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The Lactate Threshold or Lactate Threshold with VO2max test is carried out to calculate an individual’s maximal aerobic capacity and to set suitable training zones which will help to improve performance. You can book the Lactate Threshold on its own or combined with the VO2max.

This test can be carried out on the following ergometers:

  • Treadmill
  • Cycle ergometer
  • Tacx turbo trainer for use with the athletes own bike
  • Concept II rowing ergometer

Following the testing session you will be provided with:

  • Resting heart rate
  • Resting blood pressure
  • Resting blood lactate
  • Resting blood glucose
  • Training zones based on heart rate and speed (running)
  • Training zones based on heart rate and power (cycling and rowing)
  • Absolute and relative VO2max (if booking the combined LT/VO2max)
  • Maximum heart rate

Who is the assessment for?

This test is typically aimed at athletes who are trying to improve their performance. Coaches of team sports (e.g. football) often use this test to ensure that all players train at the correct intensities during pre-season.

What is involved?

Following a number of baseline measures (e.g. heart rate), you will be provided with time to carry out a suitable warm up. The test will start at a low intensity which will be pre-determined from initial conversations. After 2–3 minutes a capillary blood sample will be taken from your fingertip or earlobe. The intensity will then increase and you will exercise for a further 2–3 minutes followed by another capillary blood sample. This process will continue until you are unable to continue at which point you will be given time to cool down. Most individuals will complete between 6–8 stages before exhaustion. Throughout the test you will be required to wear a heart rate monitor (and face mask if booked with the combined LT/VO2max).

Testing protocols can be tailored to suit your needs so if you have any specific requests, please contact us prior to booking.

What should I wear?

It is recommended that you wear your normal training kit:

Running tests

  • Shorts
  • Running top
  • Running trainers

Cycling tests

  • Cycling shorts
  • Cycling jersey
  • Cycling shoes (SPD, SPD-SL and Look pedals are available in the lab but please feel free to bring your own pedals if you wish)

Shower facilities will be available for your comfort after the session.

How should I prepare for the visit?

It is recommended that you do not take part in heavy exercise 72 hours prior to the date of your test. You are also advised to have a high carbohydrate meal the day before the test and to avoid alcoholic beverages. On the morning of the test, have a high carbohydrate breakfast but please ensure that you do not eat anything 2 hours before the test. It is also important to make sure that you are well hydrated on the day of the test and it is advised that you drink 500 ml of fluid (water or sports drink) 2 hours before the test.

How long will the session last?

We allow 2 hours for this testing session which provides enough time to discuss the results with you after the test.

When can I book?

  • Monday to Thursday (0900–1900)
  • Friday (1000–1600)

We are available for weekend testing if booking as part of a group (4 or more assessments)

How much does it cost?

  • Lactate Threshold: £110 initial price and £100 for any returning visits
  • Lactate Threshold and VO2max: £144 initial price and £120 for any returning visits
  • Group bookings: POA

 

Contact

If you have any questions or would like to book sessions on the Lactate Threshold/VO2max email us at: sport.science@solent.ac.uk

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