Physiological Testing, Training Zone Calculation and VO2max Testing
Available for cycling, running, rowing and swimming.
Lactate testing is the Gold Standard physiological test performed by Sport Scientists and coaches around the World to calculate athlete’s individual training zones. It is also a valuable tool to determine athlete training adaptation, monitor training program effectiveness, and minimise an athlete’s risk of overtraining.
Benefits of Lactate Threshold Testing
Unlike other methods of estimating training thresholds which are highly unreliable and largely influenced by athlete motivation and fatigue levels such as functional threshold power (FTP) tests, time-trials or maximum heart rate tests, lactate analysis tests directly measure the individual’s physiological response to exercise by analysing changes in lactate concentration. This means that even if an athlete isn’t 100% motivated towards their testing session, the data collected is accurate and reliable. In addition, the data collected from lactate threshold profile tests not only calculates an athlete’s lactate threshold, but is also used to determine the athlete’s aerobic threshold (used from longer duration training efforts), recovery zone and VO2max zone. Further, the lactate profile curve also assists to identify what physiological system (aerobic or anaerobic) that the athlete is dominate in which is important as it identifies what area the athlete should target their training towards improving. Based on the data collected from lactate testing, lactate profile tests are an accurate and reliable method of calculating athlete’s training zones which will enable the athlete to maximise the time they spend training to ensure they have the greatest chance of achieving their goals.
4.0mmol.L-1 Lactate Threshold Test
The 4.0mmol lactate threshold test (4LTT) performed by Intune Sports (also commonly referred to as fixed blood lactate concentration test) is the traditional physiological test performed at sports institute’s such as the Australian Institute of Sport to help calculate athlete’s correct training zones to ensure they maximise their time spent training. The 4LTT involves workload (power/speed/pace) being incrementally increased every 3-5minutes from an easy and comfortable level until exertional fatigue. Throughout the test the sport science team collects the athlete’s blood lactate concentration, heart rate, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE). This data is then used to calculate the athlete’s aerobic and anaerobic thresholds for power/speed/pace as well as determining their individual training zones and racing ability.
From the lactate threshold test you will receive the following information:
· Power/pace/speed, heart rate and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) at aerobic and anaerobic thresholds
· Up to seven detailed and individualised training zones each with upper and lower power/pace/speed, heart rate and RPE intensities
· Detailed graph of training zones and test data for visual presentation and explanation
· Threshold powers expressed as power to weight (W/kg) *cycling and rowing only
· Post-test sport science consultation to explain results and advice on implementation of training zones for training and racing purposes.
Lactate tests are $180, or 2 for $300