Human Performance and Body Composition Labs

Located in Carolyn Pope Edwards Hall on City Campus, the Human Performance and Body Composition Laboratories are directed by Dr. Terry Housh.

Primary areas of study include muscle function and performance in addition to the health-related aspects of nutritional supplementation.

The labs function as space for classroom education as well as in-depth research, all made possible with state-of-the-art equipment including: 

Digitimer Nerve Stimulator GE Ultrasound Systems
Lode Corival Cycle Ergometer Underwater Weighing Body Composition System
Treadmills Free weights
Monark Cycle ergometers Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzer
Biodex System 3 & System 4 Dynamometer Systems Tendo Strength and Power System
Biopic Data Acquisition System Parvo Metabolic Carts
Delays EMG Decomposition System Wingate Anaerobic System
Delays High Density EMG System

Kinesiology is the study of human movement through the understanding of mechanics, anatomy, and physiology.

Nutrition and Exercise Physiology focuses on the analysis, improvement, and maintenance of the physiological mechanisms underlying health and fitness.

Research within these areas can range from developing nutritional supplements for athletic performance and growth
and development in young athletes to the study of fatigue and how it impacts individual performance.


Terry Housh 

Graduate Students

Jocelyn Arnett
Tyler Neltner
Dolores Ortega
Trevor Roberts
Bobby Smith

 In the News



Smith RW, Housh TJ, Anders JPV, Neltner TJ, Arnett JE, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO. Application of the Ratings of Perceived Exertion-Clamp Model to Examine the Effects of Joint Angle on the Time Course of Torque and Neuromuscular Responses During a Sustained, Isometric Forearm Flexion to Task Failure. J Strength Cond Res. 2023 May 1;37(5):1023-1033. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000004357. Epub 2022 Nov 17. PMID: 36730581.

Smith RW, Housh TJ, Arnett JE, Anders JPV, Neltner TJ, Ortega DG, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO. Utilizing the RPE-Clamp model to examine interactions among factors associated with perceived fatigability and performance fatigability in women and men. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2023 Mar 1. doi: 10.1007/s00421-023-05163-x. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36856798.


Neltner TJ, Sahoo PK, Smith RW, Anders JPV, Arnett JE, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO, Natarajan SK, Housh TJ. Effects of 8 Weeks of Shilajit Supplementation on Serum Pro-c1α1, a Biomarker of Type 1 Collagen Synthesis: A Randomized Control Trial. J Diet Suppl. 2022 Dec 22:1-12. doi: 10.1080/19390211.2022.2157522. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36546868.

Salmon OF, Housh TJ, Hill EC, Keller JL, Anders JPV, Johnson GO, Schmidt RJ, Smith CM. Changes in Neuromuscular Response Patterns After 4 Weeks of Leg Press Training During Isokinetic Leg Extensions. J Strength Cond Res. 2022 Dec 16. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000004418

Smith RW, Housh TJ, Anders JPV, Neltner TJ, Arnett JE, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO. Time course of changes in torque and neuromuscular parameters during a sustained isometric forearm flexion task to fatigue anchored to a constant rating of perceived exertion. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2022 Dec 1;22(4):455-464. PMID: 36458383; PMCID: PMC9716304.

Garrett J, Keller J, Anders JP, Hergenrader K, Neltner T, Housh T, Schmidt R, Johnson G. Echo intensity is weakly associated with muscular strength and endurance in young, healthy adults. Res Sports Med. 2022 Jul-Aug;30(4):371-382. doi: 10.1080/15438627.2021.1888109. Epub 2021 Feb 11. PMID: 33573413.

Neltner TJ, Anders JPV, Keller JL, Smith RW, Housh TJ, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO. Velocity-Specific Coactivation and Neuromuscular Responses to Fatiguing, Reciprocal, Isokinetic, Forearm Flexion, and Extension Muscle Actions. J Strength Cond Res. 2022 Mar 1;36(3):649-660. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000004190

Keller JL, Housh TJ, Hill EC, Smith CM, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO. Are there Sex-Specific Neuromuscular or Force Responses to Fatiguing Isometric Muscle Actions Anchored to a High Perceptual Intensity? J Strength Cond Res. 2022 Jan 1;36(1):156-161. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003394


Jenkins NDM, Miramonti AA, Hill EC, Smith CM, Cochrane-Snyman KC, Housh TJ, Cramer JT. Mechanomyographic Amplitude Is Sensitive to Load-Dependent Neuromuscular Adaptations in Response to Resistance Training. J Strength Cond Res. 2021 Nov 1;35(11):3265-3269. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003276

Hill EC, Housh TJ, Smith CM, Keller JL, Schmidt RJ, Johnson GO. High- vs. Low-Intensity Fatiguing Eccentric Exercise on Muscle Thickness, Strength, and Blood Flow. J Strength Cond Res. 2021 Jan 1;35(1):33-40. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002632