All tests are undertaken on a Tacx Grand Excel Ergotrainer using your own bicycle
and shoe system. This ensures
you feel totally comfortable and able to produce an effort that reflects
your current state of fitness. Tyre pressures are set at 100 psi and
the wheel load against the trainer is set. Room temperature is
monitored and cooling fans are in place to maintain
consistent environmental conditions for each test.
All tests are carried out with a warm-up and warm-down
relative to the intensity and duration of the test being undertaken.
Each test will have a blood lactate measurement taken at the end to indicate
the levels of lactic acid generated in your system.
Carrying out tests indoors on
an ergotrainer allow the tests to;
▼ be carried out whatever the
▼ provide the same environment for subsequent
▼ be captured, downloaded and analysed
▼ allow efforts to fatigue
without risk of injury or accident
▼ allow continual monitoring,
guidance and support
Before any test is undertaken the athlete's weight,
body fat content, pre-test heart rate and exhale flow rate are recorded.
During each test all measurable variables are monitored and recorded;
breathing patterns, heart
rate, cadence, speed and power output. All flamme
rouge tests include a post test blood lactate concentration
Post Test Procedure
On completion of the test a
warm down is undertaken and the data downloaded to a computer for
instant analysis. If previous tests have been performed the data
from those tests are overlayed against the current test to quantifiably measure specific improvements.
A fitness profile, relevant to the test undertaken, will be
completed from data downloaded and supplied to the client, along with the
test data itself.
For each test undertaken the
▼ a clarification of their
heart rate, power output, cadence and speed analysis
blood lactate concentration indicator
against previous tests
▼ peer profiling ~ no identity
released only range data
▼ a fitness profile chart
relative to the test undertaken
▼ advice on what to do next to
meet your objectives
▼ a cup of tea and some biscuits
as a reward!
For those not on a coaching
programme, general advice and guidance will be given on how to maintain
performance. For those on a flamme
rouge Coaching Programme, specific
advice and a training regime will be provided to enable continued improvement or to
further develop other areas of performance.