The Gold Standard Measurement of Cardio Fitness

VO2 max refers to the maximal uptake of oxygen utilised by an individual measured during peak exercise intensity. As exercise activity increases, so does the demand for the body to utilise oxygen. The theory is that an individual with a higher a VO2 max has a better aerobic capacity and improved cardiorespiratory endurance. 

Across the world, elite athletes know that VO2 max testing is the ‘gold standard’ way of measuring cardio fitness. It is an extremely challenging test both physically and mentally, one where your fitness capacity is determined by how efficiently your body utilises oxygen through gradually increasing levels of exercise until you reach maximum fatigue. At Precision Athletica we conduct the test on the treadmill and we will gradually increase the speed and incline to push the athlete to their threshold.

The great thing about the test is that it is able to accurately determine components of cardio fitness such as:

  • Peak oxygen consumption
  • Calories burned at different heart rates
  • Anaerobic and anaerobic thresholds
  • Max heart rate tolerance
  • Target heart rate intensity zones

From the results, specific heart rate training zones can be determined for the assessed. This will assist in enhancing training programs and improve performance quickly.

Many people would recognise the VO2 max test as an exclusive test for elite endurance athletes. However, we have used this test on many other types of athletes such as triathletes, recreational runners, combat sport athletes, even golfers.

Whether your goal is to enhance your fitness, lose weight, burn fat, or even strategically plan out a marathon run, the VO2 max test will help you achieve your results! Or perhaps you want to try and beat Precision Athletica’s VO2 max record?

If you are having the test run at Precision Athletica, in the lead up we would suggest the following preparation:

  • Be well rested when you come in – don’t undergo any overly strenuous training in the 24 hours leading up to your test
  • Fuel yourself properly – make sure you have eaten but not had a big meal in the 30 minutes immediately preceding your test
  • Hydrate – drink plenty of water in the lead up to your test and be ready to run!

For more information on the VO2 max test at Precision Athletica, please contact our Head of Exercise Physiology, Jason Oei via email, or call: 02 9764 5787. Alternatively, you can book a session with Jason below.