Duration: 60 minutes
Suitable for: Recreational exercisers, amateur athletes.
Data obtained: Lactate threshold, Lactate turnpoint, heart rate training zones
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Whilst a high VO2 max is a prerequisite for success in endurance events, the ability to sustain a high per cent of VO2 max without accumulating fatigue is of greater importance.
The running speed, or power output during cycling, at lactate threshold offers a strong predictor of fitness and performance. Well-trained marathon runners operate at a running velocity just above their lactate threshold value for the duration of the race.
The lactate threshold test can be carried out on a treadmill or a bicycle. We use the Lode cycle ergometer. Fingertip blood samples will be required to measure the blood lactate at various points throughout the protocol.