September 12, 2022 2 min read

WHAT IS VO2 MAX

Did you know that the VO2 Max is a great indicator of aerobic fitness and overall health? In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of VO2 Max and how to calculate it. We will also describe what physical training and heart health are related to aerobic fitness. Finally, we will provide some tips on how to improve your VO2 Max.

 

The VO2 max is the maximal oxygen uptake. It occurs when the body's oxygen utilization reaches its maximum and is determined by the muscle's ability to use oxygen during exercise. The VO2 max has been found to be a predictor of mortality, with a 44% reduced chance of dying from middle age over 18 years.  Plus aerobic fitness will help you train with higher volumes, recover faster, and have more energy. So it is important to understand what it is and how to calculate it.

 

HOW TO MEASURE VO2 MAX

There are several ways to estimate your VOmax, but the most common method is using your heart rate. The easiest way to do this is by using an online calculator like the one from Fitbit.com. To get an accurate reading, you will need to wear a heart rate monitor while you run on a treadmill at a moderate pace for 15 minutes. Once you have your heart rate data, plug it into the calculator and you will get your VO2max score. If you want to calculate your own. You need to know your Max HR and your resting HR. The formula would look like:

VO2 Max = 15(Max HR/Resting HR)

So if a male has a max HR of 180 and resting HR of 60 his VO2 Max would read:

15*(180/60) = 45

 

The average VO2max for a man is approximately 45 mL/min/kg and the average for a woman is approximately 35 mL/min/kg. However, your score may be higher or lower depending on your age, fitness level, and genetics.

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY VO2 MAX 

There are several things that you can do to improve your VO2 max. First, you can engage in regular aerobic exercise like running, swimming, or biking. This will help to increase the amount of oxygen that your muscles can use during exercise. Second, you can add interval training to your workouts. Interval training involves alternating periods of high-intensity activity with periods of low-intensity activity. This type of training has been shown to be more effective than aerobic exercise alone in improving VO2max.

 

Finally, you can try using a supplement like beet juice, caffeine, or our unique formula Charlie Mike (containing Peak O2) before your workouts. All of these substances have been shown to improve VO2max scores.

 

Now that you know the importance of the VO2max, be sure to incorporate some of these tips into your workout routine so that you can improve your score. You'll be glad you did! Thanks for reading!

 

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