Having a general fitness evaluation or lactate threshold test is a great way to assess your fitness level and help really maximise your training/racing/results. When you want to ensure you are training effectively to achieve your goals, regular testing is a must.
More information on lactate testing can be found on our lactate testing page
While the lactate threshold test is the gold-standard for determining lactate threshold power, it is a relatively time-consuming and expensive test to perform.
Nearly all riders will benefit from performing a more regular ramp power test (every 4-8 weeks) after their recovery weeks. With this test it is possible to gain a very close approximation of lactate power.
The testing protocol used at Activ is similar to the one currently in use at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).
Starting at 100W, the rider maintains the required wattage for 2 minutes. Every 2 minutes the required wattage is increased by 25W. When the rider can no longer maintain the wattage, the test is over and a score is produced based on the final wattage and time held.
This score forms the back-bone of the Activ Power Training system.
Activ runs regular non-lactate power-testing sessions during our coached indoor classes (generally every 4-6 weeks).
Members have access to their testing history and automatic analysis of their change in power and performance over time.
For riders with a pedal stroke imbalance due to injury or poor technique, the pedal analysis gives you feedback on limitations in your pedal stroke. A qualified coach will run through a variety of scenarios and suggest ways of improving your pedal stroke under varying conditions.
The Wattbike software measures force at 100 points in every pedal stroke (unlike most conventional power meters) - enabling it toidentify imbalances, weaknesses and strengths in pedal stroke.
The torque curve shows the amount of torque (or force) being generated at each pedal location.
Pedal stroke analysis shows pedalling behaviour including
One on one coaching gives you the undivided attention of one of our coaches for whatever cycling or triathlon needs you have.
This covers indoor, on-road, analysis of power files or detailed advice about your upcoming season.
You may find one of our Personalised Coaching Programs offers better value if you need frequent advice.