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VO2 Max Testing for Efficient Training and Improved Athletic Performance

What Is a VO2 Max Test?

A VO2 Max test involves a graded exercise test on a treadmill or on your bike. The test begins at a very light intensity and gets slightly harder each minute until maximum exertion.  The subject wears a mask and we measure the volume of air expired along with the percentages of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the expired air.  From this data, we determine your Aerobic Threshold, Lactate Threshold and VO2Max.

VO2 Max Testing on Bicycle

Merriam-Webster gives the Medical Definition of VO2Max as:  the maximum amount of oxygen the body can use during a specified period of usually intense exercise that depends on body weight and the strength of the lungs—called also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, max VO2.

Aerobic means with oxygen, and anaerobic means without oxygen. An aerobic exercise stimulates the heart rate and causes breathing to become faster but not so much that the activity cannot be sustained. An anaerobic exercise causes breath to be lost quickly.
Peak V02 max refers to the highest value of V02 attained on a particular exercise test. Max V02 refers to the highest value of V02 that is deemed attainable by an individual.
Aerobic endurance refers to the ability of the body to continuously transport oxygen throughout its various systems for extended periods of time. By maintaining the flow of oxygen, an individual is able to exercise continuously for longer periods of time without wearing down.

Benefits of a VO2 Max Test

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Take Your VO2 Test on a Bike or TreadmillVO2 Max Testing .net provides a listing of credible testing centers across the country.   Each center provides consistent and reliable results which will help athletes and fitness enthusiasts train more efficiently.

New testing centers can benefit from a listing on VO2 Max Testing.net. Visit the Testing Centers page for info.

VO2 Testing Equipment"I'm blown away by all Ken Mierke is able to tell me after just 20 minutes.  In the early 1980s, when I ran the Olympic Testing Center for the US Ski Team, I did similar analysis on athletes.  Back then, equipment that sits on a small cart took up an entire room, and our recommendations were nowhere near this precise."    -- Dr. Bob Arnot, Men's Journal


"Ken Mierke's expertise in providing physiological testing is exceptional. The best part of his service is that he knows how to apply the test results to real-world training and racing and can therefore assist our coaches with athlete development." - Joe Friel, author of the Training Bible series

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