Human Performance Lab

The primary mission of the Division of Exercise Physiology's Human Performance Lab (HPL), located within the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, is to provide clinical programs to improve physical health and well-being. 

HPL experts craft customized, clinical exercise programs for disease prevention, management, and rehabilitation. Unlike traditional exercise programs, HPL programs are customized for each participant on the basis of individual needs, limitations, and results of laboratory testing. Through this program, participants receive an assessment of behavioral and psychosocial risk factors associated with physical health and well-being.

WVU employees, WVU Medicine employees, students, and community members are eligible to participate. For appointments or additional information, contact the Human Performance Laboratory at (304) 293-5497.

Physical Activity Programs

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things individuals can do for their health. For prospective clients who are unsure about becoming active or boosting their level of physical activity due to fear of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.

The HPL offers a variety of customized, supportive plans for all physical activity levels that are designed to improve clients' overall health. Our client base consists of individuals of all ages, fitness levels, and various health and disease states. We have experts available to work with healthy clients and individuals with a range of chronic health conditions (e.g., arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, among others). Read what clients say about us here!

The HPL offers an extensive set of physical activity and educational programs geared to get the most out of all individuals, for example:

  • Adult Fitness
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Diabetes Education
  • PEIA Weight Management
  • Silver Sneakers
  • Swimming and Deep Water Running
  • Weight-Loss Management and Bariatric Surgery
  • Other Special Populations

Research Opportunities

The HPL has ongoing research projects focusing on various disease processes. To see if you would qualify for one of our research projects, please call us at (304) 293-5497.