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VO2 Max Exercise Testing: How Fit Are You?

A VO2 max test is the gold standard measurement for endurance and cardiovascular fitness. At our practice in Milford, CT we can analyze how much oxygen you use during exercise to determine your fitness level and recommend the best ways to improve performance.

Purpose of VO2 Max Test

Gauge Fitness

A VO2 max test analyzes aerobic endurance and cardiovascular fitness, and can help design more effective training programs to achieve peak results. Ideal for athletes in training, those looking to improve fitness performance, or anyone trying to benefit from exercise, VO2 max testing has been cited as the best way to track fitness and longevity. Its findings help design more effective training programs to achieve peak results.

Stay Healthy

The American Heart Association found cardiorespiratory fitness — measured as VO2 max — should be used as a medical vital sign since efforts to improve it can reduce all-cause mortality, that means even if you're not an endurance athlete, tracking VO2 max is an excellent way to lose weight, stay healthy and reduce the risk of disease.

How V02 Max Testing Works

Take the Test

A VO2 max test is performed on a treadmill while connected to a machine that analyzes your expired air. The test begins at a light intensity and gets slightly harder each minute until you reach near maximum exertion.

Analyze Oxygen Consumption

During the test, you wear a mask connected to a machine that measures the maximum amount of oxygen you can consume during exercise. This will tell us:

  • Your peak oxygen consumption
  • Calories burned at different heart rates
  • Aerobic and anaerobic thresholds
  • Your target intensity zones

Improve Performance

By knowing your VO2 max we can help you improve your workouts to:

  • Burn more fat
  • Eliminate training plateaus
  • Decrease fatigue
  • Reduce injury potential
  • Increase health benefits

Workout Smarter. Not Harder.

Calorie counters and heart rate readings on cardio machines are very inaccurate. VO2 max testing far better measures your precise target heart rate, then calculates your personal target intensity zones and how many calories you burn in each zone. This lets you know exactly what effect exercise has on your body so you can better optimize your workouts to maximize results.

VO2 Max Test FAQs

What to know

Is VO2 Max testing for athletes only?

Nope. VO2 max testing is for anyone looking to lose weight or get in better shape. VO2 max is a strong indicator of health. Regularly assessing VO2 max not only ensures your staying fit, but it also helps prevent chronic illnesses. Lower fitness levels are associated with higher risks of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.

While V02 max tests are especially useful for athletes participating in sports where endurance is central component, such as cycling, running, or swimming, both moderately active individuals and athletes can greatly benefit from VO2max testing.

Why is VO2 max testing important?

Measuring your VO2 max is considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. Your muscles require oxygen for extended aerobic exercise, and your heart must pump sufficient amounts of blood to meet the demands of your aerobic exercise. The more oxygen you can use during high-level activity, the more energy you can produce. By knowing your VO2 max you can safely tailor exercise to improve oxygen usage, boost performance and maximize health benefits. Those achieving higher VO2 max values can tolerate higher exercise intensity, as well as recover from workouts more quickly.

How do I schedule a VO2 max test?

To schedule, please give us a call and let us know your preferred time to take a VO2 Max Test at our Milford, CT facility.

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