The Maximal Oxygen Capacity Test, also known as VO2max test, measures the maximal amount of oxygen that you can utilize for your working muscles. The body’s ability to perform hugely depends on the amount of oxygen you can take in and use effectively for energy production.
Your VO2max is an indicator of your current aerobic fitness level and may be used to predict sporting potential. A high VO2max value typically signifies a high level of cardiovascular fitness, aerobic performance, and endurance potential.
It is therefore one of the key performance indicators in endurance sports and can be used to establish training zones and pacing strategies.
Based on the maximum work (i.e speed or power) and heart rate you can achieve, it provides information on your training zones.
Am I suitable for this test?
The test is perfect for individuals who intend to start exercising and achieve a certain level of fitness. It is also useful for individuals who are serious about improving their performance.
Given that this test requires you to give a maximal, all-out effort, it is important to ensure that you have been cleared by a doctor for exercise. Some associated risks include chest pain, allergic reactions, abnormal heart rhythm and blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. That being said, the chances of it happening to an average patient is approximately 1 in 10,000.
How will the test be performed?
Upon registration, you will be able to warm-up for 5 minutes before commencement of the test. The test is performed with the speed (if running) or power (if cycling) increasing in a linear fashion at a relatively fast rate.
The test will be stopped based on either one of the following criteria:
- Voluntary exhaustion (i.e you are unable to continue exercising)
- The exercise physiologist deems the test unsafe to continue
Upon completion of the test, your results will then be analysed and our exercise physiologists will be able to:
- Assess your current fitness level
- Establish personalise and precise training zones (speed/power/heart rate)
- Provide training recommendations
- Track your personal progression
You will also be given a report at the end of the test.
How long will it take?
The test takes 1 hour, inclusive of warm-up and post-test consultation.
How do I prepare?
24 hours before the test:
- No/Light exercise only
- Ensure that you are well-hydrated and well-fueled
On the day of the test:
- No exercise
- No consumption of caffeine or other stimulants
- Arrive in appropriate running/cycling gear
- If you are cycling, we strongly recommend bringing your own bicycle in