Lab Testing

Individualise your training by understanding

what is happening within your own body

Triathletes, Cyclists and Runners

Novice to Elite

Everyone stands to benefit from lab testing no matter their level.

An Elite will want to refine their training zones, look for their limiting areas and monitor training adaptations

An Novice to Intermediate athlete will want to understand their body more, how to train, why they may need to train or fuel in differing ways and work with their coach on getting the next big gains

Packages

Standard Lab Package

Single Lab test – 90 mins

£179

  • Bike or Run testing
  • Blood Lactate Profile
  • VO2 testing
  • Body fat measurement
  • Utilisation of Fat Vs Carbs
  • Measure Economy of running or biking
  • Data and report delivered post test
  • Reviewed with a TTT Coach via phone/Zoom
  • Conducted by qualified physiologist and nutritionist Current tests are carried out by the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at LJMU
Ultimate Lab Package

2 tests – 10-12 weeks apart

£339

  • Test – Train – Re-test protocol
  • Measure adaptation to training/nutrition
  • Bike or Run testing
  • Blood Lactate Profile
  • VO2 testing
  • Body fat measurement
  • Utilisation of Fat Vs Carbs
  • Measure Economy of running or biking
  • Data and report delivered post test
  • Reviewed with a TTT Coach via phone/Zoom
  • Conducted by qualified physiologist and nutritionist

Current tests are carried out by the School of Sport & Exercise Sciences at LJMU

Lactate Testing

Why Lactate?

Blood Lactate will give you an indication as to how your body responds to different levels of intensity, how much strain is being placed on the body at every workload and allow you to dial in exactly where you should be doing most of your training

Testing protocol

After a gentle 10 mins warming up

  1. Increasing speed or power every 4 mins
  2. Blood lactate sample taken at the end of each stage
  3. Test continues until you pass 4mmol of lactate
  4. Usually 16 to 40 mins in length
  5. Post test analysis and report

LT1 and LT2

  • Hard to define outside the Lab – LT1 of your aerobic threshold gives you an indication of the maximum intensity you should do your endurance or aerobic training
  • LT2 is the point at which once you pass it, blood lactate accumulate faster than you can clear it. This is normally 4mmol and is similar, but more accurate way to define threshold like you might in a standard threshold test
  • The relationship between these two can also tell you where you may need to develop as an athlete next

VO2

What is Vo2?

The maximum amount of oxygen your body can use in a given time period per kilo of body weight – normally expressed as millilitres per kilo per minute (ml/kg/min)

Testing Protocol

After a recovery from the Lactate test

  1. Increasing speed or power every 1 min to absolute max
  2. Blood lactate sample taken at the end of test
  3. Test continues to failure
  4. Usually 8-15 mins
  5. Post test analysis and report

Why is it important?

Vo2 used to be considered a very important number but we now know it is only useful in combination with other factors such as economy. What we really use it for is to measure fitness or economy increases over time

Substrate Use

Key for global health

Being Metabolically flexible is something common to healthy human beings and having this ability is also common to see in good athletes. A Healthy body adapts well to training

Critical for long distance

The longer the race, the more chance you have of running out of carbohydrate and the ability to use fat in combination with carbs to fuelling is key as you simply do not have the stored glycogen to finish races such as an Ironman without using fat.

Testing Protocol

Taken via gas analysis during the Lactate part of the testing

A reading taken in the middle of each step creates a profile of how you use Fat and Carbs at every stage


Work with Total Endurance Nutrition

Nutrition partners to Total Tri, and actually the sports scientists conducting your test – speak to TEN owners Sam and Jules about how to enhance this part of your racing and training during your test or read more about them HERE

Run and Bike Economy

Why is economy important

Two athletes could have equal Vo2 and threshold measurements yet one of them runs or bikes much faster over 5k or 10 miles than the other – Efficiency or economy could well be the reason – how much oxygen it takes to cover a set distance in a set time

Common limitations

Neurological limiters are common – ground contact time in running or pedal smoothness in cycling

Strength and conditioning – loss of force through weak core and stabilising muscles is common

Improve and re-test

Work with your coach or take advice from a TTT coach on how to improve economy through drills, strength and mobility and re-test to measure improvements – going faster for the same amount of oxygen use is key to improved performance

Where are we?

Located at Liverpool John Moores University the LAB is easy to access with arranged parking and changing facilities on site


Address

Tom Reilly Building, Byrom St, Liverpool, L3 3AF


How to book

If you would like to book in for a LAB test then please use the booking calendar below to choose your service and time slot.

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Standard Lab Testing – £179
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