Maybe some of you read about the whole topic of remote metabolic testing lately. At the moment there are only very few companies who offer a test procedure that feeds into some algorithm that can calculate your VO2max, VLamax, thresholds, fatmax and so on. If you’re aware of that topic you probably mostly heard about one company who works with few WT teams and the test costs around 120-180USD/Euro.
I was fairly intrigued by that topic but the price point seemed rather unreasonbly high for running data through an algorithm. As a consequence I had a look at the papers and studies regarding the topic and developed my own implementation of such algorithm. Since I don’t have my own sport science lab and hundreds of metabolic lab tests I could only compare and validate my results against theirs (approx 50+ reports) and since the numbers are basically indistinguishably close, I think it’s a very decent outcome so far.
I already provided some free metabolic tests to a few TrainerRoad community members who provided me with their initial metabolic report test and to be honest I’m not quite sure how to progress with this. Right now, I have a desktop implementation with no UI that creates pdf reports and a working proof of concept website that would need a ton of polish and backend to be properly useable for actual users.
My question is:
Do you think there’s a market for self-service remote metabolic testing if it’s a lot cheaper than the only current offer? For example, if it involved only very little to no personal support, I think it could be as cheap as 10 USD/Euro per test.
Please let me know what you think.