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How to find your balance point? (Second Threshold) | #25 ft. Luke Way and Dr. Andrew Sellars

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In this episode of the Critical Oxygen podcast, Coach Luke Way, Dr. Andrew Sellers and I discuss the balance point assessment and how to assess the respiratory system. We explain the concept of lactate balance point and how it can be used to determine an athlete's physiological limitations. We also discuss the importance of incorporating technology into the assessment process and the need for a bridge between academic physiology and practical coaching. The conversation highlights the value of identifying and addressing respiratory limitations and the role of biomarkers in building a comprehensive training program. This conversation explores the importance of individualized training zones, the limitations of the 220 minus age formula, the role of intelligent training, the relationship between recovery and training intelligence, the value of step testing in training, integrating step testing into everyday training, the role of technology in training, and implementing weekly step tests for monitoring.


1) The balance point assessment is a valuable tool for determining an athlete's physiological limitations.

2) Incorporating technology, such as lactate testing and respiratory data, can provide more accurate and actionable information for coaches.

3) Addressing respiratory limitations, such as inefficient breathing patterns, can improve overall performance.

4) Step testing can provide valuable insights into an athlete's readiness for training. Integrating step testing into regular training sessions can help monitor progress and make necessary adjustments.

5) Technology can enhance training by providing data and insights, but it must be used in conjunction with knowledge and interpretation.

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00:00 Introduction and Background

03:10 The Balance Point Assessment

08:23 Understanding Lactate Levels

13:10 The Evolution of the Balance Point Assessment

18:43 Incorporating Technology into the Assessment

26:09 Addressing Respiratory Limitations

32:32 Differentiating Between Limitations

39:03 The Rift Between Researchers and Coaches

46:01 Building an Argument with Biomarkers

49:29 Understanding Individualized Training Zones

51:22 Limitations of the 220 Minus Age Formula

52:49 The Importance of Intelligent Training

53:45 The Relationship Between Recovery and Training Intelligence

57:57 The Value of Step Testing in Training

01:00:43 Integrating Step Testing into Everyday Training

01:04:30 The Role of Technology in Training

01:05:19 Implementing Weekly Step Tests for Monitoring

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