Home testing: The best way to measure your fitness levels

Physiological testing is no longer the preserve of the sports science lab. Coach Tom Bell explains how to measure your key benchmarks from the (dis)comfort of your home

Indoor fitness testing
(Image credit: Future / Daniel Gould)

Over the last few weeks, many pro racers and their coaches have been busy testing in the lab. This early-season testing is a mainstay at the top level of the sport. It helps coaches understand their athletes’ fitness profiles and to set training intensity targets and priorities. 

But fitness testing isn’t just for pros. It can be helpful for cyclists of all abilities – and in this feature we will explore the home-based testing protocols that you can undertake for a fraction of the cost of lab testing. 

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