High School Tours
All Tours Are Cancelled Until Further Notice
Our tours are designed for high school students interested in related areas of study such as physical education, health and wellness and health care (eg, 12 U Exercise Science, Biology, Physical Education/Fitness, Health and Wellness courses). Tours usually last up to 120 minutes (2 hours). They introduce students to the commonly used tests of human performance and body composition. Led by graduate students in the Department of Kinesiology, they consist of:
- A 15 minute PowerPoint introduction and overview of the scientific rationale for commonly used tests of human physical performance and body composition;
- A 90 minute “hands on” laboratory demonstration of a maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) test, Wingate tests and body composition tests using state-of-the-art scientific testing equipment. (See short descriptions of these tests below.)
- A 15 minute summary and question and answer period designed to allow students to learn more about the Kinesiology program.
Tour Cost (revised August 2019):
Cost is $350.00 plus HST (total of $395.00) for a class of up to 30 students. Payment should be made by cheque (payable to McMaster University) at the time of the tour.
Note: For class sizes 31 to a maximum of 40 students, the cost is $400.00 plus HST (total of $452.00). The tours will include a second VO2max test and a total tour time of 3 hours. Anything over 40 students should be booked as two tours.
Please ensure that you are selecting dates and times that you can attend. An administration fee of $50.00 will be applied for requested date changes after the lab tour has been confirmed.
A $50.00 administration fee will be charged in the event of a no-show tour. Please ensure you confirm the confirmation email.
VO2max Test: Determines the maximal amount of oxygen that can be utilized by the body, and is considered the "gold standard" measure of cardiorespiratory fitness. It is the most commonly used test of performance for athletes who compete in endurance sports (eg, cycling and running). The test involves exercising at progressively higher workloads on a stationary cycle or treadmill while breath samples are collected through a mouthpiece.
Wingate Test: Determines maximal power output during a 30 second "all out" sprint on a specialized cycle ergometer. The Wingate Test is extremely demanding and maximally stresses the body's aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. It is the most commonly used test of performance for athletes who compete in strength and power sports, or those who perform short repeated bursts of activity (eg, hockey, rugby, soccer).
Body Composition Test. Measures a person's body mass, using a very accurate electronic scale, and body volume, which is determined while sitting inside the BOD POD chamber. The BOD POD provides information on fat and fat-free mass, resting metabolic rate, and an estimate of a person's daily energy (calorie) requirement.
McMaster Campus Tours
Campus tours must be booked independently from the Kinesiology lab tour.
You may also be interested in arranging a general McMaster Campus Tour through our Student Recruitment Office. Please visit their website at: for more information, you can also tour some of McMaster’s facilities on your preferred device by tours.mcmaster.cavisiting our virtual tour.