Why does an LT test need a treadmill or bike trainer?

You may have noticed that we like to remind people to complete their lactate threshold assessments on either a treadmill or indoor trainer for running or bicycle assessments, respectively. The reason for this is that it dramatically helps improve your accuracy when following the protocol steps of your assessment. This is science after all, and the closer you follow the recommended protocol the better your results are going to be. Or if you like to eat, think of it like cooking. The better ingredients that go into the recipe, the better the soufflé.  There’s just no way around it!

In fact, if BSXinsight detects that you’ve departed too sharply from the protocol it won’t even attempt to calculate a result whether or not you’re on a treadmill or trainer.

And this raises another important point. As with all training/measurement technologies, the accuracy of the data is also going to be limited by the accuracy of the equipment recording it. The higher end treadmills, especially those that have been serviced recently are going to provide the best reliability. One additional recommendation is to increase the incline to 1%. This is a frequent technique to help account for the absence of wind resistance while on a stationary treadmill.

Looking to the future, we at BSXinsight are working to move performance testing out of the gym and onto the road. We are incredibly excited about the transformative leap that we've taken by moving lactate threshold technology from the science lab (where needles were required) to the gym and with current efforts are now working towards the future of the open road.

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