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VO₂ Max (AMR) Assessment

What is a VO₂ Max Test?

VO₂ max is your maximal oxygen uptake. In other words, the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use during high intensity exercise. The test is measured in milliliters of oxygen in one minute per kilogram of body weight (mL/kg/min).The VO₂ max assessment calculates the maximum amount of oxygen your body can consume at high intensity exercise, and how efficiently your body can utilize oxygen.

Why Test Your VO₂ Max?

Whether you are trying to maximize your cardiovascular performance, improve your endurance, start an exercise program, or lose weight, this assessment performed by one of our exercise physiologists can help you reach your goals. The results from this assessment will fine tune your target heart rate zones.  You will learn your ideal aerobic and anaerobic training zones, as well as the number of calories burned during every level of exercise. This information is vital to any athletic performance, exercise training and/or weight loss program.

How a VO₂ Max Test Works:

The test is performed on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. Your exercise physiologist will fit you to a face mask that will be connected to the KORR CardioCoach machine that will accurately analyze your amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide with your inhales and exhales. A heart monitor will be worn to measure heart rate throughout the test.

What is a Sub Maximal VO₂ Test?

The test is performed on a treadmill or stationary bicycle. Your exercise physiologist will fit you to a face mask that will be connected to the KORR CardioCoach machine that will accurately analyze your amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide with your inhales and exhales. A heart monitor will be worn to measure heart rate throughout the test.

Is a Cycle or Treadmill Test the Best for You?

It is recommended that you test the way you train and exercise.  If you run, do a running test. If you walk, do a walking test. If you cycle, do a cycling test.  If you have any injury or issues with running or walking, a cycling test may be best for you. 

 

Are you an avid cyclist? If so, you can perform your assessment on your personal bike using our Wahoo Fitness © KICKR Power Trainer.

What to Expect with a VOMax 

(Active Metabolic Rate) Assessment

Preparing for the VO2 Max (AMR) Test

  • Avoid high intensity exercise within 24 hours of test. 

  • Avoid the use of stimulants (caffeine, nicotine) within 12 hours of test. 

  • No food or beverages (except water) 4 hours prior to test (an overnight fast is ideal).

  • You will want to wear comfortable athletic clothes and shoes you can run on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike.

During The Test

  • You will go through a warm up period (1-5 minutes).

  • Your exercise physiologist will increase the intensity over time intervals (12-20 minutes).

  • After you reach your “true” VO₂ max, you will complete a cool down (1-5 minutes).

  • After the test is completed, your metabolic data will be collected and calculated.