Assessment & Performance

Canyon Ranch exercise professionals are among the best in the world, and they can be invaluable in helping you establish or refine a customized exercise routine - no matter what your current fitness level. Book a consultation to get your exercise questions answered by true experts.

“What should I do?”
Our graduate-trained exercise physiologists are knowledgeable in the science of exercise and can assess your preferences, health history, goals and needs and design a program just for you.

“Am I doing this right?”
Our highly trained and certified personal trainers can work through your program with coaching and demonstration, so you can experience each movement and exercise to take home.

Comprehensive Exercise Assessment

Get the type of evaluation and advice that professional athletes enjoy.

Part I – Begin with an extensive assessment of your fitness. Tests include a body composition analysis by skinfolds, flexibility testing, upper- and lower-body strength assessment, and a submaximal treadmill test to estimate aerobic capacity and determine your optimal target heart-rate training zone. 50 minutes.

Part II – An exercise physiologist reviews your test results with you and compares them to norms for your age. Together, you’ll develop an exercise prescription for improving your fitness in areas important to you. 50 minutes.

Note: We recommend that you book this service prior to arrival. This service is for apparently healthy people with no major risk factors for vascular or heart disease. Men over 45 and women over 55 need to speak with a Program Advisor about American College of Sports Medicine guidelines for taking this test. You may need to take a Cardiac Stress Test first with a physician. If you are an experienced exerciser or competitive athlete, you may want to explore ways to improve your peak performance by doing a Metabolic Exercise Assessment.

  • $280 for Parts I and II
Comprehensive Exercise Assessment Follow-Up

Want to see how you’re doing? Here’s an opportunity to reassess your fitness, monitor changes in response to your exercise program and update your exercise prescription. We conduct the same tests used in the Comprehensive Exercise Assessment and compare the results with your prior assessment.

Note: Recommended annually or semi-annually. Appropriate if you have had a Canyon Ranch Comprehensive Exercise Assessment (formerly Basic Fitness Assessment), Cardiac Stress Test, Metabolic Exercise Assessment, or Cardiometabolic Stress Test at Canyon Ranch in Tucson within the past two years.

  • $140 for 50 minutes
Coordination & Balance Testing

Coordination, balance, reaction time and proprioception (your sense of where you are in space) are critical, but often overlooked, keys to physical performance, comfort and successful aging. Using state-of-the-art Monitored Rehab Systems (MRS) equipment, an exercise physiologist will assess these aspects of your physical functioning in fine detail and help you improve mind-body communication with a printed report of results and a customized training program for home or gym. Book optional follow-up training sessions on the equipment to progress even faster.

Note: Burdenko Water Exercise or Burdenko Land Exercise is an excellent follow-up to this service.

  • $180 for 50 minutes
Muscle Function Assessment

Muscle strength and coordination differences between one side of the body and the other can significantly impact quality of life, future injury risk and athletic performance. This service is very valuable to individuals who are pre- or post-surgery, and for post-injury rehabilitation since it improves not only muscle strength, but also neurological communication between brain and muscle. An exercise physiologist will use our sophisticated suite of Monitored Rehab Systems (MRS) machines to objectively measure the performance of up to two muscle groups, comparing the strength and coordination of one side of your body to the other. You will be shown exercises and training on the MRS equipment in addition to exercises you can do at home. A full printout of test results and customized training program are included.

Note: Burdenko Water Exercise or Burdenko Land Exercise is an excellent follow-up to this service.

  • $180 for 50 minutes
Metabolic Exercise Assessment

What is your aerobic fitness level (VO2 max)? How many calories do you really burn when you work out? Find out, and learn to maximize your exercise potential. This service is recommended for people who want to change body composition, increase stamina and fitness or improve sports performance.

Part I – An exercise physiologist administers a submaximal exercise test while you exercise on your choice of cardiovascular exercise equipment: elliptical trainer, rowing machine, stationary bike or treadmill. 50 minutes.

Note: This test cannot be performed in a pool.

Part II – After analyzing the data, your exercise physiologist will explain your results and design an exercise program to maximize your workout and enhance your training program. Learn your VO2 maximum, anaerobic threshold, calories burned, maximum heart-rate, your target heart-rate zone, how to perform interval training and fat versus carbohydrate burn. 50 minutes.

  • $360 for Parts I and II