Fitness Laboratory

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The Fitness Laboratory is a state-of-the-art lab designed to assess the physiological effects of exercise on the human body.
(additional fee + membership not required)

About the Fitness Lab

The purpose of the Fitness Laboratory is to provide scientific support to those striving to achieve improved performance, health and wellness. The program includes testing, other assessments and a consultation with a certified exercise physiologist who will interpret test data, provide tips on how to apply your results and make your exercise/training program as successful as possible.

Data from laboratory testing provides precise and accurate answers to the following questions:

  • What is my body fat percentage?
  • What is my “fat burning” range?
  • How many calories do I burn at rest?
  • How many calories do I burn during exercise?
  • What is my ideal target heart rate?
  • How fit am I?
  • What is my cholesterol level?
  • Where do I stand compared to others my age?

In addition, the lab allows us to track a client’s progress and offer them a “report card” regarding their exercise program.

Fitness Laboratory Services

Body Composition

Using the highly accurate BOD-POD, we will measure your body fat mass and lean body mass. Excess body-fat is associated with increased risk of disease and may hinder athletic performance. This is the same protocol used to measure the body composition of the Miami Hurricane student athletes.Time required: approximately 15-30 minutes

VO 2 Max (Maximal Oxygen Uptake)

This maximal exercise test determines your rate of oxygen consumption, training heart rate zones, and ventilatory threshold. VO2 max testing is the gold standard for individuals who truly need specific heart rate training information (i.e. runners, tri-athletes). Time required: approximately 60 minutes

Resting Metabolic Rate

Ever wonder exactly how many calories you need each day? Data collected from this 30-minute exam will provide you with information on your daily caloric requirements. A computerized report details exactly how many calories a day you need to fulfill your weight loss or weight gain goals. This information is critical for providing a sound weight-modification program. Time required: approximately 45-60 minutes

Basic Fitness Assessment

A “fitness report card” is the best way to describe this assessment. This simple protocol will test cardiovascular fitness, body composition, muscular fitness and health variables. Your results are compared to others your age/gender and general exercise recommendations are provided to help you improve. Time required: approximately 60 minutes


Prior to your initial visit, you must complete the Health History QuestionnaireOnce you have the compelted the questionnaire, please visit the Herbert Wellness Center Sales Office Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or call 305-284-5433 to schedule your appointment.

Rates and Fees

Student Member Non-Student Member Non-member
Bod Pod $10 $35 $50
Basic Fitness Assessment Free (CHAMP) $45 $60
VO2 Max Test $50 $80 $110
Resting Metabolic Rate $30 $50 $70