TigerFit Health & Fitness Assessments

The TigerFit health and fitness assessments are conducted as part of a service learning effort in the Department of Health and Human Performance. James McDonald, director of TigerFit, works with undergraduate and graduate students as well as local physicians in providing on-going exercise programming and fitness education for the students, faculty, staff and alumni of Auburn University and community members of East Central Alabama.

The TigerFit program consists of four primary objectives:Tigerfit Computer Photo

  • To provide a state-of-the-art facility in which undergraduate and graduate students can develop skills in applied exercise technology, exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation and adult fitness programming;
  • To provide low-cost fitness assessments and comprehensive health profiles for faculty, staff, students and alumni of Auburn University and the residents of East Central Alabama.
  • To foster collaborative efforts between Auburn University and the surrounding medical community in health enhancement and primary prevention strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease; and
  • To plan, research and promote exercise programs and health enhancement paradigms.

One of the main reasons to have your health and fitness level measured is to find out where you stand in regards to cardiovascular disease (CVD), which remains the greatest cause of death and disability in the United States. The good news is the age-adjusted death rate due to CVD has decreased by 40 percent throughout the last 30 years. This is due in a large part to the early detection of signs and symptoms of CVD and CVD risk factors.

CVD risk factors include obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol, high fasting blood glucose, family history, age and smoking. Physical inactivity is also recognized as a major risk factor since those who are sedentary are more likely to develop CVD outcomes or experience an unseemly injury during or after exercise.

As part of the health and fitness testing at TigerFit Lab, students, professors and visiting physicians will determine your current physical fitness level and estimate your CVD risk. This information will help in establishing an appropriate exercise program that will address your specific health and fitness needs. It will also help determine your level of safety while performing strenuous tasks on the job or at home.

One of the best things about TigerFit is the fact that it offers quality screenings and assessments at an affordable price. Some of the tests that are included in the TigerFit Comprehensive Health Profile include: physician screening; blood analysis; body composition; pulmonary volumes and function; cardiovascular health and fitness; muscle strength, endurance and flexibility; and a complete health and fitness report including CVD risk assessment and an individualized exercise prescription. Group reports are also available as is health, fitness and exercise consultation. TigerFit provides these comprehensive tests for anyone interested in starting a safe and effective exercise program.

Tigerfit PhotoAll the testing is conducted by undergraduate and graduate students under the close supervision of the director and the physician partners, which includes physical therapists. The state-of-the-art facilities include:

  • Private physician screening room;
  • Two stress test units;
  • Automated respiratory gas analysis system;
  • Automated open-loop spirometer for pulmonary function;
  • Mechanically-braked cycle ergometer;
  • Blood pressure and heart rate monitors;
  • Hydrostatic weighing tank;
  • Bioelectrical impedance;
  • Skinfold calipers;
  • Resistance equipment for strength and endurance testing; and
  • Showers and locker room.

Financial support for TigerFit has been provided in part by the Caring Foundation of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama.

For more information about TigerFit or to sign up for a Comprehensive Health Profile, call 844-1482.

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2011

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