Lactate Threshold

Lactate Testing is designed to measure the lactate build-up in your blood. It tells us when you have reached your threshold level and at which point your muscles start to go into an anaerobic exercise state. During exercise, your muscles are efficiently using oxygen as energy, while clearing the by-products of exercise (CO2; H+; etc.). With steady state exercise, your aerobic metabolism matches the energy requirements of your active muscles.Read More

LACTATE THRESHOLD

 

 

Lactate Testing is designed to measure the Lactate build-up in your blood. It tells us when you have reached your threshold level and at which point your muscles start to go into an anaerobic exercise state. During exercise, your muscles are efficiently using oxygen as energy, while clearing the by-products of exercise (CO2; H+; etc.). With steady state exercise, your aerobic metabolism matches the energy requirements of your active muscles.

When the intensity of exercise exceeds the muscles ability to clear the by-products, a build up of lactate results. This is what is known as your ‘lactate threshold’. When you have reached your lactate threshold, your muscles are not longer getting sufficient oxygen for their energy requirements and they start to work anaerobically (without oxygen). It is very hard work for muscles to function anaerobically and you will only be able to sustain this level of effort for around 8 minutes.
This test requires you to run on a treadmill at gradual increases in speed. Finger pricks are taken at the end of each stage to test for lactate build up. We can accurately measure where your specific lactate threshold is and what heart rate coincides with this.

The more you train in your lactate threshold heart rate, the more efficient your body will become at clearing lactate. This means that you will start to reach this threshold at a later stage and higher intensity. It will help you to train smarter and get fit quicker.