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Excerpt — Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab Manual-2nd Edition

Measuring body composition

Body composition can be measured in many ways, including both laboratory and field techniques. Thus, this lab will focus on formulas and equations involving skinfolds, circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, and body mass index (BMI).

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Factors affecting V. O2max

Exercise scientists generally consider the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness to be the body’s ability to take in and utilize oxygen. The measurement of this ability is known as maximal oxygen consumption, or V. O2max. The most widely accepted predictor of cardiovascular fitness is one’s HR response to submaximal work.

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The importance of assessing flexibility

Flexibility is the ability to move the body parts through a wide range of motion without undue strain to the articulations and muscle attachments. Maintaining a reasonable degree of flexibility is necessary for efficient body movement.

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