Last month I took a trip down to the University of Brighton labs and under the supervision of Jamie Durmush undertook some tests on the SRM Ergometer including; a Lactate Threshold test, a VO2 Max Test and a Critical Power test to gain data on my performance ability to learn what my training zones are in terms of wattage and my Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) which then enables Jamie to create a training programme tailored to me for improvement based on scientific evidence.
Before we began the tests on the SRM Egrometer, Jamie took my skinfold measurements from which he was able to assess my current fat free mass, which is at 7%, then we can then check over time to see where I am gaining weight, and what type of weight, i.e. fat or muscle. My weight and height measurements were also taken for future reference. And so onto the tests...
I've been a bit busy of late with assignments and other University distractions so I haven't had the time to get writing some material on the ol' blog but here's what I've been up to...
This week was my last at the GSK Human Performance Lab gym doing weight training. I can't say I'll miss the ice baths all that much, but all in all I had a really good experience at the GSK labs meeting new people and learning more about the science of sport. Because of people dropping out/ not recruiting enough people the study is likely to be ran again to make up the numbers and we'll likely see the results of the study late 2015. Just the muscle biopsy left on Monday and then I return home to the Isle of Wight back to see my family, old friends and some familiar roads.
Due to a slightly increased workload lately and some late nights my volume of training has taken a bit of a hit, but that should be redeemed next week when I get back home.
Last but not least, my thanks go out to Josh who supervised the weight training programme- it has a been a pleasure.
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