Leading Edge Technology and Services – Available to the Public

Canadian Sport Institute is at the leading edge of physiological testing, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, and sport technology in Canada. A full range of services are available to the public, regardless of age, gender, skill level or athletic or fitness goals. To discover how Canadian Sport Institute Pacific’s testing can help you reach your optimal athletic performance, contact us regarding the services listed below.

Give the gift of fitness!

Gift certificates for our fitness assessments are now available. You can choose any assessment(s) or denomination.

For more info, contact 250.220.2532 / victesting@csipacific.ca for Victoria, or 604.822.3650 / vantesting@csipacific.ca for Vancouver

Canadian Sport Institute Fitness Assessments


Body Composition $75

  • Re-test within 12 months $65
  • Plus girths for both sides of the body $100
  • Re-test within 12 months $90
  • Why: Monitoring body composition allows you to track the quality as well as quantity of your body weight. Body composition analysis using skinfolds and girth measurements determines your fat mass and fat-free mass (muscle and bone mass) allowing you to track changes in weight gain or loss as muscle or fat.
  • How: using specialized calipers, skinfold thicknesses are measured at eight sites from the upper and lower limbs, and torso. Measurements include height, weight, 8 skinfold sites, and 5 girth measurements. Measures are taken according to the International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment.
  • Consultation: The sport physiologist will discuss the results, including body mass index (BMI), sum of 8 skinfolds, girth measurements and % body fat, with you to assist with your goals. (30 minutes)

Advanced Body Composition $150

  • Follow up assessment $100
  • Why: Monitoring body composition allows you to track the quality as well as quantity of your body weight. Body composition analysis using skinfolds, bone lengths, breadths, and girth measurements partitions your body in five tissues: adipose, muscular, residual, bone, and skin, allowing you to track changes in weight gain or loss as muscle or fat.
  • How: using specialized calipers, skinfold thickness, girths, and bone lengths & breadths are measured according to the International Standards for Anthropometric Assessment. Measurements include height, sitting height, weight, armspan, 8 skinfold sites, 14 girths, 9 bone lengths, 8 bone breadths.
  • Consultation: The sport physiologist will discuss the results, including the Five-Way Fractionation model, Proportionality and Heath-Carter Somatotype. The Five-Way Fractionation model partitions the body into five tissues: adipose, muscle, residual, bone, and skin. Proportionality compares your scores to a unisex reference Phantom model. Heath-Carter Somatotyping classifies the human body shape and physique type in relation to three extremes: ectomorphy (slim, linear), endomorphy (round, fat), and mesomorphy (muscular). Other results include body mass index (BMI), % body fat, and waist to hip ratio to assist with your goals. (45 minutes for measurements, 30 minutes for consultation at a separate time)

Resting and Sub-Maximal Exercise Metabolic Rate Test $350

  • Why: Are you struggling to lose weight? Have you hit a plateau in weight loss? Or, are you interested in how many calories your body requires to maintain, lose or gain weight?
  • How: Using state-of-the-art metabolic measuring equipment, your resting and submaximal exercise metabolic rates are measured. Resting (reclining) metabolic rate measurement over 30 minutes is followed by 15-18 minutes of submaximal exercise on a cycle or treadmill to determine exercise metabolic rate.
  • Consultation: The sport physiologist will explain the results and provide recommended caloric intakes and well as exercise intensities and caloric expenditures for various levels of exercise. (1.5 hrs)
    • Options:
      • Resting metabolic rate only $200
      • Resting metabolic rate (no exercise) + body composition assessment $250
      • Resting metabolic rate + VO2max $350
      • Resting metabolic rate + VO2max + lactate $400

General Fitness Appraisal (all ages) $150

  • Why: Are you interested in getting a baseline measure of your current fitness level? Would you like to see how your fitness compares to others your age? The general fitness appraisal provides an overview of your body composition, cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.
  • How: Using a variety of protocols, measurements include body composition, cardiovascular fitness (cycle or treadmill), and musculoskeletal fitness (grip strength, push-ups, sit and reach, plank, vertical jump, single leg balance).
  • Consultation: The sport physiologist will make general exercise recommendations based on your results to highlight strengths and areas of potential improvement. Results are compared to other Canadians of similar age and sex to determine relative health benefits. (1.5 hrs)

Musculoskeletal Fitness Tests $50

  • Why: Are you interested in getting a baseline measure of your muscular strength, endurance, leg power, flexibility and leg balance?
  • How: Using a variety of protocols, measurements include grip strength, push-ups, sit and reach, plank, vertical jump, single leg balance.
  • Consultation: The sport physiologist will make general exercise recommendations based on your results to highlight strengths and areas of potential improvement. Results are compared to other Canadians of similar age and sex to determine relative health benefits and/or risks. (30 minutes)
  • This testing package is often added to the Body Composition analysis and/or the more advanced VO2 max tests to get an overall body assessment.

VO2 max test $300

  • Retest within 12 months $275
  • Why: Endurance athletes (runners, cyclists, triathletes, rowers) require high levels of aerobic fitness. A VO2max test provides a measure of your current fitness level and provides information to assist in developing HR training zones to guide and enhance your training.
  • How: Your peak heart rate and peak rate of oxygen consumption while exercising on a treadmill, cycle, or rowing ergometer are measured using state-of-the-art metabolic measuring equipment. After a warmup, the test starts at a low intensity, and increases incrementally every 2 minutes until you reach maximal exertion. Throughout the test you are breathing through a one way valve with your nose plugged.
  • Consultation: The sport physiologist will provide you with a VO2max report including 5 training zones to enhance your training. Zone 1 – long slow distance for building your aerobic base, Zone 2 – aerobic threshold with periods of slightly higher intensity; Zone 3 – at or slightly below race pace or anaerobic threshold to improve movement economy at threshold; Zone 4 – longer intervals to improve lactate kinetics; Zone 5 shorter intervals to improve VO2 (20 min test, 60 min total)

Lactate Test $250

  • Retest within 12 months $225
  • Why: As you exercise your body produces lactic acid, which accumulates in the muscles. By measuring lactate levels in the blood during exercise at progressively increasing intensity, the sport physiologist is able to provide recommendations for aerobic training zones.
  • How: This is a maximal exercise test on a treadmill, cycle, or rowing ergometer. Heart rate, power output, and finger prick blood samples for lactic acid are collected every 3 minutes until blood lactate is > 6 mmol/L, followed by 1 min loads to maximal exertion.
  • Consultation: See above for VO2max test. (20-30 min test, 60 min total)

VO2max & Lactate Testing $350

  • Retest within 12 months $325
  • Why: By measuring both the metabolic and lactate accumulation during a maximal step test the sport physiologist is able to fine-tune the determination of your training zones.
  • How: as above for the lactate test as well as the mouthpiece and nose clip to analyze expired air for VO2max determination.
  • Consultation: See above for VO2max test. (20-30 min test, 60 min total)

Sweat Sodium Analysis $200
(Victoria location only)

  • Why: Do you have muscle cramps during or after exercise? Do you sweat a lot? Is your sweat salty? The sweat sodium analysis will provide you with insight into how much you actually sweat during a typical workout and whether or not your sweat sodium content is normal, high or low.
  • How: During a 45 minute self-selected pace workout on a cycle, treadmill, or rowing ergometer, sweat patches on your arms will absorb your sweat. The sweat patches are then centrifuged and the sweat samples are analyzed for their sodium concentration. Your weight and fluid intake are measured before and after to determine your sweat rate to inform you of your hydration needs during exercise.
  • Consultation: the sport physiologist will recommend a hydration strategy for you based on your sweat rate and sweat sodium content with recommendations for before, during and after exercise. (60-75 minutes)

Wingate Cycle Sprint test $75

  • Why: This test measures an individual’s anaerobic capacity and anaerobic power outputs. Athletes that require high bursts of power for short durations may find this test helpful to monitor lower body anaerobic power and capacity.
  • How: This is a 30 second maximal sprint. The test weight is 9 grams per kilogram of body weight. After a warmup, the athlete will cycle at 60 rpm with no load for 1 minute leading into the start of the test. Once the test has started, you spin the pedals as hard and as fast as you can for 30 seconds.
  • Consultation: the sport physiologist will calculate your peak power within the first 5 seconds to determine your anaerobic power. The fatigue index is also calculated based on the highest 5 sec power – lowest 5 sec power / highest 5 sec power. The fatigue index will determine your anaerobic capacity.

Eucapnic Voluntary Hyperventilation (EVH) $200
(Victoria location only)

  • Why: With a medical doctor’s referral an athlete would take this test to determine if they have exercise induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). EVH is a non-exercising challenge protocol designed to evaluate airway reactivity to confirm whether an athlete has EIB. The test requires the athlete to hyperventilate for 6 minutes a mixture of dry medical gas (20.93% O2, 5% CO2, balance N2).  The parameters being assessed are Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) and Force Expiratory Volume (FEV1).  FVC is the maximal amount of air expelled from the lungs after a maximal inhalation.  FEV1 is the volume of air which can be forcefully expelled in 1 second.  People suffering from airway restriction have difficulties getting the air out, therefore FVC (total volume) will not change significantly – there is no problem filling the lungs.  However once filled, the ability to forcefully expel air from the lungs will be affected due to the restricted airways, so FEV1 will decrease.
  • How: Spirometry measures are taken to determine the athlete’s baseline lung volumes. The athlete will breathe a mixture of medical gases. As this gas mixture is similar to room air, the challenge arises from the combination of high ventilation rates (approx 85% of maximal ventilations) and very dry air.  Ventilation is presented on the screen of the metabolic cart during the test to ensure that ventilation is maintained throughout the test.  This is a critical step – if the subject does not maintain target ventilation, the challenge may not be sufficient to elicit a response if the athlete is susceptible to EIB.  Immediately following the 6-minute challenge, the athlete performs a post FVC and FEV1 (3-4 trials), followed by repeats every 5 minutes until 20 minutes has passed.  A reduction in FEV1 of 10% or more is considered a positive test, meaning the athlete has EIB.
  • Consultation: The report will be sent to the athlete and the medical doctor for interpretation.

Basic Spirometry $75

  • Why: This test is often used as a baseline measure of lung volumes for an employee as a condition of employment.
  • How: Using a spirometer, lung volumes are measured repeatedly to ensure consistent and valid measures of forced vital capacity, forced expired volume, and peak expired flow.
  • Consultation: the report is forwarded to the company requesting the test.

Contact us for more information regarding discounts for multiple tests or for group discounts.

Further Information

To find out more, please contact:

Victoria Campus

Performance Lab @ Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence
250.220.2532
victesting@csipacific.ca

Vancouver Campus

Performance Lab @ UBC Kinesiology Building
604.822.3650
vantesting@csipacific.ca