VO2 Max Testing

known as the gold standard of fitness evaluation and has been for decades.  Aside from determining fitness, a VO2 max test provides a wealth of pertinent information associated with training concerns.


For years, professional athletes have depended on the results from these tests to establish their training protocols for endurance, speed, power and even weight management.


Why is this important? The more oxygen that your body can consume, the more energy it is able to liberate to perform work.  A key point to consider is that energy from fat is released in the presence of oxygen. This is why endurance athletes seek this information because an average person stores  in excess of 70,000 calories from fat energy but less than 2500 calories from sugar energy.


A VO2 max test is best performed in a task specific modality. If you are a runner, you should be tested running, if you are a cyclist, you should be tested on your own bike. If you are a triathlete, you should be tested on both the run and the bike as the information between the two efforts will vary in some cases by a significant margin.


What is a Resting Metabolic Rate Assessment (RMR)? An RMR test is conducted while you rest,  generally in a fasted state in the early part of the day.  Heart rate is not monitored during this test; the important data is the gas exchange. The amount of oxygen your body draws in relative to the amount of CO2 your body releases. The test takes about 15 minutes and upon conclusion reports how many calories your body requires at rest and the percentage of fat vs. sugar your body relies on in a rested state.


What does this test do for me?  We use this information to develop your nutritional meal plans. Depending on your specific needs, we may create a manageable caloric debt to successfully drop body fat.  Or, meals that ensure that you get the energy your body needs to perform at optimal levels in your training and racing.


Our unique approach to testing: As a result of testing athletes for nearly 2 decades, we have learned that it is what we know, but what we can teach about the results we find.  We'll answer questions and make sense of the information gained from the assessment.  We explain how to set up a heart rate based training program, all of which is included in our price.   We make sure that once you leave you are excited about the prospect of putting your new found information to work. Get ready to train and race!

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