Anaerobic capacity tests

For whom? The test is for elite cross-country skiers and competitive recreational athletes.

Why? This test determines anaerobic capacity, power, economy and the functionality of the neuromuscular system. In other words, this test measures the characteristics needed at workloads that exceed maximal aerobic capacity during short sprints. The test gives us information on sprint skiing capability and helps us to monitor sprint skiing development.

How? This test is done on a large treadmill using ether pole walking, roller skiing with double poling technique, or roller skiing with Gear 3 (V2) skating technique. The test protocol consists of 20 second workloads followed by 100 seconds of rest. Each subsequent load is increased such that the following load is always slightly harder than the previous one. In the pole running test both speed and gradient are increased gradually while during skiing tests (DP and G3) only the speed is increased and a constant uphill gradient is used till the end. This test is done until voluntary exhaustion in order to determine the maximal power athlete can achieve. Lactate is measured from the fingertip during each rest period between loads.

What does the customer get? The athlete receives a report that shows the speeds / power at the lactate levels of 3, 5, 7, 10 and 13 mmol/l, which indicates the status of his/her anaerobic capacity. In addition, special technique guidance is provided from the roller skiing tests for each athlete. During the test, video is captured by cameras located to the side and rear of the athlete. Technical parameters are also collected and analyzed with the Coachtech system. After the test, the athlete will be provided with credentials for the Coachtech online feedback system where the videos and parameters can be viewed and compared to previous tests.


Anaerobic Capacity Test – Protocol


Coachtech skiing test variables and definitions HERE!


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