Runner Therapy: How Does Your VO2 Max Rate?
What is VO2 max? (also maximal oxygen consumption, maximal oxygen uptake, peak oxygen uptake or maximal aerobic capacity): It’s the maximum capacity of an individual’s body to transport and use oxygen during incremental exercise, which reflects the physical fitness of the individual. The name is derived from V - volume, O2 - oxygen, max – maximum. The more oxygen your body can use, the longer and stronger it can go! For instance, Olympic cycling medalist and Tour de France champion Bradely Wiggins is estimated to have a VO2 Max level of around 80m/kg/min while the average 26-35 year-old male is around 40-42mi/kg/min.
Understanding what your vitals are early in the season, including VO2 Max, is crucial to understanding your fitness. Much the way your body fat can be tested to determine your diet and workout success, for long distance athletes, VO2 Max is one of the most important numbers to monitor through training. Dash Physical Therapy will be conducting a Cooper Test: you’ll run about 12 minutes or a mile and a half with a heart rate monitor to determine your general VO2 Max levels (with about .08 accuracy), on Saturday, March 16th at TRI-MANIA Summit and Expo NYC.
See how you stack up! Prizes will be given for the high scoring males and females in several age groups!
To sign up for this FREE session, please email: email@example.com or send a message via the DASH Physical Therapy Facebook page and request a 20 minute window of time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on March 16th. Or, stop by the DASH booth at TRI-MANIA at Columbia University’s Dodge Fitness Center
NOTE: TRI-MANIA is a day-long event for triathletes of all levels. It’s FREE to attend, but you must register first. Click here for free registration.
(Marisa, a MS PT SCS ATC, is a member of iRunnerBlog’s team and writes the Runner Therapy column, she is a physical therapist in private practice in midtown NYC called Dash Physical Therapy. She one of only a dozen or so physical therapists in the state of NY to be board certified in sports.)