NC Exercise Science grads offer free high performance assessments

Are you a recreational or elite athlete that is looking to take your training to the next level? Students enrolled in NC’s Exercise Science for Health and Performance program are recruiting NC staff, students and community members for practice as they work towards becoming Certified Exercise Physiologists. 

Every Tuesday night between March 25 and April 15 they will welcome those who would like to improve their training for endurance sports and other physical activities or who just want to know how fit they really are.

All testing is free except for the lactate threshold test. Clients can sign up for any combination of tests.

Lactate Threshold Test

The blood lactate test is an incremental test used to determine your own individual anaerobic or lactate threshold (LT). This test can be done using our Woodway treadmill or a Monark bike.  This type of testing is important for determining your individual training zones and monitoring your training status. You will receive a report that includes your thresholds and recommended training zones. Only small fingertip samples are required using a lancet. Cost: $50.00

Body Composition Assessment

Our body composition testing calculates your percentage of body fat and lean body weight to fat mass ratios. Cost: Free

VO2max Test

Each client will receive a wealth of information about their training status from this test.

People can do the test on our Woodway Treadmill or our Monark Bike. This type of testing incrementally measures your oxygen consumption, carbohydrate and fat burning efficiencies as well as ventilation, heart rate, speed and power.

Based on the data obtained, our clients will receive individualized heart rate zones, thresholds,  training zones for cycling or running as well and recommendations for program design.  Cost: Free

Submaximal Fitness Assessment

Should a maximal test or lactate test be outside your comfort zone, our students can also offer submaximal testing for determining your aerobic and musculoskeletal fitness, posture assessment and recommendations for program design.  Cost: Free

Sign up for a time by contacting Jennifer Wilkins at or call (905) 735-2211  ext. 7587. Please indicate which test(s) you would are interested in.  Testing will take place between the hours of 6:30 and 9:30 pm at the Welland Campus (2nd floor of the Athletics Building – Room A200B).

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