Metabolic Efficiency Testing
|Coach Nicole on the treadmill with Coach Bob collecting data. Photo by Dina Griffin.|
|The treadmill and Dina setting up the metabolic cart|
The athlete warms up and initial data is evaluated. This is to make sure the cart is working properly, and to monitor the athlete’s physiological response to the warm up.
Once a sufficient warm up is obtained, the test begins with data collection over 5 minute intervals. Every 5 minutes the pace is increased, in my case 0.3mph. Heart rate was also monitored.
When the percentage of calories from fat goes below 50%, the pace is slowed back down to the warm-up pace to see how long it takes to return to a predominately fat-burning state.