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Lactate Testing 

Blood Lactate Testing 

This test is performed on the Wattbike and often done in conjunction with a VO2 Test to get the ultimate Gold Standard in testing. More often than not most clients are happy to just have samples of blood taken rather than having to endure a mask also., this is ideal if you are not a fan of wearing a mask! 
This will involve taking a blood sample routinely taken from your finger or ear lobe. 
 
We simply are looking for blood marker points at known as LT1 and LT2. we want to know where the blood is fully oxygenated so you still 'Aerobic', and the point at which you your blood has a considerable amount of oxygen and more Carbon Dioxide this turn point is called 'Anaerobic'. We refer to these points as LT1 and LT2. 
 
Muscles always produce lactate, even at rest but the resting levels are usually very low, approximately 0.8-1.5 mmol/L. 
Lactate threshold is where the levels stop increasing at a steady state and starts increasing faster than the body can manage. You'll have felt this when exercising, as well as the point just before where it feels comfortable. 
The average threshold is at about 4.0 mmol/L and happens at different levels of intensity by individuals. The onset of exhaustion and fatigue happens fast after crossing the threshold but efforts below this can achieved for hours by top athletes such as marathon runners. 
For anyone wanting to improve at endurance type event, by training at or below the lactate threshold, you can increase the length of time you can maintain speed in endurance events. 
The procedure to find lactate levels is quick and easy to do by anyone with the right equipment. 
 
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