Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The talk test.....

The Talk Test and its relationship with the ventilatory and lactate thresholds

Data showed that the Talk Test related best to the lactate threshold as compared to the ventilatory threshold

"Everybody's thought that the Talk Test related well to the ventilatory threshold," Quinn says. "And it does, to a certain degree. But different physiological phenomena occur at each threshold, and it is the phenomena associated with the lactate threshold that relate better to the different levels of the Talk Test."

Quinn says these findings on the relationship of the Talk Test to the lactate threshold make the Talk Test relevant to endurance athletes as well as beginning exercisers. "In order to enhance endurance performance, some training has to occur around the lactate threshold intensity level. When subjects in the study had difficulty talking, they were very close to that lactate threshold intensity. Because of this, athletes could gauge their intensity based on ability to talk comfortably."

"If you are beginning an exercise program and can still talk while you're exercising, you're doing OK," Quinn says. "But if you really want to improve, you've got to push a little bit harder."


Colin Griffiths said...

But this is what we've known for a long time in using modified versions of the Borg scale such as this one for example:


Chris said...

Cheers. I know - I've seen similar stuff before - do a google search for "talk test ventilatory " and you get a lot of research. I just wanted to put this up as a new bit of research.

There is some more fascinating stuff I am looking into about the perception of effort which I will write about soon. I've been emailing the researchers and they have some nice ideas e.g.


Matt Ovens said...

Interesting stuff. Thanks - Matt

Colin Griffiths said...

Perception of effort is a funny thing, you have to train yourself to be able to try hard in the first place. I've been training some young cyclists and at the beginning of the season they couldn't keep up with me (52 years old) over a 40 minute threshold interval. Now that they've got used to it, it's me who can't keep up! They've gained some more power for sure, but not that much, they've just learned how to make it hurt.

Chris said...

Colin - that is really interesting. I like the idea of learning to make it hurt. The mental side of all this is fascinating.

Chad said...

I've used the talk test ever since I started training. One client said, when I asked if he could complete a sentence, said, "Jesus wept." As he was just about to fall off the bike at almost maximum effort.

I learned then that my cues had to be more, uhm, clear!