VO2 Max Testing

This test involves a graded exercise test on a treadmill or elliptical. You begin at a very light intensity and gets slightly harder each minute until the maximum exertion level. Person being tested wears a mask and we measure the volume of air expired along with the percentages of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the expired air. From this data, we can determine the Aerobic Threshold.

Aerobic threshold is the optimal intensity for the development of personal endurance. Using optimal intensity for endurance training maximizes fat burning and minimizes recovery time and injury risk.

During exercise even at a low intensity our body is producing Lactic Acid. Your muscles continually burn lactic acid and use it as a fuel. At a lower intensity the muscle will easily recycle as much acid as it produces. The higher the intensity of work out, increases the amount of acid produced by the muscles. Excess amount of lactic acid accumulates in the muscles and causes fatigue and damages muscles. This is commonly called the Red-Line to athletes and the date known will allow him/her to work out most efficiently.

 

Nutritional Assessment

  • Resting Energy Expenditure (REE, RMR) with face mask/mouthpiece/canopy (optional)
  • Weight Management Program (Energy Balance)
  • Physical Activity Monitoring (integration with accelerometer) (optional)
  • Diet Software w/ Weekly Meal Planner

Other Measurments

  • Muscular endurance/strength, flexibility, goals
  • Exercise Prescription based on ACSM database
  • Body Composition (skin-fold)
  • Standard Measurements (blood pressure, WHR, resting heart rate, BMI..)
  • Cardiovascular Risk Analysis (Framingham Index)

Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Testing

  • Cardio Respiratory Fitness (VO2max) and Anaerobic Threshold (AT)
  • HR interface w/ external ECG (TTL)
  • VO2/HR Training Zones (based on AT)
  • Energy expenditure during exercise