Physiological Assessment Services
VO2 max monitoring and “Bloodless” Lactate Threshold Assessment
We are the only company in Manitoba that has access to a completely wireless, completely portable, metabolic mask which allows us to assess the size of your aerobic engine. You will get a report that outlines your VO2 and ventilatory patterns utilized during exercise. We are the first in the province to use cutting edge “bloodless lactate assessment” to analyze your threshold. We use a non-invasive Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) sensors placed on your muscles to identify when oxygen delivery becomes a limiting factor for muscle functionality. This variable is not only the most important descriptor of your fitness, but also one of the most useful variables used to derive zones for training programs. This unique assessment relies on sub-maximal physiological markers of your individual threshold. It is less strenuous than a maximal performance-based test (i.e. 20min or 10km Time Trials) and can be incorporated into your training program with less disturbance than conventional tests for establishing threshold (no need to taper for accurate results). Testing can be completed for both running and cycling.
Performance-Based – Time Trial Threshold (FTP) Assessment
These effort based assessments require you to give a maximal effort for a given duration. They allow us to benchmark your fitness, allowing you to define thresholds and optimize your training. We have validated protocols for both beginners and advanced cyclists. With our standardized warm-ups and controlled environment, these types of tests remain the criterion for establishing thresholds and anchoring your training. They are an endpoint measure, but a very important endpoint measure.
Do you have a big race coming up? Would you like to ride a segment of the course to prepare both mentally and physically for the task at hand? If the course can be mapped in Google, we can simulate the required intensities of your ride! Contact us for more information!
Running Economy Test
Running economy can be quite different among runners. This metric allows us to look at how much oxygen you use for a steady running pace. A better economy means better paces for a given level of fitness. Economy can be improved by increasing your running distance, undertaking a strength and conditioning program, or even selecting the best shoes ( or at least getting rid of the worst! ). With our wireless metabolic mask, we have been able to develop protocols that will allow us to monitor your economy and make decisions or design interventions that will improve your running performance! Contact us for more information!
30 min Assessment + 30 min Results Consult
Body composition is a significant factor contributing to sport performance and health. Early in my career, one of my first scientific projects was to identify the best methods to assess the body composition in elite athletes. Little did I know as an undergraduate, that that project would be a labor of love that would eventually turn into my second MSc Thesis. The thesis entitled “Reliability and Validity of Body Fat Determination in Elite Female Athletes and the Implications for Practitioners” allowed me to delve deep in to the most accurate methods of assessing body composition. For this service, I will use the basic calliper and skin-fold assessment along with circumferences to identify allow tracking of your body composition. I have designed a protocol that has been tested on literally hundreds of athletes, and found to be very sensitive at detecting true changes in ones physique.
We have a partnership to access an environmental chamber at the University of Manitoba where we can implement heat adaptation protocols. These 3-7 day protocols allow us to mitigate the negative effects that heat can have on your performance. Don’t let the weather get in the way of your big race day performance. Contact us for information.