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With our performance diagnostics every athlete can determine his personal physiological profile, detect the training zones and reveal the individual potentials for training.

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    Differentiated physiological performance diagnostics will not only help you determine your current performance status, but above all also provide background information.

    A clear advantage compared to an FTP test, e.g., is that not only your current performance status is determined, but that it also gives an insight into your energy metabolism. It offers the opportunity to figure out your strengths and potentials and which adjustments need to be made in your training.

    Performance diagnostics are always useful if you either a) have time and possibilities to work on your (physiological) weaknesses in training after the diagnostics or b) want to get a precise assessment, e. g., for a pacing strategy.

    As a rule of thumb, we recommend doing performance diagnostics early in the season when training begins, as well as another one to check progress and physiological changes about 2 to 3.5 months after the first diagnostics. A third one is optional about 2 to 6 weeks before the season’s highlight to determine the pacing strategy.

    To book your performance diagnostics, you may use our online tool. However, as we can always offer free or more flexible appointments in person, we recommend that you contact us via the form provided on our website or give us a call so that we can arrange an individual appointment if your preferred date was not available online.

    After being welcomed by the sports scientist in charge, we will have an initial conversation with you to find out more about you, your training and your sporting goals.

    Then you warm up on the treadmill (running performance diagnostics) or the bike ergometer (triathlon and cycling performance diagnostics), depending on the performance diagnostics, before we conduct 2 to 4 different tests with you. The coworker in charge will explain the exact procedure to you on site.

    After the tests, you may take a shower while we prepare your evaluation whose results we will then discuss with you in detail, explain to you how the energy metabolism works and by doing so line out how to proceed with your training in the coming weeks.

    The maximum oxygen uptake (VO2max) defines the maximum amount of oxygen that can be processed in the muscles during exercise. VO2max is the “gross criterion” of endurance performance and a decisive factor for performance, fat metabolism and recovery.

    The maximum lactate formation rate (VLamax) describes the glycolytic activity and thus the anaerobic metabolism of the working muscles. Although the maximum lactate formation rate is a decisive factor in the energy supply during high-intensity exercise, it is some kind of “antagonist” of endurance performance in endurance sports. The higher the lactate formation rate, the more carbohydrates and the less fats are metabolised.

    To determine running economy, the athlete runs 5-minute intervals at different submaximal loads in a stage test. By measuring oxygen uptake (VO2) and carbon dioxide output (VCO2) at the respective speed, the amount of oxygen for one metre per second or one kilometre per hour can be determined.

    To accurately determine running economy, resting VO2 the prevailing metabolic state and body weight must be taken into account.

    A central component of performance diagnostics is also the determination of training zones. We determine them as a derivation of the performance capacity (anaerobic threshold) and also take into account the glycolytic activity.

    Certain training zones (e.g., zones 1 and 2) require more than a simple derivation of the performance capacity, i.e., the exact definition of carbohydrate or fat metabolism.

    No, that is not necessary. For performance diagnostics we use an SRM high-performance ergometer to ensure the highest standards of measurement accuracy.

    However, it is important that you determine your riding position (saddle height, saddle setback, reach) and provide us with the values for adjusting the ergometer bike to your usual riding position.

    You pay on site, either by EC or credit card or cash.