Measure your VO2max – your body’s maximum oxygen usage during exercise, helping you reach your fitness goals and assess cardiovascular health.
This test measures the maximum amount of oxygen your body can use during exercise, providing insight into your endurance capacity and identifying areas for improvement in your training. A VO2max or aerobic capacity test involves gradually increasing the intensity of exercise while monitoring the participant’s heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen consumption.
A VO2max test is a valuable tool evaluating aerobic capacity and assessing cardiovascular health.
By measuring an individual’s VO2max, our physiologists can develop personalized recommendations that target specific areas of weakness and help individuals achieve their fitness goals.
Whether you’re an athlete or just starting your fitness journey, a V02max test can help you set and achieve fitness and overall health goals.
During a V02max assessment, individuals can expect a strenuous exercise test on a treadmill or stationary bike while their heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen consumption are monitored to obtain valuable insights into their fitness level and help design a tailored training regimen. Our expert physiologists will guide you through your test, and review your results and recommendations with you immediately following.
Start with a 15-minute virtual consultation with one of our physiologists to ensure we line you up with the most appropriate assessments based on your goals.
Schedule your assessments at your convenience. We’ll guide you every step of the way to ensure a comfortable and rewarding experience.
Immediately following your assessments, your physiologist will go over your individual profile, helping you understand your data and recommendations.
Apply your results to help reach your goals, and gain access to training plans, coaches, and specialists from our performance network to help.
A VO2max test is one of the best tools available for evaluating aerobic capacity and overall cardiovascular health. Athletes involved in endurance sports (running, cycling, triathlon), athletes who play a team sport involving a significant aerobic component (hockey, soccer, lacrosse, etc.), and anyone who wants to measure and improve their overall health can benefit from VO2max testing.
There is no specific number everyone should aim to reach. VO2max varies by age and gender and is heavily influenced by activity levels and training types. The ACSM guidelines for VO2max targets by age and gender provide a good benchmark.
For most smart watches, the VO2max is an estimation based on workout history. Lab based testing is far more accurate because the oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide exhaled are precisely measured using highly specialized equipment.
Slow down! Training at lower intensities for longer durations will help to improve how the cells in your body use oxygen, building mitochondria and capillary density, improving your aerobic capacity. Interval training may also be incorporated into a workout regimen to help improve VO2max.
A VO2max test involves gradually increasing exercise intensity while monitoring heart rate, breath rate, and oxygen consumption until the individual’s VO2max is reached. Test duration depends on the athlete but typically takes between 7 and 15 minutes.