Acute Psychological Stress & Exercise Performance (APEX) Study

Principle Investigator:
Eli Puterman
The APEX Study seeks to understand how our responses to stressful events impact our physiology and psychological responses when we exercise. This study is run out of the FAST Lab on UBC Vancouver campus. We will be testing participants through the end of May 2020.

– 18-30 year old females
– Free of chronic medical conditions
– Currently not using any method of hormonal contraceptive/birth control

– Cash honorarium to reimburse you for your time
– FREE Personal Fitness Assessment
– Tips for living a more active, healthy lifestyle

The APEX-study will consist of two sessions:

The first session will last ~1hr & 30min. You will be asked to fill out some brief questionnaires and then asked to complete a 8-km cycling time trial on a cycle ergometer.

The second session will last ~2hr & 10min. You will be asked to complete some surveys related to chronic stress and psychological constructs. Throughout this visit, your heart rate, saliva samples and brief surveys will be taken at rest and several times throughout the remainder of your visit, including during exercise. You will be asked to prepare and perform a short public speaking task before completing the 8-km cycling time trial, identical to the first session. This will be followed by a 10-minute active recovery period on the bike and a 10-minute sitting recovery.

To sign up, just fill out this form ( with your contact information and we will be in touch with you soon!

You can also call us at 604-827-2618 or email us at for more information! We will be testing participants through May, 2020.

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