VO2 Max Testing

The purpose of the VO2 Test is to gather physiological performance data during a graded exercise test. During this test, the body is subjected to gradually increasing exercise levels. The testing equipment measures the heart rate, pulmonary ventilation and gas exchange at each of the exercise levels. VO2 stands for volume of oxygen consumed. The maximum amount of oxygen than an individual can consume is referred to as their ‘VO2 Max’ and is the ultimate measure of their level of fitness.

You’ll put on a breathing mask, and for 10 to 15 minutes, you will ride a stationary bike at increasing levels of intensity. The test begins slowly and increases in intensity every 2 – 3 minutes until your body shifts from an aerobic (oxygen) state to an anaerobic (non-oxygen) state. Heart rate is recorded throughout the test and is used to determine the correct cardio training intensity (‘training zones’) for you. This is where you’ll learn how many calories your body burns while exercising; whether those calories come mainly from fat, combination of fat and glucose (carbs) or mainly from glucose; and at what intensity level you burn calories most efficiently, maximizing the use of fat as an energy source

Afterwards, we will provide you with a full report that

  • Accurately identifies your aerobic fitness and optimal exercise intensity levels.
  • Can be used to create your customized program that will help you achieve your personal goals.
  • Identifies the exercise intensity levels at which you are most efficient in burning stored fat

VO2 Max Testing is part of our Elite Health Evaluation and Elite Fitness Evaluation.

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