -60 minutes

    Determining muscular fitness can be helpful in identifying weaknesses in certain muscle groups or muscular imbalances in the body.  This data can also be used to determine appropriate training loads to achieve specific muscular fitness goals (i.e., increasing muscular size, strength,and/or power).  Therefore, these results can serve as a basis for designing individualized exercise training programs. Results can also be compared against normative values based on age and sex.  These assessments have been used by professional sports at combine testing.

    Package Cost Includes:

    • Muscular Power Assessment
      • Vertical Jump
    • Muscular Strength Assessment
      • Bench Press
      • Leg Press or Squat
    • Muscular Endurance Assessment
      • 1 Upper Body Exercise (Push-Ups, Pull-Ups, YMCA BenchPress)
      • 1 Lower Body Exercise (Squats, Lunges)
      • Abdominal Crunches
    • Flexibility
      • Sit-and-Reach

    Why are Muscular Fitness Tests performed?

    The tests are used to:

    • Determine your muscle's ability to produce force.
    • Evaluate how you compare to other individuals of the same age and sex.
    • Determine any muscle weaknesses or imbalances in your body that may result in injury or decreased performance.
    • Determine the appropriate training loads to increase muscular size, strength, or endurance.

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information
    Personal Fitness Package

    Personal Fitness Package - 120 minutes

    Body Composition (BOD POD, Waist Circumference, and Waist:HipRatio), Submaximal Aerobic Capacity Test, Muscular Fitness Testing(Strength, Endurance, and Flexibility)

    Why are Personal Fitness Packages performed?

    The tests are used to:

    • Evaluate how you compare to other individuals of the same age and sex for each variable tested.
    • Determine the total amount of fat and lean tissue in your body.
    • Evaluate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes.
    • Determine a safe and effective exercise training program.

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information

    Additional cost options:

    • add Oxygen Consumption (VO2) measurement (+$2.50)
    • improves accuracy of predicting Maximal Aerobic Capacity
    • upgrade to Maximal Aerobic Capacity Test (+ $7.50)
    • add Lactate Threshold Testing (+ $20.00)
    • add RMR assessment (+ $25.00)
    Resting Tests

    Resting Metabolic Rate

    Resting EKG - 15 minutes

    This resting measure examines your heart's function using a 12-lead EKG.  This assessment may identify any abnormalities in your heart's electrical conduction rate and/or rhythm.  This can be part of a more comprehensive assessment of whether it is safe for you to engage in regular exercise.  Results can be sent directly to your Primary Care Physician.

    This test is included with any exercise test that involves EKG monitoring.

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information

    Resting Metabolic Rate - 45 minutes

    This test provides an insight into your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE).  Your resting metabolic rate is the amount of calories you burn each day for basic living functions.  This is the most accurate method for assessing TDEE and is widely used in hospital and research settings world-wide.  For this test, you will be laying on your back in a relaxed position while you breathe into the metabolic system for 20 minutes.  You will be fitted with a breathing mask and light headgear.  This test is most accurate when performed first thing in the morning after an over-night fast.  The information from this test will assist you with determining the appropriate daily caloric intake to achieve your weight loss, gain,or maintenance goals.

    Why is the Resting Metabolic Rate Test performed?

    The test is used to:

    • Determine the actual amount of calories you should consume each day to accomplish your personal or sport performance goals.

    Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart

    Times noted next to each assessment are approximate and include:

    • Preparation for assessment
    • Performing assessment(s)
    • Depending on assessment, may include warm-up and cool-down periods
    • Post-assessment debriefing of information