Human Performance Lab

Want to accurately measure your fitness level or give your physical performance an extra boost? The Human Performance Lab is designed to help people reach the next stage of their sport and fitness development.


The lab specialises in tests that evaluate fitness and monitor conditioning programmes, using the same leading edge exercise science that helps hundreds of athletes.

The Human Performance Laboratory caters to people of all fitness levels – from athletes wanting to maximise their performance to people who just want to lead a more active life.

Tests are tailored to each client and typically include measuring cardiovascular fitness, lactate and anaerobic threshold, anaerobic power and body composition.

The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and has expert staff trained in exercise physiology, exercise prescription and biomechanics.

Developed by the Department of Sport, the Human Performance Laboratory also enables sport students and staff to learn, teach and research across the full spectrum of human performance.

Services include:

  • Laboratory and field fitness testing of athletic performance including VO2 max and lactate threshold testing
  • Developing individual training and conditioning programmes
  • Corporate fitness testing
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Mental skills training and nutritional advice
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Anthropometry and assessment of body composition
  • Developing task-specific performance assessment for sport, services and industry providers
  • Sport science and other services for coaches, schools and health providers
  • Contract or collaborative research in human performance.


Watch a short video about the Human Performance Lab on YouTube.

Client testimonials

After completing the VO2 testing with Chris Lynch at the Unitec test lab, his follow-up recommendations really helped me focus on areas of my training that needed to be improved on. That meant no more wasted sessions with little or no improvements. So go get tested and learn how to unlock your hidden fitness potential.” Tawhai Whitewood, Physiotherapist.

“With a shift in focus to a more injury risk prediction model of preventative care with the Blues medical team, the Human Performance Lab at Unitec has assisted in testing at risk players. Currently, groin and hamstring injuries are the focus for this group, and with the use of dynamometry, individual testing has been undertaken to develop a more individualised prescriptive pre-habilitation plan for the players.” Stephen Kara, Doctor.




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Entry 3
Carrington Road, Mt Albert

Last edited: 16 April 2012  

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