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.

Maximal Aerobic Power (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 conducted using a gas-analysed protocol based on 1-minute incremental test of approximately 10-12 stages. Data is measured and reported in absolute (L/min) and relative (mL/kg/min) terms. This methodology has been show to be accurate to within +/- 1 to 2%.

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.

Metabolic Profile Test & Analysis

Athletic performance in endurance cycling is primarily driven by the interaction of the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems. The Elbows Akimbo Metabolic Profile Test uses state-of-art gas and blood analysis protocols to measure these key metrics in the most accurate way possible, providing a detailed and 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.

This test is based on a 4-minute incremental step test of approximately 6-8 stages following immediately by a 1-minute step test of approximately 2-3 stages. Gas, blood lactate and HR data are recorded throughout the duration of the test. The athlete is then allowed to rest for 20 minutes before undertaking a 60 second all out effort. Blood lactate samples are taken at various intervals post-effort.

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

    • Maximal aerobic power (VO2max)
    • Aerobic threshold (AeT)
    • Anaerobic threshold (AnT)
    • Anaerobic capacity
    • Training zones

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