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Fitness Testing

The Center for Physical Activity and Health (CPAH) aims to provide comprehensive testing for the health-related components of physical fitness (aerobic capacity, muscular fitness, flexibility, and body composition). All tests include prices for the general public (GP), faculty and staff (FS), and students (S). All testing is performed in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) building.

Payment: Tests must be paid for in cash equal to the exact dollar amount.

Testing Hours (1/6/20-5/1/20) Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00-9:00am (resting metabolic rate testing only) Note: testing times will be updated each semester to fit with the graduate assistant’s course schedule.

Schedule a Test or Learn More: Please contact the center via email at If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, contact the CPAH Director (Dr. Kelley Strohacker) directly through email ( or phone (865-974-7667)


Aerobic Fitness Testing

  • Peak Oxygen Consumption (VO2peak): This test will determine your peak function in terms of aerobic capacity.  First, the graduate assistant will strap on a heart rate monitor and then fit you with a mouthpiece (similar to scuba diving) so that we can measure breath-by-breath responses. Then, you will walk/run on a treadmill or pedal on a stationary bike while the intensity gradually increases until you are unable to continue. This test will only be available to individual who engage in habitual aerobic exercise (at least 30 min/day on 3 days per week for the past 3 months).
    • GP – $75; FS – $50; S – $25
  • Submaximal VO2: This test is similar to the VO2max protocol, in that you will wear a heart rate monitor and exercise on a treadmill or bike. However, the intensity will only increase until you reach 85% of your age-predicted maximal heart rate and you will not wear a mouthpiece.
    • GP – $40; FS – $30; S – $20

Body Composition Testing

  • Bod Pod: A popular method of body composition testing that uses air displacement to measure body density, which can then be used to calculate percent body fat and percent lean mass. This test requires the subject to sit comfortably in the Bod Pod for two to three one-minute trials while measurements are taken.
    • GP – $45; FS – $35; S – $25
  • Skin Fold and Circumference Measures: At multiple sites on the body, the graduate assistant will use calipers and a tape measure to determine skin fold thickness (e.g., triceps, abdomen, thigh) and girth (e.g., waist, hip). The skin fold measures can estimate total body fat and waist and hip measures can estimate health risk.
    • GP – $20; FS – $15; S – $10

Muscular Fitness Testing

  • 10-Repetition Maximum Testing: Using the chest press and leg press machines, individuals will gradually increase the weight to determine the most weight they can lift for ten repetitions. Performance on this test can accurately inform workloads that promote gains in muscular strength, endurance, or hypertrophy.
    •  GP – $25; FS – $20; S – $15

Flexibility Testing

  • Sit-and-Reach Test + Modified Back Extension Test: These tests target areas of inflexibility that can contribute to chronic low back pain. For the sit-and-reach test, individuals will sit on the floor with their feet hip-width apart, then slowly reach forward as far as they can. For the modified back extension test, individuals will lay face down on a floor mat and, using their upper body strength, slowly lift up their torso as far as they can while keeping hips on the ground.
    • GP – $20; FS – $15; S – $10

Resting Metabolic Rate

  • Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR): This test measures the rate at which your body burns calories at rest. The individual lays fully rested for approximately 10 minutes while breathing into a metabolic cart. This measurement is effective in calculating calorie consumption needed to effectively gain or lose weight.
    • GP – $75; FS – $50; S – $25