INSCYD Metrics

VLamax – Glycolytic Power

You know it: decisive situations in a race depend on anaerobic energy supply! So why don’t you measure it ?

There are two sides of VLamax (glycolytic power):

  •  On the one hand, a high VLamax increases the energy available for short efforts: a 200m swimming race, a 400m run, an attack, a sprint.
  • On the other hand, a low VLamax increases the anaerobic threshold and fat combustion and shortens recovery from hard efforts. 

Dr. Hellard of the french swimming federation on the importance of VLamax in swimming

Elite Coaches secret weapon - disclosed.

VLamax has been a secret training tool for some of the most successfull coaches of the past decade:
  •  Dr. Olbrecht – advisor to several swimming coaches and triathletes. Athletes advised by Dr. Olbrecht have won numerous Olympic medals in the past four Olympic cycles – the latest being 18 medals at the Rio Olympic Games.
  • Sebastian Weber – used VLamax as a key performance metric during his time as the Head coach of cycling’s most successful team: HTC Highroad/Columbia. He has coached some of the most successful cyclists in the world such as: Alban Lakata, Tony Martin, Ivan Basso, André Greipel, Peter Sagan and many more.
  • Dan Lorang – former Head coach of the German Triathlon Federation, private coach of double Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno.
  • STAPS: Europe’s most successful testing and coaching business, having Movistar, Katusha-Alpecin and Bora-hansgrohe among others as their customers. 

Dan Lorang – coach of Jan Frodeno – on the importance of VLamax in Ironman races.

A game changer in your training program

With INSCYD, the only scientific validated measurement of VLamax is by default included in every analysis:
  •  On the one hand, a high VLamax increases the energy available for short efforts: a 200m swimming race, a 400m run, an attack, a sprint.
  • On the other hand, a low VLamax increases the anaerobic threshold and fat combustion and shortens recovery from hard efforts. 

Now that you can measure VO2max, make the most of it!

  • dentify whether anaerobic capacity is a strength or a weakness in your athlete.
  • Check the impact of a prescribed high-intensity exercise on that athlete to ensure that weight and sprint training have the desired effect of increasing glycolytic capacity.
  • Project and find out which anaerobic capacity level is needed to reach the desired goal.
  • Tune the diet to decrease or increase VLamax even further.
  • Monitor glycolytic capacity with INSCYD and change prescribed workouts to alter VLamax.
  • Predict the impact of an altered anaerobic capacity on the performance before planning a training regime. 

Infographic: The influence of VLamax on endurance performance.