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VO2Max Testing For Cycling

Using Science To Make You A Better Cyclist

If you want to take your cycling more seriously, improve your FTP, drop your friends on your weekly group rides or put a marker down on Zwift, VO2Max testing can help.

Improve your FTP with VO2Max Testing

VO2Max testing can predictably improve your cycling. Looking under the “bonnet” at your physiology gives us powerful insights into your current fitness levels, helps identify your strengths and weaknesses, predict cycling performance and provide accurate training and nutrition recommendations.

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What is your VO2Max

Your VO2Max represents the size of your endurance engine and measures how much oxygen you can convert to energy. A big VO2Max is a prerequisite for any good cyclist.

However, VO2Max testing is more than just your VO2Max score.

Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses

A VO2Max test helps build your metabolic profile. This ‘fitness fingerprint’ gives you a good indication of where you are now and which areas you need to improve by comparing you to ideal values. Do you need to work more on your endurance, do you need to work on your power at higher or lower intensities, are you a poor fat burner, we can find out with a bike VO2Max test.

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Accurate training zones

A VO2Max test helps us establish your power and heart rate training zones based on multiple markers. VO2Max testing helps us provide you with far more accurate training zones than using just FTP or maximum heart rate. From this, we can determine what intensity you need to cycle at to bring about a specific outcome.

More than FTP

Our testing looks at multiple markers to develop your training zones. FTP tests don’t account for your actual VO2Max or sprint abilities so your training zones can be inaccurate with this method.

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Provide you with an accurate fuelling plan

VO2Max testing helps see how many kcals as well as carbohydrates you burn at various intensities. By knowing how many kcals and carbs you burn during your Zwift session or outdoor rides, you will be able to put together a proper fuelling plan for your training and races. You will also know how to pace your longer races, so you don’t get caught bonking!

Monitor your progress

As well as establishing your baseline fitness, subsequent testing can see if your training is working. VO2Max testing helps you tweak or change your training to make sure you’re consistently improving.

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How Does A VO2Max Test Work?

 VO2Max cycling test is a simple exercise test performed on the bike. By connecting your bike to a smart trainer, we can measure your power, oxygen intake, kcal burn and heart rate at different intensities.


Starting at low resistance (power), you will be required to pedal at a constant workload for 1 minute. After each minute, the resistance is increased by 20-30w and will continue until you can no longer maintain the required workload.

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After Your Test

Using some powerful software, we can then take all of this data and provide you with a full training report.

This includes:

 

  1. Your VO2Max score

  2. Your cycling heart rate and power training zones including kcal burn

  3. Your carbohydrate and fat burn

  4. Your Anaerobic and Aerobic thresholds

  5. A full debrief session going over your results and how you need to improve

 

And most importantly a clear path to better results!

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Book Your Cycling Testing

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Complete Cycling Package

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The Complete Cycling Performance Package

Combining lab testing with remote power profiling, the cycling performance package is the complete testing experience for cyclists looking to take their sport more seriously.


Included is:
 

  • Consultation and diet history questionnaire

  • 7 site body composition analysis

  • VO2Max Test to test your aerobic performance

  • Power profile testing - this can be carried out on a separate day at Box Nutrition, or by yourself at home

  • Full metabolic profile and personalised training zones provided

  • Analysis report and debrief session

  • Nutrition Fuelling Plan 

  • Supplement Strategy

  • Optional ongoing coaching available

You need a power meter or smart trainer to get the full benefits of this package.

To sign up, get your testing voucher by clicking on the button below:

Why Test With Box

  • Tested over 150 athletes including professional cyclists and runners.

  • High-end testing equipment also used by the military and university labs

  • Discounted group bookings available​

  • Our portable analyser means we can travel to you or test on site

My name is Jack Braniff and I help athletes perform, look and feel their best. I'm the founder of Box Nutrition and a registered performance nutritionist (SENr, CISSN), have my Masters degree (MSc) in Sports and Exercise nutrition, a member of the British Dietetics Association and a UKAD anti doping advisor. I'm also the author of top rated sports nutrition book "Fuelling The Functional Athlete" which is available from Amazon.

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