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VO2 Max Test
This is the gold-standard test of cardiovascular fitness.
Testing provides a clear, unbiased measure of your aerobic capability.
The entire test is performed by a dedicated Sport Scientist.
Starting with a slow walking pace, the intensity is increased at intervals until you reach your maximum effort.
Tests can also be performed on static exercise bikes or Concept2 rowing machines.
Your consumption of Oxygen is measured throughout the test.
Your "VO2 Max" is the volume of oxygen you are able to process at the point of your max effort.
Your results are then discussed 1-on-1 with your dedicated Sport Scientist.
The appointment (testing and follow-up discussion) takes 30 minutes to complete.
What do I need to prepare for a test?
If you are undergoing testing should be completely rested and motivated to perform optimally and endure the stress long enough to your find true VO2 max.
Why should I get tested?
If you don't already know you should be getting tested, read our blog post to find out why!
What do I need to wear?
For performances testing you should wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable and will allow to perform optimally.
How often should I get tested?
This will vary be individual. However, to obtain the most valuable insights and value, tests should be undertaken at the following times:
For those undertaking focused training program e.g. an 8 or 12-week high intensity training programme, testing should be performed before and after this program.
For professionals and semi-professionals in specific seasonal sports e.g. Rugby, Football, Hockey, Bodybuilding. Testing should be undertaken pre-season, mid-season and post-season and we also recommend off-season. For athletes in non-seasonal sports e.g. cycling, triathlon, combat sprots, testing should be undertaken at regular intervals.
Is there a risk from testing?
The VO2 Max test takes place on a treadmill, bike or rower. The usual risks associated with any high intensity exercise on these machines apply.