VO2 MAX CARDIO FITNESS TESTING
Your Body Needs Oxygen to Burn Fat and Carbs
The more oxygen your body consumes, the more calories you burn. It’s that simple. The VO2 max test allows us to measure how much oxygen you burn at any given heart rate during exercise, giving you the most accurate estimation available of caloric burn during your workout. Never again will you have to wonder if those calorie counters on your treadmill are telling you the truth. Weight loss not your thing? If you’re an endurance athlete, the VO2 max is the gold standard for measuring your cardiovascular fitness level, and testing it regularly is a great way to monitor the effectiveness of any training program.
How it works
Our VO2 Max Test is considered an exercise stress test conducted in a fasted state. In short, you wear a breathing mask, run/walk on a treadmill or pedal on a stationary cycle until you reach your VO2 Max all the while our equipment records your breath-by-breath input information (about 5-11 minutes). You should plan to break a sweat and push yourself to max heart rate. We obtain your measurements through a breath-by-breath analysis that is interpreted and recorded by some of the most advanced cardio-respiratory equipment on the market.
(Please see VO2Max Q & A at the bottom of this page for test prep.)
A Pre-Screening Medical Survey is required for this service.
What does it measure?
Live Lean Rx VO2 Max Test provides you with actionable fitness data that you can use to customize your specific exercise programs. Whether you're looking to maximize the benefits of your training program or become an endurance athlete, you can improve your exercise strategy to train more efficiently.
VO2 Max & Sub Max
By determining your VO2 Max, we are able to better understand your aerobic fitness and maximal oxygen uptake. Remember, the more oxygen you can consume, the more calories you can burn. This measurement is an indicator of your cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.
Anaerobic Threshold (AT)
Identifying your Anaerobic Threshold (AT), which refers to the point at which you reach max energy output and full exhaustion or the point where lactate begins to build in your muscles. By understanding this metric, you can learn how to strategically exercise for longer periods of time and at higher intensities.
Peak VO2 is the point at which you reach your maximum ability to consume oxygen during intense exercise. This is measured in volume based on your breath-by-breath analysis and indicates your fitness level. While genetics do play a roll in improving your VO2 Max, unless you are already an elite athlete, there’s a good chance you can still improve your score by 20%.
Target Heart Rates
Your report will let you know what your heart rate is at each level of exercise: Fat Burning, Aerobic Training and Anaerobic Training. You will gain an excellent understanding of your heart rate fluctuation and variability. This information enables you to understand what heart rates are most beneficial for you during your specific exercise regimens.
Max Heart Rate
Identifying your VO2 Max comes with several key measurements such as Peak V02 and Max Heart Rate. Knowing your peak heart rate helps shed light on your current fitness level and enables you to understand what you can do to improve over time and get the most out of your sweat equity at the gym.
Calories Burned During Exercise
Get insight on how and how many calories you burn during exercise as a whole at each level. For example, your calorie burn increases with an increased heart rate and exercise intensity. This means that you can target exercise zones while at the gym. I know that I’m burning ‘x’ amount of calories at ‘x’ heart rate. This data gives you the ability to accurately dial in your nutrition and exercise regimens to reach your goals.
A Live Lean Rx VO2 Max Test provides you with the tools you need to set realistic, SMART goals, exercise smarter and evaluate improvement over time. Efficient exercise means bigger and better returns on your fitness investments.
Who Benefits From The VO2Max Test?
If you are an endurance athlete (runner, cycler, marathon, triathlon, tennis, soccer etc.), or someone who programs their fitness routine based on heart rate, a VO2 test is right for you.
A VO2Max is also a crucial assessment of cardio health in preventive wellness annual physicals for everyone, especially those 35 years or older and first responders.
How Long Does The Test Take?
Please expect your test to take 10-15 minutes depending on your current fitness level and required test protocol.
Exercise Before Test Is NOT PERMITTED
It's best to avoid strenuous activity up to 24 hours prior to your test. You can optimize your test results by keeping your blood pressure and resting heart rate at normal levels.
If you arrive for your test unprepared you will be re-scheduled.
Fasting is REQUIRED
Six hours prior to your test avoid food, exercise, and substances that can elevate or increase your heart rate or blood pressure such as caffeine (coffee, energy drinks, etc) and nicotine (smoking, smokeless, tobacco, etc).
You MAY BRING food, coffee and water for AFTER your test.
If you arrive for your test unprepared you will be re-scheduled.
Hydration is KEY
Hydration is important for your V02 Max Test. You want to be as hydrated as possible for your treadmill exercise stress test.
How Long Should I Plan On Being In The Office?
It's safe to set aside up to one hour for your entire appointment in order to allocate for your warm up and cool down periods.
Depending on your fitness level, we will deploy a test protocol specific to your needs. This will include warm-up, ramp up to max heart rate/V02 max and cool down period.
We can accommodate walking, running and cycling.
Clothing and What to Bring
Keep in mind it's an exercise test, which some refer to as an exercise stress test. You can expect to break a sweat, achieve max heart rate and get a good workout in, so be sure to bring a towel, wear comfortable workout clothes and running shoes.
You will receive your printed results immediately following your test. A brief review session with our staff will be provided.
It's important to note that this test is not intended for individuals who are experiencing health conditions that may impact your heart and/or ability to achieve max effort due to respiratory problems, cardiovascular illness, injuries, etc. If you have any concerns please consult with your physician prior to scheduling a VO2MAx test.