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INSCYD Endurance and Sports Performance Testing

What is the best way to improve your power and performance on the bike? Is it sweet spot training? High volumes of long, slow distance? Perhaps polarized training? High intensity interval training (HIIT)? 


The only correct answer is, it depends. But YOU will find out just what is the best solution for you, when you discover the building blocks of YOUR power, and how it is completely determined by two fundamental physiological variables. 


No more guessing and wasting your limited training time. Find out with confidence how you should be training to improve performance and achieve your goals.


How INSCYD Metabolic Profiling Improves Performance

Performance is not random. It can be broken down into a very small number of fundamental components. In cycling, aerobic capacity (VO2 or VO2max), glycolytic capacity (VLaMax), and aerodynamics are most crucial. 

We don't even need to care about Functional Threshold Power (FTP, or the anaerobic threshold), as this is 98% determined by the combination of VO2max and VLaMax. 

If performance is so predictable, and we know how changing VO2max and VLaMax will impact your FTP and your race performance, then why do 99% of cyclists and triathletes train without knowing WHY we do the training that we're doing? It's because we don't understand our own physiology and metabolic profile. 

With the INSCYD testing, you will learn accurate information about your own physiology. And when you know what your VO2max, VLaMax, Anaerobic Threshold, Fat and Carbohydrate oxidation rates are, suddenly your training will no longer be a bunch of guesswork based on physiological overgeneralization.

Not only CAN you do this testing anywhere in the world on your bike, you literally CANNOT do this testing in most human performance laboratories. Typically these labs will only test your VO2max and your threshold, but you will not get to know your VLaMax. And since VLaMax is elite coaches' secret weapon to performance, you should never do another lab test unless they too can provide you with this crucial metric. 

Once you have completed the testing and received the results, you will KNOW for a fact which "knob to turn" - should you train your VO2max, your VLaMax, try to get your threshold to a higher percentage of VO2max, or should you practice your ability to oxidise fat? 


Imagine the confidence it will give you knowing that you're doing training that is RIGHT for you! 


How it works

1. Testing - We’ll have you perform bouts of effort for varying time and intensity using YOUR bike on the trainer or on the road. The testing session is generally completed in 90-120 minutes. We’ll be there to guide you the process and collect all the data required to run the analysis in the INSCYD software.


2. Results - You will be sent a full report detailing your physiology, your metabolic fingerprint, and training zones that apply to you as an individual. Let others train on fixed, generic percentages of FTP while you train according you your own physiology and metabolism. You'll laugh all the way to the finish line! 


3. Train with no more guesswork 

Imagine two cyclists, both weighing 75 kg. Both have a Functional Threshold Power (FTP) of 250W. 


Rider A has a VO2max (Aerobic Capacity) of 50 ml/min/kg. 

Rider B has a VO2max of 63!? How is this possible?


Rider A has a VLaMax (Glycolytic Capacity) of 0.3 mmol/l/s.

Rider B has a VLaMax of 0.9. 


A higher VLaMax means a lower FTP! And FTP is 98% determined by VO2max and VLaMax. 


For Rider A to improve their FTP, they need to improve their VO2max. 

For Rider B to improve their FTP, they need to lower their VLaMax. 


Two riders with the same FTP. But two completely different training solutions to improve performance.


Unless you know your physiology and your metabolic profile in detail like this, any training that you do is like walking blind-folded in a maze. You may find your way out or you may not. To remove the blindfold and have a clear strategy for improved performance, it's time to do some physiological performance testing and metabolic profiling.

 

INSCYD Test for Running

The performance you are looking for is composed of a variety of components and metrics, but if you only focus on running pace, heart rate zones, or keep training only according to your Rate of Perceived Exertion, you’ll miss accuracy and efficiency. 


For example, with INSCYD you can finally understand the interactions between your aerobic system and your fueling needs. Do you wonder, “How much should I consume per hour in order to maintain my performance?” With INSCYD, you'll know.


INSCYD takes into account, and connect to one another, the most important metrics for training purposes:


•    VO2max

•    Anaerobic threshold

•    Lactate accumulation and recovery

•    Fat and carbohydrates combustion

•    Recovery 

•    VLamax (or glycolytic capacity)


Each of the above metrics measured by INSCYD is critical to performance and remember, each sport performance is predictable and can be broken down to these fundamental elements.

INSCYD Test For Cycling

The performance you are looking for is composed of a variety of components and metrics, but if you only focus on FTP, heart rate zones, or keep training only according to your Rate of Perceived Exertion, you’ll miss accuracy and efficiency. 


For example, with INSCYD you can finally understand the interactions between your aerobic system and your fueling needs. Do you wonder, “How much should I consume per hour in order to maintain my performance?” With INSCYD, you'll know.


INSCYD takes into account, and connect to one another, the most important metrics for training purposes:


•    VO2max

•    Anaerobic threshold

•    Lactate accumulation and recovery

•    Fat and carbohydrates combustion

•    Recovery 

•    VLamax (or glycolytic capacity)


Each of the above metrics measured by INSCYD is critical to performance and remember, each sport performance is predictable and can be broken down to these fundamental elements.