EndurElite Chief Endurance Officer Matt Mosman discusses the differences between lactate threshold, maximal lactate steady state, and VO2 max and which one is the best predictor of endurance performance success.
- Lactate threshold and maximal lactate steady state are both important physiological variables that could predict success as an endurance athlete.
- Lactate threshold is where blood lactate concentrations increase above resting value when an athlete hits a certain speed of movement or percentage of VO2 max.
- Maximal lactate steady state occurs when lactate accumulation equals lactate clearance in the body during exercise.
- The research suggests that the athlete with a higher maximal lactate steady state will be able to perform better for longer.
- For the full article on lactate threshold vs. maximal lactate steady state vs. VO2 max go here.