Ski Pole Test

Skipole VO2max test at COCC Physiology LabThis test isexcellent for XC skiers that are less advanced on roller skis. Thephysiology lab provides the poles used in testing on thetreadmill.

We want this to be a fun, valuable experience for you, in order todo that we will begin by answering questions and addressing anyconcerns you may have. We will then ask you to read and sign theinformed consent to ensure that you understand the VO2max/Lactateevaluation . Prior to the skipole test, we will obtain your height,weight, body fat, resting lactate, and heart rate data.

The skipole test consists of continuous 3-minute stages and lastsbetween 18 and 24 minutes. The initial stages are an easy effort ofski walking on the treadmill. At the end of each stage, a smallblood sample will be taken to measure blood lactate values. We alsocontinuously monitor your heart rate and rate of perceived exertion(RPE). The client will progress to ski bounding in the laterstages. The test gradually increases in effort using speed andgrade until the client feels he/she can no longer continue. Youwill cool-down on the treadmill for 4 minutes in order for us toobtain a final lactate sample and heart rate recovery data.

Upon successful completion of the VO2max test, it takesapproximately 15 minutes for the physiologist to graph andinterpret the data from your test. You can continue to cool downduring this time if you would like. You may also want to bring aset of dry clothes to stay warm during our discussion ofresults.

The client will then have approximately 30 minutes for aconsultation that covers body composition and ideal weight goals,lactate threshold, VO2max, and individual training zones.

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