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INSCYD Lactate Testing

INSCYD Lactate Testing

INSCYD Lactate Testing
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INSCYD the Numbers: FTP

INSCYD the Numbers: FTP

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INSCYD the Numbers: FTP Part 2

INSCYD the Numbers: FTP Part 2

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INSCYD the Numbers: FatMax

INSCYD the Numbers: FatMax

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Which athletic metrics does the INSCYD test provide?


VO2max - The size of the engine 

  • Compare the effect of high-intensity trainings and endurance workouts on VO2max.

  • Evaluate the impact of specialized nutrition regimes to further increase VO2max.

  • Understand the impact of VO2max on fat oxidation and carbohydrate combustion.


VLAmax (maximum rate of lactate-production) - Elite Coaches secret weapon disclosed

  • A low VLamax increases your anaerobic threshold, fat combustion and shortens your recovery time from hard efforts.

  • A high VLamax increases the power available for attacks, sprints and short efforts.  

  • Vlamax is the most important metric you should focus on and train according to.  

  • Don’t waste your time training the wrong way – know your VLamax – and tailor your training according to it.

Here is what Dan Lorang, coach of IRONMAN world champion Jan Frodeno says about VLamax



I can help you to create a training program tailored to improve this precious performance metric, to optimise:

  • Fat Combustion

  • Carbohydrate sparing

  • Anaerobic Threshold (FTP Power)

  • Ability to recover from hard efforts

  • Sprint performance

Anaerobic Threshold (AT)

  • Know the influence of physiological metrics on your anaerobic threshold.

  • Reduce the standard error of determination of the anaerobic threshold to < 3%.

  • Calculate the enhancement of anaerobic threshold by improving a single performance metric.


Lactate accumulation & recovery

  • In disciplines with a random interval-type work demand, such as cycling or football, repeated high-intensity efforts are unavoidable. 

  • Every bout of sprinting and attacking may result in lactate accumulation.  The duration and intensity that an athlete can recover from these efforts are absolutely crucial.

  • The ability to use lactate as a fuel and to actually use it to optimise your performance is absolutely crucial in high intensity sports.  These kind of abilities are highly trainable and with Sparks into Life you can start training them for real and see the real benefits in a very short time.

Economy - Decrypting the speed hack

  • Economy relates to the conversion of energy into speed or power (depending on what you measure).

  • Understanding economy means understanding how much energy is needed to move at a certain speed or produce a certain power.

  • The amount of energy available is a matter of physical ability, but how fast an athlete moves with that energy is a whole different story.


Decrypt the key to go fast

  • Economy is the single most important parameter in free motion sports such as running and swimming. Obtaining insight on you economy will become a competitive advantage.

  • Assess the impact of a prescribed training regime on changes in economy. 

  • Monitor economy on a regular basis and tune it to your training programs.

  • The software we use to evaluate your is a high-precision tool that allows you to capture the effect of different equipment such as running shoes or wetsuits and their energy cost at various speeds.


Fat combustion

  • Fat combustion rates are highly individual metrics.

  • Accurately understanding fat combustion in is crucial in endurance sports.

  • Significant differences are observed both between different athletes, and between different states of training in the same athletes at different times.

  • Knowing the FatMax Zone allows you to train fat combustion most efficiently.


Carbohydrates combustion

  • Focus on carbohydrate combustion and get tailored nutrition plans.

  • Perfecting intake of carbohydrates is trainable, but needs to be practiced.

  • Adjust pacing and plan a fuelling strategy to avoid running out of fuel.


Conventional assessment of carbohydrate combustion based on gas analyses has significant limitations.  Not only they are lab-based test only, but they also get affected by nutrition status.  Scientific research has shown that neglecting lactate measurements when assessing carbohydrate combustion from gas exchange is misleading.

Through the use of our performance software you can finally compare your lactate production and compare it to the carbohydrate combustion one.  The only way to produce lactate is by breaking down carbohydrates, thus lactate production is directly linked to carbohydrate combustion.

Measure these metrics where it matters: on the track, on the climb, and on the field.

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