VO2 max testing is a scientific measurement of an individual’s maximum oxygen uptake capacity during intense exercise. This test is conducted by analyzing the volume of oxygen consumed by the body during a set amount of time on a treadmill or stationary bike. It is considered the gold standard for evaluating cardio-respiratory fitness and provides valuable information for athletes, coaches, trainers, and medical professionals to optimise training programs and establish intensity training zones.
- Used for all levels and types of athletes
- For any exercise mode, method, or apparatus
- Progressive intensity test
- Training zones determined from data
- Caloric consumption (fats/carbohydrates) at varying heart rates
- Comprehensive test report with training zones delivered via email
Requires that you wear a mask and breathe through a tube attached to a metabolic cart where gases will be analyzed.VO2 testing takes approximately 45 minutes per discipline.
Blood Lactate Testing
Blood lactate testing is a common method used in endurance sports to assess an athlete’s level of fatigue during high-intensity exercise. This test involves taking a small sample of blood and measuring the amount of lactate present. Lactate is produced by muscles during exercise and can be used as an indicator of how hard the athlete is working. Endurance athletes typically undergo this test to determine their lactate threshold, which is the exercise intensity at which lactate begins to accumulate in the blood faster than it can be cleared. By identifying the lactate threshold, athletes can adjust their training and pacing strategies to maximize their performance during endurance events.
- Used for all levels of endurance athletes
- For repetitive, longer duration sports
- Progressive intensity test
- Utilized for racing strategy
- Useful in determining training zones
Require that you give a blood sample (through a simple lancet device similar to what a person would use to test blood sugar levels) applied to a test strip and analyzed in a blood lactate analyzer.
Lactate testing takes approximately 45 minutes per discipline.
Resting Metabolic Rate Testing
Resting metabolic rate (RMR) testing is a procedure that measures the amount of energy a person’s body expends while at rest. It involves the measurement of the oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced while the person is lying down in a comfortable and quiet environment after a period of fasting and abstaining from exercise. This test can provide valuable information about the number of calories a person’s body burns while at rest, which can help in designing a personalized nutrition and exercise plan.
- General population and athletes
- Weight loss, weight maintenance, or weight gain
Requires breathing into a tube with your nose pinched while lying in a relaxed position.
RMR analysis takes approximately 30 minutes.
Functional Movement Screening
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is comprised of seven fundamental movement patterns that require a balance of mobility and stability. The screening tests place you in extreme positions where weaknesses and imbalances become noticeable. If these basic movement patterns are not available, many athletes will begin to compensate for poor movement patterns, particularly with the dynamic demands of their sport. If these compensations continue, then poor patterns will be reinforced, leading to poor biomechanics and potentially, injury.
The FMS will be performed by a licensed Physical Therapist and you will receive a report on the areas of weakness that you need to work on and areas where you have strengths to build on. You can use this information to make changes in your current workout regimen, share it with your coach, or opt to come back for a 1:1 consultation with the Physical Therapist.
Levelen Sweat Testing
A Levelen sweat test is a test that measures an athlete’s sweat rate and sweat composition (sodium concentration) to determine their individual hydration needs during endurance exercise. This test is especially important for endurance athletes as they lose a significant amount of fluids and electrolytes through sweat during prolonged exercise, which can lead to dehydration and impaired performance. This information is then used to develop an individualized hydration plan that takes into account the athlete’s sweat rate and electrolyte loss. By using the Levelen sweat test to optimize their hydration strategy, endurance athletes can improve their performance and reduce the risk of dehydration and other related performance issues.
Fluid and electrolyte depletion during exercise can lead to a gradual and subtle loss of performance. Extreme fluid and electrolyte depletion can lead to debilitating muscle cramps and significant performance impairment. The point at which this happens is different for every athlete. Athlete sweat testing and sweat composition analysis is the only way to know your body’s specific needs.
Sport Speed Lab has partnered with Levelen to provide active sweat testing. The Levelen test requires the athlete to perform a workout while his sweat is collected. After the workout test the sweat sample is analyzed for sweat rate and electrolyte concentration. These tests are specific to the athlete’s mode of training and racing (triathlon, running, biking, etc) and the conditions of the training/racing – time of day and weather conditions.
LEVELEN is the leader in Hydration Sports Science.
Multi/Tri Starter Kit for initial testing – $229 / 2 tests
Multi/Tri Subsequent tests – $169 / 2 tests
Single Starter Kit for initial testing – $189 / test
Single Subsequent tests – $119 / test
Starter kits include sample packet of Levelen electrolyte drink mix
Multi tests can be used for Bike + Run; or different environmental conditions