Maximal Oxygen Uptake
The highest amount of oxygen an individual can use during exercise is known as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and indicates one’s aerobic potential. This test also measures your peak aerobic power or running speed and the data can be used for setting training intensities.
The test involves 1 minute exercise stages that are easy to begin with but gradually get harder using small increases in running speed and/or gradient (for treadmill protocols) or power output (for cycle protocols) until exhaustion. You will wear a mask over your nose and mouth throughout the test to allow respiration to be measured, and a heart rate monitor to measure heart rate. This exercise test will last approximately 10-12 minutes.