The VO2 max test measures how much oxygen your body is able to consume during maximum intensity exercise, quantifying your level of cardiovascular fitness. During the test, you will run at increasing intensities while a machine captures and analyzes the composition of your breath, determining your oxygen consumption, to measure the rate at which you are absorbing oxygen.
A VO2 max test answers the question, How hard can you train? VO2 max is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete's level of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.
Additionally, the test will also capture your max heart rate, and provide information on your body's tendencies to burn fat versus carbohydrates at different exercise intensities. Specifically, information gathered during the test allows you to:
Set accurate individualized heart rate training zones for different goals (active recovery, fat burn, interval training)
Quantify and track improvements in cardiovascular fitness over a training period
Compare your fitness level to others, including professional and elite athletes
Make an appointment online for the test at our Los Angeles location. An appointment is required for this test. You can cancel or reschedule up to 24 hours beforehand. Please note that VO2 testing is ONLY offered at our BodySpec - Culver City location, not on our trucks.
Refrain from smoking and strenuous exercise for 24 hours before the test. Additionally, avoid food and caffeine for at least 4 hours. Refunds are not given to individuals who are unable to test due to not having prepared properly.
Wear comfortable athletic attire and running shoes to our Los Angeles location, and bring a towel. You'll start the test by walking to warm up. Then, the administrator will carefully and gradually increase the intensity of the test, using either speed or incline, until you are running at maximum effort, at which point the test is terminated. You'll receive results immediately.
A consultant will sit with you for another 10 minutes to review your results and answer questions.
Trying to figure out optimal heart rate zones for training, or wondering where you stand in terms of cardiovascular fitness? Get your VO2 max measurement and receive individualized guidance on your heart rate zones to train smarter - not just harder - and set a fitness level baseline.
Training for a specific competition? Get a VO2 max test at the beginning and near the end of your training to measure your gains. Or, save when booking multiple VO2 tests to split amongst a group.
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