5VO2 MAX Testing
The VO2MAX test gives you the best possible measure of your overall cadriovacular fitness and efficiency.
What is it?
Vo2Max is a shortening of the Maximum (Max) Volume (V) of Oxygen (O2) which your body can process when you are exercising at the limits of your ability.
The higher the amount of Oxygen
What do you get at the end?
We will give you and explain a detailed report showing you just how your body reacts to exercise. This will include the energy mix of carbohydrates and fat you are burning at any given intensity, and of course give you your Vo2Max figure.
What is the procedure?
At My Vital Metrics, because of the practicalities of the lab, we perform Submaximal tests. A true maximal test would have you reaching your absolute limit, and would frequently then result in you either passing out, vomiting, or both.
Come to your test ready for exercise. We will put a mask over your face which will ensure that all your exhaled air goes into a tube and into the machine. We will then get you starting to exercise on the machine in steadily increasing intensities, until such time as it indicates it has sufficient data. We will then get you to cool down gradually and rest.
How does it work?
As you increase the intensity during an exercise session, the number of calories you are burning will increase as well, as you are consuming more Oxygen (see the section on RMR testing). However, your body will only allow consuming a certain volume of oxygen per minute, and this will depend on how much you train in that range. The more high intensity or longer exercise sessions you do, the greater the volume your body will allow.
There comes a point therefore where you can increase the intensity (for a short time) but the body will simply not process any more oxygen. This is the point at which you’ve reached your Vo2Max.