Lactate Threshold Testing

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Lactate Threshold Testing

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If you’re an athlete, you’ve probably heard of the term lactate, but do you understand what it is and how it affects you? Here’s a brief overview. After your muscles break down carbohydrates, the result is a metabolic by-product known as lactate. While monitoring the pace and energy level of an exercising athlete, the amount of resulting lactate is a great way to measure the efficiency of the movement during an endurance event. As a result, one of the best ways to train is to monitor lactate in conjunction with heart rate. (Sports Resource Group, 2013) One training method in particular is called Lactate Threshold Testing in which blood is regularly collected from the ear while the athlete is running on a treadmill. Don’t worry, the collection of blood isn’t painful or gruesome. We choose to measure blood because this is the best bodily fluid to measure lactate. As exercise increases in intensity, blood lactate levels increase, indicating a transition from aerobic to anaerobic stress. The blood sample will show us current maximal performance, lactate threshold, specific heart rate, and power/pace training intensities. This is one of the best ways to monitor training performance and progression, and it is easy and inexpensive to measure it. This test is for those who are interested in optimizing training for a triathlon or any endurance event.

 

Sports Resource Group. (2013, February 12). Lactate Testing for Endurance Athletes. Retrieved from http://www.lactate.com/triathlon/index.html.

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