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Human Performance

Human Performance Testing

All testing procedures are conducted within the T.K. Cureton Physical Fitness Research Laboratory.


Amadeo Salvador

Hours for performance testing are by appointment only. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please email us at: amadeos2@illinois.edu


Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

Louis Freer Hall

906 South Goodwin Avenue

Urbana, IL 61801


Please find the performance tests we offer, and associated fees, listed below.


Tests for Maximal Aerobic Power and Capacity

Maximal Oxygen Consumption (VO2max)

VO2max is considered the ‘gold standard’ measure of cardiorespiratory fitness. This test determines the maximal amount of oxygen that can be consumed and used by muscles during exercise. VO2max is normally measured using an exercise mode that most closely reflects the muscular activity used in the athlete’s preferred sport. For example, athletes in a sport where running is the primary component, a treadmill will be used. For cyclists, a cycle ergometer will be used.

We offer tests on both the treadmill and cycle ergometer.

The final report will include: VO2, VCO2, heart rate, and exercise economy,

Fee: $100.00


Tests for Maximal Anaerobic Power and Capacity

Wingate test.

One of the most popular test to determine anaerobic performance is the Wingate 30 second cycle ergometer test. Typically athletes pedal as fast as they can against a constant resistance load on an ergometer such as a Lode Excalibur Sport. Typical outputs include peak power, mean power over 30 seconds, and percent fatigue. Peak power represents the athlete’s maximal anaerobic power and mean power reflects their maximal anaerobic capacity.

Fee: $50.00


Tests for Muscle Strength and Power

We offer three types of strength tests: isometric, isokinetic, and dynamic strength tests.  Strength and power testing is often used for talent identification based on prediction of performance, strengths and/or weaknesses within athletes, testing for muscle imbalances that may lead to injuries, and monitoring training progress.

Fee: $50.00