What is Blood Lactate Testing?

Blood Lactate can be used by sport scientists, coaches, and athletes to accurately determine appropriate training intensities and recovery periods.

Blood Lactate testing is far more precise than the outdated and inaccurate method of using percentages of maximum heart rate to set training zones. Because heart rate responds differently in each individual, heart rate zones need to be determined by measurement of physiological variables, not set by mathematical formulas. Furthermore, the relationship between exercise intensity and heart rate is different for different exercises. Training recommendations for running will not be the same as heart rate recommendations for cycling.

There are two components to the test protocol:

1. The Performance Line (or step test) is used to compare performance changes over time. One can see at a glance how an athlete has improves his/her performance over time and how to adjust a training program to show continued improvement. It can also be used to determine whether a particular training program has been ineffective and allow an athlete to make appropriate changes to address the problem.

2. The Lactate Balance Point (LBP) is the determination of the body’s ability to balance the production of lactate in working muscles with its clearance by the body

What is blood lactate?

Lactate is a metabolic product produced in the muscle cells during exercise. It can be measured by taking a drop of blood at a finger tip the same way diabetics monitor their blood sugar level. The blood lactate level increases with exercise intensity and shows clearly the transition from aerobic to anaerobic activity.

Duration: The test can take anywhere from 45-60 minutes. Allow at least 10 minutes for discussion post-test to go over the results.

- Determine a benchmark of fitness
- Determine your rate of recovery
- Tracks changes over time
- Determine whether or not their training plan is working
- Identifies strengths and weaknesses
- By interpreting the results, I can deternmine your specific training zones
- Determine the point where your body goes from aerobic to aneorobic

Cost: $125 Re-test: $75 (if done within 6 months)

Personal Experience:

I have been training with a heart rate monitor ever since I first got tested in 2006. Not only has my training been better than ever, I have suffered less injuries and have achieved amazing results. Properly training at different intesities can take your fitness and sport performance to a whole new level.

If you already have (or are thinking about purchasing) a HR monitor and want to experience any of the benefits listed above, please feel free to contact me.

I am a runner, personal trainer, and endurance coach. I live in North Vancouver and can be reached by Phone(C): 604-812-8027 and/or email-