Applied exercise physiology 101April 28, 2017 | by Elizabeth Perrotta
While most human performance labs are located in university settings, the Fortius Lab is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art human performance lab 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.
Within the Fortius Lab, you have access to a dedicated team of Applied Exercise Physiologists who can assist you in achieving your sport and health goals (existing Training Centre or Institute clients also receive a preferred rate of up to 30% off select services!).
What is applied exercise physiology, you ask? Read on to learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how it can benefit you.
WHAT IS APPLIED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY?
Applied exercise physiology is the study of the body’s short-term response and long-term adaptation to a wide range of exercise conditions, and the application of those findings in real-world settings.
In other words, we study the effects of exercise and other stresses on your body and use this data to help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Depending on your goals, you may already be working with a number of different practitioners (physiotherapist, strength & conditioning coach, etc.). We are committed to collaborating with your team to deliver an individualized and periodized plan for performance optimization.
WHY GET TESTED?
Whether you are trying to run your first 10k or compete at the Olympic Games, physiological assessments can be a valuable tool for any athlete.
In OUR LAB WE CAN TEST YOUR:
- cardiovascular fitness;
- production and use of energy;
- exercise economy;
- body composition;
- speed; and
THIS DATA HELPS US TO IDENTIFY:
- Gaps in your current training plan and sport specific recommendations for you to reach your goal.
- Recovery strategies needed to achieve success at your next competition or event.
- Intensity or endurance-based training profiles to help you reach optimum power, force or speed.
- Modifications to your training to prevent injury and prolong fatigue.
- Adjustments to your diet and lifestyle to improve your health or fitness.
Exercise physiology also plays a key role in setting an efficient and appropriate baseline test, not only to show you where your weaknesses are, but to provide meaningful benchmarks for you to track your progress, and ultimately your success.