On the back of Physiological testing, we are able to establish knowledge of an individual’s physical strengths and weakness’, which can be used to monitor and improve training and lifestyle. The tests are suitable for anybody wanting to improve their health, wellbeing, and/or performance, from the grass roots amateur level, to professional and Olympic level. All of the tests have excellent repeatability, and therefore once the initial test has been done, and appropriate training has been carried out, you can be retested to see how you have progressed.
Submaximal and maximal aerobic testing
During this test, exercise intensity is gradually increased until the participant can no longer continue, at which point maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) is measured. This provides a measure of cardiovascular fitness, and is a good indication of the individual’s endurance capabilities. This test can be conducted on either the treadmill, where intensity is increased by increasing the speed, or a bike where intensity is increased via the resistance whilst peddling.
Running economy test
This test measures how efficiently an athlete can run at different running speeds by monitoring your oxygen uptake. This test measures the steady-state consumption of oxygen (VO2) and the respiratory exchange ratio. From this we are able to see weakness and strengths during different stages of the test and work on a training plan to improve this.
This can be done on either a treadmill or a bike, where oxygen in constantly monitored and the intensity of the exercise is varied throughout, in order to see how the oxygen uptake levels change.
Blood lactate profiles
VO2 max testing can be combined with the measurement of blood lactate to accurately set individual training intensities.
This measures both lean and fat mass, and can be taken in combination with anthropometric variables such as waist circumference, which may have important implications for both general health and performance during sports.
Power output testing
Power output testing looks at the amount of power that is being produced over a period, to identify maximum aerobic power.
Functional Threshold Power Test
A functional threshold test takes place over a long period of time to establish your ability to sustain the highest possible power output over 45 to 60 minutes. This calculated by the Watts produced per kilo of body weight.
Test of maximal fat oxidation
This test precisely measures the optimal fat burning exercise intensity.