A VO₂ Max test can clarify the precise target heart rates that will enable you to exercise more effectively, with less fatigue and fewer injuries. Periodic retesting provides motivating feedback as the fitness program progresses. Studies show that previously sedentary people training at 75% of aerobic power for 30 minutes, 3 times a week over 6 months increase VO₂ Max an average of 15-20%.
Anaerobic Threshold (AT)
Even though extensive training can sometimes cause an athlete to reach a plateau in VO₂ Max, you can still use your VO₂ Max test results to make further improvements in performance. This is accomplished as you push to increase anaerobic threshold (AT) and maintain that threshold for longer periods of time. This enhances both endurance and cardiovascular performance.
A VO₂ Max test determines the number of calories burned during every level of exercise. Additionally, you can add an RMR test to your cart to measure your Resting Metabolic Rate. This is a scientific measurement of how many calories a person is burning during a day, a vital piece of information when designing a weight loss regimen.
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