Human Performance

Human Performance

Human Performance

Heart Beat offers human performance testing services in convenient sport-specific packages, a la carte, or customised to your unique needs.

Sports Nutrition consultation

Whether you're a distance runner, football player, gymnast, soccer player, cyclist or triathlete, our experts understand the key role nutrition plays in achieving athletic performance. Registered Dietitians help you understand, plan and execute nutrition strategies for daily living, training and competing.

We offer a comprehensive suite of nutrition-based testing and counselling services. Our experts integrate nutrition strategies with comprehensive strength and conditioning programs developed by the coaches, therapists and sports medicine physicians.

Better Fuelling for Performance Starts Here

Sport Nutrition Assessment and Consultation: The nutrition assessment determines an athlete's nutrition needs based on body type, sport, metabolic rate, and short- and long-term performance goals. Each consultation is unique to each athlete and includes specific recommendations to help athletes reach and maintain peak performance.

Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Measurement: Measuring your resting metabolic rate tells you the number of calories your body burns when at rest. Additional calories are added to the RMR to determine total calories needed per day. Knowing an athlete's RMR can help with weight management and nutrition planning.

Calories Per Hour Running or Cycling: The calories per hour expended while running or cycling can help you plan your nutrition for these activities. The calories expended per hour for running is calculated at various speeds while you run on a treadmill. The calories expended per hour for cycling is calculated while you ride your bicycle at either various cycling speeds or watts.

VO2 Max Testing

VO2 max is the peak oxygen usage of an athlete at maximum exercise and is measured in millilitres of oxygen.

This metabolic test is an excellent indicator of aerobic fitness. Athletes with higher VO2 max values can tolerate higher exercise intensity and volume than those whose VO2 max values indicate lower levels of conditioning. Athletes with higher VO2 can also recover from intense aerobic work more efficiently. VO2 max can be increased by workout intensities at specific sub-max VO2 percentages.

We can also measure your lactate threshold during the VO2 max test or it can be measured separately during the lactate profile test. During the V02 max test, the lactate threshold is estimated using metabolic parameters like VO2 & VCO2. Elite endurance athletes have a high lactate profile, typically 80 per cent to 90 per cent of their VO2 max.

Lactate Threshold Test

Your lactate profile is a powerful and reliable predictor of performance in aerobic exercise. The body produces a performance-limiting substance called lactate during exercise. The lactate profile test determines the level of exercise intensity at which the body begins to produce this substance at a greater rate than it can be removed.

Knowing your lactate profile will allow you to plan your training, raise your lactate threshold and increase your work intensity.

Cycling performance testing

If you’re a competitive or recreational cyclist, our cycling performance package can help make sure you’re getting the most out of your ride and identify areas of improvement.


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