Physiological testing services are the foundation of TOSH Sport Science and the Running Program. The information we gather from lab and field-based tests helps us develop individualized programs designed to improve your training and running performance based on your personal physiological profile. Combined with our gait analysis services, these individualized programs also help reduce your risk for injury.
Our physiological testing services include:
- VO2 Max: VO2 Max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is the maximum amount of oxygen your body can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete’s cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. The more oxygen you can use during high level exercise, the more energy you can produce.
- Anaerobic Threshold: This is a measure of a runner’s fitness level. It is defined as the maximal steady state exercise intensity that you can sustain for a long period of time. A higher anaerobic threshold also allows you to perform at a higher intensity over shorter events and during training. Many coaches use anaerobic threshold as a starting point for prescribing training intensities.
- Running Economy: The amount of energy required to run at any given pace is dependent on a runner’s economy. The better your running economy, the faster you can run at race pace or in training.
- Leg Strength & Power: Your leg muscles are your running muscles and running speed is directly related to how much force you can put into the ground during the push-off phase of your gait. Your leg strength, and subsequent power development through training, is key to optimal performance and injury reduction.