“Why CST?” CycleScienceTraining provides a unique combination of physiological metrics to assess your fitness level and from there create a unique personalized training program tailored to you. Our Base Assessment Package, (as described below) combined with our customized training packages uniquely equips you for success!
VO2 Max, gas analysis (O2/CO2 exchange, ) testing allows CycleScienceTraining to fine tune your training program, maximize your training time, identify your strengths and weaknesses and assist the cyclist, triathlete or runner to achieve their personal performance goals. This test determines anaerobic (AT) threshold and peak VO2. AT is basically defined as the point where your body shifts from a fat burning metabolic pathway to a carbohydrate burning metabolic pathway. AT is also the point where your body’s uptake of oxygen is exceeded by the production of CO2.
Along with AT threshold we also measure Lactate Threshold (LT); “the burn”. Lactate is a by-product of anaerobic metabolism. As an athlete’s exercise intensity increases, there comes a point at which lactate removal fails to keep up with the rate of lactate production. This point is referred to as the lactate threshold (LT) and spells the beginning of the end of high intensity exercise. Excessive blood lactate and hydrogen ion concentrations combine to interfere with efficient and proper muscle contraction, and as a result, power output drops, suffering increases and you are forced to slow down. But, for almost every rider, training properly with reference to your MLSS will dramatically increase your Lactate Threshold (LT) and allow you to ride faster, longer. LT can be measured in two ways, it can be inferred via gas analysis with a metabolic cart such as we use or it can be measured with an Onset of Blood Lactate Test (OBLA) that provides direct blood analysis after multiple blood samples are withdrawn. The OBLA Test is conducted during a ramped protocol test on the professional level Cyclus2 Ergometer, (blood draw conducted by our staff phlebotomist). Here at CycleScienceTraining we do both tests in order to achieve the most accurate LT determination for each athlete which allows us to identify your Maximum Lactate Steady State (MLSS). This metric is critical for understanding and applying the cyclist’s true “functional” power as opposed to simply measuring your maximum watts, (i.e. maximum power). Your VO2 Max test also determines Aerobic Threshold (AeT); it is at this point where the cyclist is at peak aerobic efficiency. Your CycleScienceTraining training package is based on this critical assessment!
A Bifurcated Body Composition Assessment is a measurement of body fat to lean mass (muscle) in the cyclist’s body. CycleScienceTraining uses two body composition techniques (Skinfold measurements and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis) to “bifurcate” your fat percentage measurement in the most accurate way possible by achieving a Bivariate Analysis Mean Metric fat percentage. The cyclist’s fat percentage is yet another critical component of a superior training program designed to help make you a better cyclist, triathlete or runner.
The Peak Anaerobic Power Test (PAPT30) is a measurement of the maximum peak power you can produce (measured in watts) over a short period of time,. PA tests are helpful in assessing your “break away” power or your short duration, maximum sprinting ability to the line. It is measured with an Isokinetic Wingate Anaerobic Test.
A Maximum Cadence Test (MCT) is another important anaerobic metric utilized at CycleScienceTraining for the sprinter, TT cyclist or Triathlete. The MCT is conducted on our professional level Cyclus2 Ergometer for 6 seconds of all-out effort. The MCT is also an excellent tool to help the athlete determine their natural genetic skill set that can predict success as a sprinter as opposed to a climber.
Bottom line; before devising any successful training program, you must know your VO2 Max, your Body Composition, your Functional Threshold Power Metric, and the training zones unique to your current fitness level. The CycleScienceTraining “Base Assessment Package” provides just that! $275
CycleScienceTraining offers multiple training packages designed to meet the needs of every cyclist, triathlete and runner.