Anthropometric and Body Composition Measures
Assess and monitor health risk and changes in body composition before, during and after initiation of a lifestyle, fitness or training program.
- Waist and hip girths
- Skin fold thicknesses - measurement of the thickness of subcutaneous adipose tissue (fat lying directly under the skin) is the most widely used method for determining body composition.
- Bioelectrical impedance (BIA) – is a rapid, noninvasive method of assessing body composition where a low level electrical current is passed through the body to assess body fatness.
- VO2 max Testing (Treadmill or Cycle Ergometer) – The individual will perform an exercise test of increasing intensity while ventilation, gas exchange variables and heart rate will be monitored. Duration to test 1 individual = 30 minutes.
- Blood Lactate - The VO2max test above could also incorporate blood lactate assessment that would allow for assessment of lactate threshold (LT) and specific target heart rates.
- Astrand Submaximal Cycle Ergometer Test – a predictive assessment of VO2max from the heart rate response to selected power outputs on a cycle ergometer. Blood pressure response can also be measured.
- Leger 20 m Shuttle Run (Field Test) - This test predicts VO2max. This test can be used to test a large group of individuals at once (can do approximately 15 people at a time in the gym) and takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Wingate 30 s Anaerobic Power Test – completed on a Monark anaerobic power bike (Model 894E) with Monark software. This test will give Peak Power in Watts and Watts/kg, Mean Power in Watts and Watts/kg, and Fatigue Index in % (power drop off). It takes about 5 minutes to test one individual (warm-up, test, and cool-down).
- Vertical Jump – Measure vertical jump height and the calculation of jump power (based on jump height and weight).
- Other possible assessments include sport or task specific fatigue tests, agility runs and sprints.
Muscular strength, power and endurance:
- Push–ups or Bench Press Test – measure of muscular endurance of the chest, shoulder and triceps.
- Sit-ups – performed to a metronome (set so that the person performs 25 sit-ups per minute). The person must perform the sit-up with the knees flexed, feet un-held and follow strict rules on the correct performance of the sit-up.
- Hand Grip Strength – measure of forearm muscular strength with a hand grip dynamometer.
- Flexibility – sit and reach – assesses lower back and hamstring extensibility.
- Other flexibility measures – in consultation with the client or coach based on specific need.
- A variety of tests involving the treadmill or cycle ergometer (exercise efficiency or economy).
- Biochemical analysis of blood lactate.
There are various prices for certain assessments but the assessment package can be customized to the client’s needs. Please contact Gary Snydmiller at 780-679-1141 (office) for more information.