Ming-Chang Tsai, one of our coaches, is recruiting participants for two studies.
A well-established model, Critical Power model (used quite extensively in cycling power-based training, ie. FTP), can be used to characterized an individual’s work performance into aerobic and anaerobic components. The current model is lengthy requiring several testings over weeks to estimate these two parameters. So I’m conducting a study to validate a proposed alternative method that can estimate the anaerobic and aerobic components accurately.
My other study looks into the anaerobic energy refilling rate during interval workouts. Currently it is unknown how much anaerobic energy is regenerated during rest duration of an interval workout session. Is the regeneration higher or lower at the beginning and the end of the workout?
Both of these studies will provide more insights into each individual’s fitness level and also provide a more quantifiable training monitoring and more accurate workout prescription.
The critical power model study consists of 5 tests of duration lasting ~1min, ~2-3min, ~5-7min, ~10+min, and ~4min all-out test. The anaerobic regeneration study consists of 3 tests of various durations. These tests will be performed in 5 separate days at least 1-2 days apart and ideally they should all be done within 2-3 week period. All tests will be done at U of T Athletic Center lab on the bike ergometer. Each session should not take more than 45mins (warm up + 2min-15min max test).
My testing hours are dictated by the gym open hours which are weekdays 7am-11pm and weekends 9am-5pm. In return for their participation, I can provide a free V02max test. The participants are welcome to bring their own pedals/shoes if they prefer to test with them. I have Look Keo blades and Speedplay pedals, so if they happened to used these systems then they won’t need to bring their pedals, just their shoes. The study will last till most likely mid February.
If you are an interested participant or have questions, please feel free to email me.