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Learn about the Lactate Threshold from Lucille Ball

By Jennifer Sage On August 7, 2011 3 Comments

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

The I Love Lucy show provides one of the most humorous and excellent analogies for the lactate threshold (LT). In honor of Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, I want to share this hilarious video. I’ve been using this analogy since my early days as a master instructor for Spinning.

When we speak about exercise intensity, we refer to the lactate threshold or LT. LT can be a fairly complicated concept to understand, but this video should help clarify it for you.

What is the lactate threshold? Lactate is a metabolic byproduct of anaerobic glycolysis. Normally, as lactate is produced, the body clears it from the blood and converts it into useable energy. As long as the body can easily clear the lactate, the effort is still at a level that is aerobic. As intensity increases, lactate is produced at a faster rate.

When the

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