Fitness Assessment Service

Whatever type of athlete you are, runner, cyclist, swimmer or rower, and whatever your training goals, it is crucial to determine whether your training is paying off.

The London Met Fitness Assessment Service offers a range of tests that help us get an accurate idea of your overall fitness. We can pinpoint how intensely you should be training to make the most progress and eliminate guesswork from programme design, and when you visit us again we can monitor your progress. 

Our service includes preparing you for testing, data collection, data analysis, a detailed feedback report emailed to you within seven days and recommendations for training.

Why should you use the Fitness Assessment Service?

  • The tests will help you learn to improve your speed and endurance.
  • You will receive personalised feedback on what the results mean, together with the implications for your training.
  • We have practical experience and the equipment to make a positive difference to your athletic performance.
  • You'll receive a one-to-one service from University physiologists who are at the cutting edge of sports science research. We have a team of qualified sports scientists available to give comprehensive advice on all aspects of training and fitness.
  • We will explain how each test will be carried out so you know exactly what is going to happen.
  • We can book appointments to suit your availability.
  • You will be given time to warm up and be carefully monitored while tests are carried out.
Our tests

The tests we can run are:

Body composition test

The body composition test measures the relative amounts of different components that make up the body. Typically we divide the body into two main components, fat free mass (all body tissue that is not fat) and fat mass, which is usually expressed as a percentage of the total body mass.

Bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) passes a low, safe, electrical current through the body. The current passes freely through the fluids contained in muscle tissue, but encounters difficulty/resistance when it passes through fat tissue.

This test takes about 20 minutes to carry out.

VO2max test

The determination of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) is the gold standard measure of aerobic capacity. A high VO2max is a prerequisite for successful athletic performance in endurance events. VO2max assessment will allow athletes to accurately gauge their aerobic fitness levels and monitor effectiveness of training.

The VO2max test measures the ability of the body to take in and utilise oxygen. VO2max has been shown to correlate with performance in endurance events. This test can be conducted whilst running or cycling where the speed or power is progressively increased to the point where the athlete becomes tired.

This test takes about 40 minutes to carry out.

Exercise economy

The efficiency by which athletes transfer metabolic power to mechanical power (running or cyclist speed) is known as exercise economy. In a group of otherwise similar athletes, economy can make the difference between a successful or unsuccessful race.

For example: the more efficient you are, the more power/velocity you can generate for the same oxygen (O2) cost. So, the less oxygen it requires to achieve the power output, the better.

The lower the value, the more economical the running style, which means that running or cycling at a given speed requires less oxygen. Improving your running or cycling technique is one of the best methods for improving race time.

This test takes about 50 minutes to carry out.

Lactate threshold test

Whilst a high VO2max is a prerequisite for success in endurance events, the ability to sustain a high per cent of VO2max without accumulating metabolic waste-products in the muscle gives a better prediction of race time.

Our laboratories can offer athletes an indication of this using a lactate threshold (LT) test.

The running speed or power output during cycling offers a strong indication of fitness and performance. The LT test assesses the point at which, during exercise of increasing intensity, blood lactate begins to accumulate above resting levels. The LT is a useful measure for deciding what exercise intensity to use during training and racing.

This test takes about 50 minutes to carry out.

Complete physiological assessment

This package includes body composition (BIA), lactate threshold testing, exercise economy testing and VO2max assessment.

This takes about 90 minutes to carry out.