With our remote Metabolic Profiling Service, you now have the ability to gain a precise understanding of your own physiology and metabolic fingerprint from the comfort of your own training environment.
Based upon a series of mathematical algorithms, our profiling system predicts with precision, the most important benchmarks determining your athletic performance.
You will learn the limits of your aerobic capacity (VO2Max), the maximum rate at which you accumulate Lactate (VLaMax) and how these ingredients are interacting to determine your Anaerobic Threshold (FTP).
You will also learn the intensity at which you likely oxidise the most amount of fat (FATMax) and the intensity range where you are burning 60-90g of Carbs per hour (CARBMax).
You will gain knowledge of your glycogen storage and combustion rate of carbohydrate at race intensity. This will prove invaluable when planning pacing and fueling strategies for the big day.
Alongside these key performance benchmarks, you will also receive a unique set of Bespoke Training Zones based upon your individual metabolic fingerprint, rather than a fixed data point such as your FTP.
Most beneficially, you (or your coach) will receive guidance on the most appropriate training intensities to be targeted over the following 6-8 weeks, in order for you (or your athlete) to move closer towards your high performance goals.
There is no need for laboratory testing and no need for inhibiting face masks or blood samples. The advantage of remote metabolic testing, is in its consistency based upon actual performance, rather than the often unreliable interpretation of metabolic gas analysis and blood sampling.
Your training will instantly be revolutionised. No longer will you be training through a process of trial and error or educated guesswork. Instead you will be using concepts of elite athletes to become laser focused in planning yours (or your athletes) next training block.
All of the assessments you will be required to complete, will be performed alone, from the comfort of your own training environment, using only your Power Meter (or Virtual Power) and Indoor Bike Trainer.
Learning more about yourself as an athlete and responding in the most effective manner, can only be a positive step. It will give you a distinct advantage over those who are not training with such diligence, and help you progress further within your sport for many years to come.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What equipment do I need?
Your bike, indoor bike trainer and power meter*
*I don’t have a power meter, can I use virtual power?
If you don’t have access to a power meter, then yes, by all means use virtual power derived from the power curve of your indoor trainer. The results may not be as accurate, but provided you continue to use the same virtual power from one test to another, they will be precise enough to provide you with the consistent data you require to train smarter, and subsequently, race faster.
How does the virtual profiling compare to actual laboratory test results?
Very accurately. Our mathematical model has been derived from real life gas exchange and blood lactate data. The relationship we have established between the various metrics we provide you with, is extremely precise and consistent from one real life assessment to the next.
How do I apply the test results to my training and racing?
Alongside your assessment results, you will be given detailed guidance on what the most appropriate training modalities and intensities are for you (or your athlete) to focus on over the next 6-8 weeks. These recommendations will be based on your current physiology and target performance goals.
What is the testing protocol?
The assessment is a 3 stage protocol that will be completed in around 75 minutes. The first assessment is a 1 minute incremental ramp test to establish your Maximum Aerobic Power (MAP). After 15 minutes of active recovery, you will complete a second assessment to determine your Maximum Lactate Steady State (MLSS) or FTP. This takes the form of an over-paced 20 minute time trial. After 15 more minutes of active recovery, you will complete a 15 second seated sprint.
That sounds quite tough, is it?
No, it really isn’t as bad as it may sound. During the 1st stage of the assessment, the ramp test, you will only be truly working hard for a handful of minutes before you reach your maximum aerobic power. For the second part of the assessment, unlike a traditional 20 minute FTP test, our over-paced 20 minute time trial requires you to start at an unsustainable power output. With the fatigue already in your legs from the ramp test, this over-pacing will quickly see your power decline to a sustainable output. From personal experience and evidence from my athletes (guinea pigs), our pre-fatigued 20 minute over-paced time trial is not only easier than a conventional 20 minute FTP test ... but it also yields much more realistic results for FTP than taking an arbitrary percentage of 20 minute power does.
How often should I test?
We recommend re-testing approximately every 6-8 weeks. Many of the physiological adaptations you may be seeking, will require this duration to take measurable effect.
Why do I need to test?
Understanding the current state of your physiology, is essential if you want to design the most effective training plan for you or your athletes. There is always an opposing tug of war between your aerobic and anaerobic capabilities. The goal of training is to combine 'maximal' levels of aerobic power (VO2Max) with 'optimal' levels of anaerobic power (VLaMax). Without a measure of your current Aerobic and Anaerobic Capacities, you don’t know how best to improve your FTP.
Should I be assessing whilst using heart rate as well as power?
If available, yes, absolutely. If you have a reliable chest strap heart rate monitor, then please wear it. The more data you can gather, the more analysis we can provide for you.
Have you developed the protocol for determining my VLaMax when running yet?
Yes, our athletes are using the beta version of it with positive results. However, we are still in the process of gathering more data to verify the validity of these results, before confidently releasing to the general public. Watch this space.
If I order a double or triple assessment, is there a time limit on how long I can wait between assessments?
No, you can complete the assessments at your leisure, life-time guarantee. However, we recommend testing every 6-8 weeks.
Do you do group discounts?
Yes, please inquire for a price.