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89 // The value of physiological testing with the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center

Riding on the gold standard Velotron in a lab and breathing into an uncomfortable face mask while a physiologist like our guest Jared Berg pokes your ear might not sound like a good time at all. Which is probably why Coach Connor can’t get enough. But this week’s show is about exactly that, physiological testing. The end result of a good test is a robust set of data specific to you, which can help you understand things like your true physiological training zones, how much carbohydrate you burn for a given effort, and just how well you can get up infamous climbs like Magnolia Road here in Boulder. Learning about your body’s unique capacity for work is crucial as you prepare for races and work on pushing yourself to your full potential.

Our guest, Jared Berg, the lead exercise physiologist at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center in Boulder, is going to walk us through some of the most common performance tests, including the VO2Max test and the lactate test, describing each protocol as well as its benefits. You’ll learn what’s the right test for you, the ins and outs of the various protocols, and how to prepare yourself for the day of testing. We’ll also discuss how to select a lab that will give you the most accurate data.

Primary Guest Jared Berg: Lead physiologist at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center

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