We offer out of pocket VO2 max and resting metabolic rate testing for those who want data to help guide their training and nutrition plans.
Why VO2 max Important?
Consistent research shows that VO2 max is a strong predictor of longevity. We know that fitter people live longer.
Additional benefits to improving your VO2 max score include:
- Enhanced athletic physical performance
- Less exhaustion with daily activities like climbing stairs
- Reduced stress levels
- Improved immunity
If you’re an athlete who participates in endurance sport or just someone who wants to improve their physical performance, then VO2 max should be on your list of measurements for assessing your fitness and measuring your progress over time.
VO2 max, or maximal oxygen uptake, refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. VO2 max is an important determinant of endurance exercise performance because it represents a true measure of cardiopulmonary capacity.
The test involves either exercising on a treadmill or a bike while wearing a face mask that will measure the volume and gas concentrations as you breathe in and out. The test is a graded test with a gradual increase in resistance (Watts on a bike or incline on a treadmill) with the goal of reaching maximal effort and exhaustion in 8 and 12 minutes.
Benefits of VO2 max testing:
- Accurate measurement of current fitness level
- Ability to design a more effective training program
- Evaluation the effectiveness of your current training program
- Prediction of maximal steady-state running speed or cycling wattage
- Obtain your personal maximum heart rate and heart rate at your thresholds to create personalized training zones (much better than predicted equations)
What is Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)?
Your Resting Metabolic Rate is a measurement of the number of calories your body needs to sustain the basic life sustaining functions while at rest. Measuring the calories your body typically needs at rest can help determine your overall daily caloric needs.
With this data you will be equipped to work with your team to create a successful weight loss, gain or maintenance plan. This testing is done in our Cardiac Performance Lab and only requires you to rest quietly for 20-30minutes while wearing a mask that measures your oxygen uptake. You will be sitting comfortably in a chair for this test.
How to Prepare For Your Test:
- Don’t eat or exercise 4-5 hours prior to your test
- Don’t drink coffee 4-5 hours prior to your test
- Don’t smoke or drink alcohol 2 hours prior to your test
- Don’t participate in vigorous/high intensity weight training 12 hours prior
- Do come rested and relaxed