INCREMENTAL CYCLE AND TREADMILL TESTS ARE A FANTASTIC WAY TO GET TO KNOW YOUR PHYSIOLOGY.
THESE TESTS WILL ESTABLISH VARIOUS PHYSIOLOGICAL MEASURES INCLUDING LACTATE THRESHOLDS AND VO2 MAX, WHICH ALLOW OUR SCIENTISTS TO DETERMINE YOUR INDIVIDUALISED TRAINING ZONES, ALLOWING YOU TO PLAN YOUR TRAINING MORE EFFECTIVELY.
The data from incremental exercise tests allow our sports scientists to establish key physiological measures, including lactate thresholds and VO2 max.
The data collected will be used to determine your individualised training zones which are essential to optimise each session and to help you to plan your training more effectively.
TRACK CHANGES IN FITNESS
Monitoring performance change is key to continue to improve your performance. Update your training zones with repeat testing.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
During an initial athlete consultation, our sports scientist will go through your pre completed Athlete Questionnaire to get to know about your training and competition history, your current training schedule and your future goals. This information is very valuable for us to be able to provide individualised feedback and guidance.
Our standard lab testing involves completing an incremental cycle or incremental treadmill test. During these tests we measure your expired oxygen and carbon dioxide through a mask that you’ll be wearing, measure your heart rate, and take a small pin-prick of blood from your ear every stage of the test to measure the amount of lactate in your blood.
Starting at a low intensity, we will gradually increase the intensity of cycling or running as your progress through the stages of the test.
From the tests we can determine your maximal aerobic capacity (VO2max), and the power associated with that point. We can also identify two physiological transition points during the test, which we tend to refer to as aerobic threshold and anaerobic threshold, which we express as a percentage of your VO2max, allowing us to identify areas for improvement through training. We also obtain a measure of your efficiency, which is especially important for long distance events.
After your visit, you will receive a comprehensive report, detailing your physiological response to each stage/intensity of the test. We will report your current fitness levels, alongside some normative data for you to put your performance into perspective, and outline some areas that you can improve through training and some suggested training sessions to help you do that.
*CYCLE AND TREADMILL TEST ON THE SAME DAY