Lactate Analysis - 60 Minutes
WHAT IS IT?
Lactate Analysis is an optional extra on top of VO₂ Max testing. Lactic acid is a by product of anaerobic metabolism, and causes that fatiguing feeling in the muscles during high intensity exercise.
With this addition, we can find the point at which lactic acid entry into the blood exactly meets your body's ability to remove it. This is referred to as you "functional threshold" and is the maximum intensity you can hold for 45-60 minutes. If you push beyond this point, you will fatigue very quickly.
DO I NEED IT?
Not necessarily, but lactate sampling will provide slightly more accurate training zones than VO₂ max testing alone. We generally recommend lactate analysis to individuals who:
- Are more interested in their training zones/functional threshold power than VO₂ max.
- Cycle with a power meter on their bike.
- Complete ultra distance events.
Our VO₂ testing unit measures your lactate inflection point based on ventilation and the point at which ventilation grows exponentially. This measurement is a very closely correlated with lactate and is generally very accurate. The $30 added cost is simply to cover the costs of the lactate strips, so we don't profit either way and it's totally up to you. You can always opt to have your lactate tested on the day if you are unsure or have any further questions.
The protocol is similar to the VO₂ max tests, however we will take a small droplet of blood before the commencement of the test, at every 3 minute interval during the test, and at the conclusion. In order to obtain a small blood sample we are required to 'prick' you with a small lancet needle in a finger or earlobe. This is virtually painless but is something to consider if you do not like needles.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
You will receive the same data as in the VO₂ max test, however you will also receive a graph showing your lactate results including your lactate inflection point and functional threshold based on lactate.