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Performance Testing: reach your potential!

We are trained to undertake a range of performance testing, suited to all sporting types from runners, cyclists, triathletes, and team sport athletes, to those just starting out with an active lifestyle and advanced competitors. 

All testing is held at our indoor training facility at Sydney Performance Lab, Lane Cove West.


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VO2 Max Assessment

For runners, cyclists, triathletes or team sport athletes
Initial : $250
Subsequent: $220

With Lactate threshold⎜$330 
Subsequent assessment ⎜$280

  • VO2 Max is the maximum or optimum rate at which the heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise, used as a way of measuring a person’s individual aerobic capacity. 

  • The more oxygen your body can take in and utilise, the more efficient you are going to be aerobically. 

  • Training zones identified - understand what heart rate to train at during long slow distance runs, tempo runs, steady runs and speed sessions - maximise your training and performance! 

  • Detailed report and suggested training 

  • Lactate testing optional and with an additional fee (requires a second practitioner to be in attendance). 30% off the price of subsequent testing.

Lactate Blood Assessment

For runners, cyclists, triathletes or team sport athletes

Initial: $250 

Subsequent: $220

  • Determine your aerobic threshold (LT1) and Onset of Blood Lactate Accumulation (LT2) value.

  • LT2 is the point at which the body can sustain a particular effort for 20-60 minutes

  • From this, your lactate training zone can be determined i.e. what heart rate you should train at, before lactate interferes with speed, performance and endurance 

  • Learn how to train to run at faster speeds, without raising your blood lactate above your initially calculated levels (i.e. increase your speed and endurance capacity)

  • Detailed report and suggested training 

Running Mechanics Assessment

For beginners through to the elite, find out how to improve running economy, and reduce injury
Initial: $150
Follow up: $50

  • Video analysis

  • Movement screen/injury risk analysis

  • Running economy evaluation

  • Running Mechanics report with suggested resolutions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is involved with the VO2max assessment?

Before your assessment, you will be sent all instructions including the testing protocol so that you can familiarise yourself with it. You will be required to wear a mask and heart rate monitor which is connected to a small machine. This measures the contents of your breath throughout the assessment.


First, you will stand and breathe normally to calibrate the machine.  The assessment starts off relatively easily, then gets progressively harder every 3 minutes. Continue running as long as you can, when you can no longer continue, you can jump to the sides of the treadmill or press stop. 

If you have chosen to have your lactate threshold tested, then every 3 minutes we will take a blood sample through a pin prick in your finger. Usually we only need to prick your finger once or twice, as your increasing heart rate will keep the blood in the area and we are able to continue collecting the sample from the one spot. 

The running component is only about 10-20 minutes, but budget to be with us for 45-60 minutes. 

Whats does my VO2max tell me?

Knowing your training zones is important for endurance performance, training, energy efficiency in training and competition, fat burning and to make sure you are getting the most out of your training. Relying on the training zones on your watch is okay, but these are determined only by your heart rate. Everyone is different, so understanding your unique aerobic capacity and training zones is the best way to determine and implement the most specific and efficient training program for you. The V02max assessment will also indicate what fuel you are predominantly using (i.e. fats or carbs) and whether this is efficient for the type of training or racing you are doing. 


What is Blood Lactate Testing and why would I want it?

Lactate is the byproduct of glucose utilisation by muscle cells. Lactate is commonly associated with burning muscles, and reduced performance. Before your muscles reach this stage, oxygen is utilised to turn oxygen into glucose for energy.


If you choose to have your lactate content assessed, you will find out the maximum heart rate or maximal effort/ intensity that you can maintain for an extended period of time without lactate leaving your muscles and "overflowing" into your bloodstream, causing a decrease in muscle contraction capacity, which causes that 'heavy legs', and possibly nauseous feeling you have mostly likely felt during high intensity training. Knowing your lactate threshold can identify what training you need to do to increase your speed and endurance before lactate affects performance. 

Lactate testing is probably the best way to assess muscle performance, especially in endurance athletes. It is also an excellent parameter to prescribe individual exercise training zones for athletes. Among those training zones “lactate threshold” is that special training zone we all want to train and improve.  Training in Zone 2 improves lactate clearance capacity by increasing the number of mitochondria (energy producers in the muscle) which can 'turn' lactate into energy.  The only way to directly measure lactate threshold is by doing blood lactate testing.

What are the assessment requirements?

  • Medical clearance is required for males >45years and females >55 years.

  • If you tick 'yes' to any of the cardiovascular disease risk factors on our pre-exercise questionnaire, you will also be required to get clearance from your doctor.

  • We ask that you rest from excessive exercise/training 24 hours before testing, and refrain from alcohol and caffeine 12 hours before testing.

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