Ability Gap Analysis
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 they rarely last more than
To better understand the physiological issues this
test addresses please read our
Heart Rate Factsheet.
This test is used, obviously, to determine an athletes maximum heart rate;
from which heart rate training zones can be extrapolated. For those
using 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, and their resting heart rate, training for improved performance will
obviously be a hit and miss affair. Please don't use the 220-age
formula. I'm 50 years old and my max heart rate is 234. How
accurate would my formula calculated measurement be?
The idea of the test is to ride to physiological exhaustion but before the athlete
becomes tired and finishes due to fatigue. This can be best explained by the fact that it would be
possible to do a Max Heart Rate Test before a club run. You probably
wouldn't be able to do a club run after a wVO2max test.
This is an extreme test to the exhaustion of your physiological capabilities and places an
enormous strain on your body. It is vitally important to make sure
▼ are fully rested
▼ are fully hydrated
▼ have had no hard rides for at
least two days previous
▼ have not eaten for at least two
▼ have been of good health for at
least four weeks
▼ have good motivation and morale
▼ are mentally prepared for the
sustained effort required
A maximum heart rate test is not pleasant but the result it provides give
an excellent indicator to the physiological capacity and fitness of an
athlete. Exertion has to be intense and controlled with recording
maintained once the effort is over.
Maintaining accurate speed and
form early in the test is critical to the accuracy of the results.
There is no lactic reading
taken in this test as the very nature of it will cause lactic levels to
go off the scale!
The heart is a "lagging-indicator"; this means it reacts to effort.
Data analysis from the test results will prove this. This test will
provide an accurate maximum heart rate from which heart rate training zones
can be determined.
Once accurate heart zones are established they can
be used as a foundation for a fitness and performance improving
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