Lactate Threshold

Every athlete wants to perform their best and by getting an understanding of how blood lactate levels affect performance, you will better manage your training and supplementation program.

Lactate is a by-product of anaerobic metabolism and the key principle is how to balance the rate of lactate production and lactate absorption.

During light and moderate-intensity exercise, the blood concentration of lactate remains low. The body is able to absorb lactate faster than the muscle cells are producing it. However, as exercise intensity increases, there comes a point at which lactate removal fails to keep up with the rate of lactate production.

At this point the muscles being used will overload with lactic acid and either tighten up or cramp. You may also notice an inability to draw a deep breath and you will want to slow down.

Lactate Threshold

When you reach your lactate threshold, excessive blood lactate and hydrogen ion concentrations combine to interfere with efficient and proper muscle contraction and your output drops, which causes you to slow down.

Predictors of Athletic Performance

Lactate threshold and VO2 max are two of the strongest predictors of athletic performance.

Both also serve as a very useful measure for the determination of training zones and the overall effectiveness of training programs and supplementation. Through proper training and supplementation, you can delay the onset of this lactate build-up and extend your endurance and performance in the process.

If you have two cyclists climbing a steep hill, one with a high VO2 max and a moderate lactate threshold, and the other with a moderate VO2max and a high lactate threshold and they are similar in weight and body size, the cyclist with the highest lactate threshold would likely find himself a winner in a head to head race up that hill.

Finding Your Lactate Threshold

Finding your lactate threshold pace is a key component to maximizing the effectiveness of your training program. If you run too fast, it will take you a longer time to recover. You also increase your risk of injury. Running slowly, you will not provide the stress you need on your body to the physiological improvements in LT that you want. (speed).

Lactate Threshold Training Programs and Workouts

Optimal training programs today suggest several ways to improve your lactate threshold. Research has indicated that training programs that utilize a combination of high volume, maximal steady-state, and interval workouts have the most pronounced effect on lactate threshold improvement.

Using VO2 BOOST to Improve Lactate Threshold

VO2 BOOST reduces lactic acid in the blood and increases your lactate threshold, at the same time increasing your VO2 max allowing you to run/bike/swim or move faster than other competitors.

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