The Exercise Clinical Trials Facility is a 6000 square feet core facility that is well-equipped to provide a clean, safe, and user friendly exercise training and testing environment for supervised exercise clinical trials. It contains 5 core facilities: Cardiorespiratory Function Laboratory; Neuromuscular Function Laboratory; Exercise Intervention Facility; DXA Body Composition Laboratory; and Biospecimen Collection and Processing Facility for a wide array of human physiological and performance tests.

Clinical Research Services

To access any of our facility services for your research, please fill out the request for services form here or contact our facility manager Craig Tuggle, MA at for more information.

  • Exercise testing at UCEM allows our team to assess cardiovascular fitness and exercise tolerance using a state-of-the-art metabolic equipment.

  • Certified exercise physiologists oversee all muscle function tests.

  • Certified exercise physiologists supervise participants during training.

Facility Features

Exercise Intervention Facility

  • 24 resistance exercise stations

  • Olympic barbells, dumbbells, and over 2000 pounds of free weight 

  • 10 stationary cycle ergometers 

  • 9 treadmills 

  • 4 rowers

Cardiorespiratory Function Laboratory

  • 12-lead ECG graded exercise stress testing 

  • Aerobic power, i.e. maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) 

  • Anaerobic power 

  • Steady state cardiorespiratory and metabolic demand during submaximal exercise (e.g., walking, running, cycling, stair climbing) 

Neuromuscular Function Laboratory

  • Joint kinematics (electrogoniometry) and kinetics

  • Maximum voluntary strength (isometric and dynamic) testing

  • Electrically evoked maximum force measurement

  • Neuromuscular power assessment Muscle fatigue testing

  • Muscle activation via surface electromyography (EMG)

  • Computerized balance assessment

  • Computerized gait analysis 

Physical location
Orthopedic Specialties Building, 133
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1313 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205