Aerobic Capacity Testing

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Aerobic Capacity Testing

Profiling an athlete’s ability to use oxygen efficiently while running. This graded maximal protocol helps to track aerobic performance over time by determining their heart rate at different speeds. From this testing athletes receive an individualised pace and heart rate intensity guide for different running sessions targeted at improving their aerobic capacity.

What is this assessment?

Maximum Aerobic Capacity commonly referred to as VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen the body can utilise during exercise. It is important in longer distance running because the greater an athlete’s aerobic capacity, the greater their engine, and therefore athletes will require less effort relative to their capacity when running. This is a non-invasive physiological assessment which involves running on a treadmill at increased speeds while heart rate data is collected. This is a maximal test meaning athletes will continue through the stages until they cannot maintain the running speed any longer.

Duration: 1 hour

Who is this assessment designed for?

This assessment is designed for runners of all levels looking to improve their general aerobic fitness for all sports including field based sports, court sports and endurance running and is a great tool to individualise training prior to the start of a training season or race season.

For endurance athletes, assessing aerobic capacity prior to race specific threshold or tempo work enables the aerobic engine to be greater and therefore maximises the race specific work you perform closer to race day.

What do I get out of this assessment?


Summary report with comparison to testing history


Individualised running pace and heart rate training zones

If you still have questions about this assessment, you can either call the centre above, or email our Exercise Physiologist Justin Trang.