Exercise physiology assessments and packages

These assessments measure your physiological response to exercise and therefore can be used to improve training or performance. The tests can be performed on either cycling or rowing ergometers or on a treadmill to ensure the results provide you with specific and valid results.

Lactate threshold test

Measures: submaximal heart rate and lactate response, substrate utilisation, economy, and prescription of scientific training zones.

  • Price: £145
  • Duration: 1 hour.

We use the biosen C-line blood analyser to measure lactate responses to incremental exercise testing, conducted in running, cycling or rowing athletes. Heart rate measured using Polar H10 provides training zone creation for both heart rate and performance data (cycling, power; running, velocity; rowing; split time). Oxygen uptake and carbon dioxide production rates are measured using gold standard breath by breath indirect calorimetry, ensuring accuracy of results. The test consists of 4-minute stages following an initial warm-up period, with measurements recorded at the end of each stage.

VO2MAX test

Measures: maximal heart rate, maximal performance markers, metabolic thresholds, and maximal rate of oxygen consumption (VO2MAX).

  • Price: £99
  • Duration: 45 minutes.

This is a maximal test to exhaustion in which you will be fitted with a facemask in order to collect breath-by-breath oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production, using a state-of-the-art metabolic cart. The test consists of short duration stages, where the exercise intensity gradually increases until a maximum is reached. From the gas analysis data, your VO2MAX will be calculated, as well as measures of performance (cycling, maximal power output; running, maximal velocity [vVO2MAX]).

If a lactate threshold is not booked in combination with this test, we can use metabolic thresholds, specifically the anaerobic threshold (AT) and respiratory compensation point (RCP) to define intensity domains and prescribe individualised training zones for you to improve your training and competition. Furthermore, the scientific report will put results into context, describing the relationship of your performance against normative data sets.

Combined lactate threshold and VO2MAX test

Measures: submaximal heart rate and lactate response, substrate utilisation, economy, prescription of scientific training zones, maximal heart rate, maximal performance markers, and maximal rate of oxygen consumption (VO2MAX).

  • Price: £205
  • Duration: 90 minutes.

This package includes the lactate threshold and VO2MAX tests as described above. This is generally considered as the gold standard baseline test for athletes of all levels in order to structure and monitor training methods.

Standard performance package

  • Price: £225
  • Duration: 2 hours.

We recommend this package as baseline testing prior to starting a training period to gain a detailed understanding of your fitness goals and training methods. The package includes the following assessments:

  • SECA mBCA 515 body composition
  • Lactate threshold test
  • VO2MAX test

Premium performance package

  • Price: £275
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.

We recommend this package as baseline testing prior to starting a training period in order to gain a detailed understanding of your fitness goals and training methods. The package includes the following assessments:

  • SECA mBCA 515 body composition
  • Premium Skinfold Assessment
  • Lactate threshold test
  • VO2MAX test
  • 5-day diet analysis.

Add a nutritionist consultation for £70.

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Surrey Human Performance Institute
Surrey Sports Park
University of Surrey
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 7AD