The Lactate Threshold Test is a measurement of the body’s blood lactate response to exercise in conjunction with heart rate, oxygen consumption and intensity. Blood lactate is a natural by–product of the body when there is insufficient oxygen to produce energy and occurs between moderate to very high exercise intensities.
The accumulation of blood lactate has a debilitating effect of human performance and the individual who goes past the his/her lactate threshold will need to either slow sown or stop.
It is therefore one of the key performance indicators in endurance sports and can be used to establish training zones and pacing strategies.
Am I suitable for this test?
The test is perfect for individuals who participate in any form of endurance sports and intend to improve their performance by training smarter and more systematically.
How will the test be performed?
Upon registration, a resting blood lactate measurement will be taken. You will then be able to warm-up for 5 minutes before commencement of the test.
The test is done in incremental stages, with each stage lasting 3 – 5 minutes long. Each stage will get progressively more difficult than the last, either increasing in speed (for running) or power (for cycling).
Small amounts of blood will be taken at the end of each stage via a finger–prick and will be analyzed for your blood lactate concentration.
The test will be stopped based on either one of the following criteria:
- Voluntary exhaustion (i.e you are unable to continue exercising)
- The exercise physiologist deems the test unsafe to continue
Upon completion of the test, your results will then be analysed and our exercise physiologists will be able to:
- Identify your metabolic weaknesses
- Establish your aerobic and lactate thresholds
- Generate personalised and precise training zones (speed/power/heart rate)
- Provide training recommendations
- Track your personal progression
You will also be given a report at the end of the test.
How long will it take?
The test takes 1 hour, inclusive of warm-up and post-test consultation.
How do I prepare?
24 hours before the test:
- No/Light exercise only
- Ensure that you are well-hydrated and well-fueled
On the day of the test:
- No exercise
- No consumption of caffeine or other stimulants
- Arrive in appropriate running/cycling gear
- If you are cycling, we strongly recommend bringing your own bicycle in