Testing Programs

At Pelotrain we offer various testing programs to ensure that the correct training is offered to you.

Max Heart Rate test

The Max Heart Rate Test is a stressful, non-endurance based test that is carried out to exhaustion. The test duration is obviously variable as the time taken is dependent of the fitness of the testing athlete, although the time usually taken is round about 20min. The idea of the test is to ride to exhaustion without tiring the athlete out. This test is used, obviously, to determine an athletes maximum heart rate; from which heart rate training zones can be extrapolated. A lot of Athletes use their heart rate to measure their effort this is an essential piece of information. Yet many continue to train without undertaking a formal test to validate their assumptions. Without a clear indication of an athletes maximum heart rate, training for improved performance will not be a very accurate affair.

Sub-maximal test

This is a simple test that will provide you with positive feedback on how your training is going. It is called ‘sub-maximal’ because it is carried out at a heart rate low enough for your body to be working aerobically. For accurate results this test is done indoors on an ergotrainer and always in the same part of the day. Doing it in the morning for one test and the evening for the next may give very different results so consistency is the key.

Lactate Threshold test

The Lactate Threshold Test is the test of all of all tests. This test will ensure you train to you full potential. A Lactate Threshold Test is a stressful, semi-endurance based test that is carried out to exhaustion. The test duration is dependant on each athlete and their level of fitness. The normal duration is round 20 minutes. This test is used to determine an athlete’s power and heart rate at their Lactate threshold. The point at which lactic acid is being produced quicker than it can be metabolized. An athlete able to produce the most power, for the most time without crossing their lactate threshold is the one most likely to win the race. Obviously training at levels respective to your lactate threshold brings massive returns in your training investment. Knowing at what point your threshold is crossed allows your training levels to be pin-point accurate. No more ambiguous heart rate zones and no more average percentage rates of your calculated VO2max. Both of which are infinitely better than the alternative but not as pin-point accurate as measuring lactate development as it happens in your blood stream.

Wingate test

The Wingate Test is probably one of the most stressful, non-endurance tests that you can undertake. Although the test duration is around twenty minutes, the actual measured effort takes only thirty seconds. This test is used to determine peak anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity. Anaerobic power is the output of the ATP and PC energy systems. An athlete’s anaerobic capacity is the combined ability of both anaerobic pathways to produce energy and is shown as the average power output during the test. It may seem confusing now but anyone who has undertaken a Wingate test will be left in no doubt as to how these systems operate.


V02 Max test

During this test, we measure power output, oxygen consumption (VO2), heart rate, and lactate turnpoint and fat / carbohydrate crossover point by RER method. These values provide an almost comprehensive analysis of key physiological variables relating to performance as well as providing physiological parameters used to prescribe training intensity.