VO2 – Maximal Oxygen Consumption Test
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What is the VO2 Max Test?
Do you want to know how fit you really are? Dr. Rogers Centers provide you with the most complete fitness assessment available. The VO2 Max test will measure your heart rates and oxygen consumptions (VO2). This test will tell you exactly how many and what type of calories your body is burns at different intensity levels. If you know this information, you can ensure you are maximizing every workout to its fullest potential.
*A VO2 test is included in most weight loss programs. Please speak with one of our weight loss patient advocates for more information.
How does it work?
Each of us have optimal training zones. Most exercise equipment and wearable technologies such as FitBit include your target heart rate based on average age and weight. VO2 Max Testing measures your exact target heart rate based on anaerobic threshold. Anaerobic threshold, sometimes called lactate threshold, is the exercise intensity where lactic acid is build up quicker than it is eliminated. Lactic acid build up is that “on fire” feeling your muscles sometimes feel during a workout. When lactic acid builds up, that means your muscles are not being properly oxygenated.
By calculating this exact rate, your trainer will optimize your oxygen consumption to reach each level of exercise and maintain your results. All patients can benefit from the VO2 Max test, regardless of weight gain, weight loss, or weight management goals. With targeted intensity zones, you’re work out smarter, not harder!
What are the benefits of the VO2 Max Test?
Many of us feel that when it comes to exercise – “No Pain, No Gain.” However, pushing too far beyond your optimal zone leads to fatigue and discomfort. Lactic acid in the muscles can build up, and you may feel fatigue, discomfort, and soreness. Knowing and using your targeted zones can make cardiovascular exercise comfortable at all levels!
Knowing your targeted rate will also help you burn more fat! Without metabolic rate testing, trainers have had to rely on estimates when determining exercise intensity levels. With a VO2 Max Test, your trainer will know the precise rate that your body burns fat, and will customize your workout plan to maximize the amount of fat you burn!
Day of test preparations:
- Wear comfortable athletic clothing and shoes, and have hair pulled back. For females, wear a sports bra (no wire bra)
- Consider eating a light meal no later than 2 hours before the test
- DO take all regular scheduled medications, including prescribed appetite suppressant
- No exercise the day of the test
*Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.