Physiology is the science of the normal function of living systems. It studies the processes and mechanisms that allow us to survive, grow, and develop optimally. At the lab we use a system utilizing biomarkers, physiological measures and movement data based algorithms to build a picture of the individual person. Our assessment platform, System Based Training™, helps us objectively measure internal power, and determine how efficiently your energy systems are functioning , or if they are potentially over worked or stressed. Applying the information gained from these measures allows us to give truly individualized advice to help prescribe appropriate training parameters and loads to athletes, coaches and everyday people to not only improve performance , but also maximize physical health and wellbeing.
Why use it?
At Sports Lab we believe that everyone should have access to the current technology to support their training goals. Every athletes goal is equally important, and can benefit from individualized training, be it completing your first half marathon, or representing your country at the commonwealth games, all athletes can benefit from individualised systems based training (SBT).
SBT gives us the opportunity to “look inside your body” to see how well you are functioning or tolerating your training. This helps take away a lot of the guess work surrounding training load. If we use a car analogy, it is like going in for a service, we run the diagnostic test and identify which energy systems, are working and which aren’t, then give some advice to make improvements.
We are very aware that everyone is different, and that the requirements of your chosen sport or activity are different. But what we are able to tell you is whether you have the ability to efficiently create and use the fuels you need for optimal performance in your chosen activity. Different activities “burn” different fuels, we can tell you if you have the right fuel for your activity, and if you don’t we will tell you how you can get it.
Through the identification of declining physiological function we can detect the warning signs for overtraining, and put in place a management plan to ensure that you can get back to a “healthy” state as soon as possible!
Who can use it?
SBT has been extensively used to improve the health and performance of a variety of individual and team based athletes. From world champions, to weekend warriors SBT can help you achieve your athletic potential. The great thing about SBT is that it can be used for any sport, team or individual. For individuals, we can help identify your risk of overtraining, and help guide your training to target the specific area in need of improvement, related to your sport. For teams, we can give pre-season advice regarding specific training requirements, whilst in season we can offer objective data to allow decisions to be made surrounding players tolerance to load. This will help reduce the risk of “burnout”, and optimize performance, by improving the management of players.
What are the benefits ?
- Training parameters based on your physiological needs
- Individualised training approach, targeting specific area for your competitive goals
- Identification of reasons for poor previous results from training
- Maximise training benefits
- Improve health and well being
- Reduce risk of overtraining, and maximize recovery rate
- Greater physiological ability to tolerate the demands of training
- Improved performance
- Takes the guesswork out of training, to ensure you are providing your body the stimulus it needs to improve
For team environments: Groupings of athletes with similar levels of functionality, to maximize benefits of training together.
Level 1 (testing, prescription of training parameters and periodization); on completion of testing you will receive a detailed report outlining your current physiological status. This will provide information regarding current strengths and areas for improvement, it will also identify athletes at risk of over training. From this information, recommendations will be given regarding training parameters to guide you to achieving your goals. You will also have access to our blog and our exclusive Facebook group that will have useful tips and a monthly live Q+A session.
Level 2 (testing, prescription of training parameters and individualized training plan); you will receive all of the great benefits as level one. However, you will also be given daily training prescription. This will give you specific guidance regarding your daily workouts, and ensure that you are effectively targeting the correct energy systems to meet your goals. With this information you can be confident in the knowledge you are going to get the most out of your training. You will also get a progress update phone call to ensure that you are on the right lines, and have no urgent issues.