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Sue Shapses at DXA with Anna and Azra
VO2 max test in session
We are experiencing an exceptionally higher than normal inquiry rate for the following services and packages - Power and Strength, VO2 max, Advanced Assessment 1 & 2, VIP 1& 2. As a result, you will be placed on a waiting list for these services and be served on a first come first served basis as we gain availability. We appreciate your understanding at this time.

There are a number of fitness and performance assessments that the Rutgers Center for health, Nutrition, EXercise and MeTabolism (Ch-NExT) has the ability to perform. We are capable of testing all populations, from athletes to office workers, with our goal to improve your health, performance and diet. These tests serve as a needs analysis allowing us to customize your training program.
We offer GIFT Certificates for Assessments and Classes.

The primary assessments include:

Cardiorespiratory Fitness

High levels of cardiorespiratory fitness protect against the chronic disease such as heart failure, kidney failure, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and premature mortality. We have two tests that can assess cardiorespiratory fitness.

VO2max: $145

VO2 max testing will assess your aerobic capacity (or "endurance") and ability to perform dynamic exercise for prolonged periods. You will be connected to state-of-the-art equipment, while running on a treadmill until you reach your maximal effort. This is one of the "gold standard" tests to determine your health status, as a low level of cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with increased risk of chronic diseases. A high level of cardiorespiratory fitness is an indicator of good health and longevity.

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR): $145

RMR is the amount of energy you need for physiological function, with no additional activity. Essentially, it is the amount of calories you would burn if you sat on the couch all day. RMR is an important measure because it accounts for approximately 70% of your total daily energy expenditure.

Body Composition

Body composition refers to what we are made up of, and for this measurement we can measure fat, muscle mass and bone. Due to the health-related implications related to excess body fat, measuring your body composition is better than just measuring your weight.

The BOD POD: $60

The Bod Pod measures soft tissues in your body and allows for the calculation of your body fat percentage, fat mass, and fat free mass.

DXA: $160

Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) measures soft tissues and bone in your body and includes values for your whole body fat percentage, fat mass, lean body mass and bone mineral density. And allows for the calculation to estimate your visceral fat, and estimates RMR from lean body mass.

Muscular Strength and Power: $60

Muscular strength is a vital component of fitness. You may not realize it but you do things every day that require strength; from carrying groceries to walking up stairs. To assess muscular strength we utilize a testing protocol that allows us to safely determine upper-body and lower-body strength. This information can be used to more effectively develop a detailed and individualized exercise prescription to help you reach your goals.

Power is one of the most critical elements of athletic performance. A number of studies have shown that power may be equally (or even more) important for success than VO2max. We utilize a vertical jump mat that measures your vertical jump height. Then, we are able to determine your power production ability. Vertical jump height is correlated to speed and lower-body strength. Therefore, it has direct carry-over to all athletic events. This test is also indicative of your recovery status and readiness to train. Power is the first training variable affected by overtraining and can be used as an indicator to alter your exercise intensity throughout a training program.

Assessment Packages

Advanced Assessment: $195 (actual value: $265)

  • Includes BodPod, Power, Strength, and VO2max testing

Advanced Assessment II: $285 (actual value: $350)

  • Includes DXA, Power, Strength, and VO2max testing

VIP Assessment: $275 (actual value: $395)

  • Includes BodPod, RMR, Power, Strength, and VO2max testing

VIP-II Assessment: $355 (actual value: $480)

  • Includes iDXA, RMR, Power, Strength, and VO2max testing

We also offer CLASSES to improve fitness and nutrition/lifestyle given by certified trainers and registered nutritionist/dietitians! Go to Training and Conditioning Services to find out how to improve your health.

While each test provides its own unique value the sum of the results yields your complete fitness profile. This profile gives us the information needed to develop the best possible training program for YOU!!!

If you are interested in our services, please inquire via email as that is the best way to get in touch with us.

To schedule an appointment at NExT Testing, contact Chnext.training@sebs.rutgers.edu.