Definition af VLamax: anaerobe capacity

Vlamax is the maximum lactate production rate. With every bit of lactate produced, the muscle also produces energy. Therefore VLamax can be viewed as maximum glycoltic power (fluxrate), or simplified as anaerobic capacity. For endurance events, such as an Ironman, or a Marathon, a low VLamax is desirable. A comparable low VLamax allows for higher anaerobic threshold, higher fat combustion and better carbohydrate sparing. On the other hand a lower VLamax means lower glycolytic energy production, which compromises the performance in sprints. Therefore, in events which include sprinting or short intense bouts, a higher VLamax is associated with higher performance.

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