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Human Performance Lab

Human Performance Lab

Human Performance Laboratory (HPL)

The Human Performance Laboratory offers a variety of fitness services including personal training, massage therapy and fitness testing.

In addition to the HPL, personal training and massage therapy is offered at the Sport & Fitness Center.


Student Recreation Facility-Suite 148                                                                                                                                                                                              737 S. Halsted St.

Hours for the UIC Human Performance Lab

Monday through Friday: 9:00am to 7:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Sunday: Closed

Hours for fitness testing are by appointment only and can vary outside normal open hours.  Please call for more information at 312-413-5174


Fitness Testing Services

Our Fitness Technicians perform fitness tests and evaluations of athletes and non-athletes. By conducting a series of comprehensive evaluations and laboratory measurements, our team can identify your fitness needs and provide you with an individualized exercise prescription. This exercise prescription can be designed to get you started or move you up to the next fitness level and beyond.

Body Composition

Why measure body composition?

Measuring body-fat is important for several reasons. Weight alone is not a clear indicator of good health because it does not distinguish between pounds that come from body fat and those that come from lean body mass or muscle.   Carrying too much fat puts a person at risk for many serious medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes and even certain forms of cancer

Additionally, knowing ones body composition serves as a starting point for a weight management program. Having a tangible result in the form of skin-fold measurements and/or percentages can help one to chart ones progress. In fact, measuring body-fat regularly can serve to motivate and help an individual make any necessary modifications to their program.

How do we measure body composition?

Skinfolds – a six site (men) or five site (women) skinfold test that assesses body composition (percentage body fat, lean body mass, ideal weight, and ideal percentage fat). A computer printout is given of all the results.

Student Member Non-Member
$10 $15 $20


Hydrostatic Weighing  – Hydrostatic underwater weighing, or hydrostatic testing, determines a person’s total body density using Archimedes’ Principle of displacement. Hydrostatic underwater weighing has been considered the gold standard for body composition assessment.

Student Member Non-Member
$30 $45 $60

General Fitness Assessment

One important step in your fitness program is a fitness assessment administered by the Human Performance Lab staff. The entire assessment package consists of:

  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzer (body composition)
  • Jog/Walk Test (aerobic capacity)
  • Curl-ups, push-ups, handgrip, and leg press (muscular strength and endurance)
  • Sit and reach (flexibility)

Please note the following items prior to testing:

Clothing: Comfortable athletic clothes and shoes are recommended. Please wear or bring shorts and a short sleeve t-shirt. Women are encouraged to wear a sports bra.

Stimulants: Please refrain from the use of coffee, tea, cola, and tobacco use for 4 hours prior to the test. One cigarette may increase your heart rate up to 25 bpm for one hour.

Exercise: Previous exercise may cause muscle soreness or premuscular fatigue during your exercise test. For this reason you should refrain from exercise the day of your test.

Drugs: Please inform the testing staff of any prescription drugs or non-prescription drugs that you have taken up to 48 hours prior to testing.

Please consider all of the above instructions and allow at least 1 hour for the fitness assessment. If for any reason you are unable to arrive for your scheduled time, please contact the Human Performance Lab at (312) 413-5174. We hope to make your fitness assessment an informative and educational experience.

$40 Students

$50 Members

$75 Non-Members

Maximal Oxygen Consumption (Treadmill or Bike)

VO2 Assessment

An exercise test performed on a treadmill or a bike. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an individual’s cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. The results will indicate your capacity to perform sustained exercise.

This information will help in designing a comprehensive cardiovascular fitness program.

You’ll leave knowing:
• how hard you need to exercise       • how many times per week you need to exercise
• how long you need to exercise

This test requires medical referral from your physician.

Student Member Non-Member
$70 $140 $160

Lactate Testing

Most people know that cardiovascular exercise is important but knowing how intense a workout should be is different for each of us depending on our goals and current fitness level.

Lactate Tests help determine the correct training intensity to increase power and endurance.  Knowing the corresponding lactate values at a given heart rate range allows you to adjust your training to meet specific goals.


Student Member Non-Member
$55 $65 $75

Resting Metabolic Rate

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
Tired of diets that don’t work? Find out how many calories your body burns in a day! You are a unique individual and you have a very unique metabolism. RMR testing will assess your metabolism and find the rate at which you burn calories.

By knowing the number, you will know exactly how many calories you need to eat every day to gain weight, lose weight, or maintain your weight. You’ll leave with a weekly plan of how many calories to eat, and how many calories to burn through exercise. This test takes about 90 minutes to complete

Call today to make your appointment 312-413-5174

Student Member Non-Member
$55 $65 $75

Workout Evaluation and Consultation

Fine tune your program to reach your personal best. A personal trainer can adjust your training schedule to blast through plateaus and reach the goals you’ve been working hard to attain. Sit down with a trained professional who will go over your current workout plan and assess efficiency and direction toward your goals and needs.

Student Member Non-Member
$15 $20 $25
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