Human Performance Laboratory

Our Human Performance Laboratory, located on the Miami Shores campus, contains state-of-the-art equipment that you will learn to use during weekly lab sections that are associated with the upper-level major courses. Examples of the more advanced equipment available for student use and research include:

  • Two metabolic gas analyzers
  • pulmonary function analyzer
  • electrocardiographs
  • multi-frequency bioelectric impedance analyzer
  • air displacement plethysmograph (BodPod┬ę)
  • underwater weighing tank
  • DEXA
  • Two Wingate Test Cycle Ergometers
  • Two motorized treadmills
  • Kayakpro ergometer

Current HPLS Research Projects:

Dr. Mier recently acquired a grant to test energy expenditure during long distance kayaking. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between oxygen uptake (VO2) and heart rate (HR) during kayak ergometry exercise and estimate energy expenditure during kayaking on the water using HR measures.

Currently, graduate students under the supervision of Dr. Mier and Dr. Tal Amasay are evaluating gender differences in relative load encountered during the push up test. The purpose of this study is to compare the relative load experienced during a standard and modified push up test between men and women. Force plates are used to measure the relative load (% of body weight) applied during the push up.

Graduate Student Research: Published papers or presentations at national conferences:

Foley, K. K. , T. L. Carswell, C. M. Mier, & T. Amasay. Gender differences in push up and bench press as related to body weight. Presented at the national American College of Sports Medicine annual conference, June 2014.

Mageean A. L., R. P. Alexander, & C. M. Mier. Repeated sprint performance in male and female college athletes matched for VO2max relative to fat free mass. Int J Exerc Sci. 4: 229-237, 2011.

Alexander R. P. & C. M. Mier. Intermittent vs continuous graded exercise test for VO2max in college soccer athletes. Int J Exerc Sci.4: 185-191, 2011.

Holmes, J. A. L. Gibson, C. M. Mier, and G. Cremades. Body density measurements in children, the BODPOD® versus hydrodensitometry. Int. J. Sport Nutr. Exerc. Metab. 21: 240-247, 2011.

Andrade R. P., A. L. Gibson. G. Cremades, and C. M. Mier. Training effects of adding resistive arm exercise to a walking program. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 37: S47, 2005.

Hildner G., R. P. Andrade, M. Butcher-Mokha, A. L. Gibson, and C. M. Mier. Relationships between balance efficacy and functional test results of older adults. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 37: S96, 2005.

Cavani V., N. Tummers, A. A. Musto and C. M. Mier. Effects of a progressive resistance training program on functional abilities in older men and women. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 33:S254, 2001.

Faculty Research: Recent published papers or presentations at national conferences:

Mier, C. M., T. Amasay, S. Capehart, and H. Garner. Sex differences in percentage of body weight supported during push-up exercise. Int J Exerc Science. 7: 161-168, 2014.

Mier, C. M. and B. S. Shapiro. Sex differences in pelvic and hip flexibility in men and women matched for sit-and-reach score J Strength Cond Res. 27: 1031-1035, 2013.

Mier, C. M. and B. S. Shapiro. Reliability of a computer software angle tool for measuring spine and pelvic flexibilities during the sit-and-reach test. J Strength Cond Res. Published Ahead of Print: 27: 501-506, 2013.

Mier, C. M., R. P. Alexander, and A. L. Mageean. Achievement of VO2max criteria in college athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 26: 2648-2654, 2012.

Mier, C. M. Accuracy and feasibility of video analysis for assessing hamstring flexibility and validity of the sit-and-reach test. Res Quart Exerc Sport. 82: 617-623, 2011.

Mier, C. M. Energy intake during a multi-day paddle race: a pilot study. Presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association conference, July 2011, Las Vegas, NV.