VO2 MAX Sub-Max Testing
It’s simple, the higher your VO2MAX, the more conditioned you are!
A VO2 test will also show the anaerobic threshold. The anaerobic threshold is the level of exercise intensity beyond which the body can no longer provide adequate oxygen to the muscles. Exercise below the anaerobic threshold should be comfortable even though the exercise extends for long periods. Exercise above the anaerobic threshold will improve cardiovascular fitness, but will also cause discomfort, fatigue, and muscle soreness.
If the client isn’t interested in their VO2max then can still perform the sub-max test that will calculate their unique anaerobic threshold. This information can be used to design a workout plan that will improve fitness and maximize calories burned. Workout routines can then be developed to get the most out of their time in the gym.
Measurement of VO2max or PeakVO2 will provide a true assessment of fitness level. The VO2max test will provide all of this data that is vital to proper fitness training. In addition, it will also measure how many calories are burned during a workout at every exercise heart rate level. This information, along with a heart rate monitor, or a heart rate equipped bike or treadmill, can be used to calculate the precise amount of calories burned during a workout.
Measuring a person’s VO2 max and/or just their anaerobic threshold will help them to determine what specific Heart Rates to train at for their specific needs. The printout given at the of the test can be used to design a training regimen or to benchmark the fitness level of the individual at that time in their training season. The test is a graduated stress test in which the client is gradually brought up to the highest excursion level that they feel comfortable performing. Most evaluations are performed on a treadmill but can be performed on a stationary bike or trainer. The test usually lasts from 15 to 20 minutes.