Why Test?

Lost 30 lbs. but still can't get that last 10 lbs. off? Seem to bonk in races of more than one or two hours? Feeling burned out from training and have constant fatigue? These are the types of issues we help people with every day using VO2 (Expired Air Testing) and Lactate Testing, Resting Metabolic Rate Testing, and Field Testing.

As humans, we have three energy systems (ATP, lactate and aerobic, also known as oxygen). The way our body uses these systems (fast twitch muscles or slow twitch muscles) dictates how you have to train for a specific goal. Whether it's losing fat, becoming a 100 meter Olympic champion, winning the Western States 100 mile Endurance run, or completing your first 5K. Whatever your goal is, you are unique and those events require a specific type of training for you.

In other words, if you are a sprinter who wants to do Ironman, you would be considered a novice. You will have to work to alter your muscle fibers in your specific training zones. But if you wanted to become a 5K champion, where you would be considered advanced and ahead of the curve for that goal, you would not have to change how your body fuels itself. Rather you would just work smarter and harder with the zones you have at present physical condition.

Fitness testing is not new. It has been used for years, but equipment, along with very limited interest in the science of metabolic and endurance training, made it very obscure. Cost of the laboratory was also prohibitive. But this has changed today and allows for coaches, such as Triple Threat Tough, to work smarter with their athletes.

Olympians and professional athletes, like Lance Armstrong, test every week or month. It simply is a measurement gauge that tells you how your body uses these energy systems and at what effort level you should specifically be at (whether using heart rate, power or velocity as your parameter, rather than perceived exertion). Measured against a previous test of your own, you can track your fitness, move on to loftier goals, lose more body fat and avoid injury, soreness and fatigue that goes along with over training.

These tests give you a specific training roadmap and start you off with a clear chart of where you presently are and how to get to where you want to be. All fitness enthusiasts should find out their true numbers.

For questions or to schedule an appointment please contact Triple Threat Tough.