Human Performance Unit Race
Team 2015/16 - applications invited
Helping triathletes achieve their potential
The Human Performance Unit (HPU) is the
premier sport science facility in the East of England.
Ideally located at the University of Essex, we are
consistently ranked within the Top 10 universities in
the UK for research. The HPU possess testing and
training facilities and equipment that you would come to
expect of at a leading sport science university.
Athletes benefit from being tested by experienced sport
scientists via state-of-the-art equipment valued in
excess of £250,000. In addition to the sport science
service, the HPU possess a team of triathlon coaches,
including British Triathlon Federation Level 3 coach, Dr
Dave Parry who was involved in the British Triathlon
World Class Coaching set-up for 9 years.
The HPU prides itself as a one-stop shop offering a wide
and specialist selection of services for triathletes of
all abilities looking to maximise their performance.
Some of the services offered are listed below.
Laboratory Testing (VO2max / Lactate)
The primary aim when undertaking
laboratory testing is to establish benchmark values for
a number of physiological parameters and identify
individual strengths and weaknesses. Data collected
throughout the testing typically includes;
Establish equivalent HR / power / speed for training
Peak aerobic power
Power to weight ratio
By establishing these key parameters, a
report is produced advising each athlete on appropriate
training zones that relate to the context of the
discipline i.e. running, swimming, cycling. The HPU
provide testing opportunities for each discipline,
making use of the following equipment;
Mechanically braked bicycle ergometer (gold standard
method of measuring cycling performance, as opposed to
testing on a turbo trainer)
Altitude Training (Normobaric Hypoxia)
Undertake various training protocols tailored to your
discipline and distance. Working closely with our sport
scientists, we will devise a training protocol at the
most suitable time of the season to assist with
enhancing your performance. Hypoxia training, went
implemented properly, can bring about both improvements
to your aerobic capacity, repeated sprint ability and
time trial performance. This usually requires visiting
the HPU for 2-3 times per week for a 6 8 week period.
Furthermore, benefit from sleeping at altitude in the
comfort of your own bed*. Prolonged exposure to hypoxia
is considered the most effective method of altitude
training to stimulate haematological changes, thus
improving your oxygen carrying capacity. Our portable
units are ideal to take home and utilize while you
sleep. Also included is a pillow-tent, therefore no need
to sleep with a mask over your mouth and nose.
*dependent upon equipment availability.
As athletes strive to improve their performance via
constructive and efficient training, a key area to
complement the training load and competition phase is
optimising the diet. The HPU provides independent
nutrition advice for athletes, tailored to the
individual. Adhering to an optimum nutrition strategy is
not a one-size fits all solution and getting this
right will aid in promoting maximal adaptations to
training. Nutrition services offered by the HPU include;
Sport nutrition consultations
Food intake analysis and recommendations
Body composition measurements conducted by an accredited
anthropometrist (International Society for the
Advancement of Kinanthropometry Level 2 accredited)
Skinfold, limb length, girth and breath measurements
used to ascertain detailed information regarding body
composition such as;
Lean body mass
Body fat percentage
Sum of skinfolds (mm)
Ideal weight target
A vital tool to track body changes, whether your goal is
fat loss, increased lean muscle or just a little
trimming up; this service provides an accurate
monitoring method and is particularly useful when
coupled with nutritional support.
Retul Bike Fitting
State of the art bike fitting using infra red LED
Dynamic 3-dimensional motion capture on a rotating
platform to collect data from both sides
Certified Retul fitter
Underwater swim video analysis
Observations made solely from above the water limit
the assessment of technique.
Underwater observations provide detailed view of the
performer without the distorted view caused by light
The HPU race team has been competing for the last 9
years, during which time many of our athletes have gone
onto represent Great Britain such as Abbie Thorrington
and Matt Sharp. Read below for how you can become part
of this great team and opportunity.
We are now inviting applications from athletes wishing
to be part of the team in 2015/2016.
Senior team members will receive a support package worth
Sports science cycle, run and swim lab testing worth
Retul bike fitting worth £170
Coaching consultation with HPU triathlon coach worth
Sports nutrition sessions worth £75
Membership of the University of Essex £1.4M evolve
gym worth £320
HPU Team tri-suit and casual clothing worth £100
Free access to HPU online training monitoring system
Discounted physiotherapy treatment
We welcome applications from athletes who intend to race
at a high standard in any of the following in 2015/16:
National elite series, World/European age-group
championships, IM or 70.3 races or equivalent.
We also welcome applications from youth
and junior athletes who intend to race in the national
youth/junior series in 2015/16.
Please send a triathlon race C.V. to
Chris McManus (firstname.lastname@example.org).