VO2 Max Testing

VO2 max testing in Las Vegas measures the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can utilize during intense physical activity. It is the best indicator of physical fitness and cardiovascular health.

Elite athletes, such as Olympic athletes, have about twice as high of a VO2 max as the average sedentary person. Find out your physical capabilities with VO2 max testing at Thrive Rock!

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What is VO2 Max?

VO2 max measures the maximum amount of oxygen an individual can utilize during intense physical activity.
VO2 max is measured in milliliters of oxygen per minute per kilogram of body weight (ml/min/kg).

It is the best indicator of physical fitness and cardiovascular health. Elite athletes such as Olympic athletes have about twice as high of a VO2max as the average sedentary person.

What is Vo2 max

Why is VO2 max important, and how is it associated with Longevity?

In a cohort study of 122,000 patients from 2018 titled “Association of Cardiorespiratory Fitness with Long-Term Mortality among adults undergoing Exercise Treadmill testing” (1), there was an inverse relationship between cardiorespiratory fitness and all cause mortality. Extreme cardiopulmonary fitness was found to have the lowest risk-adjusted all-cause mortality.

The study found that a person with the lowest level of fitness that improved to below average had a significant reduction in mortality.

V = volume

O2= oxygen

Max=‎ maximum

The Impact of Fitness on Lifespan and Health Span

Even a modest improvement in fitness can wield a significant influence on both your lifespan and health span. While athletes regularly assess their VO2 max and tailor their training accordingly, the average person often overlooks this valuable metric, even if they maintain a regular exercise routine.

Whether you’re considering starting a fitness regimen or are already a dedicated exerciser, understanding your baseline endurance and physical fitness level is crucial. VO2 max testing provides personalized target intensity zones, empowering you with the knowledge to optimize your training efforts.
(Source: jamanetwork.com)

What are Heart Rate Zones?

Heart rate feedback is very crucial when exercising so you are aware of the intensity of your workout.
Many people do not know their maximum heart rate, which is needed to calculate a person’s “zones”.

The standard age-based formulas (220 minus your age or the revised formula for the older population is 208 minus (0.7 x age)) are based on statistical analysis.

Not everyone is created equal, as genetics, medical conditions, and prescription cardiac medications need to be accounted for.
When VO2 testing is done at our facility, it can identify your zones and maximal heart rate so you can train to your own unique results.

Zone 1

50-59% of Max Heart Rate:
This zone encompasses activities with minimal stress and exertion, such as a leisurely walk. It is often utilized for gentle warm-ups or cool-downs during exercise routines.

Zone 2

60-69% of Max Heart Rate:
Zone 2 is designated for longer training sessions, primarily focusing on promoting fat loss. An easy gauge for being in this zone is the ability to complete sentences with minimal struggle.

Zone 3

70-79% of Max Heart Rate:
Within this zone, the emphasis is on pushing the pace to enhance both speed and strength. As lactic acid begins to accumulate, communication may become limited to expressing thoughts in single words.

Zone 4

80-89% of Max Heart Rate:
Transitioning into Zone 4 signifies a more challenging phase of training. Breathing intensifies, building endurance, and enabling you to endure higher levels of lactic acid for an extended duration.

Zone 5

>90% of Max Heart Rate:
You are at the peak of cardiorespiratory capacity. Lactic acid is high, and this level cannot be sustained for long, maybe seconds to minutes.


How is VO2 max testing performed?

VO2 max testing is performed at our office using specialized equipment. It involves progressively increasing exercise intensity (on a treadmill or stationary bike) until the individual reaches their maximum effort and oxygen consumption by increasing the speed incrementally.

During the test, the person’s heart rate, breathing rate, and oxygen consumption are measured to determine their VO2 max.

What if my VO2 Max is low?

There is no better time to know than the present. At Thrive Rock, we can guide you on a specialized program to assist you in increasing your VO2 max with diet and exercise guidance.

We will develop a personalized program based on your medical history. If you have a condition that limits you from physical activities, we will try to correct/treat that condition first.
Some people are complex and cannot go from a sedentary lifestyle to jogging on a treadmill.

They may have an underlying issue, such as arthritis, which limits their activity. Others may have hormone imbalances, which are affecting their activity level.

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