This test requires your own bike, mountain or road, which has a
smooth back tire.
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We will use a lab computrainer for the test.
We want this to be a fun, valuable experience for you, in order to
do that we will begin by answering questions and addressing any
concerns you may have. We will then ask you to read and sign the
informed consent to ensure that you understand the VO2max/Lactate
evaluation . Prior to the running test, we will obtain your height,
weight, body fat, resting lactate, and heart rate data.
In order to calibrate the computrainer, you will warm-up for 10
minutes prior to the actual test. The bike test consists of
continuous 3-minute stages and lasts between 18 and 24 minutes. The
initial stages are an easy effort of cycling. Resistance increase
with each stage while your power output is measured (Watts). At the
end of each stage, a small blood sample will be taken to measure
blood lactate values. We also continuously monitor your heart rate
and rate of perceived exertion (RPE). The test gradually increases
in effort until the client feels he/she can no longer continue. You
will cool-down on the treadmill for 4 minutes in order for us to
obtain a final lactate sample and heart rate recovery data.
Upon successful completion of the VO2max test, it takes
approximately 15 minutes for the physiologist to graph and
interpret the data from your test. You can continue to cool down
during this time if you would like. You may also want to bring a
set of dry clothes to stay warm during our discussion of
The client will then have approximately 30 minutes for a
consultation that covers body composition and ideal weight goals,
lactate threshold, VO2max, and individual training zones.