High performance

Finding one percent

The difference between an elite athlete and the best elite athlete in the world is finding the 1% improvement factor.

Our high performance group is lead by Dr. Luke Del Vecchio, PhD in sports science and a ESSA Level II accredited sports scientist. We take a multidisciplinary approach that addresses the whole athlete as an integrated performance system. We address the physiological, psychological, biomechanical and nutritional function of an athlete. We apply sports science to further understand and analyse the human body and its movements and functions to improve an athlete’s performance and recovery.


Elite training performance driven by science

Training harder and longer is not the answer to better performance

Science and technology play a critical role in developing an athlete’s performance. It is the key to finding improvements without overtraining and risk of injury.

Our multidisciplinary approach revolutionises traditional training methodologies and develops the total athlete, promoting athletic progression in every sport at every ability level. Our innovative training programs help athletes break through plateaus and boundaries to reach their greatest potential.

It’s Not The Way It’s Always Been Done. It’s Better.

ACE works with youth, amateur, professional athletes and coaches in a wide range of sports. We perform a thorough needs analysis with the coach or athlete to gain insights into past performance, successes, challenges, roadblocks and goals.

You play the game to win. We help you get there.

ACE works with youth, amateur, professional athletes and coaches in a wide range of sports. We perform a thorough needs analysis with the coach or athlete to gain insights into past performance, successes, challenges, roadblocks and goals.


High performance testing offered

Tests can be performed individually or as a customised package based on your needs and goals. Typically, we suggest using multiple tests to identify your baseline performance and create a training regimen based on your test results.

VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, is one factor that can determine an athlete’s capacity to perform sustained exercise and is linked to aerobic endurance. VO2 max refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. It is measured as “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete’s cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.

Lactic acid is formed when an athlete exercises, if he or she is doing so at
a level where more oxygen is being used than can be replenished to their system.
As lactic acid builds up, it gradually forces the body to slow down – it is the body’s
way of telling you that you can’t carry on as you are. Lactic acid tolerance training makes your body more efficient at reprocessing the waste products of exercise, transporting oxygen to your blood and allowing you to train nearer to maximal speed for a longer period of time.

The countermovement jump (CMJ) is primarily used to measure an athlete’s explosive lower-body power (2, 3), and has become one of the most frequently used tests by coaches and researchers to indirectly measure power in the lower limbs (4).
This test can be conducted either with, or without the use of the arm-swing.
Performing the CMJ with an arm-swing action has shown to increase performance by 10% or more (5-9).

The strength test measures squat strength, bench press and grip strength. Strength is the ability to carry out work against a resistance. The maximum force that can be generated depends on the size and number of muscles involved, the proportion of muscle fibers called into action, the coordination of the muscle groups, the physical condition of the muscles and the mechanical advantage of the levers involved. Each strength test is specific to the action and muscle groups being tested.

The Resting Metabolic Rate test (RMR) determines the amount of energy (calories) your body is using at rest. This measurement is made by analyzing the amount of oxygen your body uses and the amount of carbon dioxide your body produces.

Almost all of the energy your body produces is created through aerobic (oxygen utilizing) metabolism. The oxygen is combined with carbohydrates and fats to make energy in your body’s tissues.

This energy is used to keep your organs and tissues working properly. When carbohydrates and fats are broken down to make energy carbon dioxide is produced. The percentage of the energy created from carbohydrates and fats can be determined by measuring the carbon dioxide your body produces.

The results of the RMR test shows if your body primarily uses fats or carbohydrates for energy. This information can be used to determine the amount of calories you need to eat each day to maintain or lose weight and optimise athlete training and nutrition for better performance and recovery results.

Anthropometry tests include measurements of body size, structure, and composition. It is important to be aware of the effects of changes to these factors, and to be able to measure them. For most sports body size is an important factor in success, whether it is advantageous to be short, tall, heavy or light. The body composition, such as the amount of body fat and muscle mass, can also significantly affect sporting performance

Dr. Luke Del Vecchio

Created and taught by Dr. Luke Delvecchio, a PhD with an MSc in Exercise Science. Luke is one of Australia’s most qualified wellness coaches and sports scientists with over 15 years experience creating and presenting corporate wellness programs backed by scientific research, based on what companies and employees want from a wellness program. He has presented and lectured to large corporations, universities, tafes and colleges.

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