Community Testing at Appalachian State University, Exercise Science Human Performance Laboratory

Part of the Beaver College of Health Sciences, the Exercise Science Human Performance Laboratory (ESHPL) focuses on cardio respiratory assessments such as VO2max (treadmill or cycle ergometer) and resting metabolic rate and body composition measurements.

High-quality, low-cost fitness testing is available for healthy individuals through the ESHPL. The tests are available to members of the community as well as university faculty, staff and students. To obtain reliable data from the tests, please do not eat 5 hour before the test, do not smoke cigarettes, drink coffee or alcohol 4 hours before the test, do not perform moderate endurance exercise 4 hours before or vigorous resistance exercise 14 hours before the test.

Tests are performed at the Exercise Science Human Performance Laboratory located at the Holmes Convocation Center, room 54, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment send an email at or call Marco Meucci at 828-262-2935.

Prior to the test, you will receive a Health History Questionnaire and an Informed Consent for Community Testing that will have to be filled out and returned in for of hard or electronic copy at least 3 days before the day of the test. The community testing program at ASU is also part of a research project that aims to collect information about the fitness level of people in this area and allows our research laboratory to be better informed about the normal values of some physical performance measures that are specific of our community. If you are interested in being part of this study, please read, sign and return also the Consent to Participate in Research form.

The research-level quality tests offered, and their costs, are:

VO2max testing

  • Description: VO2max Testing is an assessment of your cardiorespiratory fitness. This test is designed to assess the function of your heart and lungs during maximal exercise. It is one of the best physical fitness tests available. Our laboratory offers research-grade equipment and trained laboratory technicians to ensure that the best results are attained. Results of this test can give you information about your maximal aerobic capacity, heart rate/power training zones, and other training-related data. Tests may be performed on a treadmill or cycle ergometer. Please note that this test is only available to healthy individuals.
  • Test Guidelines: Bring with you sports clothing to run on a treadmill or ride on a stationary bike. You can have a light snack prior to the test.
  • Estimated Test Time: 45 Minutes (you will exercise for 8-15 minutes).
  • Pricing: Community $75; ASU Faculty/Staff $50; ASU Students $25.

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) testing

  • Description: Resting Metabolic Rate testing is an assessment of the amount of energy your body uses at rest each day to support bodily functions. In other words, it is the number of calories you expend in a day while resting to keep your heart and lungs working and to maintain your body temperature. Results of this test can give you information about your metabolism and the energy substrates your bodily primarily uses at rest. This information can be taken to a registered dietitian and used to address diet.
  • Test Guidelines: Bring a sweatshirt to keep your body warm. You will have to lay for 15-20 minutes in a laboratory at 70F. Fasting conditions are preferable but you can have a light breakfast in the morning.
  • Estimated Test Time: 30 Minutes (the measurement will last 15 minutes).
  • Pricing: Community $25; ASU Faculty/Staff $20; ASU Students $15.

Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) testing

  • Description: Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry testing is an assessment of your body composition. It uses two low-energy x-ray beams to scan your body. Results of this test can give you information about the bone mineral density, fat tissue mass, and lean tissue mass of your body. The amount of radiation involved with DEXA scans is minimal and equivalent of four days of exposition to sunlight. If DEXA canĂ­t be performed, body composition can be performed using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) or air-displacement technique (BodPod).
  • Test Guidelines: Wear or bring clothes that don't have any metal (zippers, snaps, etc...). DEXA scan cannot be performed in the following conditions: 1. surgical implants (hip replacements, joint pins or screws); 2. metallic rods or spinal fusion devices; 3, heart pacemaker; 4. body weight greater than 350 lb. Please let me know if you have one of the previous conditions so we can prepare the BIA (bioelectrical impedance analysis) scale to measure body composition.
  • Estimated Test Time: 30 Minutes
  • Pricing: Community $25; ASU Faculty/Staff $20; ASU Students $15.

Complete Physical Fitness Assessment (VO2max + RMR + DEXA)

  • Description: A Complete Physical Fitness Assessment is also available at a reduced price. This includes all three tests: VO2max, RMR, and DEXA. The tests will be performed starting with DEXA, followed by RMR, and ending with VO2max.
  • Estimated Test Time: 90 Minutes
  • Pricing: Community $100; ASU Faculty/Staff $75; ASU Students $50.