HOW TO TRAIN SMARTER

Training can be confusing. You'll hear about how cycling slow will get you faster but how slow is to slow and how long should you go?

Are you training at your ideal intensities or are you racking up a lot of junk mileage?

Also, when it comes time to build your anaerobic threshold are you pushing hard enough? With each each Zone Check (VO2 max)and Lactate Threshold assessment we give you a thorough consultation so you'll understand your training needs and how your body responds to exercise.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us or scheduling a free no obligation consult.

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ZONE CHECK CONSULTATION

AEROBIC BASE
VO2 Max, LACTATE / ANAEROBIC THRESHOLD
BREATHING AND HEART RATE RESERVE
TRAINING ZONES (HEART RATE / WATTAGE)
DEPLETION RATES PER ZONE
IDEAL PACE FOR EVENTS / RACING
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
FUEL MANAGEMENT / RACING
AND MUCH MORE

 

About VO2 Max - What it is

VO2 max (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity).


VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. In a lab a VO2 max test is generally done with a graded exercise test on a treadmill (for runners), cycling erg (for cyclist), or rowing erg (for rowers) where each stage the workload is increased while ventilation and oxygen (O2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) is measured. VO2 max is reached when oxygen consumption remains at steady state despite an increase in workload.

The Number


VO2 max is expressed either as an absolute rate in liters of oxygen per minute (l/min) or as a relative rate in millilitres of oxygen per kilogram of bodyweight per minute (ml/kg/min).

The relative rate is the expression often used to compare the performance of endurance sports athletes.


>75 Olympic caliber endurance athlete
>60 National caliber endurance athlete
>45 Athletic fitness
>38 General health & fitness

If you have a VO2 max over 75 does it mean you can compete as a Olympic caliber endurance athlete? Unfortunately no, there are many other factors to consider. With that being said you may be a very efficient athlete and compete well at the regional or national level with a VO2 max of 57 but competing on the world level (Olympic) your VO2 max may very well be your limiting factor. In the car world it's like showing up with a 6 cylinder engine while everyone else has an 8 cyclinder. They'll have more "horsepower" to play with.

 

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