Lactate threshold is the most important determinant of success in endurance-related activities and events with the main goal focused on the improvement of this parameter.
The lactate threshold refers to the intensity of exercise in which there is an abrupt increase in blood lactate levels. An athlete’s ability to tolerate lactic acid in the bloodstream and muscle tissue is shown to be associated with endurance performance capability.
By measuring the concentration of blood lactic acid at increasing exercise intensities, an individualized training program can be created. Test results provide excellent guidelines to follow in generating training programs and workouts in order to optimize the endurance performance of clientele.
Research indicates that training programs that are a combination of high volume, maximal steady-state, and interval workouts have the most pronounced effect on lactate threshold improvement.
During the course of this test, small blood samples are taken via “fingerstick” from the subject and the concentration of lactic acid is measured.