Human performance assessments available at MCC

Human Performance Lab flier MESA, Arizona – Oct. 24, 2017 – The Mesa Community College Human Performance Laboratory now offers individual fitness tests for professional athletes, health enthusiasts and others wishing to obtain information about their body’s performance and potential.

Available tests include a general fitness assessment to establish baseline values and help track progress in muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, core stability and balance; body composition assessments measuring percentages of body fat in comparison to lean weight (muscle, bone, skin, organs and water); cardiopulmonary stress testing to determine maximal heart rate and an estimation of lactate threshold; and sprint tests to assess both maximal anaerobic power and capacity to benchmark and track improvements.

MCC's Human Performance Laboratory is located in the Health and Wellness Building (HW8) on the college's Southern and Dobson campus (1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa).

“Collectively MCC’s state-of-the-art testing technologies can provide a personalized client profile that skillfully integrates health, fitness and performance status,” said Dr. Jeffrey Messer, MCC Exercise Science Department Chair. “Offering of these tests is one way we help our community improve in the health and fitness arena.”

Equipment at the forefront of assessment:

Metabolic Measurement: $125
Used for cardiopulmonary stress testing, this technology provides valuable training information such as maximal heart rate so you can train optimally and track your fitness progress.

Wingate Anaerobic Test: $50
Assesses both maximal anaerobic power and maximal anaerobic capacity. This is a 30-second all-out anaerobic sprint test.

Bod Pod: one test $30 or $50 for two
Considered the gold standard in accurate body composition assessment based on air-displacement plethysmography technology that quantifies both lean (muscle, bone, skin, organs and water) mass compared to and adipose (fat) tissue.

General Fitness Assessment: $40
Includes tests to gauge muscular strength and endurance; flexibility; core stability; balance; and vertical jump height.

Tests are performed by an experienced technician who will explain the results. To request information or make an appointment call 480-461-7761 or send an email to

In addition to testing MCC invites community members to take advantage of its Lifetime Fitness (PED115) class that provides flexible access to Fitness Centers at both of the college’s campuses. All Lifetime Fitness faculty are Personal Training or Strength and Conditioning certified through the accredited organizations of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) or National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and ready to assist you with your fitness goals. Hours, locations and additional information is available by searching Fitness Centers at

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Contact Dawn Zimmer, (480) 461-7892,

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized for service-learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to 30,000 students annually, MCC offers more than 195 degree and certificate programs at its two campuses and additional locations. MCC is an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution with a diverse student body that enriches the learning experience. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training that empowers MCC students to compete locally and globally. MCC, located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, is one of the 10 colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information, visit

Mesa Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA)

The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017