VO2 Max Test
Test performed on a Treadmill or cycle ergometer
Location: 305 Annie and John Glenn Ave. Columbus, OH 43210
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HOW IT WORKS
Arrive for your VO2 max test in clothing and shoes you normally use for exercise. You will be running on a treadmill or cycling on a cycle ergometer, depending on your preffered exercise. You will be asked to wear a mask that will measure the volume of your inspired and expired air. The test involves exercising at increasing intensity until exhaustion. The test takes somewhere between 8 and 15 minutes.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The VO2 max test is done to determine your aerobic capacity. Poor fitness level is associated with an increased risk for chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular health.
Conversely, good fitness level significantly reduces your likelihood of developing chronic illness. For active individuals and athletes, VO2 max assessment is vital for training and performance.
WHAT RESULTS WILL I RECEIVE?
A Certified Exercise Physiologist will review your results. You will receive online access to your results (test results with interpretation) within one business day.
WHAT IS THE TEST PROTOCOL?
Prior to the test you will undergo a spirometry test to evaluate lung function to ensure you can safely perform exercise testing. The spirometry test is a safe, painless, and quick test. You have the choice of performing the test on a treadmill or cycle ergometer, which is similar to a stationary bicycle. During the test, you may be connected to a metabolic cart that measure the amount of oxygen that you breathe in and the amount of CO2 that your body produces through your breathing. You will then complete a short warm up.
During the test, your blood pressure, heart rate, and heart activity will be monitored for safety. During this test, the intensity will gradually increase and you will be required to work harder and harder until, ultimately, you are working at your maximal capacity. This should take somewhere between 8 and 15 minutes. Once you reach the point at which you cannot work any harder, the test will be complete.
How Must I prepare?
Fill out an intake form and send it back to us before booking your appointment to ensure you can safely complete this test.
Do not exercise 24 hours prior to your appointment.
Make sure you’re properly hydrated and nourished before the evaluation; though not a full training workout, you will be performing at progressive exercise intensities for 8-15 minutes
Do not eat a heavy meal for 2-3 hours prior to your appointment. Light snacks are acceptable if needed.
Wear the shoes you normally train in.
How Often Should I test?
There is no set time frame that we recommend that our clients retest, but many like to retest throughout their training for endurance events. By performing several tests, they can see if their training is effective or if they need to make adjustments.
Questions? Contact us:
phone: +1 (888) 348-6372