Thursday, April 25, 2013

V Is For...Vo2 Max

Vo2 max is also known as maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake, or even maximal aerobic capacity. It is the maximum capacity of a human's body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise. (Thanks Wikipedia) The name Vo2 is derived from V-meaning volume, O2-meaning oxygen, and max-meaning maximum.

Vo2 Max is expressed as a relative rate in milliliters of oxygen per kilogram of body weight per minute. This expression is often used to compare the performance of endurance sports athletes.

Measuring Vo2 Max is usually done using a treadmill or cycle ergo-meter. Vo2 max is reached when oxygen consumption remains steady despite an increase in workload.


I personally have no idea what my Vo2 max is but I hear the word being thrown around a lot in the fitness world. I don't feel the need to find out since I'm not really an endurance sport athlete, unless you consider running 13.1 enduring.

Here are a few different sites to check out your Vo2 max.

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  1. I don't think I could run with all of that strapped to my head.

  2. I always wondered what all that stuff was for and now I know.
    - Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr

  3. Very interesting! I didn't know much about V02 Max before reading this...thanks for sharing!

  4. Now I know something more, thanks for this interesting post.... but now I can only run for fun and the V02 max is not a priority for me.


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