Fitness and performance testing

A scientific approach to sport performance
Sportstest is the leading and longest established human performance centre in the UK. We deliver detailed and accurate fitness testing and performance analysis to athletes of all levels. Our science-based field and laboratory testing analyses all aspects of your physiology, your existing approach to training and your technique. By understanding your strengths and weaknesses, we can help you to identify what you need to do to reach your goals, whichever sport you may prefer. Fitness Testing for athletes and triathletes – the first step to winning results.

Smarter training, not harder

How does fitness testing improve your performance?
By getting the basics right, you’ll understand how your body responds to exercise and where to adjust your current training programme.

  • Understand your body
  • Know your optimal training zones
  • Establish your limits in power and pace training
  • Reduce injury rates

Whether your goal is to enhance your fat burn, build muscle mass or improve fitness levels, we’ll be able to establish when your body is at peak performance and create bespoke plans to improve your regime.
Fitness testing can assist with every sport, from achieving the right weight for your class to developing a sharp look or improving your performance in competition.
Our on-site running, cycling and swimming facilities also allow us to perform three stage fitness testing for duathletes and triathletes for precision performance analysis, helping you gain a performance edge.

The aim – to maximise the efficiency of your training so that you are training smarter, not harder.

Testing overview

Each test will involve:

  • A comprehensive review of your current lifestyle and fitness regime, existing exercise patterns, and
    understanding your commitment and your goals.
  • Assessment of your physical characteristics
  • Measuring weight and body fat
  • Physiological assessments (peak power output, VO2 max, power to weight ratio, heart rate,
    endurance capacity, threshold determination)
  • Aerobic threshold, lactate threshold and peak and recovery rates
  • Nutritional targets

Testing includes an endurance review: approximately 35 minutes on the exercise bike or treadmill in increasing intensity, followed by a 5-minute max test, with incremental ramp testing.
Individual tests – approx. 2.5 hours each.

Technique analysis for cyclists and runners

During the testing process our team can provide specialist technique analysis for runners and cyclists.

With video feedback, we can review your body position and technique while on our treadmill or cycling machine, or even on your own bike.

This allows us to adjust your position for increased comfort, better performance and reduced risk of injury.

Duathletes and triathlete fitness testing

At Sportstest we are pleased to have the facilities to provide multiple levels of testing in one place, for a realistic understanding of how your body performs in a duathlon or triathlon competition.
Our facilities include treadmill, endless training pool and an in-house bike machine, or a stationery stand allowing you to bring in your own bicycle for precision results.