VO2 Max Testing is not only the gold standard for determining cardiopulmonary fitness, which can be used for running and sport performance, but is in fact a better predictor of all-cause mortality (likelihood of death) than smoking, obesity, or hypertension.
It is because of the latter that we believe, like blood chemistry testing or EKG, VO2 Max Testing should be part of every person’s ongoing health monitoring.
"What gets measured gets managed
...and what gets managed gets improved."
VO2 Max Testing measures the body’s ability to metabolize oxygen.
Despite VO2 Max Testing being considered the gold standard measurement of cardiopulmonary fitness and one of the strongest independent predictors of mortality, it is sadly seldom performed outside of the hospital cardiopulmonary ward.
Poor cardiopulmonary fitness, a low VO2 max, is associated with an increased risk for chronic illnesses, such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
At Apex Human Performance the VO2 Max Test is performed by an experienced Exercise Physiologist in the comfort of our private club. It is conducted on a treadmill, and measures the body’s response to increasing workloads by monitoring changes in heart rate and gas exchange (breathing volume and rate).
From a health standpoint, VO2 Max results dictate the most efficient and safe path towards improving cardiopulmonary fitness and reducing the risk of chronic illness.
From a performance standpoint, VO2 Max Testing also provides perhaps the most important determinant of potential for endurance work, Anaerobic Threshold (AT). This metric, the highest VO2 that can be sustained without muscle fatigue (lactic acidosis), provides customized training zones in relation to pace, heart rate and perceived exertion for a multitude of sports, including running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon.
We provide a detailed explanation of the results, as well as how to apply them to improve health or performance.