VO2 Max Test

Measure how efficiently your body uses oxygen during exercise.
For runners, cyclists and similar athletes, this is crucial because it indicates your cardiovascular fitness.

What is VO2 Max?

VO2 Max is a measure of how well your body uses oxygen during exercise, it is a valuable indicator of cardiovascular fitness. A higher VO2 Max typically means superior cardiovascular fitness. Improving your VO2 Max can lead to increasing the duration and distance you can run, cycle, or swim with reduced effort and fatigue.

Getting the face mask fitted ready for a vo2 max test
A customer running on a treadmill during a vo2 max test

Why take a VO2 Max Test:

Smartwatches estimate VO2 max levels by using data like heart rate, age, and activity patterns. They analyse how your heart responds during exercise to make an educated guess about your maximum oxygen consumption.

However, real VO2 max tests, such as what is used at BodyView, is done with specialised equipment, and is much more accurate. These tests directly measure the amount of oxygen your body uses during intense exercise. They provide precise data, factoring in breathing and the amount of oxygen consumed, to offer a more reliable indication of your fitness level.

What happens during the test?

During the test you will be asked to run on a treadmill at progressively increasing exercise intensity for between 10 and 15 minutes. In order to monitor respiritory gases you will be wearing a face mask attached to our monitoring system. In addition the system will monitor your heart rate, to assess cardiovascular reponse to the increasing exercise intensity.

A customer running on a treadmill in a face mask during a vo2 max test
An example of our VO2 max test results

Test Results

Your results will clearly show your current fitness level, a break down of your heart rate, VO2 Max rate and Calories burnt per hour across your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, and the rate at which your heart rate recovers over 2 minutes.

There will also be a breakdown of your heart rate broken into 5 distinct zones, showing the number of Calories burnt in each range, as well as the speed and incline the treadmill was set to at the time, enabling you to recreate this in your workouts.

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How can I improve my VO2 Max?

You can improve your VO2 Max by introducing regular HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to your exercise regime. HIIT involves alternating between short bursts of intense exercise and periods of rest or lower-intensity activity. Our reports will detail your aerobic threshold to help you set the lower intensity level of your HIIT training and your anaerobic threshold to help you set the intense level.

As well as HIIT training 2-3 times per week a longer, lower intensity cardio session should also be included in your exercise regime. Your report will include the heart rate range for you to work in for this training.

A customer running on a treadmill during a vo2 max test

Frequently asked questions

A vo2 max test typically takes around 15 to 20 minutes. But please allow 45 minutes in total for your appointment.
You will be required to run on a treadmill so it is recommended to wear comfortable exercise clothing.
For best results avoid food, tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine for at least 3 hours before testing.
Results are typically available shortly after your test. Your friendly BodyView technician will sit down after the test and go through them with you.
Your VO2 Max rate will change depending on your fitness level so it is an important value that you should review regularly. Not only will it help you train, but it will also help you achieve your long term targets. You should always aim to have your highest VO2 Max amounts leading up to an event so you can ascertain whether you will be able to hit your target or match similar results.
If you are regularly training, we would recommend VO2 Max tests with BodyView every 3-6 months. This will help map your progress and provide up to date heart rate threshold levels so you can adjust your training plan accordingly.

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Elevate your fitness journey to new heights, say goodbye to guesswork and hello to a visual representation of your hard work! Book into our personalised fitness service and embark on a path to a stronger, healthier, and more energised version of yourself.

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Our performance bundle gives you complete insight into optimising your fitness. Comprising of a VO2 Max test, a Resting Metabolic Rate Test and a 3D Body Scan.

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