VO2 Max and Athletes

Originally posted 2018-04-20.

Vo2 Max is (VO2 Max and How It Is Measured in Athletes – Measure of Aerobic Fitness and Maximal Oxygen Uptake):

VO2 max is the measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense, or maximal exercise. It is measured as milliliters of oxygen used in one minute per kilogram of body weight (ml/kg/min).

I made an appointment for 2 weeks from now to get my VO2 Max measured at the WVU Human Performance Lab. I hope to get some answers about my exercise capacity. For one thing:

Accurate measurement of VO2 max is done in a sports performance lab. An all-out effort is performed on a treadmill or bicycle under a strict protocol. These protocols involve specific increases in the speed and intensity of the exercise and collection and measurement of the volume and oxygen concentration of inhaled and exhaled air.

I want to make a prediction about what my VO2 Max will be now before I take the test. After 9 months of mediocre performance in CrossFit I expect my number to be at the bottom end of good for my age range. I predict it will be about 36 ml/kg/min. Let’s see if I am correct or not.


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