Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the purpose of the fitness assessment?
Fitness assessments provide you with accurate information about YOU! This can help you tailor exercise programs or training regiments specifically to your needs and goals. Likewise, you can track your progress by repeating the assessments after you have started an exercise program.
2. Which package is right for me?
That all depends on your goals.
- Training for an endurance event? The performance package will help you identify target heart rate zones to train smarter.
- Want to monitor changes following a new exercise program? The comprehensive fitness package contains all of the assessments needed to understand your current fitness level including body composition. This is a great package for those interested in seeing improvements following changes to diet and exercise.
- Interested in knowing body fat percentage? The body composition package utilizes two methods to identify specific amounts of body fat compared to lean mass.
3. How do I get started?
To get started, or if you have any questions, contact:
Dr. Brooke Starkoff
To schedule an appointment contact:
Please also complete these forms prior to your visit:
4. How do I prepare for the assessments?
Both the comprehensive fitness package and the performance package involve aerobic and/or resistance exercise. You should come dressed to participate in physical activity (shorts, t-shirt, comfortable athletic shoes). Please also adhere to the following:
- No exercise 3 – 4 hours prior to the assessment (preferable 24 hours)
- No food 3 – 4 hours prior to the assessment
- No food, caffeine, nicotine, other stimulants 3 – 4 hours prior to the assessment
- Remove all jewelry prior to the assessment
- Use the restroom immediately prior to the assessment
5. Where do I go?
All assessments are performed in the Human Performance Lab at Valparaiso University, in the Athletics and Recreation Complex. You should park in Lot P45 and enter into building #43. Please see the map here: https://www.valpo.edu/about/files/2012/11/VU_CampusMap.pdf
6. How much is each test?
- Comprehensive Fitness Package – $150
- Lactate Threshold – additional $50
- Performance Package – $130
- Body Composition Package – $10
If you are a current VU student, faculty, or staff member, or have a large group, please contact Dr. Starkoff for discounted rates.