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What is VO2 MAX Testing and who is the Ideal Candidate?

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VO2max is the best way to accurately measure one’s Endurance and plan for how to spend one’s time and energy over the following months and year. When performed 1-4 times per year, VO2max testing can help accurately guide our exercise decision making so we don’t waste our time or just guess at what to do. Work smarter, not harder! Most people poorly estimate their levels of fitness and the effectiveness of their current regimens. 

How is VO2 Measured?

In a VO2 max test, you’re hooked up to a breathing mask while you undergo a treadmill test. Your VO2 max occurs when your oxygen consumption redlines. At this point, your heart rate is also maxed out, and you’re working pretty hard.

After doing a bit of math involving your rate of oxygen consumption during the exercise test and your body weight, a physiologist can come up with a number that expresses how much oxygen you were consuming running at your hardest.

This number is your VO2 max.

What are normal numbers for a max VO2?

In most people, it will be somewhere between 30 and 60.

A better measure of fitness which takes efficiency into account is how fast you were running when you hit your VO2 max.

Who Can Benefit From A VO2 Max Test?

This is for anyone who is inclined towards taking care of themselves and performing well, having a blueprint is essential to getting the most out of your time and money spent.

For physical well-being, the important parameters to track are:

  • Nutrition
  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Mobility

To learn more about physical training, VO2 Max, or general health and/or nutrition, contact Complete Wellness, based in New York contact us directly.

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