VO2 Max Testing

Track your VO2 Max over time to optimize your training regimen.

What is VO2 Max?

VO2 max is short for maximal oxygen consumption and represents the highest quantity of oxygen you can effectively use while exercising. It is measured as milliliters of oxygen consumed per minute per kilogram of body weight (mL/kg/min).
The more oxygen you consume during exercise, the more your body generates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy in cells, which is the source of Energy at the cellular level.
VO2 Max is a key metric for assessing your aerobic endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Athletes of all levels use their VO2 Max level as a benchmark for assessing how much their endurance and cardiovascular fitness has improved over the course of their training.

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How to Prepare for Your VO2 Max Test

- Complete a 4-hour fast before your test.
- Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours leading up to your test.
- Avoid smoking for at least 4 hours before your test.
-Avoid new excercises the day before.

During Your VO2 Max Test

You’ll wear a heart rate monitor and a special mask to measure your heart rate, oxygen intake, and CO2 output over the course of a 10-20 minute incremental run on the treadmill.

How VO2 Max Testing Works

Heart rate and personal bests can only tell you so much about how your body responds to training. VO2 Max testing provides a clear picture of your heart and lung fitness.

Benefits of VO2 Max Testing

VO2 Max tests are most beneficial when tracked consistently over the course of your training.

Standard VO2 Max Rates Based on Age

VO2 Max Norms for Men
Age Very
Poor Fair Good Execellent Superior
13-19 Under 35.0 35.0-38.3 38.4-45.1 45.2-50.9 51.0-55.9 Over 55.9
20-29 Under 33.0 33.0-36.4 36.5-42.4 42.5-46.4 46.5-52.4 Over 52.4
30-39 Under 31.5 31.5-35.4 36.5-42.4 41.0-44.9 45.0-49.4 Over 49.4
40-49 Under 30.2 30.2-33.5 33.6-38.9 39.0-43.7 43.8-48.0 Over 48.0
50-59 Under 26.1 26.1-30.9 31.0-35.7 35.8-40.9 41.0-45.3 Over 45.3
60+ Under 20.5 20.5-26.0 26.1-32.2 32.3-36.4 36.5-44.2 Over 44.2
VO2 Max Norms for Women
Age Very Poor Poor Fair Good Execellent Superior
13-19 Under 25.0 25.0-30.9 31.0-34.9 35.0-38.9 39.0-41.9 Over 41.9
20-29 Under 23.6 23.6-28.9 29.0-32.9 33.0-36.9 37.0-41.0 Over 41.0
30-39 Under 22.8 22.8-26.9 27.0-31.4 31.5-35.6 35.7-40.0 Over 40.0
40-49 Under 21.0 21.0-24.4 24.5-28.9 29.0-32.8 32.9-36.9 Over 36.9
50-59 Under 20.2 20.2-22.7 22.8-26.9 27.0-31.4 31.5-35.7 Over 35.7
60+ Under 17.5 17.5-20.1 20.2-24.4 24.5-30.2 30.3-31.4 Over 31.4


Training Tip:

Want to improve your VO2 Max rate? Studies indicate that high-intensity interval training is significantly more effective for improving VO2 Max rates.

Common FAQs

Your testing frequency is dependent on your training goals. Research indicates that VO2 max rate improvements from training can occur within 10 weeks. 1
An optimal Vo2 max range for men between the ages of 30-39 falls between 41 and 44.9. An optimal VO2 max range for women between the ages of 30-30 falls between 31.5 and 35.6

Your VO2 Max results typically take 24 hours to process. Following your test you will schedule a follow-up call to walk through your results. 

Currently, we only offer VO2 Max Testing with a treadmill.

VO2 Max Testing is a self-pay only treatment.

-Complete a 4-hour fast before your test.

-Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours leading up to your test.

-Avoid smoking for at least 4 hours before your test.

-Avoid new exercises the day before.

  1. Helgerud J, Høydal K, Wang E, Karlsen T, Berg P, Bjerkaas M, Simonsen T, Helgesen C, Hjorth N, Bach R, Hoff J. Aerobic high-intensity intervals improve VO2max more than moderate training. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2007 Apr;39(4):665-71. doi: 10.1249/mss.0b013e3180304570. PMID: 17414804.