Exercise Science Facilities

Students in the Exercise Science Major are exposed to state-of-the-art equipment. While in the program, they gain the knowledge, skills, and practical abilities required to utilize the equipment and interpret the results. Our contemporary laboratories support the active learning style and applied scientific, integrated curriculum employed by Exercise Science faculty.

In the human performance laboratory, students have access to resistance training equipment including Olympic Platforms with Olympic bars and bumper plates, dumbbells, benches, traditional resistance training machines, and squat racks. The performance laboratory also houses air-powered resistance, Keiser Pneumatic strength training equipment. These various forms of resistance equipment afford the students a unique opportunity to compare and contrast techniques and equipment for a wide array of clinical and sport-performance applications.

Students also have opportunities to analyze calisthenics, speed, and agility in the human performance laboratory. The wood suspension flooring of the laboratory allows students to safely practice and analyze high impact and plyometric training, utilizing portable high speed cameras. Students are exposed to numerous methods for speed, agility, and quickness training and trained on good practices for technique and coaching.

Additional Equipment (not pictured):

  • Speed, agility and quickness equipment

The human performance laboratory also houses an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill and Hydroworx underwater treadmill. These provide opportunities for rehabilitation and training with options to control for resistance, incline, speed, as well as variation in subject’s perceived weight. The Hydroworx treadmill is also outfitted with 3 underwater cameras with video capabilities so that students can make real-time adjustments or monitor progress over time.

Additional Equipment (not pictured):

  • Aquatic exercise equipment

The laboratories house submaximal and maximal exercise assessment equipment. The Exercise Science students participate in labs utilizing the Medgraphics metabolic cart, Quinton Cardiac Stress System, and Parvomedics metabolic cart with treadmill and ergometer. For field testing, the students also have opportunities to familiarize with the K4b2 portable metabolic cart and polar training heart rate monitors. 

Additional Equipment (not pictured):

  • Parvomedics metabolic cart
  • Three Quinton treadmills
  • Polar training heart rate monitoring system

During body composition units, students have access to a wide variety of assessment equipment. The Exercise Science program houses a hydrostatic weighing tank, bioelectrical impedance body composition analyzers, skin-fold calipers, and the BodPod body composition analyzer. Students have opportunities to compare validity of results between the various methods and discuss which assessment methods are best utilized in various scenarios.

Additional Equipment (not pictured):

  • Bioelectrical impedance body composition analyzers
  • Lange Calipers

The facilities employed within the Exercise Science Major provide students with opportunities to learn a wide array of analytical assessment and sport performance training techniques in human performance and aquatic rehabilitation laboratories. Faculty are able to teach students the latest, best practices in healthcare using advanced, contemporary equipment that students will utilize throughout their careers.