On arrival, you will have a brief consultation with one of our sports scientists about your current training and performance goals. There will be plenty of time to discuss the protocol and ask any questions before starting the test. We will then obtain height, weight, and a resting fingerprick blood lactate sample.
Our lactate and VO₂ test is completed in two parts:
- Following an advised ~10-minute warm-up, you will start the lactate threshold test at a pre-determined intensity (identified from race times and/or current training). The intensity of the activity is increased every 4-5 minutes. At the end of every interval, we obtain heart rate, VO₂ (optional during LT test), rate of perceived exertion (RPE), and blood lactate (via fingerprick or ear lobe). The test is stopped when LT2 has been reached. Following a short cool-down, we allow ~10-minutes of rest before starting the VO₂ Max component of the test.
- We start the VO₂ Max test at the intensity you reached LT2, and increase it by a set amount every minute, until voluntary exhaustion. Throughout each interval, we obtain heart rate and VO₂ (breath-by-breath gas analysis wearing a face mask) measurements.
If you have any questions about our protocol, or would like to request a different protocol, please get in contact before your test.
This test can be completed on a treadmill, WattBike, or your own bike using our Wahoo Kickr turbo trainer.