“The Lab”

Elite performance testing and resources to individually maximize your performance potential.

Optimize your performance
in as little as 90 minutes

Chandler Austin and teammate Albert Meier finishing 1-2 in a state championship race for the fifth and final time in their high school careers.

Individualized for you

Don’t train with the pack when you can discover how to forge your own path.

world class testing equipment and protocols

  • Medical-grade VO2 testing equipment
  • Blood lactate testing
  • Photo-sensor speed testing
  • Center of mass displacement vertical testing

The XLR8 Performance Lab Podcast

Exciting, in-depth, and sometimes humorous conversations with top track and field personalities across the globe. Including athletes, coaches, announcers, officials, fans, and track and field gurus, this show has it all.

Hear directly from the source about all of the behind the scenes happenings in our sport and the ways they go about impacting it on a daily basis.

Results Driven

After 3 months of training, athletes in the lab showed the following improvements in their performance:

Increased Endurance by 12.3%

on average as measured by VO2 Max


Increased pace at lactate threshold by 30 seconds

on average


improved 5k race performance by 1:32 seconds

on average

Coach Tilus’ training philosophies and performance testing helped me achieve a US national championship in the marathon.

Brogan Austin

US Marathon Champion

You need a coach that knows what works best for you, then you sit back and trust the process while having fun doing it!

Albert Meier

First Iowa HS Boy to Break 9:00 for 3200 Meters

Coach Tilus has taken me to places I never dreamed of going, and he’s pushed me harder than I thought was possible.

Ainsley Erzen

HS National Champion and Iowa HS All-Time Record Holder at 800m - 2:06

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