Lactate Testing

Lactate Testing

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The ability to efficiently clear lactate is a fundamental requirement for success in endurance sports.

The lactate test measures the accumulation of blood lactate at increasing intensities.

The data collected during the test (lactate, heart rate, and speed/power) will be used to establish your lactate threshold, as well as specific heart rate training intensities to help you improve your sport-specific performance.

Who It’s For

Endurance athletes

The ability to efficiently clear lactate is an important physiological requirement in all endurance sports.


60 minutes

including testing and consultation when completed on the treadmill.

90 minutes

including testing and consultation when completed on the bike.


Run (60 mins)


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Bike (90 mins)


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Lactate testing at Coached Lab

The Test Process

Lactate testing can be conducted on our treadmill or on your own bicycle using our computrainer. The test protocol will be determined by your consultant based on your current ability and goals.

During the test, participants will complete 5 stages at increasing intensities with blood samples being taken in between stages to measure lactate levels in the blood.

At the end of your test, your consultant will spend considerable time with you explaining your lactate curve, your threshold, heart rate zones and their application to your training.

How to Prepare

To maximise your test experience, it is important that you follow these basic instructions...

  • No or light training the day prior to your test

  • No training the day of your test

  • Come well hydrated and avoid caffeine and other stimulants that can affect your heart rate

  • Please arrive in comfortable sports attire – shorts, t-shirt or singlet, shoes

  • If you’re completing the test on the computrainer, you’ll need to bring your bicycle and related clothing and accessories.

"Lactate testing has become a big part of the training process as I consistently strive to better my performances. We use it to track the progression of my fitness and to establish and refine my training zones, I highly recommend it."

Coached runner, Jasmine Goh


"I regularly take this test to assess and improve my performance and to maximise my training. It helps me to understand my potential in all areas so that I can perform at my highest level. I strongly recommend you to take the test. You will enjoy it."

Coached runner, July