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Fortius Sport & Health is an integrated athlete development centre strengthened through philanthropy and focused on optimizing human performance for life.

Exercise Physiology

​​​​​Most human performance labs are located in university settings. The Fortius Lab is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art human ​​​perf​ormance lab (HPL) that is integrated within the Fortius Institute. Our vision is to make applied biomechanics and exercise physiology accessible to all athletes, of all ages and to all levels of competition. ​​

​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.​​

The Fortius Lab also offers a range of applied biomechanics analysis. Visit our Biomechanics​ services page to learn more.

Our Services Include:

Body Composition (Anthropometry)

If you're trying to lose weight or put on muscle mass for health to meet the demands of your sport, assess changes post-training or injury or just improve your health, our anthropometric assessment can help. This assessment allows us to evaluate health status and health risk and helps our dietitian design a nutrition plan to optimize your performance.

The 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.
Price: $75

The Advanced Assessment: includes all basic measurements plus segment length measures to calculate estimated muscle mass and thigh segmental volume. It provides an additional level of body composition analysis for the more detail oriented athlete. 
Price: $125

Cardiac Stress Test

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 to you and your referring physician. This test helps your referring physician 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. 

Price: $300

Pulmonary Function Test (Spirometry)

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). 

Price: $55

Maximal Inspiratory Pressure Test

Value representing the highest level of pressure generated during an inhalation. Maximum inspiratory pressure is an important and noninvasive index of diaphragm strength and an independent tool for diagnosing many illnesses. Test can also be used to train lung function. Mostly designed for elite athletes. 

Price: $75 ​

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)

The key to losing weight safely 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. 

Price: $125

VO2max

A rigorous test recommended for athletes and individuals who are serious about improving cardiovascular fitness. VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen the body can consume to produce energy, which is directly related to performance. The assessment 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 physiological status, as well as recommendations to help our exercise specialists guide your training. 

Price: $160​

ASTHMA EXERCISE CHALLENGE TEST

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. 

Price: $150

LACTATE THRESHOLD TEST

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 assessment 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 wattage. 

Price: $175

lactate threshold test with VO2

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. Other variables measured include ventilation rate, max heart rate, and VO2max, the maximal amount of oxygen the body can consume to produce energy.
Price: $200

Torque analysis (Cycling)

A torque analysis will be performed during the bike 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 provides a complete graphical distribution of power during all 360 degrees of the pedal revolution, and can be used to analyze the strengths of different pedaling styles. 

Price: $75

Basic Cycling Assessment

Includes the following assessments (described above) – Basic Body Composition, Lactate Threshold Test.

Price a la carte: $250 |  Package price: $220

Enhanced Cycling Assessment

Includes the following assessments (described above) – Advanced Body Composition, Pulmonary Function, Lactate Threshold Test with VO2 max, Torque Analysis. 

Price a la carte: $455 |  Package Price: $410.

​BOOK NOW!

We have strategically designed affordable pricing for subsequent visits, and for individuals who want to receive multiple analyses at the Lab. Some of these analyses may be covered by extended health when prescribed by a physician.​​

Contact us today at 604-292-2503​ or lab@fortiussport.com​ for further information and to book your appointment. ​​


 Meet the Team

Fortius Sport & Health has attracted some of the leading names in sport and exercise medicine, who work together as a fully integrated practitioner team.

 

 

Elizabeth Perrotta http://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/ElizabethPerrotta.aspxElizabeth Perrotta
Megan Kidstonhttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Megan-Kidston.aspxMegan Kidston
Kasia Nastalskahttp://www.fortiussport.com/OurTeam/TeamMembers/Pages/Kasia-Nastalska.aspxKasia Nastalska