Exercise Physiology and Human Performance

The Exercise Physiology and Human Performance laboratories enable the conduction of a range of physiological and nutrition-based exercise tests for health and sports performance.

The Exercise Physiology and Human Performance laboratories house a number of items of specialist laboratory equipment that allows for a range of exercise tests to be conducted, these include:

  • Direct and indirect assessment of maximal oxygen consumption via different modalities of exercise.
  • Blood lactate response to incremental exercise
  • Assessment of maximal intensity exercise
  • Assessment of muscular power and strength
  • Monitoring of internal and external load during exercise
  • Lung function and efficiency tests
  • Bone strength tests

These protocols are conducted during module practical sessions and are designed to support theoretical content taught in lectures.

The laboratories are also used for staff and student research and for enterprise activities such as school and college visits and testing of individual athletes / sports teams via the University Peak Condition Clinic.


  • Cortex Metamax Portable Gas Analyser 3B
  • Cortex Metalyser Gas Analyser 3B × 2
  • Optojump System
  • HP Cosmos Treadmills with Safety Arches
  • Biodex System 4 Pro Isokinetic Dynamometer
  • Vitalograph Gold Spirometer and Micro Spirometers
  • Cloud 9 Altitude Generators
  • Ultrasound Bone Imaging Scanner
  • Monark 894E Wingate Systems × 2
  • Biopac MP36 and MP45
  • Lode Corival Cycle Ergometer
  • Lode Excalibur Cycle Ergometer
  • Monark Cycle Ergometers × 4
  • Concept II Rowing Ergometers
  • Catapult Minimax S4 GPS System
  • Activio Telemetry Heart Rate System
  • Just Jump Mat

Maximal Intensity Exercise - Wingate Test

Vertical Jump

Blood Lactate Sample

Lode Ergometer V02 Max Test

Assessment of Muscular Strength via Biodex System

Lung Function Test via Vitalograph Gold Spirometer


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Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 8.00am - 5.00pm

Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

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