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Human Performance Lab

Treadmill Test
Using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures that are considered the “gold standard” for measuring physiological processes, we can give you data that is specific to you, not a theoretical number based on your age, gender, height, and weight. Using this data we then help guide you in formulating a plan so you can more efficiently and effectively pursue your goals, whatever they might be! Whether it’s improved performance and times in athletic events, weight loss, better health, or a “checkup.” 
  • Take personal responsibility for your health
  • Improve your athletic performance
  • Reach your health and fitness goals
  • Lose weight

Bod Pod Test

For Appointments
Please fill out the form below to submit a request for testing.  You will be contacted soon after the form has been submitted to confirm your test time.

If you have further questions, please contact Professor Mike Boyd (Director of the Human Performance Lab) at 423.236.2854 or mboyd@southern.edu.

Tests Available
Metabolic Efficiency Testing will include each person completing three pre tests and three post tests (which usually is scheduled about 8 weeks after the pre test):

  • Resting Metabolic Rate Test
  • Bod Pod Test for calculating body fat percentage
  • Sub-Maximal Threshold Walking Treadmill Test or Bike Test.
For more details on each of these tests please view the brochure.

Resting Test
Individual Client Rate: $225.00 per person
Corporate or Group Rate (4 or more individuals): $175 per person.

For paid testing, payment needs to be made at the front desk of the Hulsey Wellness Center and is due at the time of the first visit. Billing is not available. We accept credit and debit cards, cash, or check.

Bike Test
Lab Hours
Mondays: 6 - 10 a.m. (Paid Testing Only - Fee Required)
Tuesdays: 6 - 10 a.m. (SAU Students/Staff Testing-No Charge)
Wednesdays: 6 - 10 a.m. (PEAC-235 Personal Conditioning Student Testing-No Charge)
Thursdays: 6 - 10 a.m. (SAU Students/Staff Testing-No Charge)
Fridays: 6 - 9 a.m. (SAU Students/Staff Testing-No Charge)

The lab is on the second floor of the Hulsey Wellness Center.

Instructions Prior to Testing
Please review and follow the instructions prior to testing so you will have accurate results when doing the tests.

Human Performance Lab Testing Request Form

PLEASE NOTE: Requests for testing will be processed during normal business hours (Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. - 12 p.m) Forms submitted outside of normal business hours will be addressed the next business day.
Waiver Release

I expressly agree and promise to accept and assume all of the risks existing in my participation in Performance Lab testing.  I hereby voluntarily release, forever discharge, and agree to indemnify and hold harmless SAU from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action, which are in any way connected with my participation in this activity or my use of SAU's equipment or facilities, including any such claims which allege negligent acts or omissions of SAU. 

PAR-Q Questions

Please answer the questions below, read the comments below and hit the Submit button.

If you answered YES to any of the above questions please follow the advice below.

  • Talk to your doctor by phone or in person BEFORE you start becoming much more physically active or BEFORE you have a fitness appraisal.  Tell your doctor about the PAR-Q and which questions you answered YES.
  • You may be able to do any activity you want--as long as you start slowly and build up gradually.  Or, you may need to restrict your activities to those which are safe for you.  Talk with your doctor about the kinds of activities you wish to participate in and follow his/her advice.
  • Find out which commnity programs are safe and helpful for you.

If you answered NO to all questions, please read the instructions below.

  • You can start becoming much more physically active--begin slowly and build up gradually.  This is the safest and easiest way to go.
  • You can take part in a fitness appraisal--this is an excellent way to determine your basic fitness so that you can plan the bast way for you to live actively.

Delay becoming more active if:

1. You are not feeling well because of a temporary illness such as a cold or a fever--wait until you feel better.

2. You are or may be pregnant--talk to your doctor before you start becoming more active.