Exercise Physiology Testing

We offer a range of state-of-the-art exercise physiology testing and analysis services for cyclists to suit a range of needs catering to elite through to amateur athletes.


INSCYD Metabolic Profiling & Analysis

Athletic performance in endurance cycling is primarily driven by the aerobic and glycolytic energy systems and subsequent substrate utilisation (carbohydrates and fat). The INSCYD metabolic profiling protocol is an innovative way to measure these key metrics in an accurate and manageable way, providing a detailed a holistic insight into your individual physiology. In turn, these insights can then be used to determine your strength and weakness and indicate how to address those to maximise performance gains.

The test is based a 4 phase intermittent test of various loads and durations. Blood lactate samples and heart rate data is taken throughout the duration of the test and the data is analysed utilised using sophisticated mathematical modelling.

Athletes are provided with a comprehensive report that includes the most important metrics for training purposes. These include:

  • Aerobic capacity (VO2max)
  • Anaerobic power (VLamax)
  • Anaerobic threshold (AnT)
  • Lactate accumulation and recovery
  • Fat and carbohydrate combustion

INSCYD is the physiological testing tool of choice for ProTour teams BORA-hansgrohe and Lotto NL-Jumbo as well numerous national sports institutes.

View a sample physiological performance analysis report


Lactate Threshold & Analysis

Lactate threshold is the intensity of exercise at which lactate begins to accumulate in the blood at a faster rate than it can be removed. Studies have shown that there is a strong correlation between power at lactate threshold and endurance performance.

At Elbows Akimbo we use a lactate threshold testing protocol based on a 4-minute incremental step test of approximately 6-8 stages. Blood samples are taken at various stages throughout the test and heart rate (HR) is also recorded. The collected data is analysed utilising the Dmax methodology (Chalmers et al., 2015) – the preferred method for many sports instititutes.

Athletes are provided with a detailed reported that includes power and HR at aerobic threshold (AeT) and anaerobic threshold (AnT) as well as training zones based on the national recommendations for endurance athletes.


Maximal Aerobic Fitness (Vo2max)

VO2max is the maximal rate that oxygen can be utilised by the body during exercise. It is a direct measure of aerobic fitness and is highly correlated to the work rate that can be sustained for about 6 minutes.

Our aerobic fitness test is based on the Storer (1990) protocol which uses an incremental test of 1-minute workloads to exhaustion to predict VO2max. This methodology has been show to be accurate to within +/- 5 to 6%.

For more information please contact us on 0427 820 256 or service@elbowsakimbo.com.au.