Our comprehensive assessments and exercise plans can help you reach your fitness or athletic potential, reduce injury risk, or lower your risk for chronic diseases.
Kris Wisniewski, Ph.D., CEP, CET, EIM 3, CSCS Assistant Director, HPL
DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness108 Franciscan Way Loretto, PA 15940
Email: HPL@francis.edu Phone: 814-471-1132
To assess, evaluate, and disseminate knowledge of human performance as it relates to health, wellness, physical fitness, and athletic ability through education, research, and service.
The HPL is a teaching laboratory that provides assessments of health and physical fitness to the faculty, staff, and students of Saint Francis University and residents of the surrounding communities through proficient skills attained by Professionally Certified Exercise Physiology Faculty and undergraduate Exercise
We offer access to equipment & technology not found at any other location in this region, including:
Assessments are conducted by appointment only.
Complete the following online forms: Contact Information Form and Physical Activity Questionnaire.
Once we receive confirmation of completed forms we will contact you to schedule your appointment and notify you of the pretesting instructions to follow for the most accurate results.
If you are interested in an assessment or package that involves exercise, we will need to ask you questions about your health history. The questions we will be asking are from the PAR-Q+ and can be found here: https://eparmedx.com.
Based on your responses, you may need medical clearance from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) before participating in any assessments involving exercise. If this is required, you will be notified.
Please consider the pre-testing instructions specific to each assessment when scheduling.
Please notify us via phone or email no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled assessment if you would like to change, reschedule, or cancel your assessment(s).
Payment type accepted: cash, check, most major credit cards.
The HPL's services are relevant to anyone who wants to operate at their physical best, regardless of their age or vocation. Examples of individuals who would benefit from these services include:
Individuals wishing to:
A detailed overview of your results including:
We offer the most affordable pricing for these types of assessments in Pennsylvania. You can expect to pay 3 – 10 times more anywhere else for the same types of testing we offer. Please see the assessment fee chart for pricing.
There is a discount for repeat testing.
We keep the cost low for two reasons:
We accept all major forms of payment
Evening and Saturday testing is exact cash or check only.
We are a teaching laboratory. Therefore, all testing is conducted by upper level Exercise Physiology and graduate students from Saint Francis University and supervised by a Certified Exercise Physiology Faculty member.
Dr. Wisniewski is the Assistant Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at Saint Francis University. He earned his BS degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, and MS degree in Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease, and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wisniewski specializes in using exercise as a form of medicine to prevent and treat various cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and cancers. His expertise also encompasses helping athletes, specifically those in endurance sports, to achieve their performance potential. His research focuses on how individuals perceive and regulate the optimal exercise training intensities to counter disease and improve endurance performance. He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA), and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and ACSM/American Cancer Society Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, ACSM Exercise is Medicine Level 3 credential, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a Registered Bod Pod User.
test Body Composition?
Assessment Fee Chart
Why test your RMR?
How long would this assessment last?
Approximately 1 hour
Why test your exercise metabolism?
Approximately 1 hour:
Our body weight can be broken down into two major categories, what we put into our body (diet) and what we do with it (physical activity/exercise). This package is designed to help guide you on the right path towards your personal weight goal. We will discuss the importance of understanding your body composition, rather than just looking at weight and how to improve it. We combine the science of how your body works with what simple things can you do in your lifestyle to achieve your personal goals!
Each assessment comes with a general exercise plan based on your individual results. This Add on to any assessment or package provides you with a weekly individualized aerobic, resistance and flexibility training plan to help you reach your personal fitness goals.
Receive one-on-one personal training from the HPL staff in the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness Fitness Center. Recommended for anyone beginning a new exercise program or who just wants some help with how to use the machines correctly.
*Requires DiSepio Fitness Center membership visit francis.edu/Fitness-Center for more information on membership pricing.
Receive one-on-one lifestyle behavior change counseling. You will meet (via phone or face-to-face) with HPL staff weekly for the first month, and biweekly thereafter who will help you adopt a healthier lifestyle to achieve your personal health goals. These types of programs are the most successful for losing weight and keeping it off long-term while also reducing your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
This program includes Bod Pod testing every 3 months to show your progress.
View/download the summer conditioning camp brochure for details.
Registration is closed for the summer 2021 camp. Please check back in spring 2022.
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