A VO2 max test is a maximal exercise test performed on a treadmill or bike while connected to a machine capable of analysing your expired air. Your test provides data on how much oxygen you use as you exercise and determines the maximal oxygen you can consume during exercise. This is a gold-standard measurement of endurance.
Along with VO2 max, your ventilatory threshold is also measured from your expired air. We are able to use this information to further analyse your fitness level. This threshold is the exercise intensity that your muscles are fatiguing from lactic acid buildup and the intensity you cannot maintain for long. Essentially, this is just above the level at which you train. With training, your ventilatory threshold will increase and get closer to your VO2 max
- Accurate measurement of current fitness
- Ability to design a more effective training programme
- Evaluation of effectiveness of training programmes
- Prediction of maximal steady-state running speed or cycling wattage