Components of your test

The quality, accuracy and appropriateness of the type of test you receive are critical to giving you the best measurement of exactly your current state of fitness. SunSport offers you the opportunity to have all your key elements measured based on the test/assessment your chose to undertake.

Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)

Individuals will undertake a sub maximal or maximal graded exercise test on either a cycle ergometer or treadmill whilst using the latest Cardiopulmonary exercise testing equipment. From this we can measure Oxygen uptake during exercise and obtain your V02 peak, maximum heart rate, aerobic and anaerobic thresholds and accurately determine the fuel types your body utilises at varying exercise intensities. This allows us to design bespoke heart rate, power (cycle) and pace (run) based training plans to assist you in reaching your health, fitness and sports performance goals.

Blood Lactate testing

Lactate threshold is one of the most important physiological markers for training and success in endurance sports. By measuring the lactate levels during a ramp test we can determine your maximum sustainable performance capacity. The data collected during the test (lactate, heart rate, and power) will be used to establish your lactate threshold, as well as specific heart rate and power training intensities to help you improve your sport-specific performance.

A lactate threshold test can be performed on its own, or we can perform both a lactate threshold and CPET test at the same time

Anthropometrics

Height, weight, hip:waist ratio, skin fold measurements- a series of tests to determine your individual metrics. We understand how your health, fitness and sporting performance are all affected by these values. Benchmarking your data and improving your numbers is an essential part of our holistic approach to ensure you reach your goals.

Bio-electrical impedance

Completes our body composition analysis calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) based on body fat% and lean % body make up. A specialist device is used to determine individual body composition. Bioelectrical impedance measures the resistance of body tissues through the flow of a small and harmless electrical signal. Proportion of body fat is calculated as the current flows more easily through the parts of the body that are composed mostly of water (such as blood, urine & muscle) than it does through bone, fat or air. It is possible to predict how much body fat a person has by combining the bioelectric impedance measure with other factors such as height, weight, gender, fitness level and age.
We can also accurately determine your daily calorie requirements, which allows us to determine your nutritional needs for your specific goals.

Health tests

A variety of tests used for individuals who are interested in improving their general health and fitness and as part of our athlete testing protocols. Successful performance requires not just good physical fitness but also to be free from illness and disease.

Blood pressure, resting heart rate and oxygen saturation– it is important these values are normal for an individual’s health and fitness. Individuals undergoing fitness testing will require normal values prior to testing. A qualified coach will quickly obtain this data with simple non-invasive testing equipment.

Lung function testing-Spirometry

Lung function testing is performed as part of a health check-up. For athletes, it can be used to assess the degree of exercise induced asthma, and determine the efficacy of medical treatment.

Flexibility testing

Sit and reach testing, biomechanics and postural analysis – health, fitness and sporting performance are all negatively affected by poor flexibility, posture and biomechanics. Basic flexibility testing to assess joint range of movement is performed during all tests. Expert Physiotherapy is also available to assist you in reaching your goals.

Strength testing

Core strength testing – numerous tests for measuring the function of the abdominal muscles. This is a very important area for testing, as abdominal strength or abdominal muscle endurance is an indicator of core strength and therefore core stability and support of the lower back.

Hand grip dynamometer – measures the maximum isometric strength of the hand and forearm muscles. Handgrip strength is important for any sport in which the hands are used for catching, throwing or lifting. Also, as a general rule people with strong hands tend to be strong elsewhere, so this test is often used as a general test of strength

Blood testing

A detailed blood analysis that checks for signs of disease and ill health, including cholesterol and diabetes checks. Our risk analysis will allow us to advise you how best to improve your future health and wellness.

Nutritional analysis

Nutrition is directly linked to good health, wellness and athletic performance. We offer food diary analysis to create a holistic plan based on diet and exercise to help you achieve your goals. Sports performance nutrition and nutrient timing are part of our coaching plans.

Biomechanical assessments

Undertaken on either a treadmill (runners) or cycle ergometer (cyclists) by a qualified physiotherapist. We analyse your technique to determine how best to improve your economy and performance.

Power profiling

Analysis of cycle power output by our qualified cycling coaches undertaken on a cycle ergometer. Analysis of your power data can be used to benchmark current performance levels and also to prescribe power based cycle training.