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Has anybody had their VO2 max or Lactate threshold tested?(9 posts)

Has anybody had their VO2 max or Lactate threshold tested?Pack Meat
Oct 25, 2002 11:53 AM
Is it worth it? I can get it done for about $150. I'm curious enough to do it just to see how pathetic I am against the likes of Miguel and Lance.
re: Has anybody had their VO2 max or Lactate threshold tested?No_sprint
Oct 25, 2002 12:00 PM
Yep, sure have. UCLA Exercise Physiology Research lab. Free. I came up with 120% of predicted numbers. 35 yo male, 59ml/kg for the VO2 max. According to the doctor there, they can do a lactate threshold test however they suggested that a mathematical estimate based on the tests I'd already done is going to be pretty close. Furthermore, rather than taking blood at the elbow for LT testing, they suggested that the only real accurate way to do it is to tap into the artery located pretty deep in the wrist rather than a vein. They said it's pretty painful. The likes of those dudes are in the 70s+.
Question for No_sprintAndy
Oct 25, 2002 5:49 PM
I came out with almost the same VO2 as you. Judging by your handle of No_sprint I take it you are more of a spinner and less of a masher/power sprinter. Is that right? Same here if that's the case. I was just curious to see what strengths/weaknesses another cyclist had that a similar VO2 max.
Oct 25, 2002 12:21 PM
I have been tested through my university's lab (measured expired air, mask, etc) and got lactate estimated as part of it (an estimation based on intersection of intake and output of o2 and CO2).

Anyway....after having it done 3 times in the past year (2 for a training program to measure increase in performance, which was done for free, so that worked well) I would definitely not pay $150 for it. That's me though--and I say it because I think of other things I could get for the money that would have better returns for me personally (quite a few race entries!!).

The VO2max number isn't as useful to me in my daily training as heart rate and RPE are. So, knowing my VO2 max is really pretty secondary to knowing my heart rates, etc.

Try a university if possible, the one I went to will do if for $60, or you can get it for free sometimes if it's a required element or part of an experiment.

Oh yeah--one other thing that is helpful, really really helpful about a maxt test like usually get a printout of data that includes wattage output at given time, along with HR. This is almost beyond value in terms of planning training...this is very helpful (because with this info you get a great idea of TT pace, etc).

Oct 25, 2002 12:35 PM
I had it done a month ago for $70. A bunch of guys on my team have had it done. The coach we use pricks the finger. My lt is about 12 beats lower than I thought. But I dont really bellieve all the wattage stuff. watts to kilo seams like a good measure of climbing ability, and I am sure it is to some extent. But one guy who would admit he can't ever climb with me had a way higher watt/kilo than me or anyone else on the team. But its fun for the offseason. And come spring you can do it again, and track progress.
I just got back from having mine tested !Andy
Oct 25, 2002 2:03 PM
Did it at the University of Utah for $45 They did max heart rate, vo2 max and ventilatory threshold. They used to test LT but they didn't get good results so they stopped doing it. Got a really cool spreadsheet showing all data points during the test, both numerical and graphical. Pretty cool. There are a lot of perks working at a University. It was worth the $45 to know where I'm at and I can base a training program on the info. I probably wouldn't have done it if it was over $100.
Question for Andy...regulajo
Nov 25, 2002 11:17 AM
Can anyone have this done at the U of U or must you be employed by them? Where would I go to have the test done. I live a few blocks from the U of U.
I don't want to make a fool out of myself...nmQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Oct 25, 2002 5:05 PM
re: Has anybody had their VO2 max or Lactate threshold tested?Hereford Flyer
Oct 25, 2002 11:35 PM
Yes. Last had mine measured at Buffalo State when I was 29 - spent the 1994 Fall Semester there on an exchange from the UK. VO2 came out at 78ml/kg. I was only running then so it was done on a treadmill. Now I've got back into cycling again maybe I'll get it measured on a bike ergo next year.