Exercise Physiology Core Laboratory
101 Hospital Dr.
Charlottesville, VA 22903Directions
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
When you arrive at the building, call Lisa Farr, 434.982.3565, as she'll assist you through the COVID screening before your appointment.
Parking: Park in the Hospital Drive parking lot. Enter the West Complex via the 2nd entrance from the parking lot. Take the C elevators down to the second floor. Take two lefts immediately, and the lab will be on your left in room 2406.
The Exercise Physiology Core Lab (EPCL) offers fitness measurement services. Our assessments provide information that can help you create a plan for general fitness, weight control and athletic performance.
Tests at the EPCL include:
- V02 Max: VO2 max, or maximal oxygen consumption, refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can use during intense exercise. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. A VO2 max test will also tell the individual's maximal heart rate. This information can be used to develop an exercise training program that is safe and effective.
- Body Composition: Body composition is the body’s amount of fat relative to fat-free mass. Individuals with optimal body composition are typically healthier, move more easily and efficiently, and generally feel better. We measure body composition using the Bod Pod. Many people seek out this test to establish a baseline and track changes over time as they begin to exercise or lose weight.
- Resting Metabolism: Resting metabolic rate refers to the amount of energy needed to maintain basic functions of the body. This test involves lying supine with a clear canopy over the face for about 40 minutes with as little movement as possible. Once this number is obtained, a person's energy needs can be calculated. Knowing these numbers can help someone make sure they are not eating too little or too much for their exercise/activity level.
After you get the results of your tests, the specialist at the EPCL will explain what they mean, and how the information can be used as part of your plan for healthy living or exercise.
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