VO2 Max Testing
Athletes & Trainers
VO2 Max testing is a valuable tool for serious athletes to assess performance and evaluate training regimens. Even though extensive training can sometimes cause an athlete to reach a plateau,VO2 Max test results make further improvements in performance by pushing them to increase anaerobic threshold (AT) and maintain that threshold for longer periods of time. This in turn enhances both endurance and cardiovascular performance.
*The anaerobic threshold (AT) is defined as the level of exercise intensity at which lactic acid builds up in the body faster than it can be cleared away. Lactic acid buildup generally leads to muscle fatigue and soreness. Vigorous effort can be sustained for an extended duration at exercise intensity levels below the anaerobic threshold.
What is VO2 Max Testing?
Many people are inefficient exercisers, with no understanding of what specific heart rate, intensity or duration would best help them reach their specific goals such as fat burning, endurance training, or cardio conditioning. An initial VO2 Max test can clarify the specific target heart rates that will enable each individual to reach their fitness goals more effectively, with less fatigue and fewer injuries.
A VO2 Max Test is a measurement that reflects a person’s ability to perform sustained exercise. It is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. The actual measurement is “milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight.” It is suitable for a wide range of individuals, from sedentary individuals to elite athletes.
VO2 Max testing gives you precise heart rate zones for optimal training sessions. You may have seen charts about your “target heart rate” while you work out. Here’s the truth—those numbers are just averages based on your age & weight. CardioCoach will measure your unique heart rate zones and guide you through the intensities necessary for you to achieve your goals. Whether your focus is on burning fat, increasing endurance, or strengthening your heart, your precise target intensity zones will help you work out smarter not harder.
How is a VO2 Max Test Performed? .....It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1 Put on a heart rate strap and face mask.
The mask is then connected to the device.
2 Begin to exercise on a stationary device such
as a treadmill, cycle, or stair-stepper. Your trainer
will instruct you to gradually increase your intensity
over a period of 6 to 20 minutes.
3 The device will indicate when the test is completed.
You can cool down while your Target Intensity Zones
are calculated and printed in a simple, insightful report.
** To get the most out of your VO2 Max Test, be sure to refrain from exercise or training for 24-hours prior to the test. At least 3 hours before testing avoid food, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine, and continue taking your medications as usual.