Body Composition and Exercise Testing

If you are looking to make a change,  and FSFP doesn’t fit your needs, our Exercise Science Testing Labs  may have the help you need.

We offer the following at fee services:

Body Composition Testing

Body composition refers to the percentages of body weight that are comprised of fat and lean tissue. Percent body fat is important for health-related fitness because individuals who have an excess amount of body fat are at greater risk of developing chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease, hypertension, non-insulin-dependent diabetes and osteoarthritis. Body composition is more useful and descriptive than body mass index (BMI) because it discerns between fat and non-fat tissue in the body.

The recommended level of percent body fat varies according to age and sex. In general, a percent body fat greater than 25% for men and greater than 30% for women is considered “overfat”. Recommended levels of percent body fat are higher for women than for men because women naturally have a higher amount of “essential” body fat, which is a function of their reproductive physiology.


Aerobic Fitness

Cardiorespiratory endurance is defined as “the ability to perform large muscle, dynamic exercise for prolonged periods”. This ability depends on the functional state of the pulmonary, cardiovacular and skeletal muscle systems. A low level of cardiorespiratory endurance is associated with an elevated risk of premature death from all causes. High cardiorespiratory endurance is strongly protective against coronary artery disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States.


One on One Consultation/Program Evaluation

Let our experts take a look at your current exercise program and help align your program with your goals.  We need to keep stressing the body to keep making changes and reaching our goals.  If you feel like you are at a stalemate, it is probably time to adjust your prescription accordingly.



Exercise Science Laboratory
PAES Building
305 Annie and John Glenn Ave
Columbus, OH 43210Contact: Emily Martini
Phone: (614) 292-2255
Fax: (614) 688-3432