What is Lactate Threshold Testing?
Lactate threshold is the maximum effort or intensity that an athlete can maintain for an extended period of time with little or no increase in the lactate level in the blood. Lactate threshold is measured in power (watts) on the bike, or pace (minutes/mile) on the treadmill. This test is the best predictor of athletic endurance. No other measure correlates as well with race performance or provides an indicator of the effectiveness of your training program. Results from this test identify your appropriate training zones for heart rate, power (bike), and pace (run). What’s the ultimate goal of this scientific approach? To help you make the most of your training time!