Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.
Our exercise physiologists in the Fortius Lab measure cardiovascular fitness, production and use of energy, exercise economy and body composition, as well as sport-specific performance measures such as power, speed and force. We serve as a resource for evaluating and monitoring performance factors for elite athletes, and we also measure and track baseline information to optimize anyone's health and fitness.
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If you're trying to lose weight or put on muscle mass to meet the demands of your sport, assess changes post-training or injury or just improve your health, our anthropometric assessments can help you set realistic goals and monitor your progress. This assessment allows us to evaluate health status and health risk and helps our dietitian design a nutrition plan to optimize your performance.
Basic Assessment: uses height, weight, girths and skinfolds to provide an anthropometic evaluation of health risk. The basic assessment can be used as a monitoring tool for the effectiveness of a training program or when specific body composition goals are in place.
Advanced Assessment: includes all basic measurements plus segment length measures to calculate estimated muscle mass and limb segmental volume. It provides an additional level of body composition analysis for the more detail oriented athlete. Price: $100
Spirometry (the measurement of breath) is the most common of the pulmonary function tests. Spirometry measures lung function, specifically the amount (volume) and or speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled. Spirometry is an important tool used for assessing conditions such as asthma, exercise-induced asthma, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
If you experience shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and/or other symptoms during or after exercise, an Exercise Challenge Test might be for you. This is a progressive exercise test used to determine if you have exercise induced asthma. Using basic spirometry, we measure lung function before and after vigorous exercise to determine how your lung function changes with exercise. We can also measure the effectiveness of medications, and provide recommendations of management as well as other possible causes of breathing abnormalities. Results from this test will be provided to you and your referring physician.
Note: this test may be prescribed by your physician, however physician referral is not required to complete this test.
Each metabolic assessment is performed using our state-of-the-art Parvo Medics TrueOne 2400 Metabolic Measuring System. Each metabolic and exercise assessment includes a complimentary 30-minute follow up (booked upon completion of your assessment) to discuss the results of your assessment in detail and to provide training recommendations based on your results. You will receive an electronic copy of your report prior to your follow up allowing you time to review your results and prepare any questions you would like answered during your follow up appointment.
Our exercise testing is performed on our Woodway Pro XL treadmill or our fully adjustable SRM cycling ergometer (with integrated SRM Training System).
The key to losing weight safely and effectively is to eat enough nutrient-rich foods to stay above your RMR, but below your daily caloric needs. This test is the most precise way to find out exactly how many calories you need to eat in order to reach your goals, whether for weight loss, weight gain, or optimal fueling for performance. During this test you will rest in a comfortable position for 15-20 minutes while breathing into a mouth piece to measure your resting energy expenditure. This assessment can be combined with nutritional consultation services with our Registered Dietitian to create an individualized meal plan.
Note: please allow 60 minutes for this appointment.
A rigorous test recommended for athletes of all levels who are serious about improving their cardiovascular fitness. VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen the body can consume to produce energy, which is directly related to performance. The appointment takes approximately 60 minutes and can be conducted on a cycle ergometer or treadmill. You will receive a report outlining specific information about your current fitness status, as well as recommendations from our exercise physiologists to help guide your training.
The lactate threshold has been shown to predict endurance performance and can be very sensitive to specific training. If the test is repeated every 8-12 weeks it will also show the effectiveness of your training. During the assessment, your blood lactate levels and heart rate will be measured, as the test progresses from easy to hard. The appointment takes approximately 60 minutes and can be conducted on a cycling ergometer or treadmill. After determining a lactate profile, we will provide accurate training zones based on both heart rate and power output (W) or speed.
In addition to the measurement of blood lactate, this assessment also measures metabolic and ventilatory data during incremental exercise. Gas exchange will be measured using a metabolic cart to determine oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production. This assessment combines the Lactate Threshold Step Test with the VO2Max test for the most comprehensive metabolic assessment. This appointment takes approximately 60 minutes and can be conducted on a cycling ergometer or treadmill.
Already completed a VO2Max test in the Fortius Lab within the year? Come in for a VO2Max check-in to see how your fitness and performance has improved with your training. (Note: this service does not include a follow up and is intended to be used as a check in to track progress and the effectiveness of your training program).
Already completed a Lactate Threshold Step Test in the Fortius Lab within the year? Come in for a Lactate Zone Check-In to update your current training zones and ensure you continue to train at the optimal intensities to maximize your performance gains. (Note: this service does not include a follow up and is intended to be used to update your training zones to your current level of fitness)
This exercise test involves exercising on a treadmill or cycle ergometer while your heart rate and rhythm are closely monitored by our physiologist. The rhythm tracing (EKG) is interpreted by a cardiologist and the results provided directly to you. This test helps you and your primary health care provider determine your risk for cardiovascular disease and identifies the presence of abnormal heart rhythms. The results also help our exercise specialists develop a safe and effective exercise program for you.
Note: Stress tests at Fortius cannot be covered under the Medical Services Plan.
A torque analysis will be performed during a cycling test at 4 different power outputs to examine quality of power production. Measuring torque is used to optimize bike fit, analyze aerodynamic position and monitor injury rehabilitation progress. The torque analysis on our SRM Ergometer provides a complete graphical distribution of power during all 360 degrees of the pedal revolution allowing for analysis of left versus right leg power distribution. The pedal stroke can further be broken down into four parts, noting that different muscles activate during these different parts of the pedal stroke. A smooth and efficient pedal stroke will allow your muscles to work smoothly and keep your body using oxygen (aerobic) as its primary source of energy production (versus burning glycogen anaerobically). Not only is aerobic respiration more efficient, it is sustainable for longer durations allowing you to maximize your training and performance.
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The Fortius Lab also offers a range of applied biomechanics analysis. Visit our Biomechanics services page to learn more.