CycleLife offers a comprehensive sports physiology lab. Whether you are looking to test your body composition, identify your resting metabolic rate, establish heart rate and power-based training zones or measure your aerobic and anaerobic capacity, we provide the equipment and know-how to help track and identify your unique fitness needs. After establishing your markers, we can then create a customized training and nutrition program to maximize your training time and potential. All services in the Performance Lab are available to the general public as well as members of CycleLife.
Body Composition Analysis
Using the, BodPod, we measure your lean body mass and body fat percentage. The BodPod uses the same principals and accuracy as a “dunk tank”, hydrodensiometry, except it uses air displacement instead of water. A much drier experience for you!
Resting Metabolic Rate
Using our state-of-the-art CosMed Quark CPET metabolic analyzer, we accurately measure your resting metabolic rate which identifies exactly what your minimum caloric intake should be. Using your RMR and your daily activity, our nutritionist can consult with you to create a customized plan to help you meet your performance and/or weight management needs.
VO2 Max and Lactate/Anaerobic Threshold
Also using the CosMed Quark CPET analyzer, we perform a graded intensity test that will identify your VO2 Max and lactate threshold – used synonymously, in this instance, with anaerobic threshold. VO2 Max is a measure of one’s aerobic capacity, or the volume of oxygen consumed at maximal effort. Having a high VO2 Max is not a determinant of performance, but more of one’s potential. Lactate threshold is basically one’s “red line”.
Using the Velotron ergometer bicycle, we perform the Wingate Anaerobic Test to determine your peak anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity. This is a strong indicator of success in sports and events that require explosive power.
Metabolic Efficiency Test ($150)
This test measures your ability to use fat as your primary fuel source. Knowing this efficiency is especially important for endurance athletes who need to preserve glycogen stores for long distance events. From the results, we can recommend training protocols and adjustments to your basic nutrition to improve that efficiency.
Event Nutrition Test ($150)
Whether your event is a 40k time trial, a marathon, Ironman triathlon, or a charity bike ride, consuming the right amount and mix of calories is paramount to your best performance. With the Event Nutrition Test, we measure your caloric needs for your specific event so you can finish your strongest with the least possibility of stomach distress.