Improve Running Efficency with VO2 Max Testing

What is VO2 Max?

If you’ve never heard of it, VO2 max (also known as maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake or aerobic capacity) is the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and utilize oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual. The name is derived from V – volume per time, O2 – oxygen, max – maximum.

How to find your VO2 Max

Finding your VO2 Max requires a flat place to run, a long tape measure and a stopwatch.

Understanding your VO2 Max

The results from a V02 max test can help you start making your metabolism work for YOU!  Understanding your metabolism is key for improving your aerobic fitness and getting rid of excess body fat.  You will learn the intensity that you most efficiently burn fat, your Aerobic Threshold and also your Lactate Threshold, the highest intensity that you recycle as much lactic acid as you produce, an excellent training intensity for increasing your speed distance.

Too low of an intensity and your metabolism never reaches optimal levels causing your fitness to plateau.  Too hard of an intensity and you use primarily carbohydrates, causing you to feel sore and hungry after your workout.

Where to get tested for your VO2 Max

Appointments are available at 3:30, 5:00, and 6:30.  The cost is $100 plus $44 for a mask purchase.  Please call Positively Chiropractic at 703-642-8685 to schedule an appointment.

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