Arlington is offering high-tech aerobic fitness and body composition assessments
to the public and the campus community as part of a new program to encourage health
and wellness and give students hands-on experiences.
MavFit will provide various levels of fitness testing for the public and UT Arlington community.
Through the MavFit program, the Department of Kinesiology has begun offering
fee-based services such as VO2max testing, which shows the maximum
amount of oxygen the body can take in and use during exercise, and DEXA Scans,
which can identify a person’s percentage of fat mass and lean muscle
of the tests available are similar to those used in fitness and wellness
facilities or hospital-based cardiopulmonary departments – places where
graduates with kinesiology degrees may end up working. MavFit fees range from
$25 to $90, depending on the assessment requested.
program highlights our focus on health and wellness across the lifespan,” said
Lou Fincher, kinesiology professor and head of the department. “We want to promote
the benefits of physical activity and help people maintain a healthy and active
from VO2max testing can be used to determine an individual’s current level of
aerobic fitness as well as aid in the design of an exercise program. Follow-up
DEXA scans can be used to track changes in body composition as a result of an
is part of the Center for Health Living and Longevity in UT Arlington’s College
of Education and Health Professions.
Revenues from MavFit testing will be used to defray the costs of providing the
assessments as well as eventually provide funding for graduate fellowships and
internships in the department.
kinesiology department also has done fitness assessments for local emergency
response departments and plans to expand that work
Heddins, MavFit director, said working with the public would give students a
variety of experiences they can’t get just practicing testing methods on
classmates – many of whom are of the same age and fitness level.
services available include: tests to determine “peak
power” and true resting and maximum heart rates; as well as measuring resting
energy expenditure (REE).
information is available online at http://www.uta.edu/coehp/kinesiology/mavfit/index.php.
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