Testing: Find your potential
V02 max Assessment
For runners, cyclists, triathletes or any endurance athlete
Find out your peak oxygen consumption
Calories burned at different heart rates
Anaerobic and Aerobic thresholds
Lactate testing optional*
Training zones identified
Detailed Report and Suggested training
For beginners through to the elite, find out how to improve running economy, and reduce injury
Movement screen/injury risk analysis
Running economy evaluation
Running Mechanics report with suggested resolutions
All testing is conducted at Sydney performance Lab: 29 Birdwood ave Lane Cove.
30% off Subsequent assessments
* lactate testing $50 extra
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Whats involved with the V02max 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 mouthpiece 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, and gets progressively harder every 3 minutes. you 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, you every 3 minutes we will take a sample of blood 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 50-60 minutes.
Whats does my V02max 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.
Whats is Lactate testing and why would I want it?
Lactate is the byproduct of glucose utilisation by muscle cells. 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.
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 lactate testing.
V02max 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.